RUBINO: "I just filled es3tag's shoes because we couldn't change anything before these events"
Heroic came by the press area earlier today, so we couldn't pass up on the opportunity to talk to Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel about his first tournaments with the team and what lies ahead.
We talked to the Norwegian on the quarter-finals day in Poland about his experiences so far, the challenges that come with returning to the scene after a longer hiatus, and Heroic's future:
Let's first talk about your exit here at IEM, particularly the loss to North which I imagine was a focal point for you, what have you taken away from your second event together with Heroic?
We knew it was going to be hard for these two events, because they were pretty stacked events, good teams of course, and also me joining the team when they are a very tactic-based team. So it's hard for me to come into all the tactics, remember everything, I need some time to feel more comfortable in the team, I guess.
I think when we lost versus North this time, of course it's always a disappointment if you lose against Danish teams, you don't want to, right, but I think we'll improve from here, get some more practice online and be ready for the next events.
You had a little bit of a comeback late last year with Astralis, but that was obviously only temporary, how challenging has it been for you to come back into the scene after a fairly long hiatus?
I was really confident when I joined Heroic, to be honest. I felt like I played really well at the last event with Astralis, I ended up with a good result individually, so I felt pretty confident. But when we played at SLTV it didn't feel the same way, I'm not sure if it was because it was uncomfortable for me or for the team specifically, because they want to play so many tactics and if I don't remember everything, they need to stress about that. That happens, of course, but as I said I tried to do my best and now we need to find out if we're going to change roles.
Speaking about roles, was it simply plug-and-play so far, you taking over es3tag's positions?
On nearly all the maps I'm doing the same as es3tag used to, so I'm filling his place. We need to be realistic here, me and es3tag aren't the same players at all, so we didn't need to find a better way to use me, I guess, but right now I just filled the shoes because we couldn't change anything before these events.
Because of time constraints?
Yeah, I think we had two days and that was after the guys came from summit, we had two days of practice and also had the ESL Pro League matches, so we didn't have a lot of time to actually include me in another way than what their game used to be.
Are you confident that now that you're going to get enough practice, given that you don't have anything coming up so far, you'll be able to improve as the time progresses? What is the goal at this point?
What I want for this team right now is to get within the top10. When you get to the top 10, or top 8, it's easier for you to get invited to events. That's also draining, playing all the qualifiers, there are so many, nearly every weekend, so of course if you get there it's easier to keep the schedule cleaner.
I think getting some practice now after these events will be really good for us and to get me more comfortable and also the team more comfortable playing with me, get to know each other and also implement some new things.