KD-Gaming to talk about his expectations of the tournament, his team, recent patch changes and a bunch of other topics.
Hello Raytoran! Please introduce yourself to the HoN community and the SK-Gaming crowd.
Era, Jerax and Rexi joined KD Gaming as part of Man the fuck up. When they decided to ditch Kay and papasrdl along the way, how did you, LezzQQ and TrueNinja happen to join the team?
For a team that within its ranks has Era, one of the very best European players, and Rexi, one of the most experienced ones – your results since the team formed have been largely underwhelming with your only success thus far being in the recent Excello Bigfoot Newerth Challenge #3. Do you agree with that or do you think it's still too early for you guys to start producing big results?
As you said, you're still going strong in the HoN Super Series, where you're currently in the quarter finals. What do you expect from that tournament? Do you think it could end up being one of your big breaks onto the scene?
If I'm not mistaken, except for Rexi, you have not participated in any LAN events in the past. Do you think that lack of LAN experience is going to be a big disadvantage at DreamHack Summer 2011. or do you feel confident that you'll be able to overcome the troubles that come out of it?
Now, there's been a lot of talk about whether the format of the tournament is a fair one. TS Gaming and Reason Gaming, as winners of the Swedish only IOL LAN Finals, have been given spots in the semi-finals while a lot of top teams will have to go through a tough and exhausting BYOC Qualifier, including yourself and teams like fnatic, Online Kingdom, Team unZ and others. How do you feel about the tournament format?
Which two teams do you expect to advance through the BYOC Qualifier and which one of the Swedish teams would you rather meet in the semi-finals? What are your chances of defeating them?
In the recent Honcast.com video interview Marc "Maliken" DeForest announced a "competitive circuit unlike anything eSport has seen before with a massive prize pool". What do you think it is? What do you think the competitive scene needs the most in order to develop?
The recent 2.0.35. patch brought some fairly significant changes, particularly to the map. The "Secret Shop" was removed and replaced with "The Observatory" and the Kongor area has been overhauled. What impact, if any, do you think those changes will have on how the game is played?
The Kongor change is really welcome cause it has always been an advantage for hellbourne, but as I said I don't know if it was the right time now.
I don't know what they were thinking with the Secret shop, you can just buy everything from the base now so there's no minor micro anymore where you could get lucky and kill their courier there and destroy their Mystic staff or whatever, now you will just have the courier running in straight lines from the base. And I don't know why they brought in the observatory, maybe they could have done something better with that location cause now it's just a travel distance to Kongor with alot of trees for the hellbourne and legion just has an area with alot of trees that noone is going to use."
Alright, thanks for your time. The last question, as always, is reserved for you. Any last comments or shoutouts you'd like to make?
Adrian 'Era' Kryeziu
Jesse 'JerAx' Vainikka
Antti 'Rexi' Saarenpää
Magnus 'Raytoran' Båveryd
Marco 'TRUENiNJA' Baier
Shamal 'LezzQQ' Amin-Enemark
Stay tuned to SK-Gaming.com as we bring you another pre-DreamHack Summer 2011. interview tomorrow, as well as extensive up-to-date coverage of the tournament this weekend!
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