We’re making this video straight after the game against B8 at Pushka League.
I’m here with Mag, and I think we have a lot of things to discuss.
The team hasn’t been doing that well lately, which evoked a lot of questions, and we’ll be answering them today.
– Hello, Andrey.
How are you and the guys doing? It’s not a secret, we aren’t doing too well.
We’ve been in a slump lately and finally ended our losing streak today.
At least some positivity.
To be honest, we did much better in scrims, but we are struggling in official games.
This slump has started after the game against Secret.
Was it before NiP? Yes, I mean we didn’t win a single game after Secret.
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I talked with Cema recently, and he told me that the team was tilted since the NiP game.
After that 90-minute-long game defeat with Medusa and comebacks, you crumbled mentally and got tilted.
He said you didn’t have any conflicts, but you forgot how to win, is that so? Maybe it would be better to have conflicts, maybe we could’ve dealt with it faster.
The atmosphere was bad the next day in scrims, we couldn’t make anything work, as if we forgot how to play.
Of course, it was painful to lose like that, considering we played pretty well against Secret.
We had been practicing for a week before that game, and we thought we improved, but it appeared that we started to play way worse.
That defeat against NiP slightly broke us down and revealed a lot of issues.
We made some adjustments in the games against Alliance and Spirit.
We didn’t like the drafts, Cema and Ilias tried to do it, but it didn’t go well either and we got back to me as a drafter.
We have certain issues that we are trying to fix in order for us to step up.
The problem is, the team hasn’t been improving for a while.
There is no clear progress, everyone’s tilting, we’re losing and can’t see any improvement.
Everyone starts to drop off once you lose a couple of officials.
After NiP we had Alliance, Spirit, Liquid, and HR at Pushka, but it’s a bit different.
It all piled up.
We couldn’t make anything work, our drafts and performance were poor, coordination and team play were lacking.
We had team talks, we tried to fix everything, and after the ESL we started to prepare for the next tournament.
We played scrims and regained some of our confidence in 4 days.
However, it didn’t quite work out against HR.
It takes time, which might be about a few weeks.
We either can fix our issues and step up or hit rock bottom.
We don’t want to go down there.
We have a good atmosphere in the team, we’re trying to fix our communication, and assign roles better.
We want to reach our best level.
Didn’t you try to work with a psychologist? To be honest, no, we didn’t.
Our psychologist is busy for a month, until the middle of May.
We couldn’t use his assistance, and besides, when you’re not bootcamping or on LAN, it’s harder to solve these issues.
The psychologist helped us a lot, but now we are in a sort of a dead-end.
We obviously don’t like losing.
We want to win, we realize our mistakes, but it’s much harder to build than to break.
It’s not that easy in Dota.
Looking at ESL and teams like VP, OG, Chicken Fighters, Vikings, who are underdogs.
They improved a lot throughout the tournament, so we also motivated to win and step up our game.
Do you feel you’re making progress? You won against B8, but they are not in the best form.
I’d say we just farmed them, so to speak, breaking our losing streak but we need more victories to feel confident.
Very important games against FTM, Spirit, VP are ahead.
We have a lot of games in the group, and we need more wins.
This is the only way to regain confidence and improve our game to a level where we don’t lose to teams we really shouldn’t.
We consider ourselves a strong team, we practice a lot, we play a lot, the guys are in good individual form.
But when the whole team tilts, it’s hard to play for everyone, so we have to overcome this.
I’m sure we are going in the right direction, but we’ll see afterwards.
Yeah, everyone should be on the same page and understand it’s a temporary thing, and not lose faith in the team and teammates.
Is everyone as confident as you? I can say for sure that they are positive.
The atmosphere is really nice.
These defeats did affect our morale, but the guys are still keeping their chins up and it didn’t break us.
Some teams could disband or make roster changes right away after something like that, but we continue to work and improve.
So yeah, we’re not taking an easy road, and changes can only happen if we are not able to make things work.
If we can’t achieve the result we’re aiming for in the nearest future, some changes might follow.
Though we never look for an easy way out and everyone tries to identify their own mistakes.
You can always go around pointing fingers and assigning blame, but that’s not how we roll here.
Nice to hear, keep the attitude up.
As long as you don’t crumble before you get to fix all the issues.
You know, there’ve been rumors going around in the community since Dahak made a joke about Gpk joining NAVI on his stream.
I’ve since been spammed with messaged and I think you have too.
Not really, though I have heard it and they are just rumors.
Gambit are clearly going through a rough patch now – you could even go as far as to say that they’ve fallen apart and they’re going to have roster changes, though nobody knows what changes exactly yet.
We haven’t made any personal enquiries for Gambit players – there was nothing of the sort.
We’re trying to deal with our inner issues rather than poaching a player from another team, which would be easier but not necessarily better.
Regarding Gpk, he’s a great player, but single changes.
Idan is doing well and we’ve actually been having more in-game problems lately, particularly coordination and communication, which we gotta work on first.
You’ve also mentioned drafting issues.
Could you walk us through the main issue you had that made you change the drafter? As far as I understand, you ended up taking the role back, right? We got back to where we started.
Our recent results have been pretty lackluster and I didn’t like the heroes we, and I, in particular, drafted.
I felt there was a slight.
lack of confidence or rather stagnation, which called for certain adjustments, and we wanted to see how it would work.
Besides, we realized, it was an online tournament.
Yes, we’ve been getting a lot of flak, though people keep forgetting these tournaments hold no particular importance.
They are not Major qualifiers or significant events, but yeah, losing does always take a toll on your morale.
Especially when you’re playing poorly and getting beaten by everyone.
As for our drafts, we had the wrong approach for about a week of no players being involved in the drafting process.
I mostly did all the drafts myself and perhaps, it was a crucial mistake, as we always had the players involved when bootcamping or competing in other tournaments.
One way or another, we ended up being discontent with our drafts, even though we’ve always had a good grasp of the meta.
We never had a hard time coming up with new hero ideas, however, we sometimes struggled with implementing them into the drafts.
I hope it’ll be less of an issue now, and we’re gonna just have to deal with our in-game problems.
It is important that the team is able to carry out my plan.
Which is why the players have to be more involved to have an understanding of what we’re going to pick in practice or officials and how to play it.
The more they are involved, the better they understand what heroes we value and operate in-game.
There are teams who have a captain who is also a drafter, and this way, they can lead their team based on their game plan and the way they see it’s supposed to work.
In our case though, I can’t be part of what’s going on directly in the game, hence it is important that every player understands why we pick certain heroes and is on the same page.
When we hit this slump, not everyone did that and it greatly affected our performance.
We learned our lesson and took certain measures to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
There’s still a long way to go as we have a lot of things to improve upon.
I have a question regarding the HellRaisers game where you got 2-0’ed.
The way I see it, it looked like an outdraft.
Yes, that’s correct.
The actually like to run pretty annoying heroes.
Drafting still has a huge impact – good lineups with flexible heroes or a good idea.
We got outdrafted in both games in one way or another and had to play from behind.
In Game 2, we had a pretty good team fight lineup, whereas they had a bunch of strong heroes: a lot of auras, Beastmaster, Venge, Lycan, two saving abilities.
Anyway, we did really poorly in that game, but looking at both drafts, their had strong meta heroes, and if you make even one mistake, it gets nearly impossible to win from there.
In the first game, we had to play from behind as we’d made the wrong decision picking Lanaya, because she can always be countered in mid.
The hero doesn’t fit the current meta when the opposing team has last pick.
If you got last pick and see it’s a free ride for TA, you can go for her.
But when the enemy has last pick, they’ll always counter TA and force her to go into the jungle.
Just like this game, where they simply ran at us as five and didn’t let us breathe.
If you take a look at the current meta, the way OG and VP are playing – hard carries are getting picked a lot, tempo heroes, running 4/1 or even 5/0 setups with active cores.
You pretty much finish the laning phase and just start applying pressure all around the map, taking objectives and Roshan.
That’s how Dota is played now.
We’ve been playing a lot of scrims lately, trying tempo heroes.
These specific games were really bad in terms of drafts and us not being able to fully execute our ideas we had practiced before.
Again, we were playing from behind, though now you have to dictate the pace, start putting pressure on the enemy once the laning stage ends and exploit their weaknesses.
Thank you for joining us today, Andrey.
I believe we’ve covered everything I wanted to ask.
Do you have anything to add? Yes, I wanted to ask our Dota fans, if they still exist, to be patient.
We really need your support as the team is going through a hard time, but we’ll do our best to deal with it together so we can get better and make you happy with our results.
Guys, quick reminder – NAVI’s next game is on April, 27 against FlyToMoon and then Team Spirit on 28.
Both series are Bo3, so tune in and support our boys.
I hope this small win helps us turn things around and puts us back on track.
And hopefully, we can do better in this league.
– The best of luck to you and the team.
– Thank you.
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