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Road to Gamescom: Alexey 'Alex Ich' Ichetovkin

By Grigoris 'CaveMan800' Solos
Aug 8, 2012 21:02

ImageGamescom is approaching and the eight teams that will attend the event are practicing as hard as it gets to get the ticket to Season 2 finals. Here in SK, we want to have you prepared for the big event by interviewing some of the greatest players in the scene at the moment!

RU Moscow Five are like good old wine. They never get old. They just get even better with time. In Gamescom they need a standard top 3 performance, like all their performances since Kiev, to go to LA in October and face the best teams in the world. The captain of the team, RU Alexey 'Alex Ich' Ichetovkin answered us a few questions about the biggest European event this season!

Hello, Alex! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

"Hello, I'm Alex Ich. Solo mid player and captain of team Moscow Five."

We are one week away from the most important European tournament - the Regional qualifiers for Season 2 Championship. How did your preparation for it look like? Are you satisfied with it or think you should have done more?

"I think we could do more, but still we are doing everything possible. We are at gaming house at the moment playing 5v5 premades as much as possible, training out heroes and strategies like every team does."


The bracket for the tournament was more or less known after the Warsaw tournament ended. Did the fact that you know your first opponent and the possible next ones way earlier than in other tournaments helped you in figuring out your strategies?

"We played our opponents that we will meet a lot. So I think that it doesn't really matter much. Still it is good to know who you are facing before the tournament."

What do you think of the format of the tournament? Is single elimination good enough for such an important tournament that decides who gets to attend the Championship?

"We were really disappointed with the format. We like double elimination much more than single elimination though it takes much more time and energy. Single elimination is more random and can end badly for anyone. At least it is bo3."

What are your expectations going into the tournament? Do you think you can get one of the three spots for the Championship?

"We want to win this, we are pretty confident and we feel that we can get in top2 atleast. But of course we are going for the first place."

Do you have any predictions for the teams that are going to take the top 3 places?

"M5,, or Fnatic"

You took the first place at ECC Poland. How does it feel being #1, especially when 1 year ago, only a small amount of people knew your team existed?

"Feeling #1 is really exciting. A lot of fans, a lot of people watching you. But still it is a huge responsibility. Because being #1, you need to keep #1. And it is not easy."


Your strong LAN presence as a team has always been your strong spot. Do you think that it will help you rise above the Asian competition with teams you've never played against before?

"Strong LAN presence always helps. When enemy teams are afraid of you, don't know what to expect from you, they begin doing mistakes and play passive. You can abuse it a lot. Though I don't think it will help much against Asian teams. But we are still not afraid of them."

I want you to name me your top 3 teams from each region: Asia, Europe and North America.

"Europe: Moscow Five,, , NA: TSM, CLG.NA, Dignitas Asia: Azubu Blaze, Startale, World Elite"

In Kiev, you were the team that applied new hyper aggresive counter jungling strategies and suprised the LoL scene by beating the top teams in the world without even giving a single map. Now Koreans are coming with even more aggresive strategies. You think you can keep up with that? Because as we saw less than a week ago, NA teams had a hard time against Azubu Blaze.

"We will see. All I can say now, we are not afraid of Koreans. We feel like is still stronger than Korean scene. Though there are some tips that you can learn from Koreans."

Should we expect new crazy tactics from you?

"The time will show..."

I am looking forward to it personally... Any shoutouts?

"I want to tell thx to BenQ, MSI, Moscow Five for helping us and bringing us to every LAN tournament. I also want to tell thx to my parents and my girlfriend for helping me and rooting for me at every tournament. And thanks to all our fans."



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