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jR: «In 2019 we want to get a foothold on the world stage» 28.12.2018 Author // Ace

Vega Squadron CS:GO roster captain Dmitriy Chervak shared his thoughts on this year and uncovered his plans for the future 2019 year.

- We're talking to you on Catholic Christmas. You're from Western Ukraine, do people celebrate it there?

- I didn't have the opportunity to celebrate it, so it's quite boring here so far.

- Let's remember WESG qualifiers in Ukraine. How did it feel to play with guys from Spirit and pro100? (team djakuyu: jR, crush, somedieyoung, COLDYY1, Aiyvan)

- Everything went smooth, I enjoyed the game - exactly what we came for. We didn't practice with this roster at all, but it still felt comfortable.

- How did you setup your game then?

- We based it on communication. We found out who plays where, someone felt comfortable everywhere, so we figured it out.

- You were considered the favorites, but you lost to Team 1. How did starix manage to take over you?

- Their agressive gameplay worked out, but if we could choose a team to lose to, it would be Windigo Academy. They showed decent gameplay. Anyway, Team1 did a great job getting the invite. At some moment in time we failed to make default kills, this is why we lost. Based on my experience, the team that advances to the finals right after the lower bracket finals has 80% chances to win. Such a team advances to finals already warmed up and with courage. We won two minors this way and two Chinese tournaments. Playing is better than waiting for your opponent.

- Let's come back to Vega. Why, do you think, you guys perform worse on online tournaments than on LAN's. Usually, non tier-1 teams are different.

- Indeed, our results are worse on online tournament, and we'll be working on fixing this problem. I believe we have to play more official matches in online, take them more seriously. I personally have a more dedicated approach on LAN's. You don't underestimate your opponents and don't lose games because of that.

- Why is ESEA Advanced going so bad for Vega?

- I've got no idea what's wrong with ESEA. It's easier for us to get to the Major than to escape from ESEA Division 3. We're playing against people that we see for the first time, but they're reading the game so well and their shooting is so accurate it makes you think you're against future world champions. Next week you see the same team losing to some other squad that you just annihilated. Online bo1 games are extremely random right now. Every little thing matters. It gets to a point when you get a more expensive pistol on force, it leads to you not having enough money for one grenade, that leads to not taking a buy round because of that grenade, and it goes further and further. You have to work on these things, fix them. You should treat online games just as serious as you'd do it on LAN's. This is quite difficult, but we'll be working on that.

- There's also a good example – two close games against Vitality. The same Vitality that beat Avangar on Mirage and Inferno.

- Yeah, we played decent against Vitality. We prepared well tactics-wise and courage-wise. I'm pretty satisfied with the results, because we didn't take more than 6 rounds against them on practice matches.

- Looking a little futher, do you think it'll be harder for you in Katowice than in London? Back then noone expected you to be decent, but now people will prepare for you and see you as one of the contenders to advance to Stage Two, at least.

- Every tournament will be harder than the one in London. We should work on displaying stable gameplay, no matter what the tournament is. Be it Major or the online tournament, we have to be consistent to be in top-30 all the time.

- What are team's plans for January?

- We will practice, go for a bootcamp. We'll polish our gameplay and see from there.

- Let's play some sort of pick-em. Can you name 3 teams from each region that would go to the Major and play-in after the Minors?

- Honestly, I don't follow many teams in the Minors. I can definetely call one team in US: NRG. Maybe, eUnited as well. The third team... let it be INTZ with kNgV-. In Europe, favorites are mousesports, ENCE and Vitality. In CIS I call every next major "the hardest in history". The more Minors pass, the harder it is to play. There's a number of great teams there. I will probably pick Spirit and AVANGAR because they displayed their skills on the last Minor. They keep playing well. Winstrike and our "oldies" are decent as well. It's hard to tell. One thing you know for sure - it's going to be hell of a brawl.

- Don't bother with Asia, it's too much. The final question: what's your main aim for 2019 CS-wise?

- Make a good stable team and try and reach the new level. We want to get a foothold on European and World stage displaying decent results there.