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After the group stages of The International 2019, OG were already looking poised to take the competition, having finished at the top of their group and without any absolute losses. During this time, Johan ‘n0tail’ Sundstein, one of the most well-known players in the Dota 2 scene, gave Max+ an interview and thanks to Yuhui Zhou, we have the translation for you.

As we all know, OG went on to win their second consecutive TI – becoming the first team in the history of the tournament to win twice and breaking many other records along the way.

Source: Max+

很多次来上海打比赛了,这次跟以往有什么不同吗?

You’ve been to Shanghai many times, is this time any different from previous ones?

今年是DOTA2中最重要的比赛,也是电竞圈子里面最重要、奖金池最高的比赛,今年应该是我这么多次来中国打比赛中,最兴奋的一次。

This time we are attending the most important tournament not only in Dota2 but also in the whole esports scene. It also has the highest prize pool. So, out of all the tournaments I’ve participated in in China, this is the most exciting one.

你们在小组赛中的表现,你还满意吗?

Are you satisfied with your performances in the group stage

十分满意,非常非常满意!

Yes, very very satisfied.

你觉得在小组赛中还有那些可以调整的地方呢?

With the group stage now over, is there anything you think your team can improve on?

我们觉得永远都会有提升的空间,作为强队就得不断地提升自己。对于小组赛来说,我觉得我们其实有的时候,还是要打进攻和压制,所以很多时候我们要更多地调动自己,看看如何达到攻守平衡。

I think there’s always room for improvement. A strong team should always aim higher and take the leap. For our group stage, I think we could have played more aggressively and put more pressure on our opponents.

为什么会挑选到Newbee作为对手呢?

Why did you pick Newbee as your first opponent in the main event?

丢硬币甩到的那一边。

We flipped a coin.

淘汰赛上面对Newbee会做什么准备?

What kind of preparations will you do before your match-up against Newbee?

就跟以前一样,我们会找到自己的一些缺点去改善,然后看一下他们有什么不足,最后努力去把这个比赛打下来。

Just like what we did with previous match-ups; we find our weaknesses and fix them, then we find their weaknesses and win the game.

在小组赛中,你们使用了许多新颖的战术,是之前都练过,还是临场随机应变的?

In the group stage, you tried lots of new strategies. Have you practiced all these strategies or were some of them improvisations?

DOTA2这个游戏,大家都在开发不一样的英雄,每个队伍都在开发一些新东西,我们只是想把每个英雄都有用武之地这个理念融入到我们的比赛中。

In Dota2, every team is discovering news strategies around different heroes. We believe every hero has its unique strengths; we just implement this idea into our draft.

大哥艾欧呢?

What about the IO carry?

Ana自己练的艾欧,Ana自己打了很多次(一个月前首艾欧十几场),我们没有在训练赛上用过。至于选不选这个英雄,每个队伍不可能强迫一个选手玩他不想玩的英雄,这是一个队伍与选手之间平衡的结果。我们还有许多英雄,觉得可以上场,但还没有进行实践。

Ana practiced IO all by himself, he plays this hero a lot but we’ve never tried it in scrims. A team will never force a player to play a hero he doesn’t want to play; drafting is about balancing between what the lineup needs and what players want. There are still a lot of heroes that we think are feasible in pro matches but haven’t tried yet.

这次OG在小组赛打得非常有侵略性,中期又通过买活打团来压制对手,这是不是能展现你们对游戏的理解?

You played pretty aggressive in your group stage matches, sometimes you would choose to buy-back just to keep the aggression going – where did this style develop? 

我们只是做出了自己觉得比较好的选择,我们在跟OpenAI打的时候,OpenAI在中期也是经常买活来打,有的时候买活来打是比较好的选择,有的时候就会是一个失误,我们对这方面没有特别大的关注,我们只是想打好自己的比赛。

We just did what we thought was the best decision, when we were playing against OpenAI, they would also use buy-back just to fight us. Sometimes it turns out to be the right call, sometimes not. We haven’t paid too much attention in this aspect and we simply want to play our own game.

所以你们是把跟OpenAI的比赛经验,用到了TI9上?

So, you mean you put what you learned from your matches against OpenAI to use at TI9?

这你可以自由想象~

You can interpret this however you choose.

最后一个问题,你们对于这次TI的成绩,有什么展望?

Last question, do you have any expectations for this TI?

没有,我们就想打自己最好的。

No, we simply want to try our best.



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Mia Stellberg: “The OG guys are not affected by the cliches of esports”
GL: “I started to play DotA back in the Warcraft III days”
Topson: “It’s been rough at times, we had motivation issues, I won’t lie, it’s been hard”
Bulba: “Nisha and Zai are two of the best players of the year”
Yapzor
: “Second place in the group doesn’t mean we will also do well in the main event”
Stinger: “The hardest match-up was with Virtus.pro”
Nikobaby: “I set this goal for myself four years ago”
9pasha: “I think we should have approached this tournament like it’s another Major, not TI”
Kaka: “Infamous is a team with huge potential”
Armel: “We only hope that the incident is in the past already for everyone”
CCnC: “OG are a super fun team to play with”
Monet
: “We are hungry for success […] after all, we have 0% playoffs win rate”
rOtk:“Playing at TI is a mind opening experience”
Mag: “We are no strangers to the lower bracket”
Maybe: “Playing against Virtus.pro is fun”
w33: “Positions don’t exist anymore, they’re just heroes now”
RNG: “Before we played, we were expecting top 6 or top 8”
TI9 Media Day Vlog


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