The PGL Asia Minor will begin on the 5th of May, taking place at the Nexon eSports Arena. A $50,000 prize pool headlines the event, but the two finalists at the event will be making their way to the ESL One Cologne Main Qualifier – the prize every player is hungry for.
Team Immunity are about to begin their travel to Seoul, South Korea, where they will prepare for the tournament. Before their departure, we caught up with some members of the team to break apart their mindset leading up to the event.
James ‘JAMES’ Quinn:
- Having not dropped a single map during the Oceanic Qualifier, what aspect of your game are you looking to bring to this PGL Minor in order to overcome the teams in your group?
Throughout the OCE qualifier, one of the reasons we felt so comfortable was our teamwork and chemistry was at its best. It was mostly due to the week of bootcamp we had in Singapore. We were able to work out some problems we had, and we identified other holes in our game plan, which we need to fix. I honestly think we should have been even more comfortable throughout the qualifier, and we’ve made the appropriate changes – but as I said, teamwork and chemistry is going to be a major key for us to get over these teams.
- Now that MoeycQ and Zewsy have competed in several tournaments with Team Immunity, do you have any concerns toward the level of teamwork and chemistry coming into this Minor?
Although both of them have played a few tournaments with us, there are still circumstances where the lack of experience comes into play; whether it be communication, or understanding of the game plan and tactics, but these are things that get better with time so I’m not concerned – we have the potential to do well.
- With the Asian scene picking up some bigger tournaments and more demos being available, how has the team prepared against the opponents in your group such as TheMongolz and VG.CyberZen?
We have prepared the same as we’ve prepared for other overseas tournaments. We are firm believers in not getting too caught up in counter-stratting, and focusing on understanding the way the opponent plays. We also believe that if we can make a team play our game it’ll benefit us, because we can control the speed at which the game is played, and tempo is vital. Outside of studying demo’s we’re talking about our game plans, tactics, and adaptations.
Chris ‘Emagine’ Rowlands:
- Having played in several international tournaments and knowing the amount of pressure that comes with these tournaments, do you think that MoeycQ or Zewsy will fall short in this Minor Championship? No, I think they are more than capable of performing at the level of this competition – they have both played impressively so far in the Oceanic leg of the qualifier, and Counterpit LAN finals, so I don’t expect the pressure will phase them.
- In your career you have versed many different Asia-Pacific teams, what distinction are you expecting to see most as opposed to some of the things you see at home in Australia? The Asian teams are generally well researched on their opponents, and have well prepared T side executes, with some unique stuff – always cool to see. I’d say they are more meticulous than many of the Oceanic teams when they prepare for their games.
- Since being teammates with JAMES and Rickeh for almost two years, do you believe that your chemistry will play a big part in defeating some of the newer, and perhaps less experienced teams in your group? We’ve had a chance to practice against the teams in our group (excluding m0nster) while we were bootcamping in Asia, and they’re good teams. We certainly have a good idea of how one another is going to play after the time we’ve spent together, but we’re going to need more than chemistry to overcome the group.
Ryan ‘Zewsy’ Palmer:
- Being one of the most recent additions to Team Immunity’s roster, what aspect of your own game are you looking to ensure is at its best when competing in this PGL Minor Championship?
I need all aspects of my game to make sure we get through this, and so does everyone else. We all have the potential to be perform well, we just need to trust one another and play a team work oriented style.
- Coming from the Chiefs ESC line-up you were able to play TheMongolZ in a best-of-three series at IEM Taipei 2016. What style of play did you notice the most from them, and how do you think you’ll overcome that with Team Immunity?
TheMongolz play a really fast pace; they play without fear, and they have really good aim to back it up. I’m confident we can beat them, we just need to switch on from round one and punish them.
- With the experience you’ve had so far playing against teams from the Asian region which opponent do you look least forward to playing in your group?
I’m looking forward to playing them all. VG.CyberZen and TheMongolz will be the harder opponents in the group, but it’s exciting versing different teams from different regions, and seeing what they bring to the game.