In this, VG.Fy, the solo mid tournament champion at ECL 2013, talks about the win, what it was like playing against BurNing in the tourney, what’s important to him, and more~~
Replays.NET: Fy, hello, welcome to this interview with Replays.net. In the solo finals here at ECL, you defeated teammate CTY to become champion. Have you guys practiced any Shadow Fiend solos against each other before?
VG.Fy: In DotA yes, but not in Dota 2.
RN: Many people say that Shadow Fiend feels greatly different in Dota 2, what do you think?
VG.Fy: I personally think that it feels a little different, but once you’re used to it then it’s all the same.
RN: In the semi-finals of the solo tournament, you defeated B-God. According to DK’s manager, Farseer, back when PIS was still part of BurNing, B-god had never once lost a Shadow Fiend mid solo against PIS. Yet you managed to win against BurNing, can you talk about this matchup?
VG.Fy: B-god is really good. He’s played carry for such a long time, so his mechanics are immaculate. But perhaps it was because he hadn’t played mid much in a long while, even though he was ahead for a long time in terms of last hits, I still managed to seize on a mistake he made to get a kill, and thus caught back up.
RN: Let’s chat about yourself, when did you first start playing Dota?
VG.Fy: From version 6.59, and I liked the game from first contact.
RN: What led you to playing professionally?
VG.Fy: I achieved a small level of skill in playing Dota, and took quite a few online tournament titles. So the decision to play professionally is something of an answer to myself, to my time invested, and to my friends and family — so I have something to show, for all their support of me.
RN: Before you started playing professionally, what was your main role?
VG.Fy: Mainly leaned towards carry-core type roles. After coming to VG, the team needed to me to play support, and it was something I was willing to give a try.
RN: What was the transition like from carry to support?
VG.Fy: There have been doubts in the past of my ability. As for the transition itself, I can only say that support skill comes with time.
RN: Have you practiced on any specific heroes, then?
VG.Fy: Basically none, unless it’s a hero that I’m absolutely terrible with, in which case I do.
RN: In this ECL, with your team against iG, your Windrunner was a bright point. In prior matches as well, your support has often seen flashy play. Can you share with us your secret in playing such a flashy support role?
VG.Fy: For a support to be a bright spot, it’s still reliant on the team. For example against iG, the only reason my Windrunner had room to execute in that fashion was because we had some tanky core heroes up front in teamfights first and foremost.
RN: You lost to DK in the quarter finals, what do you think caused this loss?
VG.Fy: The reason was probably due to the fact that we did not sufficiently prepare before the match, we didn’t analyze how to counter DK.
RN: Was it because, while DK has TI3 to prepare for, you guys do not, so you skipped preparing for them?
VG.Fy: I think it was just our own problem. We could’ve done more specific preparations beforehand, but we didn’t.
RN: Do you feel that with this solo tournament title under your belt, you at least have some individual achievement to speak of?
VG.Fy: This isn’t really very important to me. And maybe it was because I got lucky, because CTY’s solo is a bit better than mine.
RN: Then what is important to you?
VG.Fy: I feel, to be able to achieve a good result with the team at an important event, that is most important.
RN: What do you think VG is capable of achieving, in this quest to prove yourselves?
VG.Fy: We want to strive for top 3 in the next ACE League.
RN: What do you think are your team’s biggest strengths and weaknesses right now?
VG.Fy: Weakness is that we aren’t focused enough, and we don’t have strong match mentalities, thus our performances at offline events are unsteady. Strengths are that each of our players has good individual skill, and our teamwork and communications are all decent.
RN: This should be your first experience at an offline event where so much trash talk is flying around, both between fans and players, and players themselves… How did you feel?
VG.Fy: Speaking for myself, this stuff doesn’t have any effect on me, because I think I’m the type of player that remains calm.
RN: Then do you have any views on whether or not to use soundproof booths?
VG.Fy: Not having them should be okay, except if the opponent is DK, then they should be used.
RN: You’re very handsome, are there any worries that people pay attention to you because of how you look, instead of how you play?
VG.Fy: I will prove myself to them!
RN: Thank you Fy for the interview with us, any last words for everyone?
VG.Fy: Thank you to those that support us, thank you to ECL, and I wish Replays.net everlasting success.