After successfully qualifying for PUBG’s $1 million Europe League, Team Random’s Omer “Iroh” Develi is most happy about proving to the world that his cheating allegations were wrong.
The 20-year-old player from Turkey has been struggling with cheating accusations since the day he entered competitive PUBG.
Forming Team Random and qualifying for PEL — also known as European Pro League — was his way of convincing the doubters. It didn’t hurt that the league comes with a $1 million prize pool either.
The Turkish team convincingly secured their spot in the LAN qualifier, earlier this month in Minsk, Belarus. Team Random finished first overall in Group B and 8th in the grand final, securing the highly coveted spot.
Omer “Iroh” Develi talked about what qualifying meant for him, what are his plans for the future, and how hard was it for him to deal with the cheating allegations.
First question – was it difficult to advance through online qualifiers, group stage and to reach the final stage?
Of course, it’s difficult, because every team has its ups and downs, but they’re all good teams. It was challenging, but we worked harder and everything went well for us.
Do you believe that your team was able to make it to PEL due to intense team
Individual performance is important, but being a team is much more important. We worked hard as a team and analyzed the other teams as well. All these efforts helped us get to the top easily.
How do you analyze as a team?
We get together in Discord and have a video call together under our IGL. We share different situations and timelines to discuss
Is it easier to play together at LAN or online?
It’s definitely easier to play together
Do you plan to start a bootcamp to practice?
We’ll set up a bootcamp if we get signed by an
You have 2 players from Turkey and 2 players from
The two guys from the USA are Turkish and they have dual citizenship. They have played with two other Turkish players before, then they split up and picked us [mertgungor and Iroh] from Turkey. We made a team ten months ago and competed at all three seasons of GLL. We qualified to the GLL Grand Finals S3 and then we came here, to the PEL LAN Qualifiers.
Do you all speak the same language then?
Yes, all of us can speak both Turkish and English.
Now that you have reached PEL, what goals do you have for yourself and for your team?
First of all, we want to get into an
Were you playing PUBG as a hobby before PEL?
No, we did not take it as a hobby. We were trying to break through into the scene, prove our names, and become a top-tier team.
Do some of your players have daytime jobs?
No one from our team has a job at the moment. Two players were working before, but they quit their jobs to fully focus on PUBG as our team improved over time.
Is your team interested in making any roster change?
Although I am not thinking about big changes at the moment, it is a possibility for me to leave the team if I get a good offer. I’m not interested in joining a team that did not make it to PEL.
Is your main goal to play at PEL?
Yes, it is. 96 LAN matches and huge prize pool are the top
Some of the teams have already hired coaches and analysts. Will your team hire coach or analyst in preparation for PEL?
We are thinking about it. We’ll hire if we find the right person for our team.
How do you like the idea of creating a massive league, like PEL?
Creating a big league is a really good
I guess it will look like a real sport, like football and basketball.
Can you share your thoughts on
I guess the disadvantage would be having to stay in a different country for two months. It will be difficult to set up a gaming house without an
Do you think living together for a long time will affect your game style or
It’s possible. Living together makes you closer to your teammates but may bring some issues. You may not like your teammate’s personality, even if he’s a very talented player.
On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity to play in 96 LAN matches with high prize money so I’m fine with living with my teammates.
Do you think 96 matches is too many games?
I think it’s a good number. One phase will be played out in 8 weeks. I’m also fond of having 4 games per day.
Have you tried the new winter map?
Yes, I did. When we were at the GLL LAN, I had the chance to download the test server and play
What is your opinion of having seasonal maps, such as snowy
I like the idea, as long as it does not affect the gameplay and does not get played in competitive games. For esports, it has been difficult to see other characters in previously introduced weathers, like
Does that mean you do not want to see
I’m not sure.
Do you expect
That could be the case for some invitational tournaments and show matches in about half a year. I do not expect to see
What do you expect from PUBG in the upcoming year?
The game itself is really good and PUBG Corp. does not have to make a lot of new additions to the game. Polishing and stabilizing the current state of the game will be the best move for PUBG.
Some players have been accused of cheating before the PEL LAN Qualifiers, and they have proved themselves at the tournament. Can you share your thoughts about this incident?
It’s easy to be doubtful of people
Does it feel like a compliment when this happens?
Of course, it is a compliment. If professional players call you a cheater, that means you playing really well. This gives me confidence and demonstrates that I’m doing the right thing and I need to keep performing. Sometimes the comments do become too toxic though.
Does it boost your confidence to prove yourself at LAN?
Of course. I was really excited on GLL Finals because it was my first chance to prove myself as a player. Unfortunately, I played bad, and the whole team played bad, which was a bit stressful. But I became relaxed after the first stage at PEL LAN Qualifiers. In the end, I was not nervous at all and was just relaxed and focused, which was great for me.
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