Just kicked from TEAM TEAM after a top-six elimination from ESL One Mumbai, Nico “Gunnar” Lopez sat down with India’s biggest Dota 2 outlet, AFK Gaming and talked about the whole situation and about his relation with Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao.
Despite the whole mess, Gunnar kept a positive attitude and explained once again that the decision was made even before coming to Mumbai, but he and Jason “Newsham” Newsham had a verbal agreement with the rest of the team members that the change will take place only after the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major.
“I don’t want to elaborate too much, but basically it was brought up to us that this roster shuffle was going to happen before coming to this event and then we ended up not doing it and we were kind of told that this wouldn’t happen until post-major.
So we were kind of told, going into this, that it was all over. You guys are good.”
Asked if he has any personal beef with EnVy who got him kicked from a team twice in a row now, Gunnar explained:
“I thought I would fit the way he’d like to play kind off. He likes to be the one to win the game. He likes to be this really strong hero, I am so strong that I am going to win this game. I felt like the way I played, made it easy for him to play that way.
But, I feel like he didn’t enjoy playing with me. I don’t know the reasoning. It wasn’t only his decision on either team, to my understanding. It was a full team decision. For this one, the remaining team also made the decision, to not play with me. So I don’t think that it should be fully blamed on him or he should get the only hate on the team or whatever.
I don’t think there should be hate in general, people get kicked all the time. I don’t really have beef with him now.”
Regarding future plans, Gunnar said he will be looking for a new squad and that he is willing to even move to another region if needed to try and qualify for the last Major of the season. AFK Gaming’s interview with Gunnar can be read fully here.
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