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    TI Bound: A Q&A with Timado, Infamous's Mid Player

    TI Bound: A Q&A with Timado, Infamous's Mid Player
    By Jones


    Timado fills an interesting niche in Dota. Heís a Peruvian thatís largely well received on USE, has played for numerous years in NEL and other NAihls, and even sometimes posts on NADota with surprisingly good English. At the same time, heís one of the premier South American mids and has a sizable following on Twitch where he primarily streams in Spanish. Timadoís like a bridge between the two scenes, welcomed and liked by everyone on both hemispheres, and as someone who primarily focuses on the NADota scene, my favorite South American player.

    Beyond that, heís young, heís skilled, and heís driven. Timadoís team, Infamous, dominated TI7ís South American qualifier, going 7-2 in the groups. Their playoff run was more impressive; they did not drop one game on their playoff journey to a TI7 berth. Moments like this exemplify how Infamous was the most prepared, skilled, and confident team in the South American Qualifier. In the qualifier finals, Timado showed his full potential while playing two heroes, QoP and Viper, achieving a KDA average of 14.7/1.3/10.0 in the TI deciding, bo5 matchup with Kiev Major attending SG ESports. Timado and his Infamous teammates were simply a cut above the rest.

    But their next challenge will have competition like nothing they have faced before; storied and legendary opponents that dwarf the teams they played in their qualifier run await for them now in Valveís battleground in Key Arena, Seattle. Infamous, a dark horse, looks to topple them and take home a bigger slice of the prize pie.

    I shot some questions over to Timado to let you get to know him and his Dota game better, and hopefully convince you to cheer for him and his team Infamous when TI7 rolls around.

    Q&A with Enzo ďTimadoĒ Gianoli, Infamousís Mid Player, TI7 Bound

    Q: How/When did you first start playing Dota? What was your favorite hero when you were bad and why?

    A: I started playing Dota in 2005 (thatís 5 years old) with my Dad back when LAN parties were popular and Battle.net wasnít a thing. I remember I would play Dota1 versus bots for hours just trying to understand each hero. In Dota1 my main was Juggernaut because I could solo kill anyone on the map every 2 minutes; I rushed vanguard then butterfly back then because the games were 3v3 so I would have a lot of gold.


    Q: What do you think is/was the most important thing you do/did to improve?

    A: The biggest change in my game was after my time with Team Freedom. I learned to think about *everything* I do and why I do it. Thereís lots of things I do now: simple things like hitting jungle creeps less and towers more, to complex ideas like being more aware of the map while doing things like pushing, even if we have no vision. Thinking about everything and being mindful has helped my gameplay immensely.


    Q: What are you doing now in preparation for TI?

    A: Iíve been trying to 1v1 a lot of players and master every matchup. My team and I have been trying to finish up a few strats to play and define our playstyle as best we can to make a deep run into TI.


    Q: What has been your friendsí and familyís reaction to you qualifying for TI? Has their view of you playing Dota changed now that youíll be competing for millions of dollars?

    A: Before, even my closest friends used to bother me about the amount of time I spent on Dota. For two years I would reject every offer to go hang out with my friends in order to play more. When I quit school my friends chastised me, but ever since we (Infamous) qualified for Galaxy Battles my friends have started cheering for me and telling me things like ďI never knew you were actually good at this. I thought you would just rather play Dota than hang out.Ē Now they all admire me and ask me to buy them stuff.


    Q: Lots of players publicly talk about the support or encouragement theyíve received to make the journey to become a professional Dota player. Who provides that support for you?

    A: My family and I have always played games together, whether it be Dota games or Starcraft 2v2s. When I told my Dad that I wanted to be a pro-gamer (2012, I wanted to go pro in SC2 back then), he stressed to me that I needed to show that I wanted it by training hard while still balancing the other areas of my life. He has been my main support ever since and that advice has allowed me to succeed. Iím hopeful that other players in SA, and Dota players in general, have the same encouragement I did, especially since gaming and specifically, professional gaming, are becoming more popular and viable.


    Q: If you could change one aspect about the game before TI what would it be? What impact do you think that change would have on the game?

    A: I would make blink cost mana again; I think the item is way too good on certain heroes and itís never a bad item to get at any point on any hero. It would probably make the item less popular, but I think it deserves a bit of a nerf.


    Q: What team (other than Infamous) do you think will do well in TI, but isnít a tier 1 team (EG, OG, Newbee)? Why do you theyíll do well?

    A: I think TNC is a very solid team and they have a great playstyle. I talked with 1437 personally and he speaks about how super close the team is and how that helps them inside the game.


    Q: A lot of USE players complain about South Americans playing on US servers, but at the same time itís a pretty commonly held belief that the South American servers arenít very stable/playable. If the South American servers had better infrastructure and routing, would you play on them instead?

    A: I think the SA servers should be more popular, but the fact is that the NA scene is stronger/larger than the SA scene at the moment. Even if the SA servers were perfect, Iíd still queue on NA because Iíd learn more from the higher skill pubs there.


    Q: Outside of game mechanics, hero adjustments, etc., what thing do you think Valve could do to make Dota better?

    A: I think the Tier 2 team investments (giving some money to qualifier participants) is a good approach to securing the future for professional Dota2, but at the same time the opening of more qualifiers slots (SA/CIS) has already done a lot. Peru has improved a lot in terms of sponsors and the scene is viewed more as a sport since SG qualified to Kiev.


    Q: What player from the South American scene do you think deserves more recognition by the English speaking scene? Why?

    A: I think Benjaz has come a long way and that he is the closest thing Peru has to a Fear. His story is pretty incredible; heís been playing since Dota1ís early patches (he started around my age) and he just never stopped. When his parents pushed him to study or threatened to kick him out he just kept playing. Heís been through a lot, coming out unscathed in many of the Peruvian scandals that have DQed players and teams from Valve events, surviving disbands, and being unshaken by kicks, like the NoT one for iwo in 2014. Todayís heís one of the most solid safelaners in Peru and he plays for the team, not for himself.


    Q: If you could add a team that didnít make TI to the competition pool, who would it be? What midlaner that didnít make it would you really want to play against?

    A: A dream of mine is to play against Dendi; NaíVi was my favorite team between 2011 and 2014 and Dendi was the inspiration for me to go pro. Iím sad that he isnít going, but thatís just life.


    Q: Youíre becoming more popular on Twitch and getting higher and higher viewer counts. Do you have anything planned to try to maintain these viewer counts post-TI?

    A: I want to try to stream in English more; sometimes I like to tune into Russian streams but after a while I tune out because of the language barrier. From this thinking, I think if I streamed a bit more in English, Iíd be able to connect with a lot more people.


    Q: What do you do in queue time for a pub match? Is there anything weird your teammates do?

    A: I like to watch replays when Iím motivated, but if Iím burnt out I just mess around with my teammates. My teammate Accel watches anime in between games.


    Q: Whatís one thing you wish other pub players would do in-game that would make your pub experience a whole lot easier?

    A: I wish my pub teammates stopped spamming heroes because when you spam QOP and your mmr is 6.5k, youíll crush 5k average games, but when you queue into a 7k average game and you canít go mid because Sumail is, you end up playing support and you basically ruin the game game because your Dota knowledge doesnít go past pressing Sonic Wave and last hitting creeps.


    Q: Hereís a spot for some shoutouts!

    A: Shoutout to all the NEL players who have supported me since 2014 and everyone whoís tuned into my stream, especially those that have been there since the beginning when I had 5 viewers.
    Thanks to my teamís sponsors: Lenovo Perķ, Logitech G, Sennheiser, ONseat PERU, Rananet, and Wisp.



    If you want to see more of Timado...

    You can tweet at him on Twitter...



    timadoFacePalm when he feeds on Twitch.tvÖ



    ...but more importantly you can watch Timado and his team, Infamous, compete in TI7, attempting to take home the lionís share of the 20 Million+ dollar prize pool and immortalize their name onto Dotaís Aegis of Champions.
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    sweeet. been with my boy timado from day 1 here. allstars god.

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    This whole thing was sort of done in one day, but SCSF translated the entire thing to Spanish last night/today: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...sujj8x8mis/pub
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    great interview, sounds like you have a nice family timado god bless you

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    WOOOOOOOOOOOOO timado es mi bebito :') good luck at TI timado you fuckin own at dota and i cant wait to see you pwn some noobs at mid.

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