CSGO-news recently conducted an interview with the middle eastern player from Dubai Love ¨havoK¨ Paras.
Love “havoK” Paras is a 23-year old Counter Strike Professional player from Dubai, UAE who plays for Risky Gaming – one of the best teams in the Middle East right now. Known for his assaulting and entries, havoK is currently the highest rated player in his team having a KDR of 1.16 against other Pro teams.
Congratulations on earning a spot for eXTREMESLAND China Finals. How does it feel to qualify?
Thank you, it feels really great. Going into the eXTREMESLAND middle east qualifiers, we felt very confident due to the amount of hours we had put into our practice. We knew we had to put in those hours specially because one of our core players Nami had to stop CS:GO for a year due to the mandatory military service, however t0ks is doing great with us. This is the third time we travel this year for an international tournament and we’re looking forward to it. It’s a bit of mixed emotions; Happy, exciting and very motivated.
When did you start playing Counter: Strike for the first time?
I started out as a 14 year old boy in a LAN shop close to my house. I just kept going there to play for fun with random people and eventually I realized I was actually pretty good at the game. People started telling me I was the best player in the LAN café. Eventually I found out that we could play CS online via Steam, so I bought my self a PC and kept playing, competing. I kept growing and eventually one of the best teams in UAE at the time asked me to trial with them for one LAN tournament which we then went on to win. Rest is history.
Did you leave your job to pursue Counter:Strike as a professional career and why if yes?
No, I still work full time. I work 9AM to 6PM every day in an events & advertising firm. I wish I could play CS:GO full time, however Risky gaming is currently not a salaried team and I need to have a consistent source of income. My day to day schedule is pretty crazy actually; I literally wake up at 7:30, to reach work at 9AM and leave work at 6PM to reach home by 7PM. Head to the GYM for an hour, and start CS pracc with the team by 8:15ish or so all the way till 1AM. I then have a choice to either stream for a bit or play a game with a few friends. I literally live on 5 hours of sleep. I must say working full time and playing CS:GO professionally is not an easy job.
You are to face one of the best Asian teams, the likes of CyberZen and Renegades, so how do you plan to prepare yourself for this event? Anything special?
Yes ofcourse – Don’t forget that we keep getting better each and every time we attend an international tournament. The first Asian minor, we faced Cyberzen and it was a terrible performance from us since it was the first international tournament as Risky gaming. The second time we travelled to the Asian minor in Korea, we faced Renegades and it was a close game, especially on Mirage. We ended up losing 16-14 however, we learn from each loss. This time however, we feel like we know what to expect and how to play better as a team. Breaker and I are the most experienced in terms of tournaments, etc. Breaker who is our in-game leader, also does all the work in terms of researching our opponents, watching tons of demos and basically noting down keypoints to let us know how to counter them. He also changes his calling style depending on the other team. Trust me, we’ll be ready.
What do you think is the current progress of Risky Gaming?
Risky gaming is doing OK at the moment. We were really de-motivated and pretty upset at the fact that Nami had to halt his CS career and leave us for a year, however, we eventually then picked ourselves back up and asked t0ks to join us. Breaker, t0ks and I previously played in a team together before Risky so we were pretty much comfortable to have him in the team.
After a lot of practice, and changing game styles since t0ks cannot just replace Nami in terms of roles because Nami was our primary awper. T0ks is a rifler and a support player. We made breAker pick up the role of being the primary awper of the team, and I am now the secondary AWPer. We still have kitkat and myself as entries in the team. Karribob and t0ks are our support players.
Personally, I feel we will atleast place top3 at Zowie Extremesland. I’m really confident in my team and myself.
As an Indian, what are your thoughts about the eSports scene in India as compared to UAE?
I’m not too sure about the e-sports scene in India. All I know is there are three teams right now that are all on the same level, Brutality, Ibra’s team and Psy’s team.
I know that SoStronk (the client) is doing a lot for the Indian scene and becoming the next big thing in Asia. You guys should check it out, its actually pretty nice!SoStronk.com!
What changes do you expect to see in your current team?
No changes to be honest. For Zowie Extremesland, t0ks is having a few visa issues because of his passport, however if he cannot make it, we have h1x who was a former member of Team Risky before I joined the lineup, so the team is OK to have him as a replacement if t0ks has any issues. Otherwise, no changes planned at all.
What are your future goals?
Future goals would be to attend 1 more international tournament in 2016. I would love to travel to a European tournament for a change and not an Asian.
We definitely want to qualify for more tournaments and get more exposure & experience.
Shout out to BENQ and ZOWIE for helping us with our visa issues, and having a qualifier tournament for the Middle east.
Shout out to WTFast for providing us with a great client.
Shout out to Risky gaming and my teammates, breaker, kitkat, t0ks, karribob and h1x.