Interview with Mag
Na`Vi’s Mag at ESL One Mumbai: “The DPC System is a bit unfair”
Soham (S): Hi Mag. How’s your stay in Mumbai been so far?
Mag (M): Yeah I like Mumbai. It's pretty hot but I like it.
S: Are you having a good time here?
M: Yeah, we’re here in a super good hotel. I like their organization, everything is awesome.
S: I am happy to hear that. I’d like to begin by talking about the meta. As I saw, Shadow Shaman is the most picked hero in the tournament so far. Why do you think that there’s been the case with the current patch changes?
M: The hero provide you a lot of things. He gives you tower push and he gives you team fight as well. Rhasta is very good at position 4. It gives you everything - control, push and also tower damage, so probably that’s why Rhasta is so popular.
S: I see. Regarding the dominance of Atos and Drums in this current patch, what do you think of that? Do you think that should change or is that a good change which has made the game more competitive?
M: Yes. That has become very popular. Before, people just underestimated these items but they’re very good at giving you good stats. It gives you free catch even if you don’t have enough in your team. Usually, when you push towers, you can just use Atos on supports or heroes that are trying to push out the wave and you can easily kill them. Atos gives you this option. It's very good to have at least one Atos in your team. When it started canceling teleport, it became a very strong item.
S: Speaking about the patch changes, what do you think of the new patch system?
M: These are more like small patches. Mostly these small changes don’t affect much on Dota.
S: Has that made the game more interesting?
M: Yes, of course. But I feel that Valve can do it a bit better. Because every tournament they can see which heroes are good heroes and they can fix them a bit and make Dota more balanced.
S: Speaking about the heroes and the items, what would you like to see from the next patch?
M: I am not sure. There were so many changes over all these years I’ve been playing Dota. I would like to see some fixes for Mars and Io, and I want to see them in Captain’s Mode. But before they add these heroes, they need to fix them for sure.
S: Let’s move on to another thing. What are your thoughts with the DPC system right now? Do you think it has been a good endeavor by Valve? What changes would you like to see in that?
M: About the DPC system, I will say that it’s a bit unfair that teams gain so little DPC points from Minors. It's very hard because if you don’t attend Majors, you are almost not able to earn any DPC points to attend TI. It's also a bit unfair because there’s too many DPC points at a single Major. If you get to Top 4, you get too many DPC points.
S : Since you’re in a coach’s position, how do you think players should manage their time with scrims and streaming? Working for their brand and working on their game, how should they balance it if you had to give some tips?
M : I will say that scrims are very important to be in a good form with your team but also, of course, you need to play a lot of solo ranked matches to practice with new heroes. It's good when you’re streaming, because it’s more of a way to tryhard and you also work on your social media branding. Also, it is very important to practice 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 to make you better.
S: You’ve been a player for a very long time. What motivated you to take up the coach’s position and what input would you like to give to people who are shifting from players to coaches in the current season?
M: First of all, I decided to try myself as a coach because I believed in this team and I wanted to try something new. I didn’t have the best season so I thought that maybe I can do more as a coach. Also, I was very motivated by 7ckingMad and his story. He was doing great as a coach and as a player. I was very motivated and I decided to try myself as a coach this season. At first, I didn’t know what is best for me to do for the team. As a coach, you just need to try and learn, and you will realize what is better for your team.
S: Can we see you returning to become a player anytime soon or are you liking your position as a coach?
M: At the moment, I like everything. I feel my impact as a coach and my goal this season is to make it to TI. I don’t know what is going to happen next season, we will see. But this season, we want to go to TI.
S: How have you been practicing and getting ready for Mineski?
M: We played a few games. Today, we will spend more time to watch all their games and of course, we’re gonna make some plans. Also, we just want to practice more because we have some problems on the sidelines against Keen Gaming. So we want to make it better before we play against Mineski.
S : What do you think your biggest challenge is going into the next match?
M : I am still thinking that Keen Gaming are the favorite of this tournament, and they’re up against our team. Of course, we respect Mineski, but I think it's going to be an even game. It depends on who prepared better. I feel that we can do it. Time will tell.
S : Just in some final words, is there anything else you’d like to say?
M : I want to thank everyone who came to autograph session. I was very impressed by how many Dota fans there are in India. I hope there’s gonna be more tournaments like ESL One in India. I hope to come back in the future.