Close to a month after he started a team of his own, Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk is facing more challenges than he could have ever possibly imagined. Odium lost three players already, the new project being carried on right now only by Lil and by Semion “CemaTheSlayer” Krivulya.
Shortly after Andrey “Ghostik” Kadyk announced his departure from the team, on the 1st of October, Lil opened up to his fans once more and made an x-ray of the CIS scene and the players with whom he tried to work over the last couple of weeks. He puts a lot of blame on the players who left and perhaps for some, Lil’s thoughts shared yesterday on his vk page are just foregone conclusions. His post is lengthy and expresses his frustration with the CIS scene.
“I brought together a bunch of guys who I knew were excited to start a team, to develop as a group, to work hard,” he says in the opening of his post explaining that despite being a new competitor, they even had financial support right from the get-go.
” Right now, an average result is enough to get a sponsor or an organization – meaning to secure financial support […].
We had a sponsor, we got invited to the Major qualifiers, everything was really going well, until after a random scrim which was a day before we had to play in a tournament, one person said that he doesn’t see the point of continuing with this team, that we have no future and this team has no potential. […] And this was the first person I wrote to when I decided to start this team, the person who I trusted the most.”
Lil doesn’t give names and doesn’t point fingers at specific players, but he talks only about those who decided to leave the ship after a few failures. He speaks about his former teammates as being lazy, being afraid of speaking their mind, he calls them greedy and hypocrite. Lil chose four strong and hard to digest adjectives to outline his frustrations, saying the followings:
“Laziness. People are lazy, simple as that. Too lazy to strain themselves, to work for a common goal and not only for their own salary, […] too lazy to actually do something. They want it all right now.
Fear. Most people are afraid to leave their comfort zone, are afraid to say to your face what they like or dislike, and are afraid to engage in productive polemics.
Hypocrisy. The non-hypocritical persons in this community can be counted on the fingers of one hand and that’s sad.
Greed. Most people are only thinking about having more, it’s just that some have the courage to admit it. Their so called passion for the game is a phony claim, nothing else. “
In closure, Lil raises a rhetorical question. “Why is this region having just one team that’s really playing”, he asks, referring most probably to the only successful CIS squad on the last year, Virtus.pro. “They’ve done all this tremendous work to be where they are and it’s only these people who got everything and yet they continue to live and breathe for this game.”
Yesterday, Lil and his team Odium were playing with three stand-ins in the GG.Bet Invitational online tournament organized by StarLadder. However, they lost three series in a row in the group stage, 1-2 to Ninjas in Pyjamas, 1-2 to Team Lithium and 0-2 to Team Spirit and didn’t make the cut for the playoffs.