At ESL One Hamburg, Shiaopi sat down with JT- from Mineski for an interview.
Thank you for your time here in Hamburg. Unfortunately you were eliminated in the groups already. You are the “new blood” within Mineski, how did you feel joining the team as a “rookie”? Did you feel especially pressured?
In the beginning I naturally felt some pressure. But these things, like performing under pressure, have to be handled by yourself. After a while you become used to it. This pressure really does not matter too much. My teammates are also great, they do not add additional stress on me. They don’t say: “You messed up here. You played bad.” It is all encouragement and constructive criticism. As long as I myself am satisfied with my performance I can handle the pressure well.
Of course you have the Malaysian superstar Mushi as your teammate. Does he give you special attention from his wealth of experience? Does he mentor you a lot?
If I make mistakes Mushi will explain it to me. For example, you want to farm that lane right now and not be caught on the other. He will explain it thoroughly and give me all the reasons and his thoughts behind it. That helps me and gives me more direction in my play.
Is this your first time in Germany? Have you encountered things that stood out to you?
Hmm..I guess the weather. It is quite cold but the food is decent.
So you are managing quite well? No issues with jetlag or the LAN environment?
It has all been okay. You get used to everything. The first day was a bit hard, but after a couple days it has been all good.
As we already said, Mineski unfortunately did not make it to the main stage. Where do you think the problems were this time around? Was it the opponents being better or do you think you did not perform as well as you could have?
mhmm..I think we underperformed. Even if the opponents are really good, I think we can beat them if we are at the top of our game.
So you are still experiencing growing pains as a team in its entirety?
I think so, yes, but I do hope we don’t take too long anymore to gel.
Clairvoyance is your coach. As a resident NA player, does he mesh well with the SEA mindset? Does he enable your team to take the best out of both regions?
Since you brought it up, we indeed do have quite the different outlook. He often clashes with Mushi about the game, since Mushi also has strong ideas about the game with his long years of experience. As a team we often galvinate between them both, depending on which approach fits us better as a team. They always have different opinions.
Ah well, most of the times. SEA and other regions really differ a lot.
Thanks for the interview and good luck for the next tournament.