— How can you assess Virtus.pro’s functionality on the Major? Is the staff pleased with the outcome?
— Truth be told, everyone ought to be happy with the second area, because no additional CIS team has increased that high for half and three decades. Looking at all of our matches at the finals, we could say we could have won, we had been powerful. Ultimately we have more upset than fulfilled with the next location.
— Are you preparing into the Major? New patch came out in the time and we began exploring it, strove to comprehend how to play today, things to do with Monkey King and Treant Protector, the way to construct a draft. Following a week of enjoying training scrims 5-6 times per day with powerful opponents, we began to know our strengths, our personalities and our draft. Then we came in Kiev and conducted a couple more scrims in our spare time.
— You used a number of unique strategies, both specific heroes and particular 5-heros combinations. Is there anything else left you have not revealed yet? — No, I do not believe we’ve got anything else ready. We revealed everything we practiced those 2 weeks. Well, perhaps something is still left, but I do not think you could conquer OG using those, possibly to only surprise some Chinese clubs or some others. OG are a really good team, it is difficult to surprise them. I need to apologise to the huge words I mentioned on the analyst desk prior to the finals — I had been that we’d beat OG with almost any plan. I really thought in that. Something just went wrong that day, we had been winning the majority of the games but then giving ourselves away. OG found that, they made it. However, I think that it was more of our reduction than their triumph.
— This had been the most upsetting thing everyone among us sensed two hours following the game. I saw these five match and did not observe a single one where OG just apparently outplayed us. You should not say this to a fourth time champion of this Important however. But we should have been more powerful that day. The next area definitely upset us, however in fact everyone ought to be happy. If we’d have dropped 3:0 with no single glimpse of success, then we would have been pleased with the second put, realizing we were not prepared to win however. But this wasn’t the situation.
— Inform us about the internal workings of this championship. Were there any issues? — There were lots of issues. Few men and women are fine with how this occasion was conducted. I really don’t think there’s much point in speaking in detail about it. Food problems occurred because of all 16 teams falling into a single resort and beginning tearing it apart. We had to await our foods for 2-3 hours, and at times it came, and at times it did not, and if it did not, we had to wait for two more hours. Occasionally orders were becoming mixed between the groups. It would have been easier to perform precisely the exact same manner it’s done in the rest of the tournaments — a very simple buffet folks visit in their leisure and consume what they desire. I feel that the organizers failed. Everything was less than comfortable, with flaws, with some computer problems… One way or another it was distracting from those matches.
— What would you consider the group stage structure? What could you suggest ought to be changed for another Major? — I enjoy round robin out of CS, I am a little enthusiast. However, I enjoy it if it has a sense, when at least eight of 16 teams could either visit Losers Bracket or fall outside, to give groups a reason to attempt, to demonstrate their trainings, to show fantastic matches. Speaking about us specifically, we were really laid back as it arrived into the group point. We knew it had no significance at all. The majority of the teams likely did exactly the same. That is why it was difficult to check at OG and EG… You could not tell if they were weak or strong, If they had been under the danger of falling out or visiting LB, I believe that they would have tried harder. I’d advise to either conduct Double Elimination, such as The International, or create groups go home in the group stage and be more intense. Everyone would like to play on point, not to drop out in classes, but still, I think things must be more severe.
— You performed vs three Chinese clubs at the play-offs. Can you say it’s by far the most comfortable that you play vs that area? — To be truthful, we got really lucky with the mount, since we had no American or European groups. I really don’t know about the remaining men, but I personally would not prefer to perform vs Team Liquid or EG on early phases. I believe that it’s somewhat simpler to perform vs China. They understand little of people and their drama is very orthodox. We were not concerned at all and were coming the matches peacefully, so everything worked out. While vs OG we had been somewhat nervous.
— Exactly why were there problems in the sport vs VG.J? — During the next map, I believed that the championship is finished for us. I got really upset at the moment, we only began the championship, did not have enough time to demonstrate anything however, and what’s going wrong. VG.J played among the greatest matches in their own lives, they prepared quite nicely, driven us a great deal and did not let’s play our match. It was our toughest game in the championship, even for example losing to OG, since there the matches were moving smoothly but at any stage during those we simply “bankrupt”. Nothing was moving nicely versus VG.J from the beginning, they ordered their match. It had been very important.
— After dropping a match to VG.J we knew that we can not be slacking even for a minute, that we need to get concentrated from the very start. We planned all, calculated everything and played with a top quality, serene and crystal clear game. For me personally all those 3 Chinese clubs are completely equal, I can not highlight anybody to be clearly more powerful. To this time this was us either preparing better to the match, or else they were only more comfy opponents.
— Why are you currently attacking Treant Protector rather than Terrorblade from the initial maps of this closing? — OG were enjoying quite nicely with Treant this championship. It’s an unorthodox hero, occasionally rather tricky to play against with our personality, because he does not let’s take towers readily, does not let us divide push with a single hero, does not let’s gank — he always saves someone. Although, because it’s typical for some bo5, teams immediately adapt to one another, and since the matches go on more disagreeable heroes appear and we begin banning those. Discussing the first 3 matches, I think that it could have ended a 3:0, whereas about the past two maps those weren’t our heroes rather than our plays, that can be quite upsetting.
— Inform us about the previous map draft. — I will personally take the responsibility for it. We should have have played exactly the exact same manner as from the first 3 maps and only outplay OG together with our plans. But we began to tilt and attempted to find something fresh. I didn’t handle the air the men had from the booth. It is an insane quantity of nerves and emotion, inside that you keep getting completely insane thoughts, rather than necessarily of healthy type. We should have approached the match calmly and only won the closing. I wish to once again apologise ahead of the fans for not having the ability to collect ourselves.
— The closing made it feel just like Dota two — is a match of a single moment. You’re able to cause 30 minutes but also make 1-2 mistakes and immediately lose. — It isn’t about this — we had been making big mistakes. We put ourselves up for the reduction through the draft and also in match. OG are really the fourfold winners. While we achieved the best outcome for the whole CIS in the previous three and a half a year, we still are not happy.
— About the analyst desk, NS said that your Faceless Void plan is totally unloseable. Is that accurate? — It occurred throughout our boot camp : somebody was indicating heroes that suck separately, but are fairly great combined together. All of these have abilities that provide gold and respawn time, it’s difficult to push them. We won them all, even if losing two collections of barracks it had been challenging for its opponents to complete the game. To be frank, it’s a wonderful feeling when you exercise a plan in a boot camp and it ends up at the play-offs.
— Just how the fan support in the championship for you? — It had been the very first time that I was totally shocked by the service. It had been something unreal. I believe the crowd is the only great thing that occurred at the championship. It assisted the men a lot.
— You may play with a couple more tournaments prior to The International. What is your strategy? To give it your best and use whatever you have ready or to save plans just for the Valve occasions, such as OG does? — We have not discussed it yet, however I believe we’ll be enjoying exactly the exact same manner we played throughout the group phase of this Major — play from our skill, not show a great deal. We’ll be preparing to get it even tougher compared to Major. We’ll do our very best.
— There will not be some roster changes? I feel the men will spend decades together. Their chemistry is super great, both in sport and out of it. They have proven it from the championship. Believe me, they would like to continue to enhance. I doubt that they will divide before winning a Leading or The International. But we still have time.