After yesterday’s successful tournament, Prestige Gaming interviewed our very own Hydra to get his views on the tournament and the game in general. They’ve kindly allowed us to post the English version here on Hydramist. For anyone who’d prefer the Russian version do head over to Prestige Gaming to check it out.
Кротиззл: Hey, great job tonight, was really impressed by your perfomance!
Hydra: Not good enough it seems :P
Кротиззл: To start off, what’s your overall impression of this tournament? What were the ups and downs for you?
Hydra: Well we pretty much decided to join it for a bit of fun/competition since there arn’t many wow tournys these days (though i guess a few more of these online ones are coming up which is great!) and overall it was good though apparantly a few teams took it a bit too seriously!
As one of the first of these kind of online tournaments there were some hiccups and things to learn from, such as not releasing the team list before all 8 teams had signed up/been locked in. This would stop silly setups being run simply to counter comp the majority of the people in the tournament (hihi skenz team!) Additionally the camerawork/streamer/commentary could be improved though the ‘listen in to skype’ approach was a good one.
Lastly a lot of drama occured when khuna’s team tried to use pve gear which was disallowed in the tournament under penalty of disqualification. There was a lot of debate as to whether or not to DQ them when they did it and they almost got away with it before gothiques had enough and ban hammered both teams involved! The decision to DQ should have been made instantly and the tournament could have gone on.
Overall the tournament was a fun experience and i hope i’ll be able to participate in similar ones in the future.
Кротиззл: What’s your opinion on your team’s perfomance tonight? What are the things that came out as expected and what are those that should be worked on?
Hydra: We were happy with our overall performance, our rmp mirror definitely needs some work and we were really disappointed with how we played vs khuna – we felt that on a good day we would beat them and that our playstyle yesterday was nowhere near offensive enough. Our games vs bladey were good except the losses though there were a few tweaks needed, it’s hard to guage how much damage we could do due to the gear difference from live atm. The last games vs junglecleave we did better than expected, though with full gear i think we would have won.
Кротиззл: What’s your opinion on overall balance? What are the things that could be fixed? Some people might say that WoW is experiencing a slow and miserable death, what’s that spice that can bring arenas back to the maximal competitive state?
Hydra: This season is atleast better than last, rmp is really strong this season for the first time in a while so i’m having some fun with that while it lasts^^ can’t wait for my rogue to get legendary weapons and 1shot everything eheheh. I guess blizzard may try and revive it with the next expansion but in general i dont think they care enough about pvp for it to reach esport level again. Although the player inspired tournaments that are popping up recently is a good start.
Кротиззл: What do you think about Kalimist’s (aka Steven Seagal) perfomance on this tournament? A lot of viewers were really impressed by some of the stuff he demonstrated. I’m not trying to underestimate Mir, but have you recently thought about reuniting with Kali and destroying everything that’s on your way? :)
Hydra: Stopped playing with kali since he was really inactive/rusty since he got banned, maybe we’ll play together again, we’ll see :)
Кротиззл: Since it was the first unofficial tournament for russian community in collaboration with a lot of top tier european teams, a lot of people would like to know your opinion on russian teams – which ones really surprised you, are there any particular players that impressed you the most or the least?
Hydra: Hunter from the junglecleave was good, carrying them probably, fakeyou’s team could be good if they played offensive.
Кротиззл: Any russian players that you would like to try to play with?
Hydra: Don’t really know any apart from the teams that played in this tourny.
Кротиззл: But if you had a chance to choose from anyone who participated in this tourney, who would that be?
Hydra: Fakeyou probably if he could l2p offensive ;p
Кротиззл: Is there anything that you wanna address to the whole russian community, maybe an inspirational advice or shit like that?
Hydra: Uh hey russian community!!!!!!!!!! sorry for raging in the last game ^_^ i get into the game too much sometimes! no offensive intended! thanks to all my fans there i love you all!!
Кротиззл: And for ending, you’re agreed to be one of the best WoW players. What would you recommend for people who would like to improve their skill to the competitive level? Besides using the most powerful combos and classes from patch to patch, of course :)
Hydra: Record your games and watch em back, try and look at ur own mistakes if u lose other than blaming other ppl even if they made mistakes too. If ur playing with worse ppl than urself try and carry, if ur playing with better ppl try and learn from them.
Кротиззл: Thank you very much for your time, Ryan! All the best for you man, keep representing. Your fans will be praying for a release of a new movie. :)
Hydra: Keep track of hydramist.tv! :)