Mogul Masters is a bi-weekly series featuring actual players and teams who have competed in and won Mogul tournaments.
In this edition of Mogul Masters, we interview Vinzswell "Dinklefarts" Simons, who plays for Exair Esports and hails from Quezon City, Philippines.
What games do you play?
I mainly play CS:GO but sometimes I play Games like GTA and PUBG; you know, games to release some stress. But I am trying to go full time pro. I have almost like 4k hours in CSGO.
What do you do when you are not playing games?
I am still a student, so I go to school. I do watch some Anime as well.
How long have you been playing CS:GO?
I have been playing from 2014, kind of like non-stop. In the past one year I have been really grinding.
So do you play for a team?
I was picked up by a local team called Exair Esports.
What is the CS:GO scene like in Philippines?
The CS:GO scene here is pretty great. There are a lot of local tournaments. But the prize pool is still small, compared to other countries. Usually it is around $200-$300. The bigger tournaments probably have just about $1000.
Do your parents support your endeavor to go pro?
I haven’t really talked about it with them. But they see me play and they know that it is my passion. They support me in a way like “You know you gotta do your study, while doing CS:GO”.
How many tournaments have you participated in?
I’ve participated in 7-8 LAN tournaments.
How do you balance your school with CS:GO?
School is from 9AM to 4PM. I get home by 6. Play until, maybe 10 or 12 and then do my homework.
What about your social life then?
Social life? Not much outside CS:GO.
Has CS:GO going f2p and the new Battle Royale mode changed the scene?
I keep tabs on this issue. A lot of people hate f2p because it encourages more hackers in the game. I think they’re wrong though, because the prime status is much pricier now.
What do you think about the BR mode? Do you think it will become a competitive thing?
I don’t think it will become competitive. It is more of like a stress reliever and casual fun.
What hurdles are you facing right now in your journey?
I think it’s just mainly my skills right now. Just trying to practice and improve myself everyday is the biggest obstacle I am facing right now. I am trying to rush my improvement, because I am 18 and if I grow old, I am going to have a lot of responsibilities.
What do you think about our tournament platform, Mogul?
Mogul is great. Because Mogul provided daily tournaments like 1v1 and 5v5. If you see my profile, I mostly participate in 1v1. It’s pretty short, and it’s 1v1 so that means I only have to do good with my aim.
What can be done to make it better?
One complain I have from Mogul is the servers. Sometimes I get like 200 ping, but I think it is just my ISP. But some Singaporean servers give me really high ping.
Would you recommend Mogul to your friends?
I already do recommend Mogul to my friends. I also recommended it to my team.