DK.BurNIng post-MLG interview

Q: Thank you B-God for accepting our interview, go ahead and say hi to everyone~
DK.BurNIng:
Hello everyone, I am Team DK’s BurNIng.

Q: You’ve just gotten back from your trip to the US in the past few days, how have you adjusted?
DK.BurNIng:
We had a two day break after, and now have mostly adjusted back physically and timezone-wise.

Q: Yesterday was Mushi’s birthday, but he was back in Malaysia. When will he be back with the team? Do you guys have any plans to celebrate his birthday as well?
DK.BurNIng:
He’ll be back with the team in two days. As for celebrating, since he’s away there’s no physical way to celebrate together, we can only send him birthday wishes on Weibo, and then have a birthday meal together once he’s back.

Q: Let’s chat about MLG — You guys advanced from group stages as the top seed, but sadly lost in the finals to Speed. What were the main reasons for the loss? Was the biggest issue stamina?
DK.BurNIng:
This time at MLG, our form never managed to get past the jet lag, and we only slept 3-4 hours every day. There was also a lot of getting-used-to with the food, so our overall stamina was very poor. Normally for us, playing three BO3s in a day isn’t a problem. As for our mentality, in the finals we were indeed less focused than during the match against NaVi, and this was also connected to stamina. Communication was poor, drafts weren’t done well, and we hadn’t done much analysis of Speed as a team.

Q: In the end, you sent out a post on Weibo, sighing that “Champion is not in your fate”. Why is it that you posted that? Was it because you were completely exhausted physically and mentally by then?
DK.BurNIng:
This should be the closest I’ve been to a title in recent times. It’s been two years, lots of events, but never any titles, so it’s hard to avoid expressing some negativity, I guess.

Q: Then, for you, what were the biggest takeaways from this MLG?
DK.BurNIng:
 For me I think it is in terms of mentality — previously I had given myself so much pressure, it was exhausting. Honestly it’s just that saying, “As long as you’re happy”, I won’t ask too much of myself in striving for champions, as long as I can play to my best and leave no regrets, then that’s okay.

Q: Okay, let’s talk about the Sina Cup then. One thing everyone is rather interested in is your team’s drafting. After Mushi stepped down from the duties, who is it that drafts for the team now?
DK.BurNIng:
I do the drafts recently.

Q: It is likely that your team will face VG in the second round here. Speaking of VG, your team has rarely won against VG’s Pugna, have you gone and looked at ways to counter their Pugna strategy?
DK.BurNIng:
Our analysis probably isn’t in-depth enough, our counters for it only sometimes work, sometimes don’t work, so we probably still need much more practice in order to deal with Pugna.

Q: In games where your team chooses Pugna, your results have been mixed as well. Is it a lack of practice with this? Or is it just some detail that is missing?
DK.BurNIng:
Not enough practice, and we’ve not been able to get comfortable with pushing lineups so far. This has a lot to do with the details and execution.

Q: The prize pool for this iteration of the Sina Cup is quite high, and the event schedule is pretty condensed, B-God what are your thoughts on the tournament?
DK.BurNIng:
A very good online tournament, I hope it can continue on.

Q: A question about iceiceice — In an interview he complained that he has no one to go to the movies with, as well as the fact that training every day is dry and boring, have you considered adding some programming to your team’s daily life to appease iceiceice?
DK.BurNIng:
I somehow don’t recall him talking about going to the movies, but I do agree that we are lacking activities outside of training, so this is something that we will improve on in the future.

Q: Another question that lots of fans are curious about: who is the strongest solo player in the team?
DK.BurNIng:
Iceiceice and Mushi. Depends on the hero.

Q: Thank you B-God for the interview. The floor is yours to say anything to your fans~
DK.BurNIng:
I sincerely thank all the fans that have supported us all along. And thank you to our sponsors Ttesports.

Source: http://dota2.replays.net/news/page/20131129/1867076.html

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Interview with new team New Element Gaming manager

Earlier DOTALAND reported on a new Chinese Dota 2 club — New Element Gaming. Now check out this short interview with their manager Tony…

Q: Hello Tony, thank you for the interview, say hi to everyone~
NE.Tony:
Hello everyone, I am Tony, currently the manager of NE Club, and occasionally also cameo as a commentator on the Sina Cup.

Q: NE is a fairly new entity to viewers, so can you describe the club’s situation for us again?
NE.Tony:
Our club was founded in August of this year, and the team house is currently in Shanghai. Of our five players, there are three who have only begun playing Dota 2 this July. These three are previously top 10 players on the Dota 1 ladder: Shiki, Longlong (龙龙), and Zcd. The other two are our support players and have played Dota 2 for a long time: the 4 is our oldest player, Wil (上头是常态, a name that followers of high level Chinese Dota 2 pubs will be familiar with), and our role 5 is our lovely Shana.

Even though no one has prior experience playing professionally, we’re all very united and work hard together to practice and build teamwork. The team has been scrimming together now for nearly three months, and have participated in some online events, the results of which have been average.

Q: NE has advanced in the current Sina Cup, yet you still say they’ve only played average, why is this?
NE.Tony:
In my opinion, the players’ individual ability is pretty good. They’re all fairly calm players and don’t easily tilt, even though Wil’s [Chinese ID] would suggest the opposite! Their weakness is that they’ve come to Dota 2 relatively late, and are lacking in execution. Their playing style doesn’t have any particularly unique aspect, and also isn’t specifically rigid.

Q: The Sina Supernova Cup has gathered second-tier and new teams from across China; you guys probably scrim with these teams pretty often, who do you think are the strongest amongst this group?
NE.Tony:
Amongst the ones we often scrim with, everyone’s probably around the same level, but I do think that ForLove and DT Club are a bit stronger.

Q: In appearing as a caster for this Sina Cup, you’ve made a small comeback since fading from the public eye a bit after the last G-1 season, how does that feel?
NE.Tony:
G-1 was actually my first major event casting experience, so thanks to G-1 and 17173 for the opportunity and learning chance. For casting Sina Cup I made a lot of preparations, and because I’d become pretty familiar with all the participating teams, along with watching my team scrim and compete, so the main challenges in casting here aren’t issues for me. I hope to get everyone’s support, but will everyone still like me even without my amazing hair from G-1?

Q: Without that hair, it will indeed seem like something is missing. When will we see its triumphant return?
NE.Tony:
Wait ’til my hair reaches my waist, we shall meet at TI 1006.

Q: Okay let’s talk a bit about tonight’s match (this match has since been played), your opponents HGT are also a new team, how well do you know them?
NE.Tony:
We’re something of a sibling team, we scrim with them quite a bit, and the players all know each other pretty well now.

Q: Since you know each other so well, then how about a simple prediction of odds?
NE.Tony:
50/50, in scrims we both win and lose, so for the match it’ll depend on execution and performance as well as pre-match preparations.

Q: Once again, thanks Tony for the interview, you get the last word.
NE.Tony:
Thank you for the interview, and I hope new teams can all achieve good results, and for everyone to lend their support to NE.

Source: http://dota2.sgamer.com/news/201311/153767.html