Hello Brodholm! Please introduce yourself to the HoN community and the SK-Gaming crowd.
You've joined the ranks of Reason Gaming 4-5 months ago and since then proven yourself as one of the best support players on the scene. Does it bother you at all that the mid players, the sidelane players or the carries are the ones that get most of the communities attention? Or do you think that's not the case?
Reason Gaming's first results came relatively recently in the Fnatic PLAY and SK Gaming HoN Tournament #1, where you placed 3rd and 4th, respectively. How did it feel to finally be recognized by the community and your opponents as a truly high tier team, deserving of a TOP10 spot?
In the few most recent tournaments you didn't manage to replicate those results, though. 5th-8th spot finish in GosuCup HoN #1 and you didn't manage to get to the top 16 teams in HoN Super Series and top 8 teams in the ESL Major Series VIII. Do you feel that you underperformed in them or that your previous successful runs were due to you overperforming? Are you confident you'll be out of that slump period in time to do big things on DreamHack Summer 2011.?
Now, there's been a lot of talk about whether the format of the tournament is a fair one. Yourself and TS-Gaming, as winners of the Swedish only IOL LAN Finals, have been given spots in the semi-finals while a bunch of top teams will have to go through a tough and exhausting BYOC Qualifier, including teams like fnatic, Online Kingdom, KD Gaming, Team unZ and others. How do you feel about the tournament format?
Although coming out of the BYOC can be exhausting, I think that it is an advantage IF you have actually made it through the BYOC. Just because you are warmed up and have a lot of wins behind you. We are going in playing “Cold” so to speak. But being qualified beforehand also has it perks.
The best team will still win. But the question is if the best teams will compete for the spots in the final? IF we and TS-gaming are to be considered as one of the top four teams at DreamHack, then the format does not matter. Otherwise it does."
Which two teams do you expect to advance through the BYOC Qualifier and which one of them would you rather meet in the semi-finals? What are your chances of defeating them?
Although I think Online Kingdom is a better team than Fnatic right now, I would still chose to play OK in the semifinals. Just because of the experience Fnatic have at events like this.
I think that we have a good chance to win the whole tournament, and that is definitely what we are aiming at. But everything comes down to very small factors when you play against good teams. So it is very hard to tell who is going to win. But I certainly hope that we will end up on top."
Reason Gaming is regarded as a team that likes to sit back and play the farming game, featuring your favorites Valkyrie and Gladiator, rather than adopting a more aggressive playstyle. Do you agree with that statement? Is that the playstyle you're the most comfortable with? Do you have any aces up your sleeve that you've prepared for DreamHack Summer 2011.?
But what we lack in lanes we make up for in team fights. I would consider us to be one of the best teams when it comes down to team fights.
If we have any aces up our sleeve? Well, you will just have to wait and see :P"
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?
Alright, thanks for your time. The last question, as always, is reserved for you. Any last comments or shoutouts you'd like to make?
Reason Gaming roster:
Daniel 'giftig' Ivarsson
Carl-Philip 'strangby' Strängby
Tobias 'eresloco' Everhorn
Mattias 'Noworries' Larsson
Andreas 'Brodholm' Fredholm
Tobias 'Hmmpz' Sundequist
Dominik 'Black' Reitmeier
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