Black^ Interview @ EPICENTER Major 2019
Source: https://www.cybersport.ru/dota-2/interviews/eg-ochen-boyatsya-moego-pudge-i-eto-pravilno-black-o-podgotovke-k-epicenter-major-i-vozvrashenii-v-dota-2 - (21.06.19) (by Cybersport.ru)
Dominik "Black^" Reitmeier talked to Cybersport.ru shared that he will possibly be showing a Pudge at this EPICENTER Major, possibly even against Evil Geniuses themselves. Infamous carry also talked about missing Dota 2 while he was injured and planning to make a big comeback into the professional scene.
You’ve said that you’re planning a big comeback into pro Dota after TI. Are Infamous still a part of your plans, or is it temporary?
You shouldn’t be joining a team expecting to soon leave it. I want to improve this team as much as I possibly can. We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, maybe we will be performing well, maybe not. You have to simply accept it.
By my comeback, I meant that I will be in a good form, with the best skill and the best team that you can possibly find.
You mentioned that you planned a special schedule to achieve this. Could regular players use this trick to get better?
Yes. Before I had a team, that was all that I was doing: going to the gym, studied my own replays, played a lot of ranked. I think that many people explicitly skip watching the replays part: they play, play, play, but never analyze their own mistakes. It makes it hard for them to improve.
Plus it is difficult to analyze your own mistakes, if you’re not a professional player.
Exactly. This is what I do when I want to practice something: I find a pro player that is good at it, turn his game on and watch my own replay. This way I find differences and try to adapt to get better.
At first you simply have to follow the player you think is the best. After that you become good enough to form your own style. But until then you must simply learn.
Do you think Aliwi "w33" Omar fits as a replacement for Lasse Aukusti "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen?
Personally, I don’t think so. Matumbaman was very important for the team because of his heroes and playstyle. They will definitely need to change their own style a lot. It might all work out very well or very poorly, time will tell.
What should Matumbaman do now?
It is very difficult to find a team before The International. The best option is if some team would invite him. Then he will have a good chance to qualify. Even better if he gets invited to an already qualified team.
It would be very awkward if he would miss this TI. He played the whole year and earned his place there, I hope he will get it.
Which team would fit him?
He is an amazing player. He is a very good good hard-carry, but his midlane is also not bad. I think that many teams would love to have him. It won’t even matter which team will take him. He will make any team great.
How did you prepare to the EPICENTER Major?
It was difficult to prepare properly. South-American teams did not want to play with us and those who did leaked our strategies to the rest of the region. We couldn’t continue playing with them anymore. All American teams bootcamped in Europe, playing with europeans, so we couldn’t practice with them either.
We had almost no practice for 26 days, except for ranked matchmaking and team discussions. The first practice we had since then was about five days ago, when we arrived at the Kinguin bootcamp in Poland. That was our first practice in a month. Yes, it wasn’t perfect conditions, but we tried to make the best out of them.
What do you think of Evil Geniuses?
I’ve played against EG many times before, many times I won, many times I lost. Good mental preparation is the important thing for us. EG is a very strong team, who will punish you for any mistake, so you must be sure you’re not afraid of them. That even if you lose one map, you will not give up in the next.
EG is the kind of team that can completely destroy you. They even destroyed Team Secret, the best team in the world right now. So you have to make sure that your thoughts are clear and that you will keep trying, won’t give up.
Do you think Secret is the best team in the world?
Yes, they do win every event. When we played against them, they prepared us well and crushed us. A scary opponent. They play almost any hero on every position. It is impossible to prepare for them, they will lane however they want, they have an infinite amount of strategies, and to top it all off, they have five good mechanical players.
It’s very difficult to beat them with a strategy. Even if you have a plan, they have five players on every position. If you didn’t get outdrafted, you have to outplay them, which isn’t any easier.
Would you analyse Virtus.pro the same way?
Virtus.pro main weapons are Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev and Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko. If they will get a good game, the two of them would destroy anyone and end the game. But if the opponents will manage to pressure one or both of them, then VP will have problems. The ability to provide easy conditions for those two is the main strength of this team.
Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov is also an amazing player. But I think that VP driving force is Ramzes and Noone. The rest simply try to create space for those two in hopes that one of them would carry the game. Which is usually what happens!
You have mentioned that in the beginning of this season, you planned to play with Newbee. Why didn’t things work out?
I already planned to move to China, but right before that I broke my arm. I couldn’t play for a few months. It was a catastrophe for my career. It all happened because of riding a mountain bike.
So you will now stay away from all those non-Dota activities?
We’ll see! I will definitely never touch a mountain bike or snowboard. But football or basketball - why not? I like the sport, I like to keep myself in shape, so I will not completely abandon all of it. But I will be more careful, I promise.
Is there a chance to see you in Europe ?
I would love to play in Europe! I think that Europe and China provide the best conditions for players’ growth. I hope I will have an opportunity to come back.
You’ve mentioned that asian teams practice more than others. Does it mean that you would force your potential European teammates to work harder?
No, I won’t be able to do anything. European teams simply work this way. Players love to play less and discuss replays more over there. In China it’s the other way around.
In Europe, players usually play 3-4 matches, then analyse them. In China the game count could reach 8. They believe that testing strategies is much more important than discussion them. But both ways work. TI was won by Chinese and by European teams alike. It’s simply different cultures.
You’ve spent this season as an analyst. Did it change your outlook on Dota?
My main conclusion from all this time: I miss the game. After spending a whole season as an analyst, I was charged to comeback as a player. When you sit there and praise someone like Maybe for an amazing move for example, you suffer inside. Because you want to be on his place.
That’s why it’s been hard for me on every event. When I’m not playing, then I don’t feel right. So first of all, the analyst work showed me that I can’t just watch others play, I must play myself!
Would you want to become an analyst after you retire?
Possibly. But right now I don’t know when I will retire. My approach is like this: if I think that I can still beat the best players, I will continue to try to do that. The moment I would realize that I have no more chance to win, that’s when I will give up.
Maybe I will become a coach or a manager. Until then I will continue to fight and get better.
Is there a chance for us to see you playing Pudge?
You know… I love this hero a lot. He is pretty good right now as well. It might happen in a fitting match, maybe even against EG. They are scared of my Pudge, and they should be (laughs)! So if we will have an opportunity, we will pick Pudge and completely shock EG.