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Vega Squadron have been plowing their way through the Faceit Major, but not even the team captain Dmitriy “jR” Chervak knows how long that will last.
This being a third CS:GO Major in a row for the Russian team, most of the players are well accustomed with the pressure of the most important event in the game. Even though the Squadron managed to secure a respectable 9th-11th finish at the ELEAGUE Major earlier this year, they could not avoid the roster change that followed.
Vega Squadron, which for years remained one of the longest-running rosters in the game, had to let go two of their players earlier this spring. Sergey “keshandr” Nikishin and Nikolay “mir” Bityukov were replaced by Igor “crush” Shevchenko of pro100, and Anton “tonyblack” Kolesnikov of forZe.
The roster change left a lot of doubts in the team before the Faceit Major, but the Russian Sharks proved the doubters wrong. After a very impressive comeback, they overcame Team Spirit 16-14 in the opening game of the Major and further increased their lead by defeating BIG 19-16 the following day.
Team captain Dmitriy “jR” Chervak revealed in an interview, that not even he knows how far their team can really go.
Note: The interview took place before the game against BIG and was translated from Russian.
Vie: You had a strong showing at a previous Major, but you really struggled to find your game since. Even after a roster change, your performance remained shaky. Why was that?
jR: We ourselves are still looking for answers to that particular question. (laughs)
Vie: You had a roster change a few months back. Your performance this Major looks really solid, but was it enough time to get used to your new teammates?
jR: The atmosphere within the team is much better right now, we can freely discuss our mistakes and look for ways to fix them. How much time will we really need to minimize the number of mistakes is still unknown. Scrims have been going really well for us lately, but how far can we go in the official games even we don’t know.
Vie: What did your training look before the Major?
jR: It’s the same as usual, actually. We practice a lot and we work on minimizing the number of mistakes both as a team and individually.
Vie: So it must have been a busy time for your coach, Fierce?
jR: He’s the one looking for mistakes and helping us fix them. It’s just so much easier noticing these faults from the sidelines, than when you’re the one immersed in the game.
Vie: What are your goals for this Major?
jR: Top 16 and that’s the worst case scenario for us.
Vie: What do you think about Winstrike? Will they be able to repeat their performance from the previous Major?
jR: They are a pretty good team. Lately, however, their performance was less than stellar, but that’s something they know best themselves, what they have to work on and what they have to fix. I think the repeat of the last Major is possible, even the upgrade, everything comes down to how well they will play themselves.
They proved that it’s possible once before, you just have to tryhard the best you can and trust your team.
Vie: Let’s talk about your game with Team Spirit. They looked really strong in the first half, but then they just collapsed. What do you think happened there?
jR: Team Spirit have gained a lot of momentum before the Major and they are in their best form right now in the history of this roster. The question always was whether they will be able to properly deal with the nerves and close out games. If they can find a way to do that, I could see them easily making it to Top 16 and once they’re there they would have a serious shot at Top 8.
It all comes down to whether they will be able to get ahold of their nerves before the rest of the games.
Vie: A few teams had some issues with the visas. Did your applications go well?
jR: It did, no issues whatsoever.
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