Team Liquid are entering the new season with a brand new roster. After their entire Dota 2 left the organization in the post TI9, Liquid picked up the Alliance line-up and look to help the players reach new heights in their career.
Unfortunately, Team Liquid only finished fourth at the DreamLeague Rotterdam, the first LAN of the season. We’ve been able to talk to Aydin “iNSaNiA” Sarkohi during the event and see what else changed for him and his team upon joining Team Liquid.
Hi iNSaNiA, I guess everyone knows pretty much everything now about the transition from Alliance to Liquid, but what interests me more right now is what changes for you by working with a new coach, how is it to have Blitz with you now?
Blitz has a very unique role in our team. Everyone really, really respects him and listens to him a lot. He has a very good way of talking to our players and he understands everyone on an individual level. I think he is very good about talking to you what are you doing poorly in a good way, and he finds the right words to inspire you to do better. This is probably his biggest strength, he is a very good people’s person, especially when it comes down to our team specifically, I think he really understands how to make us better.
Does he interfere with the draft, is helping you personally with that in any way?
He mostly only talks about it only if he feels like something is very wrong. He does give a bit of input and advice, I mean, let’s be honest, he watched more Dota 2 games than most people have. So, he has a pretty good idea of what’s happening in the games and what’s going wrong.
I have to congratulate you on the Major qualifiers run, and looking back to your results there, you came to DreamLeague with a 4-0 record over Ninjas in Pyjamas. However, here you lost to them yesterday, and I want to ask you what happened in that series?
First of all, the credit goes to Peter (ppd), he drafted very well in that series, and I think they managed to take us a bit out of our comfort zone. Also, when you come to a LAN after a while, it can always be a bit tricky. But I feel we are already starting to put the pieces back together.
From here you will be flying to ESL One Hamburg, how do you approach that event, are you looking at it as a good opportunity to get in some practice versus the bigger teams, or what objective did you set for that?
Yeah, of course, we want to play against as many teams as possible at the start of the season. Before this DreamLeague Rotterdam, we bootcamped for a bit, but we said that it is better for us to go to a LAN and see where we stand, see what it is that we need to work on and figure all that stuff out for the Major.
Speaking about the Major, the first one is in China, which was a bit of a surprise to some people because we just came back from there, from TI9. How do you feel about having to go back to China for the first Major of the Dota Pro Circuit season?
I like China. Whenever we went there, they took care of us very well, of course, we had Kelly with us, and she was great at making sure that we had everything that we needed, so we never had major issues in China. To be honest, to me it doesn’t really matter where the Major is, we are going there to play and focus on the game, not on what’s outside the hotel or the venue, and my team is very much so as well.
When would you prefer to see the Outlanders gameplay update coming live, before or after the Major?
I think for the competitive integrity, although this current meta is not the greatest for us, it’s probably best if the Major is also played on this current patch. However, we will have another Major qualifier a few days after the one in Chengdu, so it’s kind of the same either way. It’s going to have a very short time for everyone to figure out the new patch, regardless if it comes before or after this first Major of the season.
We will finally have the fourth Spirit joining the game with the new patch. What do you hope for it to be, support or a core hero?
I think it will be a core hero, but we already have two core Spirits and one support so, who knows. Maybe the Void Spirit will be a support, we can only hope.
It’s time for us to wrap up this interview. Thanks a lot for taking the time to talk to us in Rotterdam, good luck in your next event, ESL One Hamburg and if you have any shout-outs to make at the end of our chat, please do.
I would like to thank Team Liquid for picking us up and believing in us. They’ve been absolutely amazing to us the entire time that we’ve been with them, and we hope to bring them the results that they deserve.
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