Watching the on-stage team interview live after LGD wins i-League S3… some interesting questions and answers that I jotted down for fun (not comprehensive).
For Maybe – this is your first title, and it’s not a small title. Right now, you might be the top mid player in China. Compared to other young mids in the West, such as Sumail and RTZ, what do you think of yourself?
Maybe: They’ve got more experience at these big international events than I do. But I will work hard.
For Yao – how did you turn some poor situations in your games around to your advantage in your last few games here at i-League?
Yao: Our lineups tended more towards mid-late game stability, while the other teams favored early-mid game aggression lineups. We held out and won that way. Also, our coach would tell us, don’t give up even if you fall behind, don’t
get careless against any opponent. He put a lot of words in our minds.
For Maybe – What was your experience with CDEC like? It seems like your time there really helped you out.
Maybe: My time at CDEC felt like a springboard to the real professional scene. When I first started out, I actually knew nothing about how things worked as a pro. But after a year of that I figured a lot of things out. Then when I joined LGD, I still wasn’t immediately a part of everything, it still took some time. But I learned that it is very important to figure out how to work out with your teammates and learn how to be in a team.
For xiao8 – Who do you think will make it through the China qualifiers?
xiao8: My predictions might not be accurate, but personally I favor EHOME and HGT
For Maybe – What is your favorite mid hero at the moment? And which is your best?
Maybe: Shadow Fiend, Storm Spirit. Because these two heroes just feel strong.
And everyone likes them. And I like them too, so I practice hard with them,
and I play alright with them.
For Yao – Two games out of three you guys had Bristleback. I’d like to ask you to compare your Bristleback versus Maybe’s.
Yao: My BB is mainly about creating space in early game, and stacking stuff for Maybe. Maybe’s is more about later dps as a core.
Supplementary question – In one game your BB was relegated to stacking creeps for Maybe. What was that about?
Yao: Maybe told me he wouldn’t give me the Empower later on if I didn’t stack for him. So I did it. And he also let me get some experience and gold in his lane while he cleared the stacks. So it was a transaction!
For xiao8 – talk a bit about the coach for your team?
xiao8: Coach does a lot for us, especially in helping make emotional adjustments individually.
For xiao8 – Yesterday you were defeated 2-1 by VG, yet today won 3-0. How/why?
xiao8: Honestly yesterday we played poorly, otherwise we could have won then. Today we made the necessary changes and turned things around.
For MMY – I heard you got a girlfriend recently. How did you meet? Has she come here to support you?
MMY: I tricked her into being my girlfriend through the internet. But she’s not here. The girl here is the coach’s girlfriend (jokes – coach has trouble with women but is working hard on improving that)
Supplementary: Yao says the coach told them to play well at this i-League to impress the girl for him. The goal set was to at least make it to finals.
For Yao – Your thoughts on Team MY?
Yao: They are a very respectable, strong team. They’ve got some veterans. We’ve learned a lot from them and they’ve learned from us over the years. They’ve always had that signature SEA style, aggressive.
Question from chat – for xiao8 – what’s the word on xiaoxiao8?
xiao8: Uh… this is secret for now. But I’ve been away on competitions for a long time now, so with my wife I haven’t actually even talked much for half a month.
Question from chat for Sylar – you single?
Sylar: Uhm… Right now I’m single. [host adds: Sylar rejected a beauty at a
competition a few weeks ago]