hooch: "Proved we are a LAN team"

After Gambit qualified for ESL One Cologne over G2, we managed to catch up with the team's in-game leader, Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov, to talk about all things Katowice and the upcoming major.

Gambit have joined the major list after defeating OpTic, Envy and G2 on their way to a 3-1 record at the ESL Studios in Poland.


Gambit fought their way through fierce competition

After they qualified, we grabbed in-game leader and captain Dmitry "hooch" Bogdanov to get his thoughts on some of the matches, as well as the upcoming major.

First of all, since we didn't get to talk to you during the event, what was your preparation like prior to the event?

We were playing for about seven days at a bootcamp and before that we had a small break before we played GODSENT for the Kiev qualifier. But then I went for a vacation and after it we played really bad, we got pounded by many teams online. When we went to the bootcamp it became better, we played some online leagues, Operation: Kinguin and UCC. We just knew we had to prepare four maps, so we made our mind up on these four maps, but it looks like we only needed two maps here. 

It's been quite some time since you added spaze, how has he developed in the team?

In the beginning it was very hard for him, because he never played in a professional team and he doesn't know how to play properly, if you know what I mean. The thing is that at the beginning he was struggling really hard, but when we came to the bootcamp we worked with his mindset, he is always hitting good shots but he just doesn't know how to make it happen. So we helped him with it and he became better. There's still a lot of work to do, but what I really like about him is his confidence, he doesn't care who he's playing, he's like "I'm gonna crush them".

How has your style changed with him as opposed to with wayLander, if at all?

Maybe we changed some positions, but our gamestyle didn't change so much. spaze is doing what he needs to do. The mentality changed a little bit in the team after he joined, but nothing more, no big changes.

I want to talk about the format, it's very new and most people have said it is great, what is your take on it?

I mean, this format is really nice I think, all teams have a chance to play against other teams. If you have a bad group and you don't play well in the first game, you have a small chance to qualify. It's good for strong teams. I don't know how the seedings were made, but as it looks like now, we have played four games here and three of those teams have already qualified and one of them has a good chance to qualify. We maybe faced the strongest teams here, except mouz of course. This format is nice, as I said, it's better than the groups with best-of-ones.

Let's get into the technical pause rules as well, I don't think you've had any, but what do you think about the subject overall?

To be honest, I don't understand that, because in football if you make pauses - I know it's not the best comparison - the thing is like if someone has a technical problem, what did I have to do with it? I just wanna say some words to my teammates. Maybe it's too harsh to say, but maybe some teams like to do it on purpose to break the hype of another team. I don't really understand this rule, but maybe I don't know something.

Train has historically been one of your best maps, but you couldn't deliver against FaZe, what happened?

We played really good as T, and as CT we started well, but we lost two rounds versus fox where he made a 1v3 and a 2v5 where he got an ace, so he played that match really well, but we made huge mistakes in these rounds. When you lose these rounds like that, your morale goes down and the other team gets super-hyped. After we lost I said to my team that we just need to let it go, because shit happens. It's really important to adapt to things like that. So I said we should just forget about that game and don't make the same mistakes we made before, and we didn't make them today.

You were able to improve on your previous games on both Cobble (against OpTic) and Train (FaZe), is it just you making sure you don't make the same mistakes?

We have a coach and also my teammates, who make the mistakes, we talk about it together. My role is just to make them fix it and don't think about that. So it's teamwork, I can't say it's just on me.

At the end of the last match you looked super happy, what does making another major mean to you?

After struggling so hard and people saying that we aren't as good after wayLander departed, we struggled hard online and nobody believed in us, people were talking a lot of shit to us, it just feels nice. We proved that we are a LAN team and I hope we prepare well and show good results than we did last time in Columbus.

Lastly, how are you going to spend the next three weeks prior to the major? Is there going to be a bootcamp?

Tomorrow we're going home and we'll spend some time with our families, like five days. On the 26th we're leaving for ELEAGUE, so we're going to go to a bootcamp for about three-four days before that to prepare for the teams - Virtus.pro, EnVyUs and compLexity. We don't have much time to relax, so we're just chill for a couple of days and practice again.

Make sure to check out the other interviews we have conducted during the offline qualifier:

Ukraine Yegor "markeloff" Markelov: "I don't want to face dignitas"
United States Jake "Stewie2K" Yip: "We didn't expect Mirage vs. mouz"
Australia Chris "GoMeZ" Orfanellis: "Got an option to stay in RNG"
Denmark Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen: "We have to stop losing to ecos"
China QiFang "Karsa" Su: "We changed our style for Immortals"
United States William "RUSH" Wierzba: "We choked against Gambit"
France Edouard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux: "Format good for big teams"
Sweden Robert "RobbaN" Dahlström: "G2 are our biggest threat"
Serbia Aleksandar "kassad" Trifunović: "Nobody will gift us the win"
Slovakia Martin "STYKO" Styk: "Have a lot up our sleeves"
Sweden Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
3
KPR:
0.47
DPR:
0.55
APR:
0.03
France Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Edouard 'SmithZz' Dubourdeaux
Age:
30
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.96
Maps played:
1161
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
Ukraine Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Yegor 'markeloff' Markelov
Age:
31
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1143
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.15
Russia Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Dmitry 'hooch' Bogdanov
Age:
32
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
848
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Denmark Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Mathias 'MSL' Lauridsen
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.91
Maps played:
1530
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.72
APR:
0.15
China QiFang 'Karsa' Su
QiFang 'Karsa' Su
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
389
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
Slovakia Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Martin 'STYKO' Styk
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
1082
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Serbia Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović
Age:
33
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.52
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.13
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.01
Maps played:
993
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1108
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
spaze gl bratik
2016-06-12 22:16
#31
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Russia sNQ- 
iz-za nego chut' ne proebali protiv g2
2016-06-12 22:53
On byl top fragger
2016-06-13 23:06
#42
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Russia sNQ- 
posmotri poslednie raundi, kak on na vagone sdoh ot awp i potom eshe raz sdoh kogda vihodil s konnektora
2016-06-13 23:11
#2
Aleksib | 
Bangladesh 696969 
ez for ence
2016-06-12 22:16
#3
Brunei abbzt 
rip life
2016-06-12 22:16
the dream.. rip
2016-06-12 22:16
easy for GAMBIT
2016-06-12 22:19
#6
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Netherlands Swini 
Nice interview
2016-06-12 22:16
1st
2016-06-12 22:16
#8
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Spain Silber_ 
gl hooch
2016-06-12 22:16
nice
2016-06-12 22:16
+1
2016-06-12 22:16
1 Keepo
2016-06-12 22:16
ok
2016-06-12 22:16
Selling this spot
2016-06-12 22:16
respect
2016-06-12 22:16
Deserved!
2016-06-12 22:16
#19
gas | 
Austria Phil_1337 
N1
2016-06-12 22:16
s
2016-06-12 22:16
hooch <3
2016-06-12 22:16
Nice guy Hooch
2016-06-12 22:18
deserved!
2016-06-12 22:22
everyone's a LAN team ffs...get a brain kid
2016-06-12 22:35
#28
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Latvia Ke]R[4u 
tell that to joelz
2016-06-12 22:39
#29
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Canada Ayton 
tell that to G2
2016-06-12 22:46
tell that to onlineJ
2016-06-12 22:51
#34
Hong Kong b3rn 
>kid
2016-06-12 23:00
#27
Reunion f4CS 
Gambit, now we need the video about Dosia's girlfriend like in Columbus
2016-06-12 22:37
Hooch, very positive person! I love seeing him play on big events.
2016-06-12 22:58
Mitya <3
2016-06-12 23:11
Good interview, happy for hooch hes a great guy!
2016-06-12 23:17
nt virtus pro
2016-06-13 00:13
but u r not a lan player hooch :)
2016-06-13 13:32
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