Hello GoD and thanks for accepting this interview! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello! I am Sergey Bragin from Russia, in Dota community mostly known as "G" from Russian team Darer.
Can you please tell us who is standing behind the mask of one of the most popular utility players in Europe?
Normal 20 years old guy, and like everyone I am just having fun, making mistakes and trying to get my ass out of hardship. *smiles*
How do you keep up juggling between real life obligations and virtual obligations?
No one can achieve anything without sacrificing something. So sometimes I need to set right priorities and play Dota instead of spending time on my real life stuff.
Do you have a girlfriend? And if you do, how does she support your gaming career?
At the moment no, so it is much easier for me to concentrate on gaming!
What do your parents think of your gaming schedule and is it hard to be a gamer in a country like Russia?
It depends on parents and your relations with them. If you don't depend on them and they respect you and your activities it should be fine (my case). In Russia professional gamers are rare enough so some people with whom I am interacting in real life don't know what I’m doing, but it is ok for me.
How did you come up in the Dota scene and how did you take your first steps into competitive gaming?
I started playing Dota in 2008. Soon I started attending LAN tournaments in my home city, Saint-Petersburg. Then I was trying to attend all Dota events which were held in Russia. I rarely won anything, but instead I got huge amount of experience which helped me to grow as a player. In 2011 I started playing for teams with sponsorship and salaries for the first time.
There was much drama regarding your switch from M5 to Darer. What is your personal opinion on that matter?
It seems to me that M5 showed them unprofessionally big time. They don't respect gamers that were playing for them and they don't accept and recognize their mistakes. Instead of this they decided to pour us with lies and trash talk. I don't really care about their words, because if I did, I would prepare a really deserving answer with facts and arguments. I just promise that Moscow Five Dota2 squad will never beat us on any tournament. It always will be principle battle for me, and I won't care what guys will be playing under M5 tag.
Do you and your team regret your decision, now that things have settled down a bit?
No one fed us with gold in M5, so we don't have any regrets about it. The things are not going easy for us now, but our sponsor really supports us, while Moscow five would be just blaming their own players on their sites and blogs. *smiles*
So are we going to see you participate in coming LAN events under the Darer Entertainment flag?
I hope so. We will try to attend all LAN events that we can (health, schedule etc.).
ArtStyle is a new guy in your lineup, coming back after a period of inactivity, how does the team work out now? Do you have any problems with practice schedules with an Ukrainian player now in the lineup?
It's just 2 hours difference, so it's ok for all of us.
You weren't satisfied with kyky and kliff at the Dota2 Star Championship LAN in Kiev as you said previously in a video interview with Gosugamers. What do you think now about your current lineup?
Our line-up is really experienced, and all players were playing on big LANs with success, so I think we can make a real show only on offline event for now.
Even though your team is basically made of top CIS, you seem to have a hard time keeping up with the European top teams. Are you still looking for your real form?
It's really banal, but we are still looking for our play-style. Teams without ideas are always unstable, so we are one of them for now.
Personally you played several roles, most notably carry and utility. Which role do you prefer and why?
I just prefer doing something in game and bring the maximum benefit from my actions. I often risk and sometimes I regret about my decisions. *smiles*
You attended WDC 2011 in Wuhan with NaVi as a ringer. Since they were four back then, and you've put up some nice performances there, it looked like you were very close in signing a contract with them. Have you received any serious offers back then from them?
I refused their offer, I just wanted to create something myself with my friends. In spite off I got some friends in NaVi too! I made this hard decision and now I am ok with it, because my friend ARS-ART playing for such a great team.
After The International ‘11 you changed your roster and added vigoss and pgg for ESWC without much success. What went wrong there?
I think it was a nice example of misunderstanding in team. We just couldn't work together like whole mechanism. Having five great players in team is not always enough.
Picture: G (left), NS (right)
What do you think about Dota2 development so far? Are you satisfied with the new hero additions?
I’m really happy that Valve added 5th ban in Dota2. But they often bring us heroes that won't change game deeply. It is sad a bit.
What hero do you think is going to change the metagame drastically?
Lycantrope and Sylabear for sure. I can’t think of other heroes at the moment.
Are you familiar with the Dota2 console? Are there any special commands that you use for better gaming experience?
I got some problems with my connection, so I use only one command "cl_timeout 1.5", so when I lose my connection my friends can control my hero in fight when I am trying to make reconnect. *smiles*
Which hero would you like to see being added next?
Gyrocopter. This hero won't change competitive scene for now, but its fun to play with!
Some pro-players are interacting with IceFrog a lot, giving him insights and new balance ideas. Do you have any relationship with our beloved developer?
Only when I need more beta keys for my friends!
Some HoN players switched to Dota 2 with notable success. What can you say about them making the switch towards Dota2? Is it good for the scene in your opinion?
For now any team can beat any team, and Dota2 isn't hard game at all. So HoN guys looks good and their switch is good for Dota 2.
Does lag play any role in Dota2? In several leagues we have seen multiple problems with spectators, or server problems when playing against oversea teams. Should they continue playing European tournaments?
It is really hard for European players to play on Asian or US-West servers. For me games with such delay are pointless. And for DotaTV spectators, from my experience they don’t have high delay impact on the game.
Sponsorship-wise it seems that Dota2 is growing really fast, but what do you think about teams’ stability in Dota2?
For now European scene is very unstable. As I said any team can beat any team, and it's hard to say what the reason of this is.
How does a weekly patch affect scene and results in general?
It's a little annoying to play some games on new version and some games on tournament one. For example, when I play tournament version I often forget that my hero won't revive with full mp. And some heroes are stronger on a new patch. But in global only your game is deciding factor, not patches or updates.
How much do you interact with fans? How often do you visit Dota 2 community websites like joinDOTA, GosuGamers, prodota or SK-Gaming?
To be honest I don't visit any community forum for now, but soon DARER will give me and my team a really nice opportunity to interact with fans. Stay tuned on darer.com!
What do you think about recent sponsored teams by big organizations? Were they too fast in making their choices?
The only thing I can say is that some organizations just don't have any clue about Dota and Dota scene. It is sad.
Who do you consider as your toughest opponent as of right now?
It always will be guys, whom we don't know anything about, and my internet provider. I swear that guys from technical support are pissing me off! *smiles*
We reached the end of this lovely interview. Is there anything you would like to add or say to our readers? Any final shoutouts?
Thanks to SK-Gaming for the opportunity to give such an interview, shoutout to my friends, fans, and haters. Special thanks for DARER Entertainment.
Special thanks to Mr. Stanev for making this interview possible.
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