In the framework of the Russian qualifications at WESG 2018-2019 Global Finals we interviewed Roman Dvoryankin, General Manager of Virtus.pro. Roman answered the questions regarding the tournament.
Last year before you won the first major you won the Russian qualification at WESG, this year the same thing happened, WESG became a platform for working out secret strategies of victory?
- As in the past WESG we did not play with full roaster. We have NoOne, he plays at the Ukrainian qualifiers and for the team it is always a good experience to play with a stand-in player, this helps to gather, to take a different look at the game. Any game is a training and we are very pleased that we have achieved a good result.
The final qualification in Russia took place on the LAN, but in many other regions it takes place on-line. How important it is to play live in front of a home audience?
- Of course, this is always very important, you can feel the support of the public, even if it is a small LAN, as it was this year. Always charged with emotions, you can see fanses passion and love, how many had come on IgroMir, it's great!
What can you say about the organization of the tournament and qualifiers in your region?
- It was good, it was great. Thanks to the victory at WESG 2017, we played only the Grand final on this Qualifiers, the logic of this decision is clear, everything was great!
You and your team have been participating in WESG for the second year, what do you think about the format of the tournament, where all team members must represent one state?
- I think esports needs such a tournament at the national team level and I am very grateful to the team, Alibaba and WESG organizers that such a tournament exists.
How do you feel about the idea of including computer sports in the program of the Olympic games?
- I think that sooner or later it will happen, and I am very sure of it. The question is in what format it will be and there will be a lot of discussions about it.
Last year you won the tournament, but today's list of participants looks much more serious (for example, the Finnish team with Jerax, Matumbaman, Topson; the Winal Tribe, TNC Predator; Sweden team with Zai, s4, pilidie, Limmp, Gorgc). What do you think about your chances this year?
- Indeed, the quality of teams has changed a lot, I think that everyone understood how important WESG tournament is, but the more interesting it will be for us to play.
Who do you consider the most serious opponent?
- So far we do not know the final list of participating teams. The national team of Ukraine traditionally looks very dangerous, we'll see who will represent the America, so we'll see when the final list of participants will be formed.
Last year, the Russian team won the overall medal standings of the tournament, participating in WESG do you have a sense of unity, a single team of the country or do you play your discipline, and the rest as a nice addon?
- Of course we all communicate, we are very well communicated with guys from the CS:GO, I think it will be even better if everyone will live in the same hotel. Then everything will be really great!