The competitive scene of the popular Battle Royale games is always growing and Fortnite is without a doubt one of the most competitive out there. Due to the thriving esports scene of the popular Epic Games title, many gamers have gotten their start in the game professionally.
Maciej “Teeq” Radzio is a popular Fortnite player from Poland who won both the Duos Cash Cup and the Fortnite Championships Series (FNCS) in February 2022 and October 2021, respectively. In a conversation with Debolina Banerjee of Sportskeeda Esports, Teeq talks about the gaming scene in his country: Poland, his Fortnite wins, and more.
Teeq’s version of the competitive world of Fortnite
Q. When did you join the world of competitive gaming? What other games did you play before you started playing Fortnite professionally?
Teeq: I participated in my first tournaments at the end of 2018. Before Fortnite, I played games like CS:GO (Counter Strike: Global Offensive), LoL (League of Legends), and PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds). I didn’t play them professionally, but I always tried to be the best I could be.
Q. When you wanted to dedicate yourself to video games as a profession, did you face any obstacles? Did your parents support you in your decision?
Teeq: I did not face any obstacles.
My parents always let me play a lot on the computer and supported me as much as they could.
Q. Tell us more about the esports scene in your country. What other games are popular there apart from the Epic Games title?
Teeq: Probably the most popular game in my country is CS:GO and LoL, every year. Poland organizes competitions like IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) in Katowice.
Q. Like most Fortnite players, you too have a unique nickname. What’s the story behind naming yourself “Teeq”?
Teeq: There is no deep story behind this nickname. When I played with a friend in CS: GO, I wanted to change the nickname, and somehow “Teeq” was created.
Q. If you had to choose a good memory of a tournament from your past, what would it be and why?
Teeq: I think winning the Fortnite Champion Series: Chapter 2 Season 8 – Europe Grand Finals with my teammates Michał “Kami” Kamiński and Iwo “Setty” Zając is one of the best memories. I won one of the biggest tournaments and it’s one of my biggest gaming achievements.
Q. Speaking of FNCS: Chapter 2 Season 8 Grand Finale, who were the toughest competitors? What was the most exciting match you played in the overall tournament?
Teeq: From what I recall, the Aqua trio (David “aqua” Wang, Fastroki, Chris “crr” Williams) were the most threatening to us on Day 1.
The most exciting match was when I made a decisive play in the last game of Day 1 and won the game, which gave us a big lead over second place.
Q. You won the Duos Cash Cup: Chapter 3 Season 1 – Week 5 in February 2022. What was the overall tournament experience like? Do you prefer LAN or online gaming competitions?
Teeq: Before I won the Duo Cash Cup, I already had a lot of wins, so it wasn’t a surprise.
There weren’t too many LANs due to COVID-19, so right now I prefer online gaming competitions.
Q. Now that the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, which LAN tournament are you most looking forward to?
Teeq: The one I’m most looking forward to is definitely the FNCS Invitational in Raleigh. I know I’ll have to work hard to get a good result on a couple of other things to get an invite, so it’ll be tough, but I’ll do my best!
Q. Michał “Kami” Kamiński was your partner in all the last tournaments you have won. How did you both meet? How do you work to improve your synergy so that you perform at your best?
Teeq: I met Kami because I was playing duos with my teammate, Jakub “Kubx” Świtała.
Before we started playing a duo with Kami, we had been playing as a trio for the whole year, so we already had a good synergy between us.
Q. What are your words of advice for aspiring esports professionals who want to try out the competitive world of Fortnite?
Teeq: Fortnite is a difficult game to play at a very high level, so you need a lot of time to play very well, but the most important thing is tenacity. Practice your aim, mechanics, construction, etc. to improve.