DK’s LaNm interviewed at Redbull ECL 2014 — talks about WPC-ACE, ECL, joining DK, hopes and wishes for the future…
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All dates and times below are in China Standard Time (UTC +8). Just updated schedule with latest info.
Dates: Jan 3 – Jan 7, 2014
Location: Beijing, China
Teams: iG, DK, Titan, TongFu (VG and LGD will be attending the D2L finals in Vegas starting Jan 6)
Prizepool: 130k RMB (21k USD)
Format: BO2 round robin into a 4-team seeding, elimination stage uses BO3 with matchups determined by seedings
Jan 3 – matches begin at 3:45 PM. DK vs Titan, then DK vs TongFu, then TongFu vs Titan
Jan 4 – matches begin at 4:15 PM. DK vs iG, then iG vs TongFu, then iG vs Titan
Jan 5 – matches begin at 4:45 PM. Elimination day 1 (4 teams –> 3)
Jan 6 – matches begin at 4:45 PM. Elimination day 2 (3 teams –> 2)
Jan 7 – matches begin at 5:30 PM. Grand Finals
Other games at ECL 2014 are SC2, Hearthstone, and CS:GO, in case you’re interested.
Chinese stream page: http://www.cespc.com/html/tvol/
This interview was conducted in a mix of English and Chinese, apparently. Replays.Net posted the Chinese version. Short-ish interview in which kyxy talks about TI3, the Aegis incident, what he’ll do with his prize money, etc…
Replays.Net: Hello, kyxy, welcome to this interview with RN.
Titan.kyxy: Hello everyone
RN: Why don’t you start off by sharing with everyone the origins of your nickname!
kyxy: Ky is my name — Kang Yang, and xy was my ID in Dota 1. I combined them together for Dota 2.
RN: How long have you played Dota 2? How did you get into the professional scene?
kyxy: I’ve played for nearly three years. I had gone with MUFC to compete in TI1, but we lost. I got in by playing lots of local events in Malaysia.
RN: We all know that at TI3, Orange achieved an admirable third place finish, yet still ended up disbanding, to the surprise of many. What do you think the main reasons behind this were?
kyxy: Mushi had already decided prior to TI3 that he would be moving to China after the tournament ended. The remaining four of us still remained as a team, and after TI3, Titan invited us to join. Their conditions were superior to those of Orange’s, so we went.
RN: Chinese media have been reporting that Titan’s salaries are twice that of Orange’s, can you confirm?
kyxk: Sorry, this is not something we can disclose.
RN: Your performances at TI3 were outstanding. But that one incident denying the Aegis had everyone wondering “what if”, can you talk a bit about that moment?
kyxy: Ugh, I was moving to get closer to Roshan so I could tank as Windrunner, then I saw that Roshan was almost dead, so I used A-click in order to avoid accidentally taking the Aegis myself, and just like that, the Aegis went byebye. Ever since then, no matter what the situation has been, I no longer use attack move.
RN: This must’ve been a huge hit for you? How did you deal with it?kyxy: A huge hit, I could only think, even though top 3 is a great result already, we could’ve made it to top 2 if there hadn’t been such a mistake.
RN: Did your teammates blame you?
kyxy: My teammates did not blame me. They felt that we win together, and we lose together, so no one blamed me. But I still felt terrible inside, making an error that shouldn’t have happened.
RN: Then let’s talk about some less heavy things. What do you plan on doing with your prize money from TI3?
kyxy: I will give a portion of it to my mom, then keep some to spend myself, and save the rest away. Because I don’t really know how to use all that money, so I’ll just put it in the bank and save it.
RN: Housing is very expensive in China, what about in Malaysia? Any plans to use the money to buy a place?
kyxy: It’s also very expensive in Malaysia. I don’t even know the details but all I know is that housing in Malaysia is quite pricey as well.
RN: How will your roles be allocated with your new team, Titan?
kyxy: We’re still in the building process. I should still be playing the 2 role. Because we have three people who all used to play support, so we might have Ohaiyo take on the 1 position, and then move someone to the 3.
RN: Have you begun official practices?
kyxy: We need to wait until we move into the new team house next month before we can officially begin.
RN: How many times have you visited China, what left you the deepest impression?
kyxy: The deepest impression still has to be us playing against iG, and I caught five in my ult as Magnus!
RN: 6.79 should be coming soon, what changes are you looking forward to the most?
kyxy: Timbersaw’s ultimate should have its cooldown increased a bit!
RN: Last word for your Chinese fans?
kyxy: Thank you for the interview, and shoutout to our sponsor Titan Gaming. More importantly, thank you to my fans in China, I promise that I will never make that Aegis mistake again ^_^. 😛 haha
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