Post WESG Interview
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | Counter-Strike | March 20, 2018
I hopped onto TeamSpeak with the boys after they got back from WESG in China to get into their heads and get some of their thoughts on the weekend. We managed to get a lot of insight for all of our followers and fans because we know that you guys want to keep in touch with the players, especially after such a grueling weekend of Esports!
Here’s what some of the CS:GO players had to say.
What did you think of the event compared to other events you’ve been to?
I didn’t feel the event was as prestigious as one would think of an event with such a large prize pool attached would be. There were a lot of minor features that could’ve been easily avoided that would’ve made the event more enjoyable and smooth flowing.
Was it better than previous WESG Events?
Personally I preferred the previous tournament, the location and setting as well as the efficient admin team just made the event really great.
Are you going to change up the way the team approached practice?
Definitely, it was straight back to the drawing board for us when we got back home to Phoenix. We sat down for hours just speaking about the things we want to change and the things we want to remain the same. We revised our positions and strategies, drew up new practice schedules and so on.
What did you come out of WESG with in terms of both new life experiences as well as in game information?
So we came out of WESG with a new perspective on the game, which made us change roles and things of that sort. For myself personally it was a completely new experience as it was my first international event and it was very eye opening playing against and seeing the players I followed for so long, in the flesh. It was a great life experience and we all learned a lot of new things regarding in-game information and it will help us to achieve better results in the future.
What are the plans moving forward and heading into more events against top tier opponents?
Our plans moving forward are pretty drastic from any perspective you look at it, but so far after the event we all agreed it will help us to do better and the changes are currently working well and heading into more event and top tier games we are trying to take an approach that we lacked before, we lacked well refined setups and lacked direction. These new changes have seen us doing a lot more things right and less mistakes and allows for less unexpected occurrences to take place.
What do you have to say to everyone at home?
We would just like to say thank you to everybody who supported us throughout the event and always had high hopes for us. And of course an even bigger thanks to those who carried on supporting us even when we were losing in our games, the support and hopes from everybody at home really makes us want to achieve something great!
Please give us a breakdown of the event.
This is what was going through our minds in the tournament; the first game vs EnvyUs didn’t really phase us much. We knew we already qualified for the second group stage, and we were experiencing a few technical problems during the match. No one really felt comfortable, so we just focused on the coming matches. We felt confident going into our next group stage with Space Soliders, Order and Team One. After the loss against Space Soldiers, we felt disappointed, but looking back now, it was probably our best showing the entire tournament.
The event didn’t really go as planned. We made a few late changes with regards to positioning and style on certain maps, and we felt a bit uncomfortable coming into the tournament. We were confident none the less, but we struggled to create the ideal “environment” for the team and individuals to function optimally. We knew we had problematic areas and “gaps” in the team, and those were just highlighted at the event.
We felt prepared, we put in the work, but there were still internal and external factors that influenced our performance. Now it’s just time to work, work and work, harder than we ever have before.
All in all, the event was an experience for the boys and now we just have to wait and see what they’ll be able to conjure up for games to come. In North America they have been doing exceptionally well thus far and only show signs of improving.
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