EspiranTo: "I think invited teams thought they were going to go through [CPH Games] easily"

We caught up with Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas after his team, Imperial, lifted the trophy at Copenhagen Games 2018.

The 16-year-old Lithuanian was a standout performer in Imperial's run to the title, recording a 1.24 rating over 12 maps played in the main tournament. In the end, Imperial had to take down Heroic in the grand final to claim the $50,000 first place prize.

EspiranTo had a break-out LAN performance at Copenhagen Games

At the venue,' Michael "Duck" Moriarty managed to speak with Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas about playing the BYOC, their expectations coming into the tournament and the feeling after taking down North and Heroic.

You just won Copenhagen Games, coming from the open bracket and going to the main stage, how are you currently feeling, after such an achievement?

I'm shocked because we didn't come to Copenhagen Games with the goal to win the tournament, we were really surprised that we made it this far and we are really surprised with our results.

So you came to the event to...

Qualify for the main tournament, and get experience to show what we can do.

Through this we beat some of the best Danish teams, we qualified for the main tournament without getting an invite, without going the easy way, we went the hard way. I think people should sit up and notice what we're able to do in the future.

You had to go through the BYOC qualifier before reaching the event. Do you see that as having time to practice beforehand and coming in warm, compared to teams that are just coming in cold?

I think the invited teams thought that they were going to go through this tournament really easily, but the qualified teams tryhard way more, they practice way more and they take the games way more seriously than the invited ones, that's why the upsets happened here.

The BYOC qualifier on the Thursday quite notably had quite a lot of delays, did that affect you in any way?

Yeah, because we didn't have a lot of sleep and the next day we had to play the playoffs, we had to play again until 2AM, so our gameplay was terrible at the end of the second day. It affected us in the Heroic match in the groups.

Through the qualifier playoffs, you had a fairly simple route, in terms of results. Did that set you up well going into the group stage games?

We were really confident because we got through the BYOC pretty easily. The only problem we had was with Tricked, because their playstyle is the opposite of ours and it really counters us, like Heroic as well, we had a really hard time against them. We were really confident after we won against Tricked since we lost to them last time we played on LAN, it helped us build confidence for the main tournament.

The only loss you had in the group stage was against Heroic, and then you faced them again in the grand final in a revenge match. Does getting revenge add some icing to the cake, in terms of the result?

It does, because the first time we played against Heroic we were really tired, the match was at 12AM, we didn't have much sleep that day, everyone was tired. Our gameplay was terrible and we couldn't do anything about it since the schedule was bad because of the internet problems, which affected us really negatively.

Throughout the tournament, your performances individually have been very good, topping the tables on occasions and keeping a high rating throughout. Are you happy with the performance, do you think it's the best you can do or can you do any better?

I think I played alright because I played the same way I play online, I played without fear, I took all the risks I usually take and that helped me to play better on LAN.

Speaking of online, you are in the ESEA Main playoffs, your first match is against LGR. I assume your main goal is to qualify for MDL for next season?

We must make it to MDL because that's why you play ESEA Main, there is no other point. We are going to make it probably, if we look at the results at Copenhagen Games, we should feel really confident about that.

In terms of offline tournaments, what's next for your team?

To be honest, I have no idea, but we are going to play all the qualifiers, for DreamHack tournaments, for IEMs and we are going to try our best to qualify for big events so we can prove ourselves once more.

Lithuania Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
Rokas 'EspiranTo' Milasauskas
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Cool Edit: I think this guy can succeed and get in tier2/3 events, he seems like a good player.
2018-04-01 16:19
United Kingdom Tendies 
Hopefully they can accomplish something after this, nice to see new talent/rejects come up and compete
2018-04-01 16:19
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
2018-04-01 16:22
1. they did think that 2. honestly they are all the same tier3 level so it wasn't that much of an upset, north truly bad
2018-04-01 17:53
Slovakia t4gg3d10year 
Heroic > North but sure
2018-04-02 18:35
This is a tier2/3 event and he won it ????
2018-04-02 11:05
Ok he can get in tier2 events
2018-04-02 11:06
Turkey Kuyt11 
2018-04-01 16:19
2018-04-01 16:19
Good player!!!
2018-04-01 16:19
Norway RainTop1HLTV 
FPL players come together to form MANS NOT HOT. Team name inspired by Big Shaq’s new hit single “Mans Not Hot”. Spearheaded by FPL Superstar Rokas "EspiranTo" Milasauskas aka Despasito. Known for his crispy aim and insane game sense. Second in command is Žygimantas "nukkye" Chmieliauskas, the lithuanian beast. Known for his extraterrestrial awping and outrageous clutches. Led by Asger "AcilioN" Larsen, the Danish In-game leader. Better IGL than the fraud himself Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander. Alongside them are Nemanja "nexa" Isaković and Jesper "TENZKI" Plougmann. This team will conquer every team in their vicinity.
2018-04-01 16:19
is this copy pasta or did you write it ?
2018-04-01 16:21
Norway RainTop1HLTV 
i wrote :D
2018-04-02 13:09
Not a single praise about nexa the god
2018-04-01 16:21
Norway RainTop1HLTV 
got tired sory my freiend
2018-04-02 13:09
no invites anymore. deserve it.
2018-04-01 16:19
2018-04-01 16:20
Malaysia byaIi 
2018-04-01 16:20
United Kingdom Fizzhaz 
2018-04-01 16:20
Denmark beastd 
2018-04-01 16:20
this guy is a pussy
2018-04-01 16:20
Hong Kong IAmAutistic 
So you betted on heroic in the grand finals, lost the bet and got salty
2018-04-01 16:30
Nah, this is clearly a North bettor.
2018-04-01 17:47
all hail esperanto the masterbaiter of FPL
2018-04-01 16:20
Turkey Thunderball 
2018-04-01 16:21
GODspiranTo. 16 y/o prodigy.
2018-04-01 18:11
Europe MyNameIsLMAO 
cocky dane strikes again, in 2 months noone will even notice who they are
2018-04-01 16:21
Paraguay HighAlching 
dane? i think you are on the wrong article
2018-04-01 16:24
You realize he's Lithuanian right?
2018-04-01 18:12
trace | 
Denmark esAq 
Haha idiot.
2018-04-01 22:55
Europe MyNameIsLMAO 
people still got baited by 1st April jokes lmao
2018-04-01 23:01
trace | 
Denmark esAq 
Nice try retard.
2018-04-02 21:54
Lithuania gekkoN 
2018-04-01 16:22
oh look, he won a tier 3 tournament and he thinks they're a tier 1 team now
2018-04-01 16:23
Poland CrISoOO 
north tier 3 team ? nice
2018-04-01 16:49
new north is pretty much t3 they lost a map 16-4 or smth to fucking gypsy team Windigo LUL
2018-04-01 17:12
Poland CrISoOO 
north win vs fnatic and lost 1 map vs windigo thats makes fnatic tier 3 too
2018-04-01 17:24
What about heroic?
2018-04-01 18:12
heroic without jugi is niko 1v5, wont go anywhere unless jugi comes back sadly
2018-04-01 18:18
not true, es3tag has done well in the absence of jugi.
2018-04-03 10:34
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
top 1 2018
2018-04-01 16:23
ayken | 
Germany lakan235 
No scener
2018-04-01 17:17
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Salt for my borsch. Thank you for tears
2018-04-01 17:27
WHO thinks that?
2018-04-01 16:25
Thailand hahahoha 
espiranto new ukraine hope
2018-04-01 16:25
2018-04-03 10:34
Lithuania LynZaZaS 
Dude, i know Rokas well, he doesn't even speak russian language, i bet he won't join russian or ukrainian team;)
2018-04-03 23:05
Yeah the European Boys!
2018-04-01 16:26
ez for Imperial
2018-04-01 16:27
ayyy, new upcoming team
2018-04-01 16:30
Lithuania SH4NKER 
once again, ez for Imperial
2018-04-01 16:36
congratz, i hope they keep improving, which they very likely will
2018-04-01 16:38
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
Esp who ? The language ?
2018-04-01 16:40
Yeah I thought at first it was that language
2018-04-01 16:49
well done
2018-04-01 16:42
shox | 
Serbia ravi0ll1 
Espiranto new albania talent
2018-04-01 16:43
Turkey lulpump1 
Well deserved
2018-04-01 16:47
mouz.despacito confirmed
2018-04-01 16:48
here is a simple translation to those who didnt understand "north pls disband"
2018-04-01 17:06
roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
WOW espiranto already arrogant and disrespecting teams, wow...
2018-04-01 17:09
great player, wp espi & co (but pls kick BOT acilion)
2018-04-01 17:13
I think they shouldn't kick anyone, also Acilion is the igl
2018-04-01 17:24
if they keep up this form maybe no but nexa, nukkye and espiranto have t1 potential when tenzki and acilion can never go over t2-t3 they could become a really stable t3 team with this lineup or do some changes and become t2-1
2018-04-01 17:25
Lithuania Afgan` 
or they should change tenzki
2018-04-01 17:36
yeah get another madfragger from FPL like kalinka and they all could carry IGL Acilion together, tenzki too weak as u say
2018-04-01 17:38
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
Kalinka would be better but tenzki is alright on lan.
2018-04-01 17:51
Lithuania Firlight 
They dropped kalinka because of attitude problems. Bad attitude can break confidence and teams.
2018-04-01 23:59
Lithuania Paulius_CS 
right... r you some insider source? I believe the version where he said assigned role didn't fit his style... hes a perfect support player, and can do tenzkis role much better.
2018-04-02 04:50
HUGEEEEEEEE player keep up your future must be amazing!
2018-04-01 17:18
Espiranto is a mix of the words Holy Spirit but in spanish, which is espiritu santo, which means GOD
2018-04-01 17:39
ppk | 
Brazil 4vengerr 
2018-04-01 17:40
So espiranto is the Lithuanian hope and not just some onliner nice
2018-04-01 17:50
I think everything he say is april fool check date.
2018-04-01 18:08
Another FPL legend that gets constantly hackusated yet puts all the retarded oldfarts like JW in place when tested EZ 4 espiranto
2018-04-01 18:18
EliGE | 
United States EdgyBlob 
2018-04-01 19:55
Namibia im_not_sleepy 
sick player
2018-04-01 18:39
LT up! gj mate
2018-04-01 22:15
Italy CHEBBOxxx 
2018-04-01 23:47
Macedonia kirekral 
The best Danish team so far
2018-04-02 04:59
Kazakhstan dc7 
2018-04-02 04:20
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