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 “
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
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
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
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.
After a second place finish at WESG 2018, Anna “Ant1ka” Ananikova talked about the difference between her current squad and the former one, shared impressions of working with the coach of Vega Squadron, and the dynamics between male and female Counter-Strike.
Damian “Furlan” Kisłowski’s AGO Gaming settled in Chongqing, China, where the Polish team will fight the world’s best for their share of $890,000 USD in prize money.
It was another disappointing event for Julia “juliano” Kiran’s Beşiktaş, where the European girls ended up third in Intel Challenge Katowice 2019 — just behind their North American rivals.