In last night’s G-League 2012 Season 2 Dota2 elimination match, LGD.cn managed to snatch a last-gasp victory against new and improving VG, and thus stride into the semi-finals. Afterwards, we got an interview with LGD player DD/Sc and LGD team lead Nicholas to hear what they had to say about this match, and any hopes for the semi-finals.
Gamefy: First, congrats to LGD for winning over VG and making it to the final four, how do you feel?
LGD.DD: I’m feeling decent, pretty happy.
Gamefy: Where do you think you lost in game two?
LGD.DD: We lost early game in the 3v3 lane. We did not deal with it very well, and then we made a bunch of mistakes, resulting in all three lanes growing very poorly. That tripped us up and we never recovered, so we lost.
Gamefy: In the beginning of the third game, you were also slightly behind. What kind of adjustments did you guys make to pull the game back, and ultimately achieve the win?
LGD.DD: Because VG is a new team, so we were waiting all along for them to make mistakes, since they cannot possibly be as experienced and savvy as teams like DK, iG, and shut their opponents out completely. They overextended in that assault on the top lane high ground, which let us counter-wipe them there. At that point, the game’s momentum had begun swinging back in our favor, and by the time we had two Sheepsticks on our team, the game was favoring us 60-40 at that point. In the end, their Lifestealer couldn’t buy back, and it was then that were sealed the win.
Gamefy: After having fought against VG, what thoughts do you have on this team?
LGD.DD: This team previously trained with us in Hangzhou, and we often went to each other’s team house to play. They’ve got excellent training environment and benefits, so if they can focus and continue improving, they will absolutely produce results.
Gamefy: Your opponents in the next match are iG, whom can be said to have cruised through their group like a hungry person eats soup. Facing a team in such great form as them, have you found any weaknesses with which to attack them?
LGD.DD: Let’s just hope they don’t drink us up like they drink soup, and we at least have some back and forth action.
Gamefy: Now that both LGD squads have made it into the semi-finals here, as team lead what are your feelings?
LGD.Nicholas: Very pleased. After all, G-League is one of the major competitions for us here in China. Our LGD.cn squad has been together for relatively longer, and have always had pretty good results, so their progress at this tournament was within my expectations, even if the path they’ve taken so far hasn’t been the smoothest. As for the LGD.int squad, their advancement from their group made me very happy. Because they joined LGD around the same time I was brought on, their achievements in just two months of time has left me really excited, and thanks goes to our boss for making such an epic decision in forming LGD.int.
Gamefy: Your two squads are facing iG and TongFu respectively, which of them do you think has the better chances of making it to the finals?
LGD.Nicholas: Shouldn’t say which is more likely, although LGD.int versus TongFu has slightly higher chances, while LGD.cn facing in-form iG will definitely have a tough fight. Of course, my hope is that both squads make it to the finals, but I feel that playing iG will be very hard.
Gamefy: If both squads make it to the finals, will there be any bonuses from the club?
LGD.Nicholas: Haha, after this interview I should call Ruru, and ask her what might come. Firstly the boss will certainly be delighted, and as for any bonus, it’ll have to wait ’till we have a team meeting.
Gamefy: There should be a gap between the semi-finals and finals due to Chinese New Year, how do you plan to handle that if one or both squads make it to the finals?
LGD.Nicholas: For LGD.int, they should be participating in some foreign online competitions, because in Europe and North America there are plenty of these kinds of competitions. Although, they’ll be in five different countries, and online conditions might be unstable, so they’ll probably mostly play some pubs. As for LGD.cn, because most of them are from Hunan, training should still be pretty convenient.