Dignitas Female defended their title at the Intel Challenge Katowice 2019, defeating Counter Logic Gaming Red in the grand final and bringing home $25,000 dollars.

Team captain of Dignitas female team Emmalee “EMUHLEET” Garrido talked about their journey through the tournament. In the group stages, the North American team fell short against Europe’s Assassins, led by Michaela “mimimicheater” Lintrup. In the fight for the playoffs, Dignitas bounced back and overcame the Brazilian girls of paiN Gaming.

In the semi-finals, EMUHLEET’s team faced off against Beşiktaş — one of the best female teams in the world. Dignitas overcame the threat in three maps and moved on to the grand final, where they defeated CLG Red.

Emmalee Garrido talked about adding CAth to the team, their preparation for the tournament, the future of female CS and more.

You recently brought back Catherine “CAth” Leroux to the roster. How did she fit into your team this time, what is her role?

We added her because she was playing with us before. She fits us really well, because she is almost a veteran in CS, she’s been playing for a really long time. She gives us a lot of knowledge about the game. In the team we have, for example, Kiara “milk” Makuę, who has only been playing for about four years, so it’s good to have CAth in.

How did you prepare for this tournament, what was your main focus on?

We train throughout the year, we play in the ESEA league, currently, we are in Main. For a week before the competition, we had a bootcamp in Philadelphia with Philadelphia 76ers, the basketball club that owns our team. We were preparing at a local training center, where we could talk to psychologists, dieticians or sports trainers who showed us some stretching exercises or how to deal with jetlag. We did a lot of work.

You came to Poland as a defender of the title from last year. Does this put additional pressure on you?

We came to this tournament as if we had never won it before. We play with this mentality and in my opinion it is the best approach.

In the female Counter-Strike, there aren’t that many LAN games, the last time you played in the women’s tournament was a few months ago. Do you believe that the situation may improve in the coming months?

I’ve been playing Counter-Strike since 2005, so I’m witnessing a huge development of the scene. Now we have large companies, such as Intel, investing in the female scene, which can only grow and create more and more teams.

Let’s talk about your games in the Intel Challenge. You lost to Assassins, which is quite a young team. Was their unpredictable style the cause of your failure?

Yes, it’s a young team. We were not too sure how they would play, but now we know it, so I hope we will meet again.

You dismantled paiN. You showed your best face in this match, can you play even better?

I think our performance against paiN was such a summary of our expectations for the entire tournament. These girls are really good, they have been playing together for a long time, so we always respect them very much, but we came here to fight.

Beşiktaş is probably your biggest threat in the scene. How did you prepare for your games with them?

We went to the hotel, where we watched several demos and prepared for the choice of maps. We are ready for all seven maps and I think that’s what brought us a big advantage.

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