Slingshot’s Vince Nairn talked to OpTic Gaming’s Will “RUSH” Wierzba after OpTic defeated Flipsid3 16-13 on Tuesday to stay alive in the ELEAGUE Major.
Vince Nairn: You’re in an overtime match for your tournament life. What kind of made the difference there in those final few rounds?
Will “RUSH” Wierzba: Obviously, our CT side was really bad today. Things weren’t going well. We tried some new things because we thought Flipsid3 probably watched our demos. So we changed it up a bit and were getting demolished. Our money was low the whole time. But we knew on T side we were going to be good. It really sucked that we lost pistol because that would have been an easier match. But we had to claw our way back, and our T sides have always been really strong on Train. So we just played our T side really well and won.
VN: In Swiss format, there’s a lot of good teams, and there are going to be teams that end up with a tougher draw. That was you guys this time. How have you just handled that and just tried to concentrate on who’s in front of you?
WW: You can’t get emo about it because yeah, you got a bad draw, but you just gotta play the opponent and beat them. We could have beat both the teams we played (Sunday and Monday), too, we just lost close games. That sucks, but we did get lucky with (today’s draw). Flipsid3’s not a bad team, but they’re not as strong as Virtus.pro or Astralis, so it was nice to get one of those teams. And (today) we play Godsent, so it’s another middle of the pack team, so it should be a good matchup for us.
VN: What’s this experience been like for you as a whole in this Major and just trying to see what you can do?
WW: Honestly, it feels like at any other tournament at ELEAGUE because we’ve been here so often. We’ve been here like five or six times now, so we’ve been in the studio so much that it just feels like another tournament. You don’t realize the gravity of the tournament you’re in. So I think we’re not playing different or anything like that. It’s good.
VN: After you won here (ELEAGUE Season 2), you went to ECS and took second and it seemed like your confidence was super high. How did you use those two results to boost you going into this year and this tournament?
WW: We had a long break because Oscar (Mixwell) had a visa issue, so he was stuck in Spain until like the 12th or 13th (this month). So we practiced online with him, but obviously you can’t scrim that much because he has 150 ping. We tried to add things to our game, but we couldn’t do much because for us, when it’s in the day, it’s almost night time for him. We did what we could, so right now honestly, our preparation is pretty bad right now.
VN: Were there any ways you could mitigate that while he was gone?
WW: Obviously, you can’t go on a server spending hours and hours looking for new tactics that are gonna be next gen. But we basically just hammered in fundamentals for the game. We went went over every map and what we have, what’s good, what’s strong and what works, and that’s what we’re gonna do here, basically.
VN: What do you think of the Swiss format in general?
WW: It’s really good. It makes the good teams come out. You have to win three times to go through, and you have three chances, which is awesome, too. The last Major we lost twice and we’re out, and it sucks. Two BO1s and you go home. So having three chances is very nice.
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