The two CIS representatives are no strangers to the scene. On one side we have the former Grand Finals Champions Na'Vi, recent winners of the WGLRU. On the other we have team Not So Serious, who came incredibly close to taking the championship against their regional rivals (9-8 in favour of Na'Vi in one of the most thrilling matches the league has ever seen).
Both teams demonstrate remarkable teamwork, practice with unparalleled dedication, and keep their steel sharp by seeking ever-tougher competition on a day to day basis.
What are your expectations for the Grand Finals?
The expectations are high. This is the biggest World of Tanks tournament that we, unfortunately, have only once a year. It’s a kind of exam, and therefore there’s no chance for mistake. At the Grand Finals the teams are going to show their absolute best. We, as any other team, are planning to perform as well as we can. And, as surprising as it may sound, we want to win!
Who is the most dangerous opponent?
Traditionally, the most dangerous teams come from the CIS and EU clusters. And of course we shouldn’t forget about the unpredictable teams from China and the US. They can come up with something we’ve never thought of!
And by the way, some fans may be concerned with the fact that the current champions HellRaisers may qualify as a Wild Card. If people think they are not as strong as they were, it’s a big mistake. I think that Na`Vi, NSS, HR and the European teams are the favourites. I’m already sure that the battles in the top 6 will be on fire.
During the Gold Series finals you only managed to beat NSS on a tie-break. What can you say about their performance during this season? Did they surprise you?
If we speak about the development of the Wargaming.net League, it’s great that we have another strong and, even more importantly, stable team. But for us as a team... it’s a headache. They performed great, which is obvious if you look at their results. That’s why I’m sure they will be great at the Grand Finals. Yes, they are not as experienced at LANs as other teams are, but the favourites should not underestimate NSS.
You've reached a new level this season: both in the way you play and in the results. What's the main reason behind your growth?
The team was getting better each season. First, we trained a lot to get to that level. Secondly, two talented players joined us this season (Evil Granny and Beowolf), both of whom raised the bar for the team. The support we've got from WePlay and our sponsor Logitech also played its part and helped us to concentrate on being professional players. We have a great atmosphere inside the team - everyone supports one another.
During the WLGRU finals you only lost to the more experienced Na`Vi on a tie-break. Will this experience help during the Grand Finals in Poland?
The LAN-final was very important to the team. Even losing will positively affect our performance in Poland during the Grand Finals. Now we're angrier and more motivated than ever to show our best game during the event.
What are your expectations before the Grand Final?
We have great expectations. We train every day and prepare to surprise our opponents. After the draw we can say that we've got a decent group, as well as an opponent for quarter-finals. If everything goes as we plan, it's possible we would have a chance to take revenge against Na`Vi in the semi-finals.
But it's hard to predict anything, because the best teams in the world will play there... and the team in better form will win.
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