After a very successful group stage for the Russian Gambit at the Bucharest Minor, Andrei “Afoninje” Afonin talked about their success there in detail.

He explained that the team lost one TEAM TEAM map because they didn’t know which characters the opponent would play. Afonin also admitted that it does not matter to him with whom Gambit Esports will have to play in the next stage of the tournament.

Gambit convincingly overcame Team Team in their opening game, followed by a 2:0 victory over the Chinese Keen Gaming. The Russian team have secured themselves a spot in the winner semi-finals, where they will face a second place team from Group B.

About the confrontation with TEAM TEAM

“We did not know that they were going to ban them, so we just decided to see what they would play in the first match. It turned out — they are playing Magnus, and for us this is an uncomfortable hero. But if we had put a triple with Visp and Gyrocopter against Phantom … <…> In general, it was necessary to choke the Phantom and leave the hero against Dark Sire one on one.

Then we would have a lot of farm on all lines, and we would have crushed them. And they have greed – Magnus and Phantom, OD. It turned out that we did not punish them for this greed, and it was clear that in the end we would lose. And so it happened. “

“After losing the first map there was no panic. The only thing that happened was insecurity in Wisp. Someone said that “we don’t need it” and all that. In the end, we came to the conclusion that you just need to ban Magnus, and everything will be fine. We looked at what they were playing with, and we had no more morale. ”

About choosing Meepo vs. Keen Gaming

“We wanted to close them [with the help of] Meepo, if they take Wisp and Gyrokopter or collect some heroes who do nothing. So it happened. We thought that in the end they would still ban Meepo, because before that they had banned all our heroes, but they somehow missed this moment. And we knew that we were guaranteed to win, if we took Meepo at the end. Regardless of what else we will have a bunch of heroes. The main thing is that we have that one hero to play around ”.

On opponents in the next round

“From Group B, I would like to play with everyone. I do not know who is the strongest there. OG and EHOME are probably at the same level, and the rest are weaker. But we don’t care who to play against.”

The Bucharest Minor takes place in Romania from January 9 to January 13, the prize fund of the competition is $ 300,000 USD and 500 Dota Pro Circuit points.

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