Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Firstly, how do you feel about the Dota Pro Circuit now that South America is being offered a chance with a slot every Major and Minor? Do you think it will encourage growth in the scene as a whole?
Yeah, I think we deserve that slot because in the past we often played on the US East servers with high ping to try and qualify for tournaments and I don’t think that was very fair. That slot definitely makes things easier and fairer for us. I think the entire scene benefits from the system and will keep growing and that it will hype up the players in our region.
I see. So far, we’ve seen you play at Starladder and Hamburg now. During both tournaments, you’ve started off looking a little stronger and then you found yourselves facing better teams, so have you been making any special preparations for going up against the better teams like when you were against Liquid these two tournaments?
Yeah, it’s different but it’s good to play against the TI champions because we learn a lot and that they have their own style. They don’t tend to copy other teams and play their own game and I think that’s very smart so we try to embrace that. For our preparations, we scrimmed a lot and had a bootcamp in Poland. We also tried to take a look at their main heroes like Venomancer and Broodmother and we studied the patch to try and figure out how to play against them.
Alright, looking at the state of the metagame at the moment, we saw heroes like Bloodseeker and Furion during TI but coming into Hamburg, we’ve been seeing more of other heroes like Chen, Mirana, and Monkey King. What are your thoughts on that?
I think the picks are really more about the people playing them. Sometimes they just feel like playing these heroes and they like those heroes. Sometimes you just forget about a certain hero and then other teams start playing it and then they end up picking it as well because they think it’s good. It’s just how the game is, people haven’t really changed anything, they just find new heroes and forget the old ones.
So a question that’s more about you. SG e-Sports have, with you, created this reputation where your Arc Warden is really scary to play against. We saw you play Arc Warden superbly against Keen Gaming yesterday and we just wanted to find out when it is that you guys choose to pick the hero, whether it’s a niche pick when you’re desperate or it’s more of a general strategy?
We prefer picking Arc Warden against Chinese teams because they don’t pressure as much as other more aggressive teams like VP and Liquid. They let us play the map more and they pick greedily like us so we can get away with it. I think that as long as you have a laning phase that goes fine, he can be good against anything. He can become a disabler with Hex and Bloodthorn or he can be a right-clicker with Butterfly and MKB and you can just build him in any way. It only really depends on having a good start and a good laning phase.
I see. Valve have announced that they will be releasing a new patch on 1st November, is there anything you’re hoping to see in the new patch, maybe some buffs, nerfs, or the two new heroes?
I think our team struggles too much against the green heroes. *laughs* We don’t like to play against them and we don’t like to pick them so we hope that the green heroes and Furion don’t get picked anymore because we really don’t like to play them. Considering every patch, this patch lasted too long in my opinion. Every patch has a critical change so I think that this patch will change the game a lot and there should be some new things, items maybe, and of course, the two new heroes will change a lot. For now, we’re just hoping that the green heroes, Necro, Veno, Pugna, all get nerfed.
Going back to the metagame, you mentioned Pugna. I want to get your thoughts because obviously, you’re a South American team and like you said, you play on the NA servers sometimes where Pugna has been especially popular. So what do you think about the hero overall, considering the meta?
I think he’s very strong against teams without disables. He only needs experience and doesn’t need farm. If you get Lvl 6, no hero can stay in his lane because there’s just too much magical damage. He’s also really flexible and you can play him in any role. So I think he’s just really strong. You don’t even have to commit to pushing a tower because he can just blast it from afar.
Moving forward, what are you hoping to achieve for the rest of the season? It’s been disappointing getting eliminated at both StarLadder and Hamburg without achieving Top 4 and getting Qualifying Points, so what are your goals over the next few tournaments?
I think we have to adapt against some teams. For example, I said that we can play well against Chinese teams so now we have to adapt to play well against other teams who play differently. I think that we can go far, we just need the experience to know the right things to do. We can get good heroes, good matchups in the draft and I think that we’re a pretty good team that can play off of that. Most of the time though, I think we are slightly lacking draftwise and in terms of knowing what to do against totally different teams, especially when compared to what we play in South America. We just need to learn and get experience, I think.
Alright, thanks again for the interview and good luck with the rest of the season. We hope to see you more in future tournaments.
Interviewers: 2009, ShiaoPi