An interview with the team captain (Kouros1ve) of Oceanic Esports League’s inaugural champion FlashPoint Gaming
Flash Point Gaming has been crowned as the Oceanic Esports League’s first-ever champion after trouncing S A D B O Y S . A U in the recently concluded grand finals, 3-1. If you’re like us who spent the last two months glued on to the action-packed Aussie dotes online tournament, you would also know that its longest-running narrative is how the eventual champion is undeniably a force to be reckoned with.
Despite the expected result coming out of their usually explosive performance, Flash Point Gaming’s journey to the top was not without a hiccup. May it be due to their complacency, or perhaps overzealousness, their success was unintendedly made sweeter after a surprising defeat from Adió Chula in the first round of the upper bracket forced them to play the rest of the playoffs on the verge of elimination.
Aside from the masterful brand of Dota that they treated us to during the playoff week of the Oceanic Esports League’s first season, here’s Kourosh “Kouros1ve” Shaban, team captain of Flash Point Gaming, discussing how they dominated their way from the lower bracket and into the championship.
(Questions for Kouros1ve are in bold.)
How did you guys prepare for the playoffs?
We spent a good amount of time looking at some of our losses before the playoffs and discussing what was holding us back. We watched some of those replays via discord streaming and figured out what we needed to adjust in our draft and play style.
Despite those losses on the latter half of the group stages, you guys never gave up the top spot, was it easy staying on top of the standings?
We weren’t too concerned with slipping down cause we knew our early season record would be enough of a safety net to remain on top.
The first day of the playoffs, however, told a different story than your group stage run. Did you guys expect your loss versus Adió Chula?
We knew they’d be a formidable team to play against, especially since lordboonz is arguably the best and most well-respected captain in the Oceanic region. I didn’t expect it to go that badly in that series, but we disrespected one of their midlaners best heroes by not banning it for both games.
How did the fact that you guys will be playing the rest of the playoffs on the verge of elimination after that loss affected your approach?
The 0-2 upper bracket defeat seemed to refuel me with more of a passion to win. I tried to motivate and boost the team’s morale by being as energetic as I could be in Discord pre-game. I looked for more comfortable matchups that would ease some pressure our previous drafts had encountered.
It appeared to have a great effect on the team atmosphere throughout our lower bracket run. Tekcor, as our most experienced player, also provided a lot of insight on how we could come out further ahead in drafts and in playstyle.
You’ve mentioned that you weren’t too concerned about slipping during the latter half of the group stages. Noting how hot S A D B O Y S . A U was with their win streak, have you guys prepared something extra upon knowing that you’ll be facing them in the finals?
S A D B O Y S . A U had a much different approach to playing than the other teams we played. A lot of their playstyle revolved around picking Buzzkin a position 4 hero like Weaver or Treant Protector which could create space for their greedy cores to catch up from a typically weaker laning phase. We accounted for this in our grand final series and ensured we had ways of feeding off these attempts to make space with minimal commitment and get even further ahead ourselves.
Needless to say, it reflected well on the outcome of the grand finals. What can you say is one thing that you guys have and S A D B O Y S . A U don’t?
S A D B O Y S . A U overall as a team are all players that have great potential, but something they lack is experience. Even though their captain, Loseyourself, has had experience on a number of notable teams and gained valuable experience in a team environment, this is the first time he’s had to draft and manage his own team.
Both I and Tekcor are experienced in captaining and co-captaining roles on previous teams so we were able to bounce a lot of ideas off each other and our teammates. Having said that, S A D B O Y S . A U still managed to get themselves to the grand finals, beating teams with more experience like Sincerely, Fury and Adio Chula which is something they should be proud of.
The first season of the OEDL has made clear that the ANZ is a region brimming with raw Dota 2 talents, but it has yet to be recognized globally. As a successful captain and experienced player, why do you think is this the case?
Although we’ve had a few breakout players such as Ana and Kpii, as a region, we’ve yet to have a stable team with international success. Scrimming with SEA teams has been difficult due to issues with ping so having tournaments like OEDL provide us with a platform to grow teams domestically and improve against one another looks to be a promising first step in the right direction.
With the second season of the OEDL announced, do you feel motivated or pressured as the defending champion?
It would be quite awkward to do poorly in season two after dominating the first season, but I don’t feel much pressure. I’m excited to draft my season 2 lineup again and see how a different roster will change up the playstyle I adopt.
The Oceanic Esports Dota 2 League Season 2 is currently open for player registration from June 13-29, 2020! If you have what it takes to play against the most promising players of the Australia-New Zealand region, then head on to their official Facebook and Twitter pages and join now!