Vainglory: Careion Interviews the New Roster
Posted 2017-02-26 Jakazolo
Our Vainglory team are in action this weekend as they face off in the Pre-Season Invitational against four other pro-organisations.
On their way to San Francisco for the event, they sat down with our Vainglory and Heroes of the Storm manager, Jan 'Careion' Hoffman, for their first full interview with FNATIC. Read below for our new roster's take on joining the organisation, as well as their thoughts on the incoming season.
You can find our coverage centre for the Vainglory Pre-Season Invitational, here.
Hey guys, you are the newest addition to our pro-gaming roster! How about you quickly introduce yourselves and tell us how you experienced the first few days in FNATIC?
Dennis 'TetnoJJ' Klaus: I am TetnoJJ and I am the Carry of Fnatic's VG team. I am 17 years old and live Munich in Germany. The first few days have been great, we got our jerseys, some really cool looking merch and now playing our first event in San Francisco.
Deniz 'nettetoilette' Heinzelmann: I am nettetoilette and I am playing the Captain-role for Fnatic. I am 19 years old and live in Munich as well.
Alessandro 'Palmatoro' Palmarini: My nickname is Palmatoro, 17 years old from Scotland. I’m really looking forward to this year of esports, as I am finishing my last year of school now and then playing full time with my new team under the banner of Fnatic.
Vainglory is a fairly new MOBA on mobile devices. Do you have other experiences with esport before on maybe even PC or console?
Palmatoro: No, we haven’t really been involved in esports so far. Of course we’ve been playing some games before, but Vainglory is the first one we’ve played on a competitive level.
Before we talk about the Vainglory Eight, we have to talk about the Vainglory Invitational that is going on this weekend in San Francisco. How are you feeling about this tournament and where would you rank yourself in comparison to the other teams at the Invitational.
Palmatoro: I guess you could say we’re definitely feeling strong and prepared for this tournament, but the format in this invitational is going to be Best of 1, so anything could happen.
TetnoJJ: It’s hard to predict what will happen due to the randomisation and the surprise factor of how the grid will look in the end, but we think we have a good shot here.
nettetoilette: This tournament will not show who is the best, it’s an exhibition tournament, so having fun and having a great show is the main factor. But we will still give our best to want to show a good performance as we’re the only european team here and hold the EU flag high.
At the Invitational we’ll see patch 2.2 for the first time, introducing a new and improved map skin among other things. How important are these cosmetic changes and the overall UI in a mobile game like Vainglory?
TetnoJJ: The tournament patch only came out today so we haven’t had the chance to have a look at it in depth yet.
You’ll also get a chance to play Grumpjaw, the newest Vainglory hero, before anyone else. Based on your initial impressions of his abilities, what are your expectations for this new fighter?
Palmatoro: His ultimate abilities bring something totally different to the game, he will be a very interesting hero. I am really excited to try him out this weekend.
nettetoilette: He will probably bring some very interesting strategies to the game.
Let’s talk about the Evil Eight. The regular season is coming up soon. You guys seem to be one of the favourites going into this year's Vainglory Competitive season. Do you like being the favourite or do you prefer being in the underdog role?
TetnoJJ: Both is fine for us, I guess we don’t think about that too much. Being an underdog has it’s upsides because you can always exceed expectations. But the favourites are mostly respected as the best players as well.
Palmatoro: Of course everybody likes to be the favourite,it shows that you already earned a lot of respect in the scene, but sometimes you like being the underdog as it doesn’t put as much pressure on your shoulders.
What are your goals for this upcoming Vainglory 8 split?
nettetoilette: Top 8 would be decent (laughs). But without joking, of course we’re aiming high.
TetnoJJ: In comparison to some of the other European top teams we’re not playing together for a long time. So other teams might have an advantage in synergy-wise, but I think we should be able to improve very fast, so I’d say we aim for a Top 2 finish.
Palmatoro: Yeah, I like Top 2!