In New York you showed some good results against top-tier competition, what did it mean for the team?
Well the first day in New York was really bad, I played my worst game since I joined OpTic. SK is really good on Train, we won both pistols but we only got nine rounds. And on the second map fnatic destroyed us, but we did a mental reset and the next day we played really well. I can see the improvement with the addition of tarik.
What about the bigger picture, how much did that mean for the team’s future?
Well, it boosted our confidence, you can see that you can play against anyone if you do your homework and if you play well as a team. That is super important in my opinion.
After that event you said you were going to step back in the AWPing duties, take the secondary AWPing role, why was it necessary for you to give it up?
In this team we don’t have a primary AWPer, I’ve never been a primary AWPer, when I played in gBots Kairi was the AWPer and I was the secondary one. So when I joined OpTic, the change for ShahZaM required me to AWP, but after tarik joined I think I can play like I did before. I play better like this.
Before you went to Pro League, what were the team’s goals?
Go to semi-finals at least.
The group is very even on paper, but the first two games were very one-sided. Was that a result of the role changes or did it come down to preparation?
Preparation. It had nothing to do with the roles, we prepared a lot for this event, much more than the previous ones, and we knew everything about the teams we played.
Then you faced mousesports, how did it feel to play against your former gBots teammate loWel?
I don’t like losing against him, I think this is the first time I lost to him on LAN. But I like seeing him succeed as well, it’s really good for the Spanish scene.
Your last match will be with EnVy, what do you expect from that match-up?
I expect to play them on Cobble, I know they’re really good on it, but hopefully we’re gonna win against them. We’ll see how they play and win.