ANGE1: "[Not] in tip top shape"

As promised earlier, here is the pre-DreamHack Bucharest interview with Astana Dragons' in-game leader, Kirill "ANGE1" Karasiow who also celebrates his birthday today.

Karasiow joined Astana Dragons from together with Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov. Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev had also played with the duo in Virtus, but was recently inactive.

The trio were joined by two long time Na`Vi stars Yegor "markeloff" Markelov and Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev, instantly lifting themselves into the discussions of the world's best team.

ANGE1's Astana will receive their first real test this weekend 

Astana have now competed online for roughly a month with some inconsistent results, but also some impressive wins versus the likes of Na`Vi, Cph Wolves, ESC and n!faculty.

The squad also recently debuted on LAN at TECHLABS Cup Kiev 2013, where they bested fnatic 2-1. Continue reading to find out what to expect of the Kazakhstani powered team.

How have you prepared for DreamHack Bucharest? Have you only practiced online or also bootcamped? How well prepared will you be in time for the event? Will we see you in tip top shape?

ANGE1: We've been bootcamping in Kiev for a month. It's obvious that we can't be in tip top shape as a team after such a short time together, so the main goal is to be prepared 200% individually.

There have been a lot of online matches in the past few weeks, do you think this has helped or damaged you coming into a big LAN event? Do you think being able to study other teams’ strats helps or will others studying you hurt you more? How much should we look into your recent performance as an indicator of current form?

ANGE1: Online matches are the best preparation. We don't use a lot of tactics, so I think big number of online matches doesn't affect us much. We are pretty random at the moment, so I don't think that our performance at DreamHack will tell a lot about the future.

You've been placed in group D and will start off against Na`Vi, myRevenge and FAW. How do you expect to fare there? Do you see any upsets taking place in the other groups?

ANGE1: I prefer not to do any predictions about tournaments that my team attends :). We just will do our best, and hope to get a bit luck from time to time.

Dosia is just one of the many stars in Astana who could go off 

If you had a gun to your head and had to guess which placing you would end up at in Bucharest, what would you guess? What placing would you be happy ending up at? How do you think the top three will shape up? Who will surprise in the tournament, both positively and negatively?

ANGE1: As I said, no predictions about our result. But I think top 3 would be good for a first big LAN tournament. I think VG and NiP are in a good shape at the moment, and I really think that Na`Vi can do a lot of damage.

Who in your team needs to play well in order for you to perform at your highest level? Which players from other teams do you think can turn some heads? Any up and coming stars to watch out for?

ANGE1: I think it will be enough for any two players from my team to perform great here, in order to reach top three. Interesting to watch for new Na`Vi players, hope to see them in a good shape (not in a game against us of course :D).

How has the new team worked out in comparison to what you expected when you decided to make the team? Has it been harder or easier to get to where you want to be than you thought it would be? How much more will you develop in the coming months as a team?

ANGE1: We have a lot of work to do, but unfortunately we don't have time for that. But at the same time I'm pleased with our progress in the last couple of weeks, and I hope we will keep progressing before and after DreamHack.

We will continue our DreamHack Bucharest coverage with more interviews tomorrow, with our preview scheduled for release on Thursday together with our viewer's guide, so make sure to keep your browsers at

2013-09-10 22:37
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2013-09-10 22:45
Gj lurppis:)
2013-09-10 22:46
gl ad hope u will perform good :)
2013-09-10 22:46
He really likes the new Na'Vi team, i think thats pretty cool ;D
2013-09-10 22:49
he doesn't seem too confident tbh
2013-09-10 22:50
1 reply
They are overconfident, they just don't show it on publick.
2013-09-11 14:36
I really don't understand the use of the bracket
2013-09-10 22:52
2013-09-10 22:55
2013-09-10 22:55
AD will be top 3 @ DH
2013-09-10 22:56
2 replies
who knows..
2013-09-11 18:33
1 reply
i do :P
2013-09-11 19:07
happy birthday also.
2013-09-10 23:14
2013-09-10 23:15
2013-09-10 23:17
Astana Disband
2013-09-10 23:25
France Sheld
the gun thing doesn't work lurppis, try with an awp boom maybe
2013-09-10 23:25
If ANGE1 was a Dota 2 player all his responses would be "BLYET! SUKA! FUCK YOU! GIVE HELP! MANA!"
2013-09-10 23:29
Can someone explain the usage of these [brackets]? I haven't checked the site very often lately.
2013-09-10 23:40
7 replies
[Not] sure.
2013-09-10 23:45
3 replies
I had a [hunch] a comment like yours was coming.
2013-09-10 23:53
2 replies
[Hehe]. #29
2013-09-11 00:02
1 reply
Thanks to the both of you. [(Y)]
2013-09-11 00:30
They're called square brackets. They're used when adding in word(s) that weren't directly said by the person being quoted, usually in order to make the quote more clear. "[Not] in tip top shape" is a quote taken from this sentence, "It's obvious that we can't be in tip top shape as a team after such a short time together."
2013-09-11 10:52
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Thought so, thanks :) I was a bit confused because I don't recall seeing them in previous articles with interviews.
2013-09-11 22:57
2013-09-11 14:25
Belarus ALBiNh0
Dosia's 3 states: 1) playing 2) sleeping (2nd photo) 3) eating
2013-09-10 23:54
2 replies
Petrosyan log in pls
2013-09-11 12:47
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Belarus ALBiNh0
i've lost the password of original account
2013-09-11 12:51
Brackets because angel didn't specifically say "not in tip top shape" but "it's obvious that we can't be in tip top shape as a team after a short time together..." Lurppis is required to use brackets when quoting someone around words that were not explicitly said.
2013-09-10 23:57
not realy answers to most questions
2013-09-11 01:03
Interesting to watch for new Na`Vi players, hope to see them in a good shape (not in a game against us of course :D). :DDDDDDDDD
2013-09-11 01:34
For those who didnt have a chance to see and for those who might give a c**p about it here's a no longer exclusive video of Astana Dragon's current home base where they bootacmp in Kiev --->
2013-09-11 01:38
i dont understand how 1 month of bootcamping isnt enough for them. they have 3 players from before + changed awp for awp (and markeloff can play both defensive and offensive) and rifler for rifler. they can use their old VP positioning, teach markeloff and edward their old strats which shouldnt take that much time
2013-09-11 01:55
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Believe me, chemistry isnt something you can pull of within a short time. Edward and mark was playing with NaVi for a long time and now they have to adapt with their new mates and playing with a different style and environment. Its not as easy as it looks.
2013-09-11 09:17
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im not talking about the chemistry but about how he said that they bootcamped 1 month and have only focused on individual skill. why would u even bootcamp for this, u can train individual skill at home :P
2013-09-11 10:24
1 reply
sounds legit
2013-09-11 14:15
Haha, wtf? What kind of question is that? "If you had a gun to your head and had to guess which placing you would end up at in Bucharest, what would you guess?" "As I said, no predictions about our result." And what kind of answer is this? xD
2013-09-11 05:05
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2013-09-11 07:50
He obviously doesn't want to make predictions about the results because he will look an idiot if they fail. It also adds a little more pressure for him to do well. It's a smart move by him.
2013-09-11 09:35
5 replies
Not even when having a gun pointed to his head? :p
2013-09-11 14:23
4 replies
its a bad way of trying to get something out of someone
2013-09-11 14:36
3 replies
Surely, very effective. A part from this case where angelYN wud just say "as I said, no predictions" ;)
2013-09-11 18:53
2 replies
it is effective but still, is a prediction really that important? even if he thinks they might win he would still say top4 would be great
2013-09-11 19:05
1 reply
I don't think you got the point.
2013-09-11 19:58
Russia 6aLo4ka~
2013-09-11 07:07
Denmark MrDivi
AD to lose to Na'Vi at Bucharest...
2013-09-11 08:34
4 replies
no wai!
2013-09-11 11:06
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Denmark MrDivi
kibaken to carry navi GG
2013-09-11 13:09
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2013-09-11 14:26
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Denmark MrDivi
seized bad yesterday. :(
2013-09-11 14:43
[What] is that shiet, lurrpis ?
2013-09-11 11:17
1/2/3 Nip/VG/AD or navi :D/
2013-09-11 11:17
3 replies
AD and NaVi not even top10
2013-09-11 13:48
2 replies
lol u IS definately new 2 th3 game!
2013-09-11 14:16
hahahaha its lan dude
2013-09-11 14:23
In the demo between Astana Dragons and n!faculty, you can see that Dosia knows way too much. He is using a wallhack for sure. Pay attention to when he is offensive and defending, it really just makes too much sense. He tries to hide the wallhack use, by playing stupid at times, but even I can cover my cheating better than he does.
2013-09-11 11:17
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Hope you know how many years Dosia have been playing on LAN, and how many times he got first place in tablescore. Trolling is an art btw, not everyone can succeed
2013-09-11 11:22
2013-09-11 15:16
not sure if srs
2013-09-11 17:30
It seems that they don't train any tacticts at all. For CT they use default positions, for T they just improvise relying on their aim. Hope they will be developing teamplay&tactics more.
2013-09-11 11:19
We have a lot of work to do, but unfortunately we don't have time for that. wat
2013-09-11 13:37
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2013-09-11 15:08
an okay interview :) i'd fix the grammar mistakes before publishing it tho.
2013-09-11 19:15
"We've been bootcamping in Kiev for a month. It's obvious that we can't be in tip top shape as a team after such a short time together, so the main goal is to be prepared 200% individually." They were playing more than 10h per day for one month and they cant be in tiptop shape. Lold.
2013-09-11 23:14
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