HS: "It's awesome that two Estonians are succeeding at the same time"
After PENTA grabbed their second win at the Main Qualifier following a one-sided match against Liquid, we interviewed Kevin "HS" Tarn about his team's preparation and their matches so far.
We got a hold of the player of the match from the Liquid encounter, Kevin "HS" Tarn, to find out more about how PENTA prepared in between the Europe Minor and the Main Qualifier, as well as their matches so far in Romania:
Let's start with the preparation that you had in between the Europe Minor and the Main Qualifier, what did you focus on in the 10 days or so in between these two events?
We really focused on having a plan for every single round and we expanded our gameplan, all the strategies and everything, we added stuff to it. We worked on our CT setups and pistol rounds and everything like that, so it's really easy, because we know what we are doing every round.
Looking at the teams here, seeing as you are around the middle in terms of ranking, how did you see your chances of advancing?
Personally, and I think as a team as well, we were feeling really confident. I personally think we could easily 3-0 this and qualify for the Major, judging by practice and LAN results. We're just feeling really confident.
You faced OpTic at first, which ended up being a really close match on Train, what were the keys to win in the end?
We had a really good gameplan, we thought about it before the game and we made it so we would focus on going B at first and then we would pressure the other site, mess with their minds and make it really hard for them. So, they never knew what we would do, but we always went B and it was really easy, actually.
Was there a lot of preparation for OpTic specifically ahead of the match, with how much time you had ahead of the event to analyse them?
No, we didn't really prepare that much for them, but our coach [naSu] looked at their demos really quickly and told us what their tendencies are.
Is that your mindset overall, do you like to focus fully on yourselves rather than try to anti-strat?
Yeah, we just like to play our own game and focus on ourselves, because we know what we do will work against anyone.
With how one-sided your second match was against Liquid, are you just comfortable with these North American match-ups?
I think it's actually the first time we won both pistol rounds, so it just kinda ended up going really well for us. I ended up getting a lot of entries on T side as well, so I was feeling really comfortable and confident.
How did you feel about Mirage, which you admittedly played a lot online but not much offline, not once at the Minor?
Mirage is kind of our favorite map right now, besides Inferno, of course, so we always try to go for Mirage, unless it's some really good team on Mirage.
In the next round, it's quite likely you won't get to meet a North American team again, how do you see yourselves fare against the European favorites, potentially?
We have better chances against NA teams, because they haven't practiced against us, and it's really hard to play against us if you don't know what we're going to do. But I think if we play against someone that we practiced before, it's going to be a really close game. But, hopefully, we can do the 3-0 and just qualify instantly.
And get the first Major attendance for Estonia?
Yeah, I'm gonna be the first.
What about ropz, now that we're on this topic, how do you like seeing him succeed alongside you?
It's really awesome that two Estonians are succeeding in CS at the same time. For him, it was really lucky, actually, because he came from nowhere and instantly got picked up by mousesports. It's really cool for him, I was actually kind of jealous, because I had to work my way up for like two years. But it's actually fun to see him succeed as well, I hope we both qualify.