frozen about age restrictions: "I can't really do anything about it, I just have to wait"
Leading up to eXtatus' first match in the ESEA S26 MDL Global Challenge LAN, we talked to the team's 15-year-old star David "frozen" Čerňanský about their defeat to AGO and the event ahead of them.
The Czech-Slovak squad wasn't successful in their goal in New York, winning the match against AGO that would secure them a Pro League spot, but they still have an important event ahead of them, the Global Challenge LAN. eXtatus are placed in Group B, where they will face GX, Ghost Academy and SoaR.
As the group A matches were being played, we managed to discuss age rules, his local scene and more with David "frozen" Čerňanský.
Yesterday you played AGO for a spot in ESL Pro League and, unfortunately, came up short. What do you have to say about that match?
We lost that match because of our mistakes. We lost against pistols, it was 14-13 I think, and it destroyed our economy. I think we forced and then we lost again and that cost us the match.
Following up on that, you have Pro League Relegation that you have to play. What do you think of the mix of teams that you will be playing there?
I think we are facing GODSENT first. We played against them once I think, in the Minor qualification and we won against them. I think we can win, we will be very prepared for them. I don't really know about the other teams, Natus Vincere are a tier 1 team, they have a lot of experience at tournaments. If we will be lucky I think we can win.
Obviously, due to your age, you are prohibited from playing in a lot of tournaments and you knew that you wouldn't be able to play Pro League if you qualified. So how hard is it to find the motivation to play in these matches to send your team to Pro League?
To be honest, I don't really care about it, we have already been talking in the team, we have another player who would play instead of me if we would qualify for EPL and I would stay on contract with eXtatus.
Can you share with us who that player is?
He is a Slovakian player, he is not that known though, his nickname is eLiVe (Erik "The eLiVe" Sith).
Recently the news came out that ESEA are updating their rules and you won't be able to play another season of MDL. What are your thoughts on that?
Yeah... It's the rules, I can't really do anything about it. I just have to wait until the day I'm 16 and then I can play. I'm really excited and looking forward to that day.
For the next couple of days we have the Global Challenge LAN itself, what do you think of your group and how do you like your chances here?
The first match we are playing against Brax (Braxton "swag" Pierce) I think, I watched their demos and they are playing PUG-style. I think we will win, and with Ghost Academy and SoaR left in the group, I think we can win both of our matches. But we will see, anything can happen.
You guys play mostly online, you don't get to a lot of LANs, so what do you think about being able to come to this event and the mix of teams here?
It's kind of hard because if you are not going to a lot of tournaments you don't have that much experience. Then when you face better teams and more experienced teams, like GODSENT and stuff, it's kind of hard to play against them because of the pressure and stuff. But we are trying to get better at that.
What do you think about the Czech-Slovakian scene right now? Obviously, you guys are far and away the best team, but how is the scene in general?
Our teams and players... It's in their head. People in Slovakia, they don't even achieve anything big and they already think that they don't have to put in the work anymore.
STYKO has in the past talked about making a Slovakian dream team at some point, is that a project you would be interested in at some point in the future?
Yeah, probably yes, STYKO is a really good player, I'm looking forward to the possibility of playing with him in the future. I would like to play with him.