DickStacy: "I feel like after the player break certain international teams are going to be a bit sloppy; hopefully we can capitalise on that"
Following Grayhound's victory over TYLOO in the winners' final of the Asia Minor, we spoke to Ollie "DickStacy" Tierney to discuss the in-game leading setup, their last series of the tournament and plans for the player break.
Grayhound were crowned champions of the Asia Minor following their 2-1 victory over TYLOO in the winners' bracket of the playoffs. The Australian squad demonstrated a convincing performance over the course of the entire event, conceding but a single map on their way to the New Challengers stage of the StarLadder Berlin Major.
Following the conclusion of the match, we spoke to DickStacy, who shared his thoughts on securing a second Major run with Grayhound, provided an in-depth explanation of the in-game leading system, and shared details on the team's schedule for the upcoming weeks.
This is the second time you've made the Major with the team - what's going through your mind right now?
It feels amazing. Anything, where you set a goal and complete it, is really relieving, especially something as big a deal as this. It sounds cheesy, but it's kind of a dream come true every time you get stickers because you're immortalised in the game, to a degree, so you can't not feel on top of the world, to be honest.
I spoke to dexter at the start of the event, and he explained that there was a long list of issues the team had experienced ahead of the Minor. You subsequently dropped only one map on your way to the New Challengers stage - was this a case of confidence going into the event, or did the momentum propel you in such a way?
In all honesty, even though we didn't do much practice before the event, we had a really efficient bootcamp. We had seven days of bootcamp in Europe, and we just focused on every little detail that we were missing from previous events, obviously because we lost a lot in the past, so you learn from it.
I think coming into this event, we had very good preparation and we focused on our individual skill, so we had a lot of hours and we're in good form, and I feel that's what carried us over. Everyone was confident in each other and we had a really good mentality. I feel like when that happens you can't really be stopped if you've got everything in place, all the pieces.
We also discussed the addition of Sico, and it was explained that he assumed a secondary leading role on the squad. Talk to me about the mechanics of the new calling system you have in place.
Chris (dexter) calls at the start of the round and depending on what the call is, Sico is generally in the pack, while dexter is generally off to the sides, lurking and making his own plays. Generally, when it's a default round, Sico is within the pack, so he has the most information. He's a very smart player and he's the AWPer, so he knows how to confidently position us around him, and knows how to utilise us to help him get a pick with the AWP.
He's a very smart player and, to be honest, he has the most information within the pack, and it's more efficient to have him calling than Chris (dexter) when it comes a default round, or a round that's just slow-paced and us working map control. If Chris catches on to tendencies that the other teams have, he will generally call a strat or a set-piece around that, so that's where Chris comes into it.
From observing the team both on the server and outside, it's apparent that Sico has really fit within the system well. Outside of fragging power and calling, what does he bring to the table that really benefits the squad?
I just feel like we are all like-minded individuals. He's a very confident guy and he's just one of the boys, to be honest. He knows how to party, he knows how to just enjoy himself outside of the game, which really helps us in-game to have, to a degree, chemistry, if you want to use that word. Overall he just really bonds well with us.
Briefly on the series against TYLOO - talk me over Dust2's T side. You persistently struggled on the offense, leading to a 6-16 conclusion to the map - what went wrong?
On Dust2 they had some good reads, and they carried some good momentum. They counter-stratted to a degree, but obviously, that was going to happen. Everywhere we went, they had a really good read and, in honesty, no one was fragging on our team. That pretty much seals the coffin; when you're not getting frags on Dust2, and they have good reads and good aim, nothing is going to happen, and that's exactly what happened on the T side.
Train was a rollercoaster. Regulation saw you exchange 8-7 T halves, then you came back from a 15-18 deficit to take the series 22-20. How did you maintain composure and subsequently close out?
That malta guy on our team is pretty damn good, eh? (laughs) Overall, not only from malta carrying; we had some good adjustments mid-game to our poor CT side in the overtime. T side was a bit of a brick wall at times, but once we figured it out, it was just simple to slow it down. They were giving us the ladder room pick a lot, so once we worked off that, we realised that we should just go slow Outer when they wanted to play two on B. We kind of faked the B presence and went back to a slow Outer, which inevitably led us to a lot of overtime rounds on the T side. On the CT side, we just had to play our own game and have good positions and trust in our setups, and overall that's how we took the victory.
Lastly - you have three weeks ahead of you before the Major kicks off. What are the plans?
For the next two weeks, it's vacation for us. My girlfriend is coming up to Europe and we're going to have a wicked time over here, going to Spain, Barcelona, and party hard while erkaSt's back home in Mongolia trying to get his visa. After that, leading into the Major, we'll have another bootcamp like we did before this Minor, and hopefully, keep up our form and play with confidence, because I feel it's really key when it comes to Counter-Strike - just confident reactions and enjoying the game with each other.
Hopefully we can perform some big upsets and even maybe make it through because I feel like after the player break certain international teams are going to be a bit sloppy, and hopefully, we can capitalise on that and stop losing when we come to these big events.