At ESL One Birmingham, Maverick_2009 sat down with Maybe from PSG.LGD for an interview.
Interview with Maybe
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Firstly, you took a break after the Chongqing Major and got married (Congratulations). How do you think this break has helped you as a player?
Personally, it was about giving myself some time to reflect and re-adjust. The entire time since TI8 until the end of the Chongqing Major, I don’t think I had balanced the proportion of my training and my resting time well. So taking this break was really good for me and I could focus much better when practising.
The new patch came out last week, is there anything in particular that has caught your eye?
I think it’s alright, this patch has mainly changed the Aghanim’s Scepter upgrades for a few heroes.Overall, there hasn’t really been much of a change and I feel like there’s not much difference between this patch and the last patch so I think the new patch is pretty good. It’s something fresh and it’s more fun to play and also more fun to watch.
What’s your opinion on SF at the moment? Should the trend of buying Guardian Greaves continue or do you feel that it should be played in a more right-click style?
Well, it really depends on your lineup. If your team needs you to buy Greaves, then of course you do. But if it’s not needed and instead you need to play more of a magical build then you just get like Eul’s and Sheepstick. If you need to play a physical build then you get Butterfly and Daedalus, damage items.
As one of the best Kunkka players, what’s your opinion on the hero’s changes the last few patches, namely the fact that you can’t deny your creeps with Tidebringer?
I think it’s fine that you can’t deny creeps with Tidebringer. The fact is still that he’s really strong late game and his damage with Tidebringer is insane. So yeah, he’s still really strong late game and does what you need him to.
What about Invoker? What do you think of him right now?
I think he needs more buffs because other heroes keep getting buffs. Only Invoker gets some small changes from time to time and his laning still needs to be buffed, and his early-mid game scaling as well.
Lone Druid has been rather popular this tournament and PSG.LGD are one of the teams that have played it more than others, what’s so good about the hero right now?
This hero just plays much faster and is rather strong in lane, so we just think it’s a good hero.
You play a fair bit of Mirana, do you think the changes to her Aghanim’s matters at all?
I think her Aghanim’s is pretty good but when it first came out, it was just much stronger because of the double Starfall from the Aghs but now there’s only one. I think if you change it back then you can definitely play the magical build, but otherwise the physical build is just better.
What do you think of the changes to Ember over the past few patches? The Drums + Maelstrom build and now the new Aghs.
I think the Aghs on Ember is really strong since it gives good stats and Ember doesn’t usually have that much HP and mana to work with. Having five Remnants is also really good so I think Aghs is extremely good on Ember right now.
In what situations do you think Radiance might still be viable on Ember?
I think that you can honestly still buy it in most games because it’s still a really strong item on Ember.
QQQ has coached LGD for a while now, what does he do for the team besides drafting?
Well, he does the drafts for us!
Only the drafts? Nothing about strategies and other things?
Oh, well, usually he just helps to lift the pressure off us. For example, when we see him between games he might just help us relax a bit, relieve the pressure.
Speaking of drafting, if you had to portion it out, what percentage of the draft comes from your opinions?
I would say about 80%.
So QQQ has about a 20% influence on the draft?
No. For example, usually when he’s picking one of my heroes, I will give him a suggestion and he will seriously think about it, so I think that in that scenario my opinion counts for 80%. However, ultimately it’s still a team decision and everyone has a say in it.
This is your first time in the UK with your team, what do you think of it?
I think Birmingham is a pretty good city, to be honest. It’s quite refreshing but this isn’t the first time I’ve been to the UK either. It’s the first time I’m competing here but I think it’s a really good place. ESL have also been treating us quite well and there are a lot of Chinese people here, so there’s much better Chinese cuisine here and I think it’s better than a lot of other places.
Alright, thanks again for doing this interview, good luck with the rest of the tournament!