Interview with Armel
Soham (S): Hi Armel, how’s your stay in Mumbai been so far?
Armel (A): Really good.
S: Are you having a good time generally?
A: Yes, it's like living in the Philippines, you know?
S: Oh that's great to hear. I’d like to begin by talking about what health issues gamers face in general. Is there any particular strategy that you guys have at TNC where you maintain proper fitness, workout, food?
A: Not every one of us. It's just me and Tims trying to exercise when we are in the boot camp.
S: Do you have any tips for gamers on how to maintain fitness?
A: Uhh, I don't know! (laughs)
S: Okay, No problem. Next thing I would like to talk about is the Kuku scandal. I hope it's fine if you want…
A: Uhh, I don’t know how to answer that
S: Has it affected your team morale?
A: Not really, because, I think right now its really over, you know? Everyone moves on you know.
S: Bulldog said he took a stance with you guys where he said that he won't go to a Chinese tournament because of this. What does the team think of Bulldog’s stance?
A: We are really happy that Bulldog stands with us but he can't do much, you know.
S: Regarding balancing social life and gaming, you know how it is to become a pro gamer where you have to dedicate a lot of your time and you cannot really do other things. So how do you try to balance your life between Dota 2 and everything else?
A: I mean, I’m still trying to balancing with you know, gaming time, for my family, for my girlfriend. It’s just small time you know? Like 90% of your time is you need to give to Dota.
S: So do you have any regrets?
A: Not really, I am really passionate about this game, I really want to win, so I can sacrifice everything.
S: Next thing I’d like to talk about solo MMR and playing scrims. You can understand both of them add uniqueness to the player. But how do you balance between playing MMR and playing scrims? Playing with the team?
A: I think, we have this kind of a schedule in our team that its MMR day and scrim day, you know? So its really balanced. Sometimes we just want to play a pub game, you know, but sometimes we just want to play scrim. Something like that.
S: So it is following a schedule is what matters?
S: This season has had more time for third-party events outside the DPC. We are at a non-DPC event right now. So it is difficult to find the motivation to play in the non-DPC event?
A: I think it's the same you know. You take every tournament equally because you want to win. Even if you win with the non-DPC tournament, it boosts your confidence.
S: Since you are position 2 for TNC, what is the main thing that position 2 in this patch has to look out for?
A: I think in the mid lane like, if you kinda have an advantage in the mid lane like 60-40, you can always just rotate in the safe lane and just keep scaring the offlaner, you know? It's really a big advantage.
S: And what do you think of the new Atos and its prominence in the game right now?
A: I mean, the Atos is really good right now, but, how can you say this? Sometimes you just don't want to build it you know, cause it kinda slows your farm, something like that. Other items way better.
S: With that being said, what do you wish from the next patch? What is your expectation from the next patch?
A: Next patch? I have no idea right now you know? (laughs)
S: In final words what are your plans and goals for the future?
A: We really want to qualify for the next major and get into The International.
S: Thank you for your time.