OpTic Gaming defeated Astralis 2-1 on Saturday to claim the ELEAGUE Season 2 championship. Afterward, the team conducted a news conference with the assembled media, and we have compiled some highlights below:
Tarik “Tarik” Celik on the emotions of winning: A lot of emotions running through (my head) right now I can’t really describe it. Kind of crazy. I don’t think any of us expected to get this far in the tournament…I would just say we’re all really happy and looking forward to the future.
Oscar “Mixwell” Cañellas on AWPing: I think that AWPing brings more structure to the team and everyone played great, so I think it helped. But it’s more everyone played insane.
Tarik on prepping for a team you don’t play often, like Astralis: I think we had an idea of like how they play certain maps, and like things we should avoid and things we should do, but I think going into the match we had an advantage because we were underdogs. They had the pressure on them since they were expected to win
Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz on what this win means for the North American region: I think it’s safe to say the skill gap between EU and NA is almost gone. Cloud9 won ESL Pro League, and they deserved it by beating some world class teams. And we showed here that North America can really compete with European teams, and the scene is just extremely competitive right now. And anybody can beat anybody.
William “RUSH” Wierzba on what changed between their disappointing DreamHack Winter result and now: In DreamHack, it’s not a huge tournament, obviously, and it’s important to do well at every tournament, but I felt like we were kind of over-heated from all the tournaments we were playing. We were traveling non-stop, like I said. I discount DreamHack, pretty much, as practice, so I felt like we put more effort and time into this tournament than anything else. DreamHack was more of a wake-up call than anything.
Keith “NAF” Markovic on recent unpredictability among international tournament winners: I would say there are just so many tournaments going on that nobody can really take a breather to practice new things and create new things. So right now it’s just whoever is ready to play on gameday, pretty much, can win the game.
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