qikert: "We are swapping all the time, but Jame is calling 60-70% and I'm calling 30-40%"
On the last day of the StarLadder Major Main Qualifier, AVANGAR managed a 2-1 win over Syman to continue their run in Berlin. In our interview with qikert, we discussed the grudge match, alongside other topics.
I'll start with you guys getting AdreN. Tell me a bit about playing with him, obviously, he is a very well known player from Kazakhstan, has a lot of history, a lot of achievements, how is it playing with him in a team?
It is like you are playing with a war veteran, someone who played a lot of matches, a lot of Majors, who won a Major, who is an MVP of a Major, and he brings a lot of new things for to the team. He adds rounds, he says what is good, what is bad, he helps a lot. He is helping the team to develop and become better. So that is his main advantage in the team because he is helping us, young talents to become better. And individually he is pretty good, he is one of the best pistol players, so it is very cool, and he is also pretty good with rifles.
You said he adds in terms of tactics, what is the in-game leading situation right now in the team with him, SANJI on paper being the in-game leader, and Jame as the AWPer as well adding things. How do you balance all of that?
Everything stayed the same, me and Jame are calling during the game. Jame is the main in-game leader, I'm the second one, I'm calling mid-rounds and he is calling in the beginnings, but sometimes he is also calling that. We are swapping all the time, but Jame is calling 60-70% and I'm calling 30-40%, so it stayed the same. AdreN is focusing on his game so he has the ability to hit headshots and carry us through games.
In-game leaders in AVANGAR for the last two years... it seems like the only thing consistent about it is change. Sometimes it is you, then it is Jame , now the balance is 70-30. Is that something you are going to be keeping going forward or are you going to be changing again?
I would like not to call anymore because I think I have a pretty good individual game to destroy teams. So I hope that, in the future, I will leave this role and somebody else will take it, and it will be easier for our team. It is a question of time. But the main in-game leader is Jame and he always will be.
Let's touch on the last game you had here, you played against Syman and there is a lot of history, rivalries between the teams. Going into the match, what was the feeling like?
For us, it was a feeling like we had nothing to lose. We lost those kinds of matches a lot, we weren't scared, we weren't nervous, we were playing our game, doing our things, and that was what helped us. I don't know if they were scared but I think it was their first experience playing such an important game. But our team is already used to playing important games and I think it is what brought us to victory. We never lose important games.
I want to touch on the A execute you have on Dust2. A lot of teams stole it from you and a lot of teams know you do, but you still manage to pull it off sometimes. So how did you come up with that, when did you create that strategy?
One day on bootcamp we were watching some matches and somebody showed us a smoke that lands on a pretty unusual box (boost box) which covers the whole A long side and the AWPer can't watch the cross if he gets flashed. And this execute is always working for us, I don't know why, but we have a good psychology about it, we are always sure this round is going to work and we are doing it all the time.
Now you made it into the top 16, the second time at the Major, getting some consistecy, building on the IEM Katowice result. What do you think you will be able to do in the next stage?
On the next stage our aim is still the same, we have to go through and see what is going to be next. Just play good, play our CS.