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The Grand Finals – Interview With The APAC Teams

The team short presentation and answers to a few simple questions should bring character to the APAC representation going to The Grand Finals April 25-26.

ARETE

We were established in 2013. We have much experience in Regional and Global tournaments.  But, WoT is mainly played in EU, CIS, and NA, so relatively we didn’t receive much attention globally.

ARETE was the first Asian team to beat CIS and EU teams during a global tournament (WCA 2014) and to win all the 3 Seasons of 2014 WGL APAC.  All this was done by an amateur team.  Only Razer was supportive enough to give us gear and we’re always thankful about that.

After 2014 WGL GF, we combined with our rival ‘NoA’ to become a stronger team.  There are still gaps between EU and CIS comparing to us, but we swear that we won’t be the same as last year.  We'll always play thinking that we’re not only representing S. Korea, but the whole Asian region.  Now we want to get the absolute support from all of the Asian region and players.  Please do cheer for us and be proud of us. We’ll show our best performance during the GF.

Personal Questions

  1. Can you introduce yourself?
    Jungwoo Han + Blbe
  2. When did you start playing World of Tanks?
    Early 2012
  3. When did you join the team?
    6 months ago (Oct. 2014)
  4. What is your favorite World of Tanks map and why?
    Himmelsdorf. I personally think this is the most balanced map. It has many fire lines, so there are various strategies.
  5. What is your favorite tank and why?
    IS-3. It has great fire power and good defense. Although it’s a heavy tank, it has good speed so it’s able to active to all rounds.
  6. How would you describe your role in the team?
    I’m not in charge, not the captain, nor an ace player yet in the team. I only recently joined the team. But, I’m the youngest member and try my best to quickly adjust to the team.
  7. What does it take to be an eSports pro?
    Skill isn’t the only factor. I think you need time, passion, and talent.
  8. What makes World of Tanks a unique competitive/gaming experience?
    WoT is a fresh and unique game compared to other games. Other FPS games are fast-paced but WoT isn’t. At first, it looks complicated and hard to adjust to. But when finally understand the game, you can’t resist the charm of it.
  9. What are your eSports goals?
    I have 3 steps to achieve my goal. Step 1 is to become KR and ASIA Champion. Step 2 is to become World tournament player. Step 3 is to beat Na’vi and become the World Champion.
  10. How did people react when you told them you were to become an eSports pro?
    First, they all looked at me as a strange person and with envy. But now, everyone cheers for me.
  11. How do you prepare yourself before a big match/tournament?
    I prepare for tournaments just as I do for school exams. I try not to pull all-nighters practicing and keep healthy for competitions. I just practice and play random battles normally and try to sleep deeply.
  12. Are there any lucky rituals that you have to give you a better chance for victory?
    No.

Team Questions

  1. How did you become involved with your team?
    I played for another team for a year. I can say I was the ace player there, but the team always were defeated by other teams. So to achieve my goal, I contacted ARETE’s team captain (Cowthief) several times, and in the end, he accepted me.
  2. How long have you been with your team?
    Six months.
  3. When and how did you get into World of Tanks?
    Early 2012. Someone recommended this game to me, so I first played in the NA server. It was quite fresh and a unique game which interested me a lot.
  4. How did you transition from the amateur to the pro scene?
    ARETE isn’t a pro-team, we’re a casual team.
  5. How does the team prepare for a big battle/tournament?
    We check how our competitors play and prepare strategies for each and every map; always taking notes.
  6. Are there any lucky rituals the team have to give you a better chance for victory?
    Nope.
  7. What is one of your most memorable team moments?
    It was during WGL APAC Season 3 Final, the last match with Elong (now EL Gamings). I didn’t have much HP and it was a 2 on 1 situation. Our team was defense, so I kept on running away from the 2 tanks and in the end won by time expiration. It was a fabulous moment.
  8. What are your goals as a team?
    The GF is like the World Cup to soccer. Our team’s goal is to not be eliminated during the quarter finals. We want to head to the semi-finals and try to beat strong teams like Na’vi.
  9. What makes a successful team?
    There are over 7 people is one team. Every person needs to see just one goal. I think teamwork and cooperation without arguments and fighting is the key.

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EL Gaming

Hello, everyone. We are Team EL from China, and Yi Long is our name in Chinese. It’s our great pleasure to participate in this grand gaming festival. We are sincerely grateful to our loyal fans, as well as our sponsors, TianMa Entertainment and A4TECH – it is their immense support that sustains and enables us to go much further. I hope we’ll be able to play well, achieve good results, and satisfy all the gamers and people who support us. We also want to thank Wargaming League Asia and Kongzhong Net for their help. We hope this grand festival will be a great triumph, and that players, staff and audience alike will see much happiness and success through it. Thank you.

Personal Questions

  1. Can you introduce yourself?
    My name is BaiWei, and my ID in World of Tanks is Nightmarex.
  2. When did you start playing World of Tanks?
    In January 2011.
  3. When did you join the team?
    On June 17, 2014.
  4. What is your favorite World of Tanks map and why?
    Steppes.
  5. What is your favorite tank and why?
    The AMX 1390 and M26 Pershing.They are flexible and widely used.
  6. How would you describe your role in the team?
    I am currently managing the team part-time. In battle, I normally play a support role.
  7. What does it take to be an eSports pro?
    One must have big dreams.
  8. What makes World of Tanks a unique competitive/gaming experience?
    It is a very serious game about war.
  9. What are your eSports goals?
    Our goal is to be the best.
  10. How did people react when you told them you were to become an eSports pro?
    I’ve received both support and scepticism. However, what I want is just to do my own thing.
  11. How do you prepare yourself before a big match/tournament?
    More training.
  12. Are there any lucky rituals that you have to give you a better chance for victory?
    Opportunities will always come to those who are prepared.

Team Questions

  1. How did you become involved with your team?
    The team was originally established by BaiWei.
  2. How long have you been with your team?
    The team was set up on June 17, 2014. Most members have been part of the team for more than eight months, and the two new members HuoLi and DaoDao for have been with us for five months.
  3. How does the team prepare for a big battle/tournament?
    We hone our individual skills, but we’ll also get together to discuss battle strategies and techniques.
  4. Are there any lucky rituals the team have to give you a better chance for victory?
    We just practise.
  5. What is one of your most memorable team moments?
    Having dinner together after our victories.
  6. What are your goals as a team?
    To be the top team!
  7. What makes a successful team?
    Being diligent, united, and innovative.

We know you’re as excited as we are and just can’t wait for 25-26 April when we’ll all enjoy the most spectacular show of tank on tank action stream live on Twitch.

 

That’s all for now! Expect more team presentations coming soon. 

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