Fng interview @ EPICENTER Major 2019
Source: https://www.cybersport.ru/dota-2/interviews/fng-u-w33-svoi-pleistail-pod-kotoryi-miracle-dolzhen-podstraivatsya - (21.06.19) (by Cybersport.ru)
Artyom "fng" Barshack talked to Cybersport.ru right before the start of EPICENTER Major 2019. Gambit Esports captain and support shared about their preparations for this event, practice scrims with Team Liquid after Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen replacement and touched on reasons why CIS pub players struggle to play in teams.
— Let's talk about how successful your scrims against Team Liquid went. What did you personally take note of?
— I don’t like to judge things based on scrim results, they aren’t indicative. In general, the team does change a bit. When I learned about their roster change, I thought "MATUMBAMAN is a player with a particular hero pool and particular playstyle”, Liquid took advantage of that and Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi had an easy time. Aliwi "w33" Omar has his own playstyle that Miracle- will now have to adjust to. I came to a question: could Liquid take advantage of w33's strong traits, if they’d even want to of course?
— Do you think w33 fits Liquid or maybe they need to look for someone to specifically fit Miracle-, like another MATUMBAMAN?
— I think there is no point in looking for another MATUMBAMAN for two reasons. First, you won’t find one. Second, I don’t see any free agents of this class. I have personally seen three-four midlaner options. Nico "Gunnar" Lopez could’ve been one, but they took w33, possibly because of good personal relations.
— You will also play in the same group with Evil Geniuses and Infamous. How did you study them?
— My old pals play in Infamous, I know them very well. I have seen a couple of their games during qualifiers. When I learned of our group, I checked their drafts once again, to keep something in my head. They play well enough, but to be frank, it shows that they play in the weakest at the moment region in Dota 2. I can’t note how that region differs from others, other than some kind of chaos. It might negatively affect Infamous preparations. But I wouldn’t like to guess.
— What was your preparation for the Major in general?
— Before EPICENTER we played a lot and watched replays. We thought about what we need to add, some kind of cool ideas that we saw before the event, tried to take those for ourselves; some of it worked, some of it not so much. Then a new patch came out, some things obviously changed. We tried to find the most comfortable strategies that fit us in this patch.
Today we have scrims. We will play, discuss stuff that we want to show Liquid based on the info we have. That’s about it.
— Do you pick a team for your scrims based on style or level or it doesn’t matter who to play?
— That is not a thing in Dota 2. You simply play to keep your form on a certain level and to look for something new and interesting. Some random idea might come up exactly in some scrim, and it might lead somewhere.
— Recently, Alan "Nahaz" Bester compared CIS with North America [t.n. during Starladder Minor], calling those regions very similar with their toxic communities, calling their players selfish who have trouble readjusting from a pub play to team Dota. Do you agree with him?
— It’s a very philosophical question, and I’m not sure why he chose the word “selfish” when describing the players. I think people we have doing well in ranked system in Dota 2, and in other esports games, can’t play in a team not because they are selfish, but because they don’t learn this in pubs.
People play ranked pubs to win games and raise that very rating to get noticed. That’s where all the problems come from. You don’t have to be selfish for it. You simply don’t learn teamwork, which doesn’t go anywhere when you get picked up by a team.
Remember Miracle-, when he got invited to Monkey Business, his first team with Kuro "KuroKy" Salehi Takhasomi and others. When I watched that team, I didn’t see Miracle- playing comfortably, he played what he knew. Later, when Tal "Fly" Aizik became the team’s captain, you could tell how he affected Miracle-. Right now you can see how KuroKy did. He gathered experience. Whether you can compare regions or not… I think that CIS will always be more unique than any other region, except China.
— All kinds of Auto Chess-like games are being hyped: Dota Underlords, Teamfight Tactics from LoL and others. Do you play any of them?
— I played Auto Chess before New Years, but dropped it after. I simply lost interest and had little time. But as Underlords came out I started playing it. I was interested to see the difference in how the developers see this game on their own engine. The engine always affects a lot of things.
I did pay a lot of attention to the LoL version [TfT]. Every version is interesting in its own way and tried to be different from others. If you could take Auto Chess away as a different genre, then this is something absolutely new and I like it. I like having this kind of cool strategic and tactical thing. Plus you have to have good knowledge not simply to win, but to reach a certain idea.