Ukraine to ban Russians from entering. Now what?

Ukraine to ban Russians from entering. Now what?

Today, Ukraine has officially banned the entry into its territory for men with Russian citizenship aged 16 to 60 years. What does that mean for esports?

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced that within the framework of the martial law imposed for 30 days, men from Russia aged 16 to 60 years are not allowed to enter the country.

This may affect participants in local esports tournaments. In December, Ukraine will host a LAN qualification to the PUBG Europe League. From June 3rd to 5th of December Ukraine will host a Dota 2 major qualifier to The Bucharest Minor.

It is also worth noting that Natus Vincere’s Dota 2 are spending their bootcamp in Kiev, and in their composition, there are two Russian players, Eugeny “Chuvash” Makarov and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev.

The State Border Service said that exceptions could be made if the trip was of a “humanitarian nature”.

“In the event of a humanitarian situation, we pass citizens of the Russian Federation who go, for example, to a funeral or for some other humanitarian purpose,” said the head of the state border service Pyotr Tsigykal.

The upcoming PUBG Europe League qualifier in Kiev will see 32 invited and online qualifier teams will play for 10 spots in the PUBG Europe League and 6 in the Contenders League. Many Russian teams are supposed to attend the event, including some of the favorites, M19 and forZe.

Natus Vincere, Ukrainian organization with many Russian players in its ranks responded for comment:

“We now have two bootcamps for CS and Dota 2, after which players will play in the final tournaments of the calendar year. More bootcamps this year are not planned, and then we expect that strict restrictions will be lifted and our players will be able to work in the usual format.”

As part of Na`Vi Dota 2 two Russians play alongside them — Yevgeny “Chuvash” Makarov and Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev; in the CS: GO team — Yegor “flamie” Vasiliev and Denis “electronic” Sharipov. The PUBG team is fully equipped with the Russian players. NaVi’s Dota 2 team are currently preparing to play in qualifications for the Major in Bucharest, which will take place from December 3 to 5. The CS: GO lineup in December will have 2 departures — to Portugal and Denmark.

The hope is for the restriction to be lifted after 30 days, however, if it were not to happen it might put the Starladder Major, which is scheduled for June, in jeopardy.

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ubah: “Players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them”

ubah: “Players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them”

Coming out fourth at the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 wasn’t good enough for Ivan “ubah” Kapustin. The PUBG prodigy left his mates at Natus Vincere to join FaZe Clan powerhouse.

Before becoming one of the best fraggers in PUBG, Ivan “ubah” Kapustin was known as an up-and-coming talent in the CIS Dota 2 scene. He played for the top teams in the region, including Team Empire, HellRaisers, and Power Rangers. But when PUBG came out, ubah made a switch without much consideration.

Even though Natus Vincere came to Berlin as one of the favorites to win PUBG’s first-ever $2 million dollar event, the luck wasn’t on their side. First, they had to make do with the last minute substitute. But even after the tournament ended NaVi struggled to return to winning ways. It was time for change.

Ivan “ubah” Kapustin left the Ukrainian organization but did not stay a free agent for long. He was hastily recruited by arguably the best team in the world, FaZe Clan.

In an interview, ubah told us about the differences in practice, the horrendous state of the game, his disappointment with the developers, among other topics.

Vie: In one of the videos on your channel, it was said that the practice in PUBG is peculiar. Can you tell us more about this? Especially, given that you have training experience in Dota 2.

ubah: First, we have scrims, where all the top teams sit and usually train five games a day before the tournament. Of course, before the PGI no one wanted to train the TPP mode, except for the teams that went to Berlin. I can’t specifically mention differences from DotA: you train, play, watch replays and find mistakes so that they are not allowed to continue.

Vie: How is your tactical training? Do you say who is running where and when, if the circle suddenly falls in some way, or does it all happen impromptu during the game itself? 

ubah: Basically it happens already in the game itself. We look at how the circle falls and what position is better to take, but since this is all random, it makes no sense to discuss actions further than one step at a time.

Vie: Doesn’t this make the imbalance in the competitive element? After all, how can you compete in a game in which you cannot be ready until the last moment? 

ubah: You may be ready. If you better adapt to the circles, make the right decisions in taking positions, you will win. For this, 16-20 games are held so that teams have more options for making decisions and the right to make mistakes. The one who makes the most correct decisions wins. Sometimes it can happen that a team is sitting in a circle for the second time in a row, but when you win in a game where you were constantly on the move – the feelings are indescribable.

Vie: It’s no secret that PUBG has FPS issues. Even at PGI FPS would drop as low as 10 FPS on tournament computers. Do you think that’s fine? 

ubah: Basically, the FPS fell when the rotations began on the machines. When the third circle, for example, 75 people are alive from 80 and the circle goes somewhere abruptly. On the map, 30 machines start to go at the same time, and the frame rate drops greatly.

Vie: And was it somehow discussed with the developers? 

ubah: No, we didn’t tell them anything. It is difficult to contact them and talk about something. Green does not apply to those people who can say: “I play this game for a very long time and like that, believe me, it will be better.” So it does not work with them.

Vie: You actually sound very bitter…

ubah: How else? We have a lot of suggestions to the developers. Roughly speaking, professional players give feedback all the time, but it simply doesn’t reach them at all. Or when, for example, problems with sound started, they asked the person to name the headphone model and see that he put the driver when the problem was obviously in the game.

Vie: Have you considered switching to Fortnite

ubah: No, I did not. If I change the game, it’s not Fortnite. I don’t like it. But in PUBG, most things suit me.

Vie: What is missing from the professional scene in PUBG

ubah: This is a good question. From the developers of more feedback, so that they listen to the players. It is necessary to focus on optimization, adding high-quality death match for training would be nice. In principle, everything.

Vie: When people ask you how PUBG is better than Fortnite, what do you tell them? 

ubah: I watched a couple of streams, where 20 people in the final zone are just sitting above each other, not doing anything. It seems to me that this is reason enough. 

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iMCMV: “Sports Clubs know that esports will become mainstream”

iMCMV: “Sports Clubs know that esports will become mainstream”

Before the final round of the European PUBG League qualifier, Galatasaray’s Orhun “iMCMV” Buyukkapucu talked about competing under the biggest sports club in Turkey and the future of their team.

Turkish football champions Galatasaray became one of the many local pro sports clubs to enter esports. Following a successful entrance by local rivals 1907 Fenerbahçe and Beşiktaş, it was only a matter of time before Galatasaray would follow.

For Orhun “iMCMV” Buyukkapucu, who was a fan of the club for many years, joining Galatasaray was a dream come true. Winning the first title in the world of PUBG for the club is now his number one goal, claims the player.

How was your team gathered?

iMCMV: Let’s start from the moment I played for Crew e-sports. At that time, I met Atahan Dikmen, a well-known person at Galatasaray. He introduced me to NotteFuria team and we started to play together. Afterward, Invictum e-sports made an offer so I had to find 2 more players to join the team with me. I scouted lmNs and RETIREDfps. That’s how I brought the team together, which is now known as Galatasaray PUBG squad.

How did you start working with Galatasaray? Also, what was your first reaction on Galatasaray’s offer?

iMCMV: I was personally acquainted with Atahan Dikmen, a well-known person in the Galatasaray management and community. He told us that if we improve our gameplay and achieve some of his goals, we could play for the team that fills the center of our lives.

After we heard that, we thought about the possibility of playing for our dream team and we trained for longer hours and achieved those goals that Atahan asked us. Galatasaray then signed us after negotiations. When I heard that Galatasaray thinks positive of us, I was so happy that I started running around my apartment. It was probably one of the moments that I won’t forget.

Why do you think Football clubs sign esport teams? What do they wish to achieve?

iMCMV: Esports is the new generation of sports where Sports Clubs can make investments in. The teams who made those investments know that esports will become mainstream in the future, and in this situation, the early bird gets the worm.

What does it mean for you personally to be part of a famous football club?

iMCMV: Galatasaray is not an ordinary football club for me. It’s a big honor to play for Galatasaray.

Do you like football? What is your favorite team, except for Galatasaray? Have you watched football before, maybe cheering for someone?

iMCMV: Yes, I really like football. I don’t have any favorite team except Galatasaray but I love watching any Champions League matches. I have been a fan of Galatasaray since the age of six.

Did you gain a lot of fans after signing with Galatasaray? Have you talked with any Galatasaray football fans?

iMCMV: Of course, Galatasaray has a lot of supporters. And they are not just cheering for one football team or one basketball team, instead they are rooting for Galatasaray as a whole. They support the name and the emblem. It’s like a lifestyle and like a big family.

Tell us about your role in the team. Who is the sniper? Who is the IGL?

iMCMV: I’m the In-Game Leader and the sniper of Galatasaray. As an IGL, I am responsible for choosing the tactics and rotating the team’s routes during the match.

Snipers in PUBG teams mostly do not use DMRs, Semi-auto Sniper Rifles, and I don’t use them either. I prefer to use Kar98k, M24 and AWM, which are bolt action sniper rifles in the game. The best thing about bolt action rifles is that you can knock a person down with one headshot, which makes them a very dangerous weapon.

Does Galatasaray provide bootcamp for your team?

iMCMV: There are some plans for the future. The club is doing its best right now.

How many hours per day do you spend on the practicing?

iMCMV: Right now we practice 6-7 hours a day together. We spend most of this time playing, but sometimes we watch demos, discuss tactics, and practice with our aims. After that, we usually play for about 2 hours of solo games, but only in FPP mode.

What are your main goals as a team?

iMCMV: Our and Galatasaray’s goals are the same – we want to be at the top of what we do. Also, we want to be a part of the PUBG Europe League in 2019, of course.

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Fulambia: “Succeeding in an environment dominated by men feels very satisfying”

Fulambia: “Succeeding in an environment dominated by men feels very satisfying”

Member of the first all-female professional PUBG team, Fiore “Fulambia” Boncompagni, told us about what it’s like to compete (and succeed) in the environment dominated by men.

Fulambia’s Brazil Gaming House recently overcame some of the best PUBG teams in Latin America and secured themselves a spot in the Liga Profesional de Esports’ Super League. The first female PUBG team will compete against the best teams in the region for a spot in the $2 million USD Grand Finals next year.

Although the majority of the community didn’t take the team seriously at first, through sheer perseverance BGH overcame all odds and established themselves as serious competitors.

But the road to Latin America’s Pro League wasn’t easy for the team. Competing in the environment dominated by men is difficult, admits Fiore “Fulambia” Boncompagni, but finally reaching that goal is very satisfying.

How are you Fulambia? First of all, congratulations for having qualified for the LPE Battlegrounds final. You qualified together with the best teams in Latin America. How does that feel?

Fulambia: Well, I am very well, and the truth is that it felt great. To tell the truth, it took us almost by surprise, since match 3 was accompanied by many mistakes that we had to correct in the last match. To see that it was possible for us to reverse our mistakes and get back to the top of the rating was excellent.

How did you form this squad? What prompted you to form an all-female PUBG team for BGH?

Fulambia: Previously we had another roster, in which we were a group of friends having fun. But the thing started to get serious when Queen, known as bbyebye in-game, got approached with a serious proposal. They wanted us to go all the way. It was there when we put together this roster, where we all had the same goal, the same commitment, and the same desire.

Brazil Gaming House was immediately interested in us, since we played many Brazilian scrims and got their attention. Sincerely, day by day they make us continue to choose them since they really take care of their players, which keeps us very happy.

There are people who believe in the disparity between men and women when playing these types of games and you are living proof that this is not the case. How does it feel to succeed in an environment completely dominated by men?

Fulambia: Honestly, I’m not going to lie — it feels very satisfying. Although it is a team that is still solidifying every day, just being there and competing side by side with many great teams is great. I am proud to know that we are where we are because we leave everything behind and we do not let ourselves be intimidated. We don’t let others step on us and that’s the key.

How do you see the competitive scene of PUBG in Latin America? What does it lack to be like the scenes of North America or Europe?

Fulambia: The scene is getting better, and these tournaments give rise to the undoubted growth of it. I think that to be up to North America and Europe we would have to talk about infrastructure, which we do not have and an important commitment between organizations and players.

Thanks for your time. Any shoutouts?

Fulambia: Mainly I want to thank Brasil Gaming House for continuing to support us, the girls of the team, and our coach. Thank you!

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0nuqtive: “The closed qualifiers for PEL will be the most crucial step in our careers”

0nuqtive: “The closed qualifiers for PEL will be the most crucial step in our careers”

After a prolonged dry spell and numerous roster changes, AVANGAR is looking to get back on the winning horse with a new line-up built around Alexey “0nuqtive” Trufanov.

The year for Kazakhstan based AVANGAR began with a first-place finish at IEM Katowice 2018. After that, however, followed a series of subpar results. Although AVANGAR managed to qualify for PUBG Global Invitational, a $2 million dollar tournament, the performance there was underwhelming and they finished 16th in the TPP event.

After their team was invited to the closed qualifier for PUBG Europe League, Alexey “0nuqtive” Trufanov told starladder that the new team will be built around him. Last month AVANGAR brought in TORNADO Energy’s Mikhail “azverin” Naumenko, Vega Squadron’s Maxim “Maxiz0r” Tatarintsev, and NaVi’s Taras “Snoopykx” Bazyazichniy in hopes of returning to the winning path.

In the interview, Alexey “0nuqtive” Trufanov talked about his new teammates, playing without a shot caller, and how PEL qualifier will determine their future in PUBG.

You have almost completely changed the lineup of the team. Tell me please, who is responsible for coordination now and how are the roles assigned in the roster?

0nuqtive: Yes, I am the only one remaining from the old AVANGAR. We are jointly responsible for coordination and actions, we do not have any defined captain. This has its advantages, but also obvious disadvantages. For example, sometimes we lack an ultimate decision, but I am sure that we will cope with this.

Now about the weapon. Max usually gets all bolted sniper rifles, I prefer AR’s, azverin with Snoopykx use AR’s as well as DMR’s. The main thing is not to give AKM’s to Snoopykx, and AWM’s to azverin. To me as well, by the way (I’m talking about AWM’s).

What was your first impression about the new teammates?

0nuqtive: The guys want to win and understand how the game works.

Who is the “soul” of the team? Who is in charge of the mood?

0nuqtive: The soul of the team? I do not know, but azverin is just a darling! Snoopykx sometimes makes great jokes on the behalf of the enemy, which is why, when I push, my laughter literally makes my hands shaking, so I can’t shoot, thanks. Who else… Ah! Maxim, this man uses a scorpion with Beryl, may he rest in peace, and also red half grip. But in fact, Max is a cool dude, we still have to win GLL’s Wingman with him;)

Have your usual landing zones changed after reshuffles?

0nuqtive: Of course, they did, now we prefer plants nearby Mylta and Sosnovka on Erangel. Upper Georgopol is also an option, but rather as a fallback. It is more comfortable for us to play from the South of the map.

On Miramar, we take La Cobreria, El Azahar, or Tierra Bronca with Campo Militar. Prior to that, my usual place to start looting on Erangel was Upper Georgopol, while on Miramar – Minas Generales.

Do you have a team motto to raise the team spirit? If so, tell me a little about how he appeared, how it sounds when you use it.

0nuqtive: Well, motto. Recently it became ALGA AVANGAR.

How did you and the other players take the news about the appearance of such a big league in PUBG? What were your first thoughts when you found out about it?

0nuqtive: Awesome news! I want to go to Berlin again! At first, it was not clear how it would all work, because once in the league you need to play on the LAN 3 times a week for two months, and a need to live in another country for 2 months seemed like a strange idea. Now we are motivated to go through closed qualifiers for PEL, I think that this is the most crucial step in our career.

What update of the game for the last month has pleased you the most?

0nuqtive: I wasn’t happy with the latest updates, but let it be the patch where Shooting range (#21) was added, which allows me to warm up and test my weapon. And a patch with team crates before PGI (#18).

Winter is coming, and that means the release of the winter map! Are you waiting for this event? 

0nuqtive: I’m really waiting for it, I love the winter setting. It is very interesting how they will use the water, for example, is there going to be any ice? And if so, will it crack? By the way, there will finally be a place to use white camouflage, the one that from the very release of the game hasn’t had any practical use, but still, people will run with purple M24 (hi Maxim Maxiz0r).

And what do you think about the map pool in PUBG? 

0nuqtive: The ideal map pool in PUBG for me is about 5 maps with different biomes. Desert, Forest, Jungle, Savannah maybe? And the winter will be. Actually, I liked Wake island and Bozcaada, as well as Stratis in ArmA 3 BR.

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OMG xiaorong: “PUBG is like a different game every time you play”

OMG xiaorong: “PUBG is like a different game every time you play”

Coming out victorious in the PUBG’s first-ever Major, the Chinese OMG are feeling more confident than ever in their game.

Before their arrival in Berlin, the Chinese players were confident in the third-person mode. That’s the mode that they practiced the most back in China. As an added bonus, the European teams barely played TPP these days anymore. It was a golden opportunity. If a Chinese team could bring back the trophy, it would be from the TPP tournament.

But it did not go as well as they expected. Even though OMG managed to pick up the chicken dinner on the first day of the competition, the inconsistent performance cost them a lot of points. At the end of the event, the Chinese representatives found themselves in the fourth place, just behind the Korean and two European teams.

What no one saw coming, was what would happen next. On the first day of the FPP tournament OMG completely exploded. They took home three of the four games on the first day. And even on the fourth game, they finished second.

Not even a lackluster second day was enough to stop the Chinese team. OMG gathered enough points to cement their lead and became the first ever PUBG World Champions. In FPP, nonetheless.

To talk about their success in the tournament, we grabbed the whole team, as well as their coach TouTou for an interview.

Vie: How do you feel about winning the PUBG Global Invitational 2018 in the first-person mode tournament?

TouTou: Very happy. We played the game our way and we will continue to lead the team in OMG style. I want to show OMG’s ambition to all the teams around the world.

silentBT: I felt very bad about performing poorly in the third person mode. I still don’t know how we managed to play so well in the FPP mode, but it happened and it was amazing.

Vie: You guys played very aggressively in the FPP tournament.

xiaohaixxxx: When we play in China, we are representing only one club. But when we’re playing in the World Championship, we are representing China. So we played more aggressively.

Vie: So that was your key to victory?

xiaorong: There is no one special strategy to winning because it’s like a different game every time, map and round you play.

Vie: OMG is pouring insane resources into their teams. That must be helpful as well?

TouTou: Yes. There are four other people working towards the success of this team behind the scenes. One external contact person, one manager, and two analysts. OMG is ahead of any Western team in terms of infrastructure.

Vie: Do you know what you’ll be doing with the prize money already?

lionkk: I got the personal prize money for the most kills as well as the longest survival, and for now I want to give a good gift to my girlfriend for supporting me.

Vie: You guys also played in the Charity Showdown with the popular streamers. Some of them are just really good and experienced players. What do you think separates pro players from skilled amateurs?

TouTou: Professional players and amateurs are really different. One of them are professional athletes, they do this for a living, and amateurs play games for fun and entertainment of others. I think there is a big difference there. There are many talented and practiced players like lionkk in China. In order for the Chinese esports system to develop further, I think more players should be able to stand on this stage like lionkk.

xiaohaixxxx: I think the biggest difference is in patience. Playing a game for a job is very different from simply playing a game every day. There comes a lot of strategy, patience, and so on with it.

Vie: Before I let you go, is there anything you’d like to tell your fans?

TouTou: In a regular FPS game, the Chinese teams lose to the European teams. Even in PUBG we have lost against the European teams before. But I think this PGI proved that the Chinese team can beat other European teams. We will do our best to come to the top of Battlegrounds’ esports in the future.

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