EPICENTER Moscow: Interview with Vuggo
Posted 2016-10-17 Steff
The players have touched down in Moscow ahead of EPICENTER. We sat down with team manager Vitkor "Vuggo" Jendeby to talk about the teams online form, how they've settled into their role at Fnatic and the expectations on the boys for this incredible event in
Check out the interview below & follow all the action from EPICENTER Moscow here.
You’ve been in your new role for a while now, how has the transition been and what’s the best part of your new job?
It's hard to say yet what the best parts is. I work more on the organization side but still work a lot with the team. I don't attend practices anymore and so the hours when i work is more dependent on me rather than the team, which is great.
The first LAN event for the new team was ESL One New York, how do you feel the team performed?
We didn't surprise, either in a good or a bad way. We did what we expected of ourselves going in to the tournament even though, of course, we were very disappointed.
In review of that event, was there anything you learned and have since changed within the team?
Playing against an NA team with 10,000 people cheering for them (against us) was a very new experience for the new guys and I must say the pressure kind of get to them. With that said, I think we learned a lot, being in the very brightest spotlight will be something they get more and more used to with every event we play.
Online leagues have been going well for the team lately, we just secured the #1 spot in ESL Pro League & Season 2 of ECS has kicked off, do you think this form will translate well at LAN?
Impossible to say really. We have a very high high, but can do really bad matches as well. Time will tell, whether or not we can keep performing at the highest level on offline tournaments already, or if we need a little more time to be as comfortable there as we are at home right now.
Out of the new guys, who do you think will have their breakout performance in Moscow and why?
Twist did an amazing job in NY and has shown great form online, I think he will continue the beast mode in Russia and be our key player this event.
The competition is stacked for this event, who do you see being your biggest threat and who are you most looking forward to playing?
All teams will be fun to play as we haven't yet played a lot of teams offline yet. Playing NiP in a big stage match would of course be awesome, especially if we win!
What is the mindset of the team heading into EPICENTER?
I think the mindset is very similar to what we had ahead of ESL New York. We strive to win but can't really expect to reach a final. As long as we're making progress and put up a good fight against all teams on site, we will be happy about it in the end.
What are the expectations from this event? Would you be satisfied with top 4 or is it a must win?
We will always be disappointed if we go out of the tournament, whether it's in the group phase or in the final thus placing second. If we're satisfied or not will be determined after the event, a few days after when we know how or why we lost (in the unlikely event that we do ;) ).