Slingshot’s Vince Nairn had the chance to chat briefly with Chang “Marshall” Lou, one of TyLoo’s managers, after defeating Cloud9 16-11 on Mirage on the second day of the ELEAGUE Major Qualifier.
Vince Nairn: The last time you saw Cloud9 they beat you 16-0 on dust2. What’s it like to get some revenge on a bigger stage?
Chang “Marshall” Lou: I think after that we actually improved a lot. We learn a lot from our mistakes almost every time. Last time was a bit different because I think, to be honest, before iBP when we lost to Cloud 9, we actually did a boot camp in California. I think our players, they were kind of losing some confidence, and also we played against Cloud9 for some games, so they kind of knew us quite well after our boot camp. So that’s why I think we lost hard in the last tournament. But afterward we lost from our experience and gained a better mindset. That’s why we were able to play how we did today.
VN: How would you evaluate this year as a whole for the team?
CL: If you look at the good points, we have been doing quite well because we almost get to play in international events (almost) every month. Both players and management and me, myself, we’re getting more experience to work in these high-level environments. I think it’s really good for both the team and our organization. If you look at the bad points, it feels like every time we are losing, it feels like we lost because of the same mistakes. That’s what we’ve tried to work on.
VN: Did not getting visas in time for ELEAGUE Season 1 kind of put a damper on your momentum at the time?
CL: It’s kind of disappointing when we couldn’t come to ELEAGUE the first season, obviously. I think the visa thing is kind of OK because after that, during the first season of ELEAGUE, we had so many tournaments going on in China and we’ve been to Poland as well, so we didn’t have time to to apply for the United States visa. After that you’ve seen it was not that hard to apply for the European and American visa.
VN: Was that a bummer for the players or did it have any effect on them at all?
CL: I don’t think so because for the American teams we kind of want the players to grow up not that fast, to grow up step by step and gain more experience and knowledge of in game and also different culture, games, tournaments. So I think it’s OK for the management, and also for the team, I think, because our players are quite young. I don’t think they realize how big the ELEAGUE is. It’s on TV. It’s on many mainstream media. I don’t think they realize that.
VN: What are your realistic goals for this event?
CL: Of course, our goal is to make it to the Major, buu realistically, and I think especially our management team, I know us quite well. I know there’s still distance between us and the top level. If we cannot make it to the Major, I think it’s OK for us. But we just want to play what we have prepared. We know if we do well in-game communication, we can beat any team
VN: How have you had to adjust the way you play? It seems like some teams started to figure you out the more they saw you.
CL: During the boot camp, we kind of lost more games than we won. I kind of expect that because our team was in a process in the middle of changing our styles and learning from the top-level teams. As I said, it was the first time for us to bootcamp anyway. During the boot camp, our players lost some confidence because we found our own style doesn’t work and things like that. I think we’ll have more boot camps next year and in the future. Also to have more chances to play against top level teams.
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