GosuGamers met with the SG Esports Dota 2 roster to discuss their qualification for TI10 and the SA Dota 2 scene.
SG Esports was one of the first Dota 2 organizations in South America to make a splash on the Dota 2 scene. After a few months in the dark where the organization did not make a lot of noise, they managed to win a surprise qualification for TI10 thanks to the South American qualifications.
GosuGamers caught up with them to talk about their qualifying journey, the loss of a close friend and veteran of the SA Dota 2 scene, and the growth of the SA region in Dota 2, among others.
The interview was carried out with the entire SG Esports roster, which includes:
Guilherme “Costabile” Costábile
Adriano “4 doors” Machado
Otávio Gabriel “Tavo” Cerqueira Silva
Thiagov “Thiolicor” Cordeiro
Matheus “KJ” Diniz
How’s it going guys, how’s it going in Brazil right now?
Hello! We feel pretty good after how the last few days have gone. Things aren’t too bad in Brazil, but the pandemic has confined us to our playhouse. But, we see it as a practice opportunity for TI10.
Congratulations on achieving TI10. How are the emotions of all the players on the team, is the reality that you will make it to a $ 40 million tournament?
Thank you! We are all extremely happy and it is like a dream come true! Every player desperately wanted to qualify for The International, and our gut tells us it will be an incredible event. It’s really amazing that we were going to a tournament with a $ 40 million prize pool.
SG Esports finished 3rd in the first DPC season. You changed the list and finished 6th. What went wrong with the DPC seasons?
To improve as a team, a lot of changes were necessary. First of all, we were pretty confident in the first season of DPC, but in the end we didn’t reach our potential in the league games. After the roster change, bringing in Tavo for Danylo “Kingrd” Nascimento, the main problem was to take time to adopt a new style of play, which we did not have for the second season of the DPC leagues. But by the time the TI10 qualifier arrived, everyone on the team was on the same page and had the same mindset.
As the TI10 qualifiers approach, what was the communication between the team? You were clearly not NoPing Esports favorites.
We entered qualifying as an underdog. Teams like Infinity and Unknown performed much better than many expected. Even though we knew they were good teams, their performance surprised us. After Infinity defeats NoPing Esports [who were the favorites], our state of mind totally changed and the main thought lingering in everyone’s mind was, “Just play the game. Winning will be a consequence.”
Was the team expecting this or did you surprise yourself a bit too ?!
We don’t want to sound pretentious, expectations of yourselves are necessary to achieve this. The biggest surprise was the team that reached the grand finale – Team Unknown. Overall, we were a bit surprised with how qualifying went.
What was the key factor that distinguished your team during qualifying? What is it just the experience?
The experience was surely one of the key factors, but our preparation was really good. We had a schedule where all the players and staff were involved, and everyone had the same idea of our strategies and how we were supposed to play the game. A lot of little things had to be done right for SG Esports to break through. finishing line.
Let us come to a somewhat serious and sad subject. A veteran of SA Dota 2 and a player that most SG Esports players have played with in the past, Anderson “444“Santos died because of Covid. How did this affect the players? What did he mean to you guys?
It was a really sad moment for everyone on the esports scene in Brazil. For Thiolicor, ChiNa and 4DR who worked with him, it was not easy to face reality. But we stepped up and made 444 our 6th player. In addition, we plan to pay him a nice tribute to the TI10.
How crazy is it that the last game ends at 44:44? It’s like he despises you and blesses you. I’m sure that wherever he is he would be happy to see that for the first time there are three SA teams at the International! Do you think this is the break the region needs to show how strong it is?
We were also surprised by the weather and are really grateful that it blessed us in the TI10 qualifiers.
Regarding the topic of the three SA teams at TI10, it just shows that the SA region is developing a lot. There are a lot of players in South Africa who fight day after day without any support, and having three teams will be a good way to show the potential of the region. The next hope is to see the region develop further in terms of hosting tournaments and sponsorship.
You have been part of SA Dota 2 for a long time. How do you think the region has developed over the past 3-4 years?
South American Dota 2 players have improved a lot in recent years. Recently, a lot of mixed teams have emerged [teams with players from multiple South American countries], which can only be good for the future of the region.
Do you or other teams in the region turn to one of the dominant regions like China or the EU for advice on how to improve yourself, or is it more about creating your own style of Game ?
Of course, we watch a lot of European and Chinese teams, especially PSG.LGD, because they are the strongest team at the moment. But like you said, it’s used to adapt to our own style of play, so looking at big teams is mostly studying and understanding the meta in other regions.
What improvements would you make in DPC leagues or DPC majors, if any, for next year?
The DPC leagues prize pool could be higher. It’s hard to think of a way to improve the system because everyone has a different opinion on it. It would also be nice to see the DPC majors having the same format as before.
What is the team’s plan before TI10? Are you on a break or has training already started?
Our practice has already started. We took a few days off after TI10 qualifying to relax a bit, but everyone was still playing and watching Dota 2 during this time. The plan now is to find a place to camp in Europe, but the plan is raising concerns due to the pandemic. For now, we will continue to fight against the NA and SA teams and revisit the EU bootcamp plan later depending on the situation.
Are you ok with patch 7.29, or would you like to see a new patch before TI10? Should Dawnbreaker be included in Captains mode for the tournament?
Including a new hero right before The International will be a huge mistake. Valve will have to balance the hero and that takes time, so it probably won’t be the best move. But it would be nice to see some map changes as well as nerfs and buffs for some heroes.
What do gamers like to do when they’re not playing Dota 2?
We love to watch TV shows, movies and play Escape from Tarkov. But, at the end of the day, it’s mostly about watching Dota 2 streams and tournaments.
Well done to all of our fans around the world, to SG Esports, to our families and friends who have supported us through all difficult times. We’re going to do our best in TI10 and try to get Brazil on the Dota 2 world map!