Jame: "We need a lot of game time in order to contend against teams like Astralis"

Following AVANGAR's victory over forZe, we spoke to BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019 MVP, Dzhami "⁠Jame⁠" Ali, to talk about the team's first $250,000+ event victory and break down the grand final series.

Earlier this evening AVANGAR were crowned champions of BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019 following a 2-1 victory over forZe in the grand final of the event. The teams exchanged close performances on Overpass and Inferno, followed by a blow-out 16-6 Dust2 that saw the Kazakh-majority squad walk away with the lion's share of the $250,000 prize pool.

AVANGAR were crowned champions of BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019

Following the conclusion of the grand final, we sat down with Jame to award him his first-ever MVP medal, get his thoughts on AVANGAR securing their first $250,000+ event title and broke down the best-of-three grand final.

BLAST Pro Series is a monumental achievement for both yourself and the team, in that you secured your first MVP award, and the team just won its first $250,000+ event. What's going through your mind right now?

There are no emotions, I'm very tired. I've been tired since the morning, I didn't get much sleep. The day kept going, and I'm not too sure where I got the strength to perform, because the final matches, particularly the best-of-three, was largely emotionless for me.

When we spoke during the media day, you mentioned two things - one was that AVANGAR came to take the tournament title and the other that it was important not to go 0-6. If we take a look at the team's performance on the first day, a 0-6 record didn't seem impossible. What changed overnight?

During the first day we didn't play good Counter-Strike, myself included as a captain. On the second day we refocused, and the victory over Natus Vincere really gave us a boost. We consider them a nemesis, and it was the first time we beat them, which reminded us that we're still in the game.

Outside of the mentioned victory against Natus Vincere, was there anything else that boosted the moral component of the team in this time?

I gave my all towards preparations and the games, and on the second day we came in with the approach that we have nothing to lose since we were faced with an 0-2 record. It may have made things easier for us because we weren't too worried about the tournament.

Let's break down the grand final series against forZe. First up was Overpass, where you experienced difficulty on the offense, but managed to adjust in the end of the first half, running away with five crucial rounds. How did you change your approach to accommodate for this?

Personally, I didn't adjust, but as a team, we managed to secure important rounds which boosted our confidence and allowed us to close out.

On the defence, it was apparent that you had a very good idea in regards to what to expect from forZe. Was this a case of you anti-stratting them?

forZe are a very interesting team and I frequently watch them play. I had a rough understanding as to what to expect from them. I'm not sure if that was the case for everyone in the team, but I did. There wasn't any team-wide preparation for it. We were in for a best-of-three, we didn't know who our opponents would be, and as a result, we didn't prepare, but because I watch them play and I really like how they play, I approximately knew what they would do.

On Inferno, you had a chance at closing the map towards the latter stage of the second half, but you were unable to do so in the end. What prevented you from concluding in two maps?

Talking about the final rounds specifically, we gave away entries, and throughout the game, they outplayed us on Banana, consistently. They adjusted to our game, but we didn't adapt to their Banana plays. Even when we left the stage in-between maps, we discussed that we need to revisit our approach to Banana, because it has proven to be a clear weakness that well-prepared teams exploit.

Individual performances like buster's 1v3 clutch made for a dominant Dust2

The concluding map of the series was Dust2, where you demonstrated a significant improvement on the 14-16 result you sustained against forZe on day one. How did you adjust in order to secure a dominant 16-6 closure?

Firstly, we didn't concede as many entries, and we managed to turn convert rounds, for example when buster clutched a 1v3 on B or when we breached on B and managed to hold them off despite a number disadvantage. I'd say it's because we adapted to them and because the team was looking a lot better today than it did yesterday. Perhaps it was because we prepared ourselves from a mental perspective, maybe it was the presence of viewers. Personally, I was trying to perform to my usual standard.

Lastly, what plans does the team for the near future?

We are flying to a press conference in Alma-Ata tomorrow, and we have another event immediately after. I would like for us to get some rest and rearrange our game a little bit, because we've identified a list of mistakes, and we need a lot of game time in order to contend against teams like Astralis, for example.

Russia Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
Dzhami 'Jame' Ali
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its jesus
2019-09-15 01:35
10 replies
2019-09-15 02:38
6 replies
need a lot of jame time*
2019-09-15 03:07
4 replies
2019-09-15 03:39
What is this Jame time meme lol? How did it started?
2019-09-15 10:35
2 replies
Jame is known to save his awp alot, so people started saying 'Jame time' whenever he went to save. Now people also use it for saying its 'James time to shine'.
2019-09-15 11:05
1 reply
2019-09-15 11:32
Denmark Cleandog
2019-09-15 10:41
I love to see how consistent this guy is , stats-wise.
2019-09-15 10:51
kind of
2019-09-16 03:31
There are no more teams like Astralis
2019-09-16 10:23
ok jame
2019-09-15 01:36
Argentina Chief02
2019-09-15 01:36
rain | 
United States majdob
More like Jame time amiright
2019-09-15 01:38
1 reply
+1 i first thought it read "Jame time" lmao
2019-09-15 08:12
2019-09-15 01:40
2019-09-15 01:40
2019-09-15 01:40
2019-09-15 01:40
They will be in Alma-Ata <3
2019-09-15 01:41
2 replies
u mean nur sultan?
2019-09-15 01:52
1 reply
Alma-Ata = Almaty. Astana is now Nur-Sultan
2019-09-15 02:14
game time for jame time
2019-09-15 01:50
Ave Jame
2019-09-15 01:53
no one can contend astralis they are way in front of every team. the only way to crush astralis is when they stop playing cs. everyday you guys grind to beat astralis. astralis are also grinding and is always 1 step ahead of you they have been doing this since 2015.
2019-09-15 01:54
4 replies
NEO | 
Sweden Katane
Every top 1 gets replaced sooner or later, the same will happen to Astralis.
2019-09-15 02:24
2 replies
Of course that's what will happen, but I think Astralis' game in their prime especially in Katowice is very hard to reach. I don't think even they will be able to reach that level again. There is still no team on paper that can potentially beat that team.
2019-09-15 03:01
1 reply
2019-09-15 07:28
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2019-09-15 01:57
2019-09-15 02:04
Blast is not a big event.
2019-09-15 02:21
2 replies
liquid and navi also have only 1 blast trophy so yeah it's a big event idiot
2019-09-15 08:52
1 reply
It is not a big event.
2019-09-15 22:15
He misspelled jame time
2019-09-15 02:52
J ame time
2019-09-15 02:59
You need a lot of Jame Time
2019-09-15 03:19
2019-09-15 03:44
Philippines etalynx08
They need more Jame Time to compete against teams likd Astralis, Liquid.
2019-09-15 03:53
4 replies
I think they are aiming higher than liquid tbh - which is quite high if you ask me : ) would take one step at a time and recognize that the scene in 2019 havn't been consolidated or strong compared to previous years.
2019-09-15 11:15
2 replies
it's just a fluke time for avangar like ence, furia, liquid, clown9
2019-09-15 13:16
Philippines etalynx08
The teamwork is there, unlike Liquid that relies more on aim. Hoping they can continue their performance to keep the competition intense!
2019-09-16 11:44
No team is even close to Astralis level. Some teams had some wins during Astralis break. Not even major wins. Astralis era only era past years.
2019-09-15 19:17
2019-09-15 04:21
we need a lot of jame time
2019-09-15 05:17
no, you need more jame time
2019-09-15 05:19
as much shit as Jame gets, he's very down to earth, has some humility, and generally has a good head on his shoulders
2019-09-15 05:25
1 reply
+1 I used to dislike him for his style of play, but he showed that it can work and his humulity earned himself a new fan.
2019-09-15 07:39
game time jame fucking knows
2019-09-15 05:32
jame time <3
2019-09-15 05:55
Its JAME time bitches
2019-09-15 06:00
You need maybe more times to close your button from your pants right ?
2019-09-15 06:32
1 reply
How about just not wear pants at all?
2019-09-15 09:39
United States Rakitic
GOD Jame! Let's go! :-D
2019-09-15 07:12
2019-09-15 07:16
> we need a lot of Jame time in order to contend against teams like Astralis, for example* Fixed. To be serious, nice interview. And it seems Avangar clearly knows what they need to do to realize their potential and become consistent top team, and what's more important they actually do it (slowly but steadily).
2019-09-15 07:23
1 reply
2019-09-15 12:33
I always said they are next astralis
2019-09-15 08:31
Finland Smoonah
Jame "Jame" Jame
2019-09-15 08:54
this guy will be top10 this year
2019-09-15 09:47
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2019-09-15 10:30
1 reply
Europe Qaia
2019-09-15 10:38
2019-09-15 10:48
Czech Republic NR.Kobra
Jame, he's a good person, he's at the head level.
2019-09-15 11:08
I hope jame time turns into a meme everytime he clutches <3
2019-09-15 11:25
1 reply
It has already turned.
2019-09-15 16:45
roeJ | 
Germany L1lK1M
Jame Time amen!
2019-09-15 11:38
1 reply
Jamen Time ;)
2019-09-15 14:14
2019-09-15 11:45
no name, no emotion, no future . just like foundation :D
2019-09-15 11:45
We're living in time that an avangar player can comment and judge the level of other top teams, thinking avangar as a real top team. Sad but true
2019-09-15 11:45
2 replies
2019-09-15 12:16
Mb make brain transplant
2019-09-15 12:19
3 month roster since AdreN joined. They are improving fast, and the mindset is good, hope there will be more achievements.
2019-09-15 12:00
1 reply
I hope they don't end up like flukence
2019-09-15 13:18
He had the second highest number of 1vX clutches at this event. Not bad for a player that James a lot.
2019-09-15 12:16
Avangar makes to top5 nice gl
2019-09-15 12:19
Tnx PRO!
2019-09-15 13:06
A lot of Jame time
2019-09-15 13:32
NEO | 
Poland AntOOr
11 rounds won in 2 maps in major final vs astralis, we can clearly see then not enough game time. Even saving every round didn't give enough game time
2019-09-15 13:58
1 reply
They need more jame time tbh.
2019-09-15 16:46
I literally read the title has Jame time, what has twitch chat done to me...
2019-09-15 16:52
no - just learn to use utility u bot
2019-09-15 19:27
Denmark Eagle3y3z
I am i the only one thinking “WTF happened to ENCE, NAVI” in this blast Pro? They got spanked! - navi should be rank nr 20, that’s How bad they are
2019-09-15 20:39
game time = jame time
2019-09-15 23:44
sadly but truly, this playing style just means no chance to win against astralis.
2019-09-16 08:41
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