Yamato: So Optic, coming into the tournament you guys were, for me, pretty highly ranked, but coming from the Summit it seemed like you guys didn’t have a great time there. Coming into TI, we placed you mid-ranged, around Fnatic. How did you guys feel about your ranking within the teams? Did you think about that before you go into a tournament like TI?
CCnC: I mean you think about it a little bit, you see like how people rate different teams, stuff that you maybe disagree with, one team being in a certain place, or another team placed on scrims, and stuff like this. But I’d say in general its pretty good to not think about it so much, just go in to play your game. And thinking about how this team is good, getting spooked by them when you play them, and then you play worse things don’t turn out the way you want them to. So I’d say in general, it’s better to just focus on your own game and try and be confident.
Yamato: Has it been something that you guys have struggled with lately, being able to focus on your own game? I know that you especially, social media likes to target you when you make bad plays or have a tough time getting into the game. Is that something you guys have been working on, letting that stuff brush off?
CCnC: Not really, I think everyone on this team has a pretty fine time dealing with hate, they just don’t care, and just do their thing. I’d say I’m probably the most jittery person but I just get nervous, like physically nervous before games and stuff. So it’s something I try to work on, being more confident in the moment and not overthinking stuff too much. But I’d say as a team we’re pretty good and I’m probably the biggest culprit of it.
Yamato: Coming into the first day, did you guys have any special preparation for the matches like versus VP? Anything that you wanted to do but didn’t get to show?
CCnC: I’d say we weren’t super confident about what we wanted to do exactly, just in the tournament as a whole. The start of the Group Stage, definitely figured so much stuff out and obvious as things pan out, you get to see what’s working for other teams and what’s not working, and you can base what you think and couple that with some of the other things, and have a better understanding of the patch as a whole. You obviously are more confident in what you think is good as the tournament goes on, because you have a higher success with them, hopefully.
So at the beginning, we always prep for every team and talk about picks and bans and stuff and the early phases, stuff like this. I don’t exactly remember how the drafts went against VP, and in general I’d say we just get more confident as the tournament goes on, and we’re always going to prep for the team and not go in blind. [High pitched sarcastic voice] Eeeeh let’s ban Techies! *laughs*.
Yamato: Yeah and you guys definitely did get better as the tournament went on, that last day you guys played much, much better than you guys had at the entire tournament up to that point. Do you think there was some kind of turning point after Day 3 where you guys gelled together or was there a strategy that you guys found that really allowed you to perform that well on the last day?
CCnC: Those last couple losses on Day 3 helped us have that little bit extra better understanding of how we wanted to pick heroes and stuff like this, and I’d say that also that we just realized that our backs were against the wall and were very close to getting knocked out of the tournament before Main Stage. So we just have to play better. That’s kind of how it was.
Yamato: You especially had a great game in that last tiebreaker game against Newbee on Mirana. It seemed like you were feeling yourself throughout that game, running around with arrows, getting a lot of good kills. Did you guys have good atmosphere that game? Because it seemed like it from how you guys were playing.
CCnC: Yeah, I’d say it was pretty chill because in our last 3 games, the one against Newbee and the two games against VG, the atmosphere was very nice. I enjoyed those games a lot, they’re probably my favorite games of the tournament so far.
Yamato: Just personally, I’ve been a fan of Optic Gaming throughout the year, and watching those last 3 games, that was the Optic Gaming I fell in love with.
Thank you for your time, it was nice to meet you Quinn.
CCnC: Nice to meet you too.
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Graphics: Valve, Julmust, Exitiums