Hello Revyy! Please introduce yourself and your team to the SK Gaming crowd.
I used to play dota semi-competitively and started playing HoN in September last year. My team consists of 6 people spread out around Scandinavia. We usually swap the roles in the team around a bit but this is what it looks like most of the time:
Jonas 'Revyy' Olander - Team Captain/Support/Gank
Visar 'Twista' Zymberi - Drafter/Support/Gank
Mark 'Soender' Soendergaard - Emofarmer (Carry)
Miro 'Nishkea' Toivanen - Solo/Gank/Semi-Carry
Andreas 'Louie`' Ĺden - Support
Petter 'pepp3' Nyström - Solo/Gank/Semi-Carry
Me, Twista and Louie` have been playing together for almost a year now, since the early days of the HoN competetive scene when Team fiVe (SK Gaming) and We Heart Pigs (Team EG) reigned supreme. Soender and Nishkea have both played for the old Druidz team which is a bit ironic when you come to think of it. Our newest member Pepp3 was brought in because we needed a good 5th for DreamHack. I actually know him IRL because we went to the same school for 3 years, and since he is awesome aswell it was an easy decision to make."
You guys have been picked up by Druidz Qpad not so long ago. Their previus HoN team, that now plays for TCM-Gaming , left them because of undisclosed internal issues. Were you aware what those issues were before you officially singed the deal or were you not at all concerned about the support you'll get from the organization?
So far, you have two bronze medal placements, in the fnatic PLAY #1 and ESL ICS September tournaments respectively, and most recently you grabbed a second place finish in the fnatic PLAY #2 tournament. You are yet to win a tournament. Is that something that you're motivated by or is it more a negative pressure feeling when you're going into a tournament?
We are happy placing 2nd and 3rd right now if it helps us get to the very top some day."
Fnatic has generously decided not to claim the prize after they won the fnatic PLAY #2 tournament and thus you guys received it instead. Any comments about that? The MVP Award went to Jascha 'NoVa_' Markuse - deserved or not?
The bad thing is that it kind of makes the finals unnecessary if fnatic gets there. The final should be the toughest and most exciting game but if one team is guaranteed to get the first prize no matter what there really is no point playing it. Sure you can play for glory and all that but you aren't really all that motivated after having played all night if there is nothing substancial to gain for it.
NoVa_ is a great player and he definitely deserves it. I am glad they picked a support player because they are the backbone of any successful team."
You got knocked-out of the Gosugamers.net Steelseries HoN World Cup arguably a bit earlier than expected by DuskBin in the winners bracket and Team Wahlin in the losers bracket. Did you expect to go a bit further than that?
I am looking forward to a rematch with Team Wahlin at DreamHack, it's too bad that DuskBin is not coming since I would love to play against them without both teams having 250+ ping."
DreamHack Winter is just a week away. What do you expect out of it? How far do you think your team can go? Do you think anyone has the strenght needed to dethrone fnatic, who are dubbed firm favorites to grab the title and cement the #1 spot in the European scene?
Our goal for this DreamHack is to play the finals at the DreamArena and we will do everything we can to get there, it's really hard for me to predict if it is realistic or not though since this will be our first LAN tournament as a team and playing on LAN is not the same thing as playing online.
fnatic are clearly the favourites to win but I do think that there are some teams who might be able to upset them if the HoN Gods allow it."
Heroes of Newerth will once again be part of the main event with the finals played at the DreamArena Extreme. How important is this for the continuing growth of the game as an eSport? Are you satisfied with the ammount of coverage and tournaments the game is getting at the moment or do you think there's still room for improvement?
The online scene has grown alot lately and websites like Gosugamers.net and SK Gaming have really stepped up their game when it comes to HoN coverage. More and more tournaments are emerging with some nice prizepools and it is getting really hard to participate in them all, which is good because then more teams will be able to prove themselves.
I like where it's headed at the moment, what we need now is more big LAN tournaments and events - so go vote for HoN at WCG!"
What was your reaction when it was announced that the Digital Youth Awards Finals will be played at the GameFest in Singapore instead of DreamHack? Were you disappointed that the American and Asian teams won't be present? It was surely a great opportunity for the best HoN teams around the world to duke it out on even ground.
From my understanding Honcast is not coming to DreamHack now since they are going to Singapore instead. This is really bad since now the DreamHack coverage will suffer greatly unless someone steps up and picks up their mantle. Their coverage of DreamHack Summer was really good and them not coming to DreamHack Winter, which is alot bigger, is nothing short of a disaster in my opinion.
Not having the American and Asian teams coming is sad aswell since it would have been fun meeting them."
S2 Games has announced the addition of Moraxus, a new hero, this friday. Have you had the chance to test him out on the test client? If so, do you think he'll make an impact and be used competitively?
The concept of visually adding more axes to the hero when he picks up the skill is pretty cool and something I think S2 should experiment more with."
The final question, as always, is the one reserved for yourself. Anything you'd like to add or give out some shoutouts?
Shoutouts to my team, to Phil the Thrill of the Honcast staff for being awesome and to Smock for having the cutest accent out of all the casters."
This was the first in a series of pre DreamHack Winter 2010 and Digital Youth Awards Singapore exclusive interviews and articles brought to you by SK Gaming - more to come soon!
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