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TaZ on reaching the ELEAGUE Major final and not winning a Major since 2014

Slingshot’s Vince Nairn talked briefly with Virtus.Pro’s Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas after VP’s quarterfinal win against North on Friday at the ELEAGUE Major.

Vince Nairn: I know you said sometimes inexperience is a benefit, but how much do you think your experience helps in a situation like tonight, where you’re down 12-3 in the third map?

Wiktor “TaZ” Wojtas: I think for us the most important learning process was China (WESG), the event where you could win $800,00. This was something that really crushed us with the pressure. And when we are here we felt there was less pressure than in China because it was more life changing if you would win it. Even though we also had many close games in China, we were making a lot of comebacks. We had four or five games where we had to make comebacks in order to win a map, and this was really good for us. This was the moment that compared us for this evening.

VN: You guys are always in the conversation among the best in the world, always in the conversation to win a Major, but it’s been three years since your last one. Katowice 2014. What would it mean to get back there again?

WW: Obviously we won our last Major three years ago, so that’s a long time since we won a major, and I think we are a better team than (then). We deserve more as a team, and we know that we feel we put the practice into it and we believe in it. So we need to keep on going every game and not think about the final. Don’t think about getting the trophy. Next game is the semifinal, and we need to get ready for it.

VN: What do you think of the state of the game right now and how many events there are?

WW: I think the state of the game is amazing. It’s great. Even though many people say there is an over-saturation of events, I’m coming from the era where you had literally no events or the biggest one was for $50,000 and it was one per year. For me, this is amazing, and I love the moment we are in.

Cover photo courtesy of Turner Sports/ELEAGUE