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Eight teams fight it out in the CIS Minor for $50,000 dollars and two slots in the preliminary stage of IEM Katowice Major 2019. Before the minor, we talked to Aset “Solaar” Sembiev, head coach of the Syman Gaming team.

The young team had mixed results on the first day of the competition. Syman overcame the heavy favorites Gambit Gaming in the opening match but followed up with a 2:0 defeat against Team Spirit. Their next match will be against the winners of Gambit/Nemiga match-up for the final ticket to the playoffs.

Before the event, we talked to Aset “Solaar” Sembiev, head coach of Syman Gaming about the preparation for the most important event of their careers.

Tell us a little about the preparation of the team, how long you trained, what did you change in the training process?

For Sayman this is the first minor. Preparation was 12 days after the New Year holidays. We were in Moscow, played in the Winstrike Arena. In the training process, nothing much changed, except for the regime.

What do you say about the group “A”, in which you fell, is it easier or more difficult than group “B”?

There are no lighter or stronger groups in this minor, as there are no walk-through teams, but it’s natural not to mention the absence of the Kenzor. We are very sympathetic to the Pro100. Perhaps this factor will affect the balance of power in group “B”. [The interview was taken before Kenzor had recovered]


What do you think, who from group “B” will move on?

From group “B”, I think it will be Avangar and Runtime will come out.

Are you still based in Minsk? You have a multinational team, is it easy to get together and train away from home, and how long are your bootcamps?

We were based in Minsk for 9 months. In November, we moved to Kiev, unfortunately, due to political events in Ukraine, we will most likely change our place of deployment. Usually, we are going for three months, after that — two weeks of rest.

Do you know where your next bootcamp will be?

Most likely Peter. [Saint Petersburg]

Many young players ask the question “how to get into a good team?”, as the director of the Syman Gaming organization, tell in a few words how to get into your team, or where are you looking for new players, if you need one?

I think you need to play all sorts of leagues, FPL-Challenger and CIS league, as well as constantly play all sorts of qualifications. If you show yourself well, you will definitely be noticed.

Recently the CIS League opened on Faceit, do you think it will help young talents to get into esports?

I think these have a very positive effect on the emergence of new talents in our scene.

Previously, you almost had a fully Kazakh squad, now it is a multinational team, do players of different nationalities get along easily with each other, and did you have a tough discipline that you talked about six months ago?

The guys responsibly relate to their work. With discipline, we are fine. I am a very strict coach, but fair. We are all from the CIS, once lived in one country, so there are no difficulties whatsoever.

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