Two times QuakeCon Duel champion Nikita “clawz” Marchinsky talks about winning, Nyx, sponsors in Quake and just waiting for the much anticipated CTF game mode.

The young Belarusian came out victorious for the second year in a row in the year’s most stacked tournament. QuakeCon this year again as well attracted the best players in the world.

Since then, the twenty-year-old player joined Myztro Gaming and is preparing for the future tournaments.

Vie: You overcame everyone at QuakeCon in a very convincing manner. Were there any matches that actually made you sweat?

clawz: Before the game against Garpy I was feeling really nervous. I knew I had no right to lose that match and that got to my head. I also got pretty close to it in a game against DaHang. I was leading 2:0 in rounds and was just feeling this gloom of things to come.

Vie: Are you getting used to the US? You have been to three QuakeCons already.

clawz: I didn’t really get a chance to properly explore USA. But every place is good in its own way.

Vie: Let’s talk about your Nyx. The aggressive approach to attack your opponent straight out of invisibility. Was that something planned or did it just happen for you?

clawz: Nyx is a very underrated champion. Her skill-cap is really high and I like her a lot. I like the things you can do with her, even considering her limited resources. I play her on almost every map. She’s especially strong on DM6 and Ruins, but you have to be able to hit a lot.

Vie: And which weapons do you like? Or should say which one, rail or LG?

clawz: LG (lightning gun, ed.note). It’s a strong weapon from a psychological perspective. It’s good in both attack and defense, and most importantly — it’s stable.

Vie: And your favorite game mode?

clawz: I’m just waiting for CTF. Playing with four people results are always more stable. And it’s really that much more fun to play with more players.

Vie: What’s the situation with sponsors in Quake right now? You must be getting a lot of attention, being a two-time world champion.

clawz: I doubt that any sizeable organization will ever be interested in Quake. The deal that I’m being offered all the time — with 10-20% of my prize winnings being taken away — from small organizations just isn’t right. Because Quake doesn’t get that many viewers there’s very little we have to offer each other.

Vie: Do you ever watch your own replays?

clawz: I don’t. And never did, actually.

Vie: What is the change Quake needs the most right now?

clawz: The game itself. Some game mode that would finally attract people. I really wouldn’t mind seeing a Quake Battle Royale game.

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