AdreN: "Overpass is our strongest map, but TyLoo played a weird game"
Our third interview from IEM Katowice features Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, who gave us his thoughts on Gambit's debut with Denis "seized" Kostin at StarSeries and Abay "HObbit" Khasenov's progress as an in-game leader, as well as their matches so far in Poland.
In our interview with Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev, we first went back to the team's debut at StarSeries, the progress of Denis "seized" Kostin as Gambit's newest player and Abay "Hobbit" Khasenov as the new in-game leader, before touching on IEM Katowice and their first matches.
Let's go back to StarSeries, your first event with seized and with HObbit in-game leading, what did you make of your debut and not making it into the playoffs?
First of all, we only started to practice at the bootcamp like five or six days before Starladder. We just practiced a lot and we had some strats and everything worked in practice, but when we played at the tournament, some tactics weren't so good. We knew what we should change to make the strats work.
HObbit still needs to learn a lot, because we changed our in-game leaders a lot and it has affected our game, every time we did it we had to change positions, change roles, and we're still finding the right decision for us. Right now I think everything is going well, we didn't play much with seized, but still, from the results and the feeling from how we play, we're gaining more confidence, we can play better and better every day.
Could you elaborate on HObbit a little bit more? Do the other players have a lot input, or does he have full control of the team? How does it work?
We're still trying to make the gameplay like how we played at PGL Krakow. We're trying to help him call, getting information from all over the map and try to give him ideas. The thing he has to do is choose the idea or make his own choice. He needs more experience, because there's a lot of pressure at the big tournaments, it's tough to call when you're at big stage tournaments, and he needs to adapt to that.
Can you also tell me about seized, who's playing his second tournament with you here, how has he been fitting in?
We knew that seized is an experienced guy, we didn't want him to call, we wanted to bring out the seized from about a year ago, when he played on Na`Vi, he was a top player, and we want to give him this confidence that he had before.
Do you think that has been successful so far?
If he feels that moment of how he played before, he can do a lot of damage, and this is what we need right now.
Your first match against Liquid here ended with a loss, can you talk me through the match on Mirage and the struggles on the T side?
Against Liquid we just outplayed ourselves, we just focused on Liquid's game and that was a big mistake from us, we didn't focus a lot on our game, we just focused on what they do. And yeah, that affected our game, we didn't play our game and everything just went wrong. After that game we just decided to keep playing our game that we practiced, it's tough but we should be play what we're used to.
Going over to TyLoo, aside from the Overpass loss it was quite a comfortable match, so what happened on the second map, your own pick?
Overpass is our strongest map, but TyLoo played a weird game, we didn't expect they were going to play so unpredictably. We practiced a lot on Overpass, we know how the teams play, that there are mid pushes, mid rounds, some aggressive plays, but they didn't do anything and we didn't expect they were going to play like this. We didn't have much experience playing at the big tournaments when some teams play weird Counter-Strike, that was one of the experiences we didn't gain yet, in terms of in-game leading.
How are you feeling about your chances to go through, now that you still need to win two series in order to do so?
Tomorrow we play against SK, we've never won a series against them, but if the magic happens and we go crazy and we can beat SK, I think we can win the tournament. That's going to be a mental breakout for us, just to gain this confidence.