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ESWC: Interview with jayzaR

Our Academy team has been fighting hard in Paris, they've battled their way through group G and earned a spot in the ESWC Playoffs. On their way to the knock out stages they've had to face some tough opponents, tonight they were able to take down a strong ENCE side in convincing fashion. 

We sat down with Aleksandar "jayzaR" Zarkovic to talk about the teams preparation for the event, his now famous shot vs Rogue (watch it here) and how it feels to be heading into the playoffs. 

Congratulations on reaching the ESWC Playoffs, how does it feel to have secured your spot in the top 16?

Feels absolutely amazing to reach top 16. It's our first time on a big stage and an event like this so it’s just remarkable.

ENCE where a tough team to take down, talk us through what happened in that opening map and how you guys were able to sneak it in the end 16-14?

Yeah, they are a really good team. After we went up 14-11 we just kept our calm and hyped each other up from there verything just fell in our hands and we won the last few rounds!

You were considered the underdogs heading into the series, what was the team’s mindset prior to the first round?

Well we are underdogs, I think we kinda suprised each other that we can play some beautiful CS and work as a team. Our mindset was to play our game and have fun!

Everyone is talking about your 1 vs 2 against Rogue, what was going through your mind during that play?

Haha, I was shocked after that round when I rewatched it in the hotel. Yeah it was a bit sick but also lucky!

Leading up to ESWC, what type of preparation did you guys have as a team and did you expect to make it past the group stage?

Our main goal is to have fun... take as much experience as we can as a team and individuals. Our goal here was also to make it out of groupstage so we are just going to keep up the good work as we did today. We prepared a lot for this event both analysing demos and playing 4-5 days a week, so we would feel ready for this event.

You guys will face off against Heroic in the first round of the playoffs, how do you think you will match up vs them & do you think you’ll come out on top?

I think if we play our game and don’t show any respect we can beat pretty much everyone in this tournament. Let’s not forget that Heroic are a great team and a good match up for us to show the world what we can do. I think it’s going to be a fun game!

What would it mean to you and the team if you are able to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament?

Would mean the world to us. We love this game and sacrificed so much to be here. I would probably start crying if we win haha!

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