The newly sponsored Quantic Gaming met DD (the formerly sponsored Quantic Gaming) in the finals of the first joinDOTA open. After losing the opening match, Quantic rallied back to take decisive wins in games 2 and 3. Quantic outlasted a field of 350 teams, beating notable teams suchs as SCG and EG along the way. NADotA caught up with Quantic|Korok to talk about the final games.
How does it feel to win after beating some tough competition in SCG/EG/DD, and who gave you the hardest games?
Winning feels great. Each one of our matches was fairly difficult but since DD wiped the floor with us in the first game, they were definitely our toughest opponent.
You let them get very similar picks in the second game as they had in the first game. What was the strategy behind that? Were you more confident in your picks in the second game, and ability to stop a similar strategy from them?
The biggest difference between game 1 and game 2 was the lack of enchantress. She made the game for DD as she controlled the Leshrac / Tidehunter dual lane. With that hero on our side, we were able to secure our safe lane and shut down their Windrunner / Sand King lane.
You picked Shadow Fiend in the first game and Queen of Pain in the third game. Is that a result of you guys practicing more strategies, or were they situational picks that you felt would have a better outcome than your standand picks we typically see you play?
We're usually always comfortable with our standard picks, but as of late we've realized that teams would rather ban heroes like Morph, Riki, etc. than some of the top picks (Chen, Prophet, etc.) vs us. In our scrims, we try to experiment with what heroes we can run in substitution for our typical lineup. Last night, we practiced Queen of Pain versus Complexity and after one game of practice we decided to run it in a finals game.
In the third game, you guys left the Antimage largly untouched. Were you at all afraid that his free farm might catch back up to you later in the game?
We knew that as long as we had at least two sheep sticks he would be manageable. We ended up getting two and he was never really a threat to us.
Also in the third game, LastHitMagic chose to skill Penitence on Chen instead of the usual Test of Faith build. Was that to counter Antimage's Spell Shield, and was that his decision, a group decision, or the captains decision?
There are some situations where Test of Faith is better but LastHitM felt that game was not one of them. It was his decision and most of the time everyone focuses on their own hero anyway.
Was there any extra incentive in beating DD, who was previously sponsored by Quantic?
We had several reasons for wanting this win, and beating the ex-Quantic team under the Quantic name was one of them, so yes.
Congratulations on winning the tournament and thanks for the interview! Any Shoutouts?
A big thanks to Quantic, Razer, and Twitch.tv for supporting the squad. I'd also like to give a shoutout to all the fans, the GMU crew, Connie, and my early game buddies Mikey and LastHitMagic for never letting me down.
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