ESL One Hamburg 2018 was the first LAN event for paiN Gaming after the TI8 shuffle and it went pretty good for them. They finished top four in Hamburg and next week they are set to play in the first Major of the new season.
We took the opportunity in Hamburg to talk to Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen, who left the coaching seat for the Brazilian team to take the captain role, about the main things that he and his players learned from the event, to talk about the South American region as a whole and what prevents the teams from there to be consistent, and of course, his expectations for the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Major.
I’d like to start with the post TI8 shuffle and ask you what made you step in from the coach position to an active player for paiN Gaming, other than of course, playing with w33 again?
First of all, they asked me, pretty much right after they lost in Vancouver, but I couldn’t respond that fast. I needed to think about it for a while, I had to look at my options because I had a few other offers, but at the end of the day I still think that this team is worth and I actually want to work and spend more time with these guys, I think we are a good match.
I heard you saying here at ESL One Hamburg 2018, that these three Brazilian guys are tier one players, but for some reasons, people don’t really see them that way. Did you come to this conclusion during your time as a coach for them or it’s something you believed even before TI8?
I think I realized it for the first time when I saw them last year at the Kiev Major when they defeated Team Secret. I watched them play at that event, they were with a different organization back then, and they were playing like they were a real team. So, they were kind of showing that they are really good players for a year and a half, but they were also very inconsistent. However, the fact that they played the way they did at that Major, tells me that they can do it, that they have the potential.
Inconsistency is probably the biggest characteristic for the South American teams, but why is it like this, what are your thoughts after spending a few months in the region already?
I think one big issue that South American team have is that if they don’t get to go to tournaments frequently, it’s very hard for them to improve. There are not that many players in the region to play with at a high level so, it’s hard to find pub games. The same goes for teams, there are not that many in the region so they can practice against each other, but these guys, they traveled a lot last year and they got to play against all the best teams in the world and that has to happen more with the other South American teams.
Through your career, you played in all the big regions, except for SEA. So, I’d like to ask you where did you feel the best, what is the region from where you have the best memories?
Well, I lived in China for a year of my life so, I’ll always remember that, but that being said, Dota wise I have mostly negative memories about that time. We didn’t have so many tournaments back then so we kind of had to stay all the time in China not really doing anything. As for Europe, is mostly Secret, and in NA is mostly Digital Chaos and I have good memories from both these regions.
How do you feel about TI9 being held in China next year?
China is actually a very good place to go now, the scene is more developed and there’s more money involved in esports there, so you actually get good conditions at tournaments now, you get treated better, the fan base is also big there and I’m actually excited to go to China for The International.
What are your thoughts regarding the new Dota Pro Circuit Season, which is way less busy this year compared to the first one that we had?
I didn’t really think about it. I don’t know, I feel like last year there were too many tournaments where this year we have too few. So, I hope they will find a middle ground for this. Right now, I also think that it’s a bit weird for tournaments like this, which are not in the DPC system, because the Majors matter so much for the players, so most probably the focus will be on those. I don’t t know, honestly, it’s hard to say, I guess we will have to wait and see how it goes, it’s too early to talk about it.
I guess paiN, same as many other teams here, took this event as a practice tool for the upcoming Major. What are the main things you guys take with you from ESL One Hamburg 2018?
We take the fact that we actually can beat everyone and I think that we have to work on making that more consistent, so we can be ready every time we play against a good team. Like we were for example against Team Aster or Forward Gaming here. We have to make sure we are not overconfident, or get content too fast, or lazy, or distracted and I think we have to work on getting a bit bigger hero pool.
Last question, what’s the goal for the Kuala Lumpur Major?
Top 6 would be nice.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to talk to us and good luck in Malaysia.
More interviews from ESL One Hamburg 2018:
– iNSaNiA: “When you are different and you make it work, you end up winning tournaments”
– Zai: “A lot of what we played in this tournament was just experimentation”
– Arteezy: “I feel that all the heroes I play got nerfed and nothing really got buffed”
– Saksa: “After I left Planet Odd I made a lot of bad decisions team-wise”
– Universe: “Moving to SEA was a pretty crazy decision”
– Kpii: “Mineski was the best offer that I had”
– Solo: “ArtStyle had no fresh ideas and he realized this by himself”
– Fenrir: “I and Fy are in fact inseparable”
– SVG: “There are not a lot of coaches in America and Europe that teams trust to draft at high level”