bondik: "Sometimes it's good for you when life puts you in this kind of a situation"
Still contracted by HellRaisers, Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk is loaned to TyLoo and is preparing for the EPICENTER Wild Card qualifier and the Asia Minor. We managed to talk to him and hear about his departure from HellRaisers' active lineup and his impressions of the Chinese side.
Many were surprised to learn that Vladyslav "bondik" Nechyporchuk would be joining TYLOO, despite it being on a short-term basis, when the move was announced 10 days ago. Since then, the Ukrainian spent time preparing with the Chinese side, bootcamping in Poland for the Majority of the time.
TYLOO is now set to compete at the EPICENTER Wild Card qualifier LAN in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the Asia Minor following shortly after. In a pre-event interview, bondik was able to shed some light on HellRaisers, being on the bench, playing with Chinese players and their upcoming tournaments.
Earlier in 2017, HellRaisers were having a good period: you finished 3/4th at SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 and 2nd at DH Open Tours. Things took a turn for worse later on, as you failed to qualify for the PGL Major and DH Masters Malmö and then finished 3/4th at DH Open Atlanta. Do you remember what the issues were with the team back then and when they started to occur? What caused the team's downfall?
Yeah, back then we had a up-and-down period. At SL i-League StarSeries Season 2 we played really good as a team. And the most important thing is that we felt like we needed one more short step and we could go over tier 1 teams at any tournament. I was extremely motivated because it is still my dream to play on the highest level, and to be honest, I'm a hardworker, so I spent a really large amount of time in CS at that time. I can't say that we showed the same level of CS in Tours and also we lost in final to the "new superteam" - G2, I think it was their first title with this line-up.
Then we had some kind of recession, and we didn't manage to go over it. All of us were probably tired, because we really spent too much time in CS. On the other hand, STYKO had the offer from mouz and that was pressure for all of us, because, as you remember, we had just renewed contracts and locked in the line-up.
As the player break was coming to an end, you were placed on the transfer list and replaced by ISSAA, which surprised a lot of people. How did that come to happen, can you tell us your side of the matter?
For the first time in my life I was in that kind of situation and it was really weird for me. I remember talks with ANGE1 in Atlanta (our last tournament with that line-up), and it was said that he doesn't have any questions regarding me in terms of impact.
Lately, I don't have the best relationship with one of the team members, though. I don’t want to judge anyone, but the results shows everything.
The more I think about it, the more conclusions I'm reaching. You just should just get over these things, if you think that someone is not right to you, just forget about it and do your part of job. Every one of us has his own way. Mine is probably to be focused and move forward. Pursuit of happiness. :)
Still under a HellRaisers contract, you spent the next two months not playing a single official match, resorting to streaming and appeared on a SLTV analysis desk as well. Was it hard for you to just sit on the bench and not play "real" CS for so long?
Yeah, that was the worst part because I really missed officials and LAN tournaments. But I played the Ukrainian qualifiers for WESG with ANGE1, s1mple, Edward and Zeus, and we managed to build a strong line-up and qualify for Barcelona. I hope we can show some top level CS in Spain and also at the finals in China. I was also "attending" the analysis desk on SLTV, it was something new for me. It was just xaoc (HR’s CEO) that asked me if I wanna join it and try, lately we are close friends so he invited me.
In the other hand, I was playing a lot mix stuff (FPL/FACEIT/etc.) so I fixed a lot of stuff that was needed for me. I think that sometimes, it's even good for you when life puts you in this kind of a situation. Your character becomes even stronger.
Before you accepted the offer to stand-in for TyLoo, did you receive any other offers that didn't work out in the end? Was something like a move to North America something you thought about?
I did receive some offers. But I had to wait for HR’s trials, only after they decided to continue with them I could make some moves. To be honest, I was really glad about the TyLoo offer because I have a chance to attend big tournaments like EPICENTER and StarLadder with Tyloo, which I missed a lot. Also, now I can also officially tell you that I will attend the Asia Minor, if my visa will be ready in time. :)
Tell me a bit about joining TyLoo. Even though it is, at least for now, a short term move, playing for an Asian team is still a big decision. Were you afraid about the potential language barrier, or that that European players would see that as you taking a step backwards in your career?
First of all, I don't think is a step backwards. I will attend good tournaments, I will practice against the best teams in the world, that I used to do. And as we know, it’s not a long-term period, it is short one. And I really needed it. To play, to show myself and to be in shape. I have a big chance to prove myself, prove that I can be a really impactful player on any team.
When I was coming to Warsaw for Tyloo’s bootcamp, I had a really weird feeling. The thing is, I didn't know what to expect. The English of these guys is probably far from fluent level, but I feel their support, and I feel like they are excited to play with me. I’m sharing my experience a lot and we are trying to grow, at least I see it in the guys' eyes.
You ended up joining TyLoo during their bootcamp, replacing HZ. What were your first impressions of the squad?
There is a big difference between a team from EU and Asia. First of all, EU teams are more hard working. Secondly, Tyloo had issues with the organization of their time. You shouldn't lose your time without any reason. If you wanna compete on top level - you need every second to improve yourself and your team. The most important thing for me is that guys are ready to work and they are willing. That's why I'm excited to play here. :)
Joining TyLoo, did you get the spots and roles that you prefer or were you the one doing the adaptation to fit the team? How did the adaptation period go for you personally?
It depends, we didn't change my roles so much, it's more like the guys arranged for me. So I feel really comfortable with my roles here.
Now with you and peacemaker in the squad, has TyLoo been able to adapt and start playing the "western" style of CS, or do you still see them as a Chinese team, but with some elements Brazilian and European CS?
I think we already have some kind of "western" style of CS, sometimes it's hard for the Chinese guys. But the issue is - our clutch rounds are still Asian. :D
What are your thoughts on teams that will, like Tyloo, attend the Asia Minor—such as Flash, ViCi, TheMongolz? Have you been able to play against teams from the region yet and get a feel of Asian CS?
I wanna be honest with you, I didn't follow the Asian scene. I pretty much don't care about the teams, we have to win every practice and every official, that’s all. That is the right way to the top.
You will attend the EPICENTER Wild Card qualifier and then the Asia Minor shortly after. What have you been doing in terms of preparation for these events?
Yeah, while I was doing my South Korean visa i practiced with the guys several times with a 350+ ping. It was hard, but I was killing people. :D
One more thing, this Minor stuff "fucked up" our schedule a lot. What makes is worse is the visa process (I have to apply for it in Kyiv), so it's really hard for me to practice with the Asians and we didn't have as much time for practice as planned.
With two events in such a short space of time and with FaZe being your opponent in the EPICENTER wildcard stage, how serious is your approach to this tournament? Will you take it as practice before the Minor, or will you give your all?
I was asking the guys to skip EPICENTER and focus on the tournament that is more important for probably any player in the world. But they gave a word to EPICENTER, so they decided to go. So we can make a conclusion here, TyLoo is an organization that lives up to their word.
If we wanna be serious, there is what the guys told me: "It will be more impactful to practice three days in Europe than two weeks in Asia".
Is there anything you want to add, any shoutouts?
If you have some goals - you have to reach them. I didn't reach mine yet, so I'm extremely motivated and I will try to put in all my efforts to do that!
For the end of interview, I would also like to say thanks to all people that support me, TyLoo and HellRaisers.