The young gun of Team Liquid Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken sat down with us during media day here at the FACEIT Major in London to discuss tournament structure, NA vs. EU, practice, and more. Liquid is set to take on HellRaisers in the opening match later today for a spot in the semifinals.
VPesports: I’ve been talking to a lot of the players about whether or not they like the multi-day breaks between match days and the consensus seems to be pretty split with some not liking it at all while others think its a great idea so that they can practice and prepare for their opponent.
Twistzz: I actually think it’s a good thing. I’m pretty sure it’s intended for the tournament organizer to get everything together and make sure that it’s the best visually, make sure everything’s perfect. Also gives time to players to relax for a day, get themselves back together, practice, fix any mistakes. It’s supposed to be used so teams are in their prime when it comes to match days every time.
VPesports: The difference between NA and EU has always been relatively large but we’re at a point where that gap seems to be closing across the board rather than just the top NA teams to compete here and there. You guys have had success, Cloud9, now compLexity, Ghost, and Rogue – Do you have any thoughts on why that is?
Twistzz: I think it’s a stronger NA. NA is known for having amazing leaders and thats where its coming through right now. Nitr0, steel, stanislaw, they’re all amazing leaders and they have their own style of calling. All they need is the right players to do what they need. All the teams have that and I think that’s why its working. All the European teams just shuffle, they’re in their own heads, they don’t know what players to get. I don’t think they’re looking at what a fundamental team actually needs.
VPesports: Speaking with yay earlier, he said that their boot camp in Berlin actually went pretty poorly and while it hurt their confidence, it allowed them to find their mistakes against European opponents and fix them and clearly its led to a pretty successful run. How does a team like you guys practice since you don’t lose scrims too often? How does a winning team practice?
Twistzz: Just find something to do better. Like if you’re taking long on d2 and one thing messes up but you still won the round, then go back and find that one thing, or if you won but someone died to something that wasn’t there before, you go back and fix it. All the players memorize their mistakes during scrims then eventually it gets all fixed afterwards.
VPesports: It’s better for you guys that NA is getting better so that there’s more competition, however, is there still a large difference in playstyles across the regions even with a smaller skill gap?
Twistzz: I still think there’s a big difference. That’s just on leaders I think. Some European leaders have been there for a long time and maybe they don’t understand how the games supposed to be played now. It’s very aggressive, scrimmy, like how Na’Vi used to play in 2015, it’s not going to work anymore – you’re just going to lose, teams have adapted so easily. In the qualifier, in the game to go 3-0 we played Vega on Cache and that was a big mistake because they’re a scrimmy team and while it was definitely a mistake to pick it, it showed us that we could compete with a scrimmy team on that map.
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