jmqa: "After the last Major, our practice wasn't great, we didn't have good conditions"

We managed to catch up with Savelii "⁠jmqa⁠" Bragin from Winstrike to learn about what the team has been up to since reaching the playoffs in Boston.

Winstrike, formerly known as Quantum Bellator Fire, was the surprise of the ELEAGUE Boston Major as they managed to reach a top-eight placing and secure Legends status.

The team has been bootcamping for two months since joining Winstrike

Coming to the FACEIT London Major, Winstrike is ranked 46th, and don't have any good recent international LAN placings. In a chat with jmqa, we heard about some of the issues the team had and how joining a new organization helped them resolve it.

You played a couple of LAN events as Winstrike starting with Moche XL in Portugal, then you had ZOTAC Cup Masters Europe, then two CIS events. Going over all of that, what did you think about the results you had at those LANs?

After the last Major in Boston our practice wasn't great, we didn't have good conditions to prepare for those LANs because our PCs weren't good, we didn't have bootcamps, but Winstrike helped us with all of that when we joined them. Our bootcamp was about two months long so we could now really prepare for tournaments.

When did you have the two-month bootcamp?

It was split in two bootcamps, the first one started at the beginning of June and lasted until July. Then we had two weeks of vacation and then we went to a bootcamp again, before the Major, for two or three weeks.

Was getting a new organization something you really needed to make the next step, to actually play full time? Was that an issue before?

No, it wasn't about playing full time, it was more that we were thinking about our problems outside of the game while we were playing, so we couldn't play as much and as well as we wanted to.

With all that settled with Winstrike now, how does the team feel playing, in general? How are you developing as a team?

We trained a lot, a lot of things, a lot of new things. Now, we are feeling more confident than before.

People see you as massive underdogs here, again, they feel like you don't deserve the spot. What are your thoughts on that?

It is fine for us, it gives us more motivation to show everyone that we can compete with the tier one teams. So we will try our best.

Talking about the team, looking at the stats, Boombl4 is still the main star for this squad. Is that how you are set-up as a team?

Yeah, he is playing very well. In our team, Kvik and Boombl4 are the main carry players. They are doing a lot of damage in the game. Me and balblna are support players maybe, I'm playing as the main B player, and waterfaLLz is the AWP and IGL.

You drew against Liquid in the first game, a tough opponent, but what are your thoughts on the group stage here and what you can do?

When we were watching the draw, we knew that we could have teams like Astralis, Liquid, compLexity and NiP. So we really didn't want to play against NiP because they are are in good form right now. We played a few practice matches against Liquid so they are a fine opponent for us, maybe we will have more confidence because we played praccs against them and it went really well.

Any shoutouts to add to close it off?

I just want to say thanks to our fans that are supporting us, hello to my family, to my mother, and of course thanks to our new organization Winstrike, they are helping us a lot. That's all.

More interviews from the FACEIT Major New Legends stage media day:

Russia flamie: "We still want to play Dust2 because no one is playing it well"
France SmithZz: "We aren't completely ready at the moment, but we are getting there"
United States RUSH: "Hopefully, after the Major, our ranking will reflect how we actually are as a team"

Russia Savelii 'jmqa' Bragin
Savelii 'jmqa' Bragin
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Rating 1.0:
Maps played:
0-3 imo
2018-09-11 20:39
Nah, probably a surprise win. Like Spirit. Can't really prepare for Winstrike since they didn't have any serious game on months.
2018-09-11 20:45
Poland Unluko
2018-09-11 23:16
2018-09-12 16:09
LOL don't want NiP because form, want Liquid. You are going to get destroyed and I'm going to laugh all the way through it.
2018-09-11 20:42
Lithuania arres
Why will you laugh at their failure if they lose? It's not like they are cocky or did something bad to anyone? You are a bad perosn
2018-09-12 10:08
LOL you weirdos.
2018-09-13 19:33
you will fail so hard
2018-09-11 20:40
Xyp9x | 
Czech Republic Puqet
excuses already?
2018-09-11 20:40
every team just making excuses before this even starts, fuck off
2018-09-11 20:40
Australia CaZeR01
Where are the excuses?
2018-09-11 23:50
India griimick
Time to de_story everyone's 0-3 pick.
2018-09-11 20:41
Lebanon RobloxPorn
2018-09-11 20:53
India griimick
Senpai noticed me. ^_^
2018-09-11 22:07
they will surprise
2018-09-11 20:42
2018-09-11 20:43
GL jmqa!
2018-09-11 20:43
Switzerland TyRRRR
You are just shit for real, rating wise one of the lowest if ot the lowest to achieve something, teams won't get tricked twice becaus ethey will prepare for Vega wich is essentially the same shit & based on surprise factor. We know theses guys are not super good nor super new-waves IGL. I feel both Vega & Winstrike will get fucked like they always do online.
2018-09-11 20:46
mad cuz switzerland scene is shit ?
2018-09-11 22:08
Switzerland TyRRRR
Im french & canadian too pussy ;).
2018-09-11 22:08
g2 0:3 tho
2018-09-11 22:09
Switzerland TyRRRR
Nigga they have so moch more achievement than your shithole aka plastic slovakia. Liquid TOP3 when they have two canadians, ZywOo, you only have one player in the TOP50 lmao ;D
2018-09-11 22:11
plastic slovakia ?
2018-09-11 22:35
Switzerland TyRRRR
Scene wise pussy :*
2018-09-11 22:51
Someone had a really nice party P.S It was your mom
2018-09-11 23:15
Switzerland TyRRRR
Father is Swiss, mother is half French, half canadian. We don't do party.
2018-09-11 23:16
Well you ended up in Eric Cartman situation. Or did you actually think your mom would tell you truth>< Cmonbruh
2018-09-11 23:19
Switzerland TyRRRR
What the fuck are you saying, my two olds are still together, and having multiple nationalities =/= " uga uga must been weirdo uga uga". My father parents are swiss, and my mother father is Québecois while he mom was french, not fucking hard to understand even for ballsrussia.
2018-09-11 23:23
How does the fact that your parents are still together proves wrong the fact of your mother not telling you truth?
2018-09-11 23:28
Switzerland TyRRRR
What truth, keep imaginng shit belarussian crackhead ;DD
2018-09-11 23:29
Ignorance is still a choice. I admire your blind trust and accept your right to remain in this pleasant dream... :C
2018-09-11 23:32
Switzerland TyRRRR
Must be the best baiter of this site tbh you did good shit.
2018-09-11 23:33
Ty mr.Medkit I truly hope you are right about your origin and wish you good night (well at least its already past midnight here) Farewell truly yours, Truthseeker :D
2018-09-11 23:38
Switzerland TyRRRR
Hahhahahaah legend. Have a gn ;D
2018-09-11 23:39
Lithuania arres
and yet vega went through main qualifier over optic,, north and renegades who on paper is clearly better then them. FFS north just won DH masters. Previous year everyone was talking like you but somehow both of these teams did pretty well. I will not argue that skill-wise, winstrike is very bad and it's a mystery to me how did they managed to pull everything off, but if you really are a top 10 team, you should not have any problem with only online tournaments playing low tier team. Props to anyone who manages to win. Don't make a monopoly of 10 teams for any tournament even though they often fail to low tier schmucks.
2018-09-12 10:17
Switzerland TyRRRR
makes sens i agree
2018-09-12 13:24
Lithuania andy_
best of luck for my fellow kvik <3
2018-09-11 20:48
Indonesia holyjoe
baiter :)
2018-09-11 20:52
They haven't even played yet and he's already making excuses
2018-09-11 21:01
China would_
Teams like NiP probably suffer more but we don't see them complain so much, instead they prove themselves.
2018-09-11 21:37
GL Winstrike! Prove them wrong, again :)
2018-09-11 23:03
2018-09-11 23:04
So they'll probably show at least something. I hope it's another Vega run this Major, just for the sake of exciting CS and tier one snobs getting knocked down a peg.
2018-09-11 23:08
Lithuania andy_
+1 I hope so too
2018-09-11 23:09
+1. We (the fans) are here for exciting and beautiful cs for good sake!
2018-09-11 23:12
Yea, people saying hey are making excuses already, they said they fixed those issues anyway. can't wait for the upsets
2018-09-12 05:33
I just want to say thanks to our fans that are supporting us- What Fans.
2018-09-12 06:31
Always nice to watch "underdogs" playing well, hope they can win against Liquid, GL
2018-09-12 08:21
Zeus | 
Ukraine Najara
CIS tier3 > NA tier1
2018-09-12 10:18
2018-09-12 10:50
Other Phinks
Goodluck guys! :)
2018-09-12 13:18
The team has been bootcamping for two months since joining Winstrike 0-3 Incoming
2018-09-12 18:52
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