Expectations are all the time sky-high for a workforce like Liquid. In current instances, the CS:GO roster has struggled, and its current transfer out of NA has sparked some criticism. Earlier than the workforce debuted at ESL Professional League Season 18 Group D with coach daps standing in for Patsi, we spoke with the workforce’s AWPer, oSee, to get his ideas on the workforce’s possibilities in Malta.
With Patsi lacking for the primary recreation at ESL Professional League and probably past, how do you guys adapt on the fly to conditions like this?
It’s positively robust. It makes it simpler since we’ve got YEKINDAR who’s performed in many various roles, so he can slot in. We will’t actually put daps in for Patsi as a result of they’ve completely different playstyles. We’re attempting to shift daps into YEKINDAR’s roles in the meanwhile, after which YEKINDAR goes again to his previous roles. It’s positively nonetheless robust since we’ve been training for a few weeks with the roles that we had – we solely knew in regards to the visa concern about two or three days earlier than we left. Mainly, most of our apply was with these roles, however so long as the opposite gamers have been of their regular roles, performing how they often do. You realize, daps has been a participant earlier than, he’s nonetheless been with the workforce and understands how we wish to play and our system. I don’t assume it’s going to be too dangerous.
It’s been over a month because you guys have been final on LAN. What have been the primary classes discovered from Gamers8 and IEM Cologne’s Play-In?
One factor that we seen was that our particular person kind hasn’t been the perfect. We’re nonetheless a reasonably new roster with two new additions. It’s exhausting to implement two gamers right into a roster that rapidly. You noticed that in our first couple of video games, we have been capable of beat some actually good groups. It reveals that we’ve got the potential there however to have a constant base for beating these sorts of groups, it takes numerous time to implement them. With time, I believe we’re going to be higher as a workforce. But additionally, we’ve proven that our particular person kind hasn’t been on par with the opposite groups, so numerous us have been taking extra time to ensure we’re taking part in the sport extra – deathmatching, intention coaching, or no matter it’s that helps you keep in kind.
You guys have Virtus.professional up first. How have you ever guys ready for a workforce with such a novel fashion of play?
We’ve ready for them, nevertheless it’s not too completely different to different groups. I believe YEKINDAR positively has an enormous voice in getting ready in opposition to VP since he’s performed with numerous the gamers, he understands how they assume. Jame is the IGL, and he’s performed below him as IGL, as nicely, so… It’s not too completely different from some other workforce.
When you make it by, you get to leap straight into the Playoffs. With the opposite three Teams having somewhat break in between, do you assume this advantages you guys in any respect?
Truthfully, there’s professionals and cons to it. I believe Group C, it kinda sucks for them since you don’t have time to actually change stuff. It’s important to play kinda quickly so that you’re simply ready I really feel like. However for Group A and Group B I believe a bonus they’ve is that they’ll take a look at their video games and the way they performed within the Group Stage, see issues they tousled on, see what they wish to change, add new stuff. A con of it’s that gamers will probably be much less warmed up, not be in that match state. Like, for Group D, for us, we received’t have a lot time to alter stuff, however I believe we’re gonna be feeling very warmed up for the match environments. It’s a complete completely different setting being in a match than like, scrims, so with the ability to play proper after a Group Stage retains you mentally ‘in it’ and mechanically at your greatest. I believe for our workforce it’s really a profit.
What would you describe as a very good exhibiting for Liquid coming into Season 18 of ESL Professional League?
It’s robust to say now, since we’ve got the stand-in. Making Playoffs and profitable at the least one recreation in Playoffs, I’d say. At least, it’s one thing we’d be kinda okay with. Clearly, our objective is to nonetheless win the entire thing – we’ve been training for some time, however I believe like I stated with the stand-in and stuff… that’s what we must always at the least attending to for my part.