crush: "I think we're better now than at the Major"

October 11th, 2018 20:53

We caught up with Vega Squadron's Igor "crush" Shevchenko on the off day of group play in Kiev to hear about the state of the CIS side going into tomorrow's playoff quarter-finals.

Vega Squadron came back from a 1-2 deficit after the first three days of competition at StarSeries i-League Season 6 in the last day with wins over regional rivals Gambit and HellRaisers to earn a spot in the quarter-finals.

crush believes Vega Squadron is better now than when they made the New Legends Stage in London

Ahead of their bout against Fragsters, crush tells us about the team after their time at the Major, their struggles playing online vs. playing offline, the current meta of CS and how it may change with the new economy, and his feelings going into tomorrow's quarter-final bout against the Danes.

Let's go back to before the event, you had a pretty good event at the Major, particularly the first stage, how do you feel the team has been playing since then?

We made some conclusions from our results at the Major, what we needed to fix, and we feel better now, I think. We didn't have enough time to implement some things that we wanted to, so we'll have to do it after StarSeries. I think we're better now than at the Major. We may not all be in perfect shape or form, but if we talk about the team as a whole, I think we're doing better.

During the group stage here at StarSeries you had two domestic rivalries against Gambit and HellRaisers, do you think that played in your favor?

I don't think so because we haven't played them much in practice. We didn't actually know how they play. We know them as much as any other team, so I don't think we had any kind of advantage.

So, you didn't react in any particular way when you drew them?

No, actually we didn't. We had a talk while we were watching Gambit vs. North saying that we were going to end up playing against them and it happened, but I don't know. It was OK for us, it didn't really matter to us who we had to play against.

Tomorrow you have Fragsters, who have been showing they're in good shape, a young and hungry team, how are you going about that match?

They're a really good team, I think, they've proved it at this tournament, and they've had some great runs at other tournaments. For example, at which was also played here in Kiev. They beat some good teams, there. They're surprising everyone and we'll expect some surprising stuff from them.

Have you had time to practice today, to prepare for the match a bit?

We were talking about the maps we'll play, but we weren't able to practice because of some external reasons. I'd say we're mentally prepared for the match, though.

Before the event, you said you didn't have much time before the Major to prepare for StarSeries. Did you come here with any particular goals?

We weren't talking about goals at this event. The main goal at each event is to win as much as possible, to play your best until the last round is over. I think that's the main goal, to show what we're capable, that's all. It's also good that we reached playoffs, though. It's Ukraine, it's my hometown, and jR is also from Ukraine, so it'll be good to play in front of our crowd. It's already good to have made the playoffs, but we want more.

You lost to Monolith in the EPICENTER qualifier right before this event. What happened? Was that an online vs. LAN thing?

Yeah, it always feels different. When you play online everyone is comfortable and nobody is stressed. Everyone does their stuff and everyone is confident. On LAN everyone plays safe. Online we have some problems because a few of our players have bad internet connections. Other teams play worse on LAN than online, so I think we have an advantage there.

How do you think you can correct the online results?

Well, we have to fix the internet connection, but we also have to fix some mental things. You can't read people online because they're doing stuff more confidently, and we need to play more individually online.

You're now ranked right outside the top 20, what do you think you need to make the jump and become a solid top 20 team?

We're trying to work on our teamplay and fixing some in-game stuff, which I think will help us a lot. I think we're capable of playing against almost every team on LAN and we need to get better online. We need to be more focused online than on LAN. It's kind of stupid, but you do need to play more focused online than on LAN.

I don't know. Rankings aren't always accurate, as almost any team can beat any other team now. On LAN it's easier to beat stronger teams. CS right now is a bit strange because FaZe can lose to some underdog, or like mousesports in this tournament, almost losing to Sprout and then losing the games they did. It's a bit random right now.

Why do you think it's kind of random?

People are trying to overthink things. The meta right now is that everyone is used to default things so you need to do things that will surprise the enemy to win rounds, but sometimes, when you try and surprise someone, they are the ones that end up surprising you.

Well, big changes to the economy are coming. Do you think that will change things up?

I think it will, yes, because pistol rounds won't have that much effect on the economy, and you won't have such a big advantage. Right now if you win the first gun round you're already winning 5-0. I think it will change some things, the first rounds will be stronger because you'll be able to buy more utility and stuff like that.

To close it out. How confident are you in beating Fragsters tomorrow?

We're all confident in the game. Everyone is focused every round, playing to the edge, and I think we can win if everyone is fully focused, but I won't say we're going to smash them. I respect those guys, I know them, but if we play our best we will win.

Ukraine Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
Igor 'crush' Shevchenko
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i agree!
2018-10-11 20:53
Vega > mibr
2018-10-11 20:54
United States darth_mac 
2018-10-11 21:04
After today's match he wont' think same... He will think, "I think we're neither better here nor at the Major"..
2018-10-12 10:37
India MihirX27 
Saying that NaVi or HellRaisers is better than MiBR is one thing. With Vega, you're pushing a little bit.
2018-10-11 21:06
navi is alot better than mibr (i like mibr more though), it's no question
2018-10-11 22:06
If you say navi is better than mibr I should agree but hr isn't even close of mibr lvl
2018-10-11 23:05
2018-10-12 07:11
Still better than Faze ! Faze they're playing horribly right now. Used to be really good but now losing to nonamers, REGULARLY
2018-10-12 00:42
Singapore Kerk 
Faze is the new vp
2018-10-12 09:11
2018-10-12 16:20
nt baittzera
2018-10-11 20:57
Overrated team
2018-10-11 20:54
Underrated team
2018-10-11 21:30
Perfectly rated team*
2018-10-11 21:43
Brazil German_rapist 
Slightly badly rated team
2018-10-12 09:07
2018-10-12 10:30
2018-10-11 20:55
for sure
2018-10-11 20:55
Estonia teremartin 
nah. they are lucky at starladder
2018-10-11 20:55
Sweden Sizexdd 
LUL 0-2 against fragsters
2018-10-11 20:55
France kennySsSsS 
still bad
2018-10-11 20:56
2018-10-11 20:57
Sweden AlexQ4 
2018-10-11 21:00
Good read
2018-10-11 21:00
i don’t epiphany thart
2018-10-11 21:01
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Better now Lose to monolith lol
2018-10-11 21:02
Paraguay HighAIching 
who? they arent in the event
2018-10-12 01:47
s1mple | 
Lithuania Makatas 
Yeah thats the point they lost to some total nonamers few days before coming to the lan.
2018-10-12 02:35
Brazil MommyStealer 
Crush *-* look at me :(
2018-10-11 21:14
Brazil German_rapist 
poxa crush English Transation: Damn crush!
2018-10-12 09:09
Namibia banned_so 
poxa crush English Transation: Damn crush!
2018-10-12 10:10
HS | 
Cyprus blessdevve 
You probably think that you are better now, better now You only say that 'cause I'm not around, not around
2018-10-11 21:15
Ukraine R0m4nus 
Let's go VEGA
2018-10-11 21:24
ayken | 
Germany lakan235 
Still bad lul
2018-10-11 21:26
Let's go crush the ukrainian hope
2018-10-11 21:57
Russia PearIJam 
lets go vega
2018-10-11 22:29
Or maybe competition is worse?
2018-10-11 22:41
2018-10-11 23:03
Nice. Let's go Vega!
2018-10-12 02:06
United States joaobelezo 
2018-10-12 02:53
Lets go Vega!
2018-10-12 03:34
Crush is so sexy
2018-10-12 10:15
cyx | 
Other jNkey 
vega is top1
2018-10-12 13:43
Go Vega win this fucking Starladder
2018-10-14 12:27
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