At ESL One Hamburg, Shiaopi and 2009 sat down with the legendary carry player Sylar for an interview. They talked about how the team was formed, how the carry role has changed over the years, and more.
LiquidDota: First of all, thank you for taking the time for this interview. Our first question regards the formation of your rather new team. What were the criteria when you formed?
Sylar: Basically we chose by skill. People whom we all considered strong enough to make it. Since Burning was familiar with xxs and Boboka from coaching iG last season. He thought they were good enough, then I got approached and I recommended Fenrir. Finally we decided to bring in some new blood with Dstones.
Since you mentioned Burning already. What are the strengths he brings to the table as your coach?
Every player has different opinions and he mediates a lot between us. Besides that we compliment each other very well, since he comes up with thoughts out of the box that we can’t come up with.
Aster has been quite impressive so far this season. Last season on VG.J Thunder you also had quite the run in the early parts of the DPC before your results dropped off. What changes do you think are necessary to prevent a similar trajectory?
I think last season’s issue were a lot with the frequent patches. We all had trouble adapting to them and at the same time each and everyone’s personal performance also dropped off. Honestly, keeping up in form is part of the personal responsibility of every pro.
Usually a team will not drop off hard as long as every player keeps up his form. So we just need to avoid that.
Back to the current tournament. After a strong group-stage performance you unfortunately lost to Vici Gaming in the first Upper Bracket match. Now you are waiting on either Forward or pain gaming. Do you prefer either of them?
Not really. The loss in the group stage to Forward does not linger on our mind much. We were already qualified for the playoffs and it was mostly us experimenting. The results were not as we hoped for but it did not matter much. In the group stage we played acceptable I would say. But we actually surpassed our expectations, since we were not in great form before we traveled to Germany. Hopefully we can keep it up. Our main aim for ESL One Hamburg was not necessarily a top result but to recover our strength.
Especially for the Kuala Lumpur Major?
You could say so. But mainly we needed to regain cohesion, since we were in a downward spiral while in China. Practice, Officials, all were pretty bad.
What do you think is the difference in foreign and Chinese experiences?
Obviously the play styles of East and West are different. Maybe people will also care more for offline events. So they shape up and we play better abroad.
Since we were talking about the Kuala Lumpur Major. Have you done special preparations?
Not really, just practices as usual. Looking for which strategies and heroes are more suitable to ourselves and then specialize in those. Also use the experiences we gather from ESL One. We will have to apply those results and the practice experiences for Kuala Lumpur.
Moving away from the tournaments. As you also know 7.19 has been around for a long time and everyone is looking forward to 7.20. Do you have special wishes for the new patch?
Not really. I just wish for bigger changes so that the game becomes more interesting.
Not even wishes for the current state of the safe lane? After all you have been around in the scene since 2012 and you have always been considered a premier core player.
I think over the years the position 1 has changed a lot. Back then, in the classic dota you would have a safelane trilane protecting the carry. But Icefrog considers everyone’s playing experience and also the entertainment value for the spectators. So he will aim for the 2-1-2 laning, distributing resources a lot more evenly, so that every lane can have an influence and every player can show off his skill. So he tries to reduce the impact and necessary farm of the position 1. I don’t think a carry can decide games alone anymore or that you can rely on a carry to 1on5 in the late game. As the versions progress further I see less and less of a chance of that returning.
One last question regarding Burning. Back during his active time you both were considered China’s best carries. Does his coaching encompass anything special in regards to your role?
Usually he focuses more on details, while I look at the larger picture. Like my personal farming rhythm and timings. Another example would be me focusing more on the game past 10 Minutes, while he emphasizes pre 10 Minutes more.
Thank you very much for the interview and good luck for your upcoming matches.
Interviewers: 2009, ShiaoPi