Daniel “ddk” Kapadia is one of the top CS:GO casters in the game right now. He’s also an ex Quake pro player, esports analyst, and YouTuber. Check out our ddk interview from the FACEIT London Major where he talks about the event, playing in the FACEIT Major showmatch, and how he met James Bardolph.

Daniel “ddk” Kapadia Interview from the FACEIT London Major

(0:00) Charlie Koncher: ddk we’re here at the Major, the first British Major! How do you think it went?

(0:05) Daniel “ddk” Kapadia I think it went really well. I think in the New Champions stage at first there were all these technical difficulties. Obviously some from Valve’s end, and various other niggly issues.

But after the first few days, everything since then has been completely smooth. From that perspective, from the broadcast perspective, I think it went really, really well! As far as the games and so-on, we didn’t have the most super spectacular games. But I think the crowd was fantastic! They had an amazing time, and that’s all that really matters.

And I think it’s really fun that London gets Counter-Strike because we wanted to have it for so long. We’ve been building Wembley, let’s face it, for so long. And finally, they bring a major here! The British fans they just appreciate it so much, I think cause they were starved of it for so long. So I think it’s been fantastic.

(1:00) Charlie Koncher: You mentioned The New Legends stage and how it’s like a 3-week major, do you think that’s benefited the major format where they’ve completely shaken it up?

(1:10) Daniel “ddk” Kapadia I think extending it as much as you can is really good. Especially having the players in the same spot for as long as possible, so everyone’s effectively in boot camp mode, is really cool. As opposed to flying people in and having them there for a few days.

Obviously, that was a talking point, because the old Legends teams coming in against teams that have already been there for a week. And the teams that have been there for a week were very warm, in the zone, and very used to the setups. I think in the ideal world, you would actually have it for 3 weeks and fly in all the teams, that’d be a perfect world.

But I think it went pretty smoothly. There’ve been some criticisms about the format itself, but I liked it, I think it went well.

(1:55) Charlie Koncher: You played in a show match- you actually put in work considering it’s been a while! Would you ever play more show matches and prove your worth?

(2:03) Daniel “ddk” Kapadia I think it’s always fun to play. I’ve always been playing esports games for a very very long time. In the past, I was sort of on the top level in Quake and played in a lot of tournaments there.

And I really miss competing, and Counter-Strike was always a fun thing I played on the side. I mean, I played since the first beta of Counter-Strike. It’s always such a pleasure to play. So, it was quite last minute when they asked me, I haven’t played in a long time, so I was very surprised that I was walking around and shooting people and they were dying! It kind of worked out, so it was good, it was a lot of fun.

I would absolutely play again if someone asked me I would just say yes immediately.

(2:39) Charlie Koncher: You and James- how long have you known each other?

(2:42) Daniel “ddk” Kapadia I knew James kind of before he knew me. Because I used to play a lot of fighting games, and I was into fighting games a lot, and I’d watch his streams. He’d produce a very, very funny stream that was based in the HMV Gamerbase at the time in London.

That was always really fun, they had some of the best European competition, and the best competition of the UK. And you’d always hear James being sort of like the angry dad. Because he was producing the show and he’d tell the commentators off for leaving their phones or drinks in places they shouldn’t and telling them off for swearing and stuff.

So it was a very funny stream, I watched that for a couple years. Then we moved CS with FACEIT into London. And I was like, hey, this guy produces we could get him to produce our shows! Then we found out that he was actually a Counter-Strike nerd, and he wanted to commentate.

One thing led to another and I think I’ve known him effectively for 3 or 4 years? I think come and go, almost 4 years now I think.

(3:39) Charlie Koncher: Lastly, who’s your biggest surprise and who’s your biggest disappointment at the major?

(3:43) Daniel “ddk” Kapadia Interesting! The biggest surprise might be Complexity. I don’t think anyone expected them to make the playoffs, I think they’ve done it with a great approach and good attention to detail, and hard work. And it’s great to see, with the storyline of the new guard replacing the old, that you do have some of the guiding veterans on that team. Some of the storylines there were just so, so awesome to watch.

I think the biggest disappointment to me has actually been Swedish Counter-Strike. Because, you know, we expect so much from them. And we only had one Swedish player in the playoffs of a major. That’s… Something is going on.

Europe is the new NA in that sense, right? So I think that some real differences need to be made in that scene, and we really need to see a lot of the new guard coming through to replace some of the old ways, which I think have stagnated in the culture of Swedish Counter-Strike. So I think that’s been the most disappointing thing for me.

(4:40) Charlie Koncher: Brilliant. Thank you so much for speaking to us.

(4:41) Daniel “ddk” Kapadia Thank you very much!

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