Team Liquid’s off-laner Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislav said about the chances of his team winning at The Chongqing Major plummeted due to the lack of Amer “Miracle-” al-Barkawi on the roster, but that doesn’t make them any less hungry for victories.

He also admitted that he was surprised at the failure of Ninjas in Pajamas at The Bucharest Minor and explained how he fights against negative emotions during matches.

The Chongqing Major takes place in China from January 19th to January 27th. The prize fund of the competition is one million dollars as well 15,000 Dota Pro Circuit points.

Even though Team Liquid are playing with Chu “shadow” Zeyu as a stand-in, they had a great start in China winning both of their group matches against The Pango and Vici Gaming. In the upper bracket quarter-finals, they fell behind 2-0 against Team Secret but successfully bounced back in the match against TNC Predator.

In the match for survival, MinD_ContRoL’s Liquid will face off against South East Asia’s Fnatic, after which the winner will battle PSG.LGD and the loser will finish 7th-8th, taking home $40,000 and 450 DPC points.

You played well with NiP at The Kuala Lumpur Major, and then won Winter Clash with Team Liquid. How do you adapt to new conditions so quickly?

What can I say — meta was on our side. Everything was easy for us because of the way the new patch came out. After TI8, we are starving for more victories. Now the curse of TI has finally fallen from us — we have won TI7, but now the new season has begun, and everyone feels much better. My teammates rested. I myself did not go on a vacation, but it suits me perfectly. Perhaps that is why recently we are so hungry for victories. Like sharks!

According to Peter “ppd” Daguerre, you promised to destroy him in the qualifications for major. However, NiP flew out in the group stage, and then also lost on a major. Did such club results surprise you?

I was sure that NiP will qualify for this major. They and OG. But EHOME proved to be a stronger team. By the way, I did not promise anything like that — ppd just trolls. Honestly, I feel a little sorry for his team. I’m sure he can play much better. Yes, hello, Peter!

Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Tahasomi said at Winter Clash that in recent years he has pressed too much on his team. Don’t you think so? You refused to rest and played at KL Major.

I get tired sometimes too, but usually I’m fine. I like to play in tournaments, this is, after all, my life.

Last season for Team Liquid turned out to be very strange. The team was a favorite in many majors, but could only win the last one. This year, the majors are half that. Do you feel more pressure because of this?

Only time pressure. There is no Miracle- at this tournament, so our chances are diminished here. But Chu “shadow” Jaiyu is also a very good player. If we do not win this major, then we will have less chance of getting to TI. Perhaps then the pressure on us will increase. But now we’re fine.

By the way, how is Miracle doing?

I don’t know, we haven’t talked to him yet. Probably everything will become clear after the major.

You confidently won against PSG.LGD in Moscow. After that, this team was ranked fourth in the Chinese H-Cup Season 12 and was selected for major only from third place. Do you think this is still a force to be reckoned with, or is the place in the top now owned by Team Secret?

LGD is still a very strong team. It seems to me that Chinese players were just a bit lazy at MegaFon Winter Clash. Or maybe they are just tired. I do not know what happened to the LGD, but I am sure that this year it will still be very strong.

Your teammate Maroon “GH” Merkhey said that even he sometimes tilts and in such cases he goes to take a breath of air in order to recover. How do you cope with such emotions?

(Laughs) When I tilt, I just keep playing and try again to focus on the match. I usually do well with pressure.

Do you play other games during the breaks?

Sometimes. I like Age of Empires and Counter-Strike.

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