Alex Machine interviewed

ROG Masters got a chance to meet up with Alex Machine. Presented below is their interview posted originally on their website.


 What do you think about the Asian Counter-Strike scene?

It’s very exciting! Honestly #csgo2asia has been a hashtag for a while, and the idea of CS: Global Offensive being a truly global game is wonderful. However, the game community is currently much smaller than I’d like it to be. But with Valve distributing in China now and tournaments/leagues like ROG MASTERS, it’s only a matter of time until it grows over its current borders.

Do you think there are players or teams in Asia who could compete with Western teams?

Well, we’re starting to see that already, aren’t we? I remember TyLoo from China causing a stir at the Dreamhack Masters in Sweden, beating SK and Liquid in their group. This resulted in the two American sides being knocked out – in a lot of analysts’ eyes prematurely. We’ve got Machinegun from Mongolia now playing under Splyce in NA. In fact, in a tournament just this week we witnessed Vici Gaming, TyLoo and MVP Project all impressing and improving since the last time we saw them on an international stage.

Is it possible for a tournament like ROG MASTERS to put Asian teams into the spotlight they deserve?

That’s exactly what this is going to do!

What are the basic necessities the Asian scene has to build up to compete with the better teams from Europe and America?

Well, if you get viable versions of CS in Korean PC bangs, you will suddenly see an influx in Korean talent. But I think it also has a lot to do with the quality of their practice. That is not me saying ‘move to NA/EU’, that would only be a short-term fix that would hamstring our growth in the long run and expand our already stacked leagues. I think it comes down to volume:

More players = Better players = Better teams = Better practice = Better Counter-Strike

We have already seen that they have the drive: Look no further than TyLoo and their head coach QiFang ‘karsa’ Su, who does an unbelievable amount of preparation for opponents – and it’s evident in their play. Examples of this can be found from just last week, where they dispatched the CIS stars Na’Vi convincingly. Their mechanical skill is impressive too, often boasting obscenely high mouse sensitivity, but shot-for-shot competing with some of the best in the world.

My answer is raise the volume of CS:GO in Asia = Better CS:GO in Asia. –


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