Ahead of the playoffs of ESL Pro League S18, we spoke to sdy from Monte and asked him a few questions. Here’s the interview:
Were you surprised by your team’s victory against Heroic in the group stage?
I cannot say I was surprised because we’ve been competing for a long time and I think it was well-earned.
How do you think they played?
I would say they played differently, with less confidence than before.
What was the atmosphere in your team after the second map?
The atmosphere on our team in every game that we play is the same. Everyone brings the fire and a desire to win to the server and that’s really nice.
But didn’t you get discouraged for a moment after losing like that?
Of course. But when you go outside, you clear your mind and then you move on to the next map. The only option you have is to win.
Most IGLs finish difficult matches with a poor KD score. Yours was by far the best on the server. Are you the real IGL on Monte or are you guys playing mind games with us?
Actually, before the start of the tournament, we switched up and gave the IGL role to Woro2k. Overall, I’m doing the mid-round calls. At the start of the round, I’m trying to focus on my game.
How do you assess your team’s chances against Fnatic? Is the match a 50-50 or are you confident that you can beat them?
I think it depends on the map pool. On paper is a 50-50 matchup. But every team in the playoffs of this tournament can beat any other team. The skill difference is very small. It’s mostly not about the game but people’s mentality.
The battle begins! 🔥
— MONTE ESPORTS 🇺🇦 (@Monte_Esports) September 26, 2023
What do you think of Counter-Strike 2 so far? And do you think that Valve will release it on Wednesday?
I really like how it looks. But I don’t like the movement that we have right now. Overall, I really enjoy playing the game, especially the MR12 format. I enjoy grinding right now.
Do you think they’ll keep CS:GO for competitive tournaments after the release of CS2?
No. I think that after the release of CS2, we will switch to this game.
Ok. Thank you for the interview and good luck in the tournament!