crush: "We didn't play much [officially] because we wanted to find our game"

Striker
September 5th, 2018 11:09

At the FACEIT Major New Challengers stage media day, we talked to Vega Squadron's Igor "crush" Shevchenko to see how the team prepared and find out what their expectations are for the event.

Vega Squadron are coming into the New Challengers stage as a big question mark, as they haven't played an official match since late June.

crush's Vega Squadron will go up against Spirit in round one

We caught up with crush, one of the two players the team added after the departure of Nikolay "mir" Bityukov and Sergey "keshandr" Nikishin, and interviewed him ahead of the beginning of the event:

It's been a few months since you came into the roster and you have barely played anything since then, so how have you accommodated into the roster and how do you mesh together?

We didn't play much because we wanted to find our game, we were changing roles and that stuff. I think we are pretty ready for this, we played for about a month before the player break and after that, we had a small break and we were playing from our homes. Before the Major, we had a one-week bootcamp.

Is there something you have focused on?

We were really trying to find our game, not like to steal anything from other teams, just to find a game that will be comfortable for us. And I think we almost found it, I'm pretty sure it's comfortable for everyone, we'll see how it goes.

You weren't in the team at the time, but previously, Vega Squadron have always been able to surprise us, how confident do you feel about being able to do that again?

I'm actually pretty confident because CS is now in a state where everyone can surprise on the scene, it doesn't matter. Even if we take DreamHack Masters a few days ago, Astralis were struggling against lower-tier teams as the best team in the world, they had problems. I don't know, everyone can surprise, actually. I think if we play our best, we can win against almost any team.

Who do you see as your biggest opponents here?

We are our biggest opponent. I don't feel any pressure yet, maybe it will come, I don't know - if we struggle, we can lose every game. There are obviously some of the best teams, Astralis and Liquid in this stage, they are the favorites of course, but I think we can win against any team.

So it's mostly about overcoming the pressure?

Yeah, it's about pressure and confidence in our game and in myself.

Russia Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishin
Sergey 'keshandr' Nikishin
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
311
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
434
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.14
Russia Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Nikolay 'mir' Bityukov
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
418
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.13
#1
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Italy Federico1001 
True
2018-09-05 11:10
good decision
2018-09-05 11:11
#21
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Germany DrachenRainer 
Rainer "Drachenlord" Winkler > Vega Squadron
2018-09-05 11:19
Shut up , Mr. Wanker
2018-09-05 15:53
#10
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Brazil MachoMachoMan 
Ez for Vega, Legends inc
2018-09-05 11:11
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Romania Rarej 
K
2018-09-05 11:10
thinking
2018-09-05 11:10
3st
2018-09-05 11:10
#5
huyak | 
Ukraine acrje 
Kkkkkkkk
2018-09-05 11:10
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STYKO | 
Poland Skrra 
7th
2018-09-05 11:11
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North America SilenceErupts 
0-3
2018-09-05 11:11
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Armenia gr1nch 
ok
2018-09-05 11:11
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Hungary teguP 
excuses
2018-09-05 11:12
Watching major, cant comment.
2018-09-05 11:12
Ez 0-3 then!
2018-09-05 11:12
#14
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Finland Vkims 
3-0 incoming
2018-09-05 11:12
lmao no chance
2018-09-05 11:12
lol what
2018-09-05 11:14
#17
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Norway Crush<3 
GL nickname brotha <3
2018-09-05 11:14
how the fuck do you find your game without playing? 0iq
2018-09-05 11:15
#23
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Denmark RealPissant 
You have a leftist coffee party with cookies and candle light, sing songs and wish each other all the best ;)
2018-09-05 11:27
don't see contradictions. their game is 0-3 and they definitely will find it.
2018-09-05 11:58
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Singapore lonely123 
you cant play if you cant find the app on your computer anymore, so they had to take some time to reinstall csgo
2018-09-05 13:19
ok thx for the insight
2018-09-05 13:34
#19
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Other WINSTRIKEGODS 
winstrike to win
2018-09-05 11:17
he mention astralis way too much, fangay detected ;3
2018-09-05 11:18
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Finland Olter 
Mentioned twice
2018-09-05 11:24
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Austria Phil_1337 
0-3
2018-09-05 11:30
ez #1 comment
2018-09-05 11:32
#26
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Russia 1.6 FTW 
0-3 koroche, gl
2018-09-05 11:44
It's good time to find your game...
2018-09-05 11:50
they will always be heroes for me for rekking nip xd never forget
2018-09-05 12:25
I think we can win against any team lul ruski
2018-09-05 12:43
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Serbia GODKipato 
'We are our biggest opponent.' Nice answer tbh
2018-09-05 13:10
He's confirmed Serb then
2018-09-05 14:07
0-3 ez
2018-09-05 14:07
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