At ESL One Hamburg, Shiaopi and 2009 sat down with Aville from EVOS for an interview.
First of all, thank you for taking the time for this interview, even after the unfortunate elimination in this tournament already. This is your first time at a big LAN-Event. How did it feel like to suddenly match up against the likes of Virtus.Pro with world-famous names like No[o]ne or 9pasha?
We feel so grateful to be here. We came second place in the SEA qualifiers, but to meet these big names, we feel not necessarily confident..how to say…
But when we played the first game against compLexity, we played just like usual and we then realized the gap is not so far between us and them. So starting from the first game, we were emboldened, we told ourselves: It [The distance] is not far, we can do this, we can beat them as well. So at first we were intimidated but we felt a lot better after the first game.
Unfortunately you were still eliminated, but you gathered valuable experience. What do you think was the biggest lesson you got from attending ESL One?
We got in-game and out-game experience. For example we did not even consider about the weather and the jetlag. It’s like when here it is 8 PM in Indonesia it is like 1 AM. And about the weather...almost everyone on our team got the flu. You can imagine we are sick and playing at 1 AM or 2 AM it was pretty bad. Maybe when we can make it to another event in Europe, we can prepare our bodies better for the next time.
For the in-game, of course, the movement is very different from SEA. Especially the Chinese teams were very strong. I really liked the last series against Virtus.Pro. They played with nothing to lose. Even if they lost, they already got the upper bracket secured. For us too, even if we win we could not make it to the main stage already. It was like just having fun with them and especially I, myself, am a big fan of Virtus.Pro. So it was fun
But for learning...We learned movement and have to improve our laning stage. The playstyles are really different from SEA.
Continuing in regards to gameplay. It has been a long-time since the patch now. What do you think should change for 7.20?
I think this Dota version is more balance than before, like TI7,6 or 5. The needed changes are not much for me. Maybe buff some heroes….like Nightstalker. No one is picking it anymore, we need buffs on some heroes like that. For nerfing...I don’t think it is needed cause I think it is balanced. Just buff some heroes that are never picked.
So do you have a favorite for buffs?
Yeah, Nightstalker. Our team really likes to play Nightstalker, but it is very bad right now.
As a last question, is this your first time in Germany?
I have been in Cologne before, last year, for gamescom.
So what is your favorite thing about Germany?
I would say the weather. Although this time our team all got the flu, but overall I like the weather.
Also there are not many people around. You know in Indonesia, we are the 4th most populous country in the world. You come here and it is very nice and quite, very relaxing.
Thank you very much for this interview and good luck for your next tournament.
Interviewer: ShiaoPi, 2009