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Ninjas in Pyjamas’ captain, Peter “ppd” Dager spoke with the Chinese portal bilibili and the conversation was pretty interesting. Besides the fact that he had to introduce his players for the Chinese community,  ppd has also talked about the decision of changing the coach after the win at OGA Dota PIT Minor, about his many tweets at Valve regarding different problems in the Dota Pro Circuit system and about the ESL One Mumbai MVP vote.

The full interview can be watched here, below we extracted some of the most important answers from captain ppd.


On the upper bracket seed of NiP and expectations for MDL Disneyland® Paris Major.

We don’t really have too high of expectations. Our goal was to come into this tournament and place top eight because we were one of those teams kind of on the fence about whether we are or we are not qualified for TI9, so this upper bracket seed locked it in and we are very excited about that. […] I think we are pretty heavy underdogs, at least in terms of the who will be the top teams here and I don’t have any expectation on winning it all.

About NiP and its individual players:

It’s been a long a difficult year for all of us, but we all kind of stuck it out. Although sometimes we were not feeling the most confident about our chances, we fought through it because at the end of the day we all want to be successful Dota 2 players and I think we are getting closer and closer on meeting our expectations.

[Ed.note: ppd introduces his players to the Chinese community]

Fata has been around for a long, long time, people probably know him. He’s played on Cloud 9 and then, most recently, on Team Secret, last year. They had quite a good year.

Ace was kind of the breakout player of last year, also with Team Secret. Puppey picked him up. He was competing in Dota 2 for the longest time with Danish teams mostly, but Puppey brought him up to that International level and gave him a lot of exposure and attention. Ace and Fata, they kind of joined our team together, like a package deal at the start of this year.

Neta is someone who played with me last year. He was quite unknown as well only playing with European stacks and then on Hellraisers at TI7, but they got last place, but he played with me last year in OpTic, we got top 8 at TI and we’re hoping to do the same this year.

Our final player is Saksa who I’m sure most people know. He’s been around for quite a bit, last year was a little bit of a quiet year for him. He says that he made bad roster decisions or just some bad choices overall, but he actually got second at TI6 with Digital Chaos beating my team [at that time], Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket final.

About team decisions, drafting and Pajkatt as NiP’s new coach.

The people who have the most say on the team when it comes to strategy and drafting would be myself first and foremost and secondly, I love to bounce ideas with Saksa. I think that he has a really good mind for the game and that he understands big picture concepts. He probably doesn’t have the experience or the charisma to be a leader.

Pajkatt is a very intelligent and outspoken individual and he makes a really good person to bounce ideas off. He also has a ton of experience with lots of different teams over the past years and actually, he was Saksa’s coach at TI6 when they made their run into the grand finals. So, it was initially Saksa’s idea to bring him along and although I never really relied on coaches too much, if my teammates felt that Pajkatt was going to be helpful, I was a big fan of the idea.

On Chinese community calling him “the speaker of Valve”

I don’t mind people calling me that and I don’t mid using my voice to facilitate change. I like the idea that I can be helpful. I’m grateful that Valve respects my opinion enough to at least read it or hopefully considering it. I’m definitely the speaker of Valve, but I do want things to always be improving for Dota so, I will at least use my voice to start the conversation. Whether or not I’m right is up for debate.

On the ESL One Mumbai MVP vote:

Most of our team was pretty outraged by the decision to give Febby the MVP of the tournament. I understand how it happened, but I often times think that the talent, the people who have the most say, try to be edgy and controversial just for the sake of being edgy and controversial. I don’t know, they want to be interesting, or unique, or something like that, but to give the MVP of the tournament to a player that didn’t win the tournament, it makes no sense.


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