The best Russian chess player according to the FIDE rating, Ian Nepomnyashchiy, talked about his passion for video games and esports. In an interview, he recalled how he first found Dota 2 and Hearhstone, and compared the popular card game to chess.
After a stellar performance at ESL One Mumbai, where the CIS-based Natus Vincere finished 3rd, ahead of TNC Predator and TEAM TEAM, team’s midlaner Idan “MagicaL” Vardanian answered the most pressing questions.
Natus Vincere bounced back after a crushing defeat at the DreamLeague Season 11 and took 3rd place at ESL One Mumbai last weekend, taking home $35,000 dollars. Andrey “Mag” Chipenko talked about their performance there.
The man behind the Ukrainian NaVi, Yevgeny “HarisPilton” Zolotarev, talked in-depth about running an esports team, expanding into international waters, creating a winning team and remaining profitable in highly competitive esports scene.
Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok said that due to frequent defeats and underwhelming results he lost confidence in himself and in the team. A disappointing 16th place finish at the latest DreamLeague Major was a final blow for the team.
After TNC claimed the trophy of WESG 2018, Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios talked about the problems that the team had before the tournament and preparation for it, as well as his plans on how he is going to spend his part of the prize money.