Wednesday , 22 November 2017

ESL Spring playoffs: Who’s that team?

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ESL spring playoffs have started! And we’ve just had the 1st EU qualifier played out for IEM Katowice 2017 which we’ve seen team Russian FederationEYESports female and GermanyTeam expert female go through. I thought it would be interesting to get to know the teams a little bit more that are currently active to start off the year. In this article, we have European UnionFM! Ruby, BelgiumTeam WF! and NorwayLGB Esports telling us a little bit what they’re wanting this year:

First up, I got to chat to SwedenFanny “Fanny” Hermansson from European UnionFM! Ruby who are in Group E:

Could you tell us briefly abit about the team? Like, How long you been playing together for, did you guys knew eachother before, how did it come about that you were talking to fm esports to represent their org?
We have been playing together for about 2 months now, so we are a fairly new team. Though Sasri, Kaat and myself have played together in a previous team that lasted around a year. We added Starbuck when we created this new lineup along with the french player, Bebimousse, however we recently made roster change to bring in rozey instead of Bebi due to things not quite clicking. On top of that, we also have a coach called PandawaN (he is single ladies ;) ), who is helping us to work things out as we go. When it comes to FM, Kaat used to play for them, in the FMESPORTS female team, a couple years ago. So when we were looking for an organisation to represent, we decided that would be a good place to look and we’re glad they said yes!
I see that you guys have signed upto the ESL spring playoffs, have you been practicing as a team for these matches? Will you be trying to enter as many online/LAN tournaments this year?
Yes we have been practicing for the ESL Spring Playoffs but due to the roster change there’s been a bit of a shake up in terms of our positions and how we play most of them so we are just working through that at the moment. We have our eyes on Copenhagen Games in April but nothing has been decided yet.
Have you guys set any goals for this year?
As I say, we’re looking to attend Copenhagen Games in April but our main focus is to really evolve as a team in the long term so whilst we don’t have anything set in stone, as long as we’re making steady progression as a team then we’ll be happy. Naturally though we’ll be looking to take part in any events (be it online or offline) that we’re able to attend so hopefully you’ll see a bit more of us outside of the ESL Spring Playoffs!

European UnionFM! Ruby’s line up:

Sweden Fanny “Fanny” Hermansson
Germany Sarah “Sasri” Woldrich
Belgium Kaat “Kaat” Vanhulle
Netherlands Roos “rozey” Dirks
Norway Jenny “Starbuck” Hartting

Next up, I got to talk to BelgiumTeam WF!’s BelgiumLore “Kyriana” Van Deynse:

Could you tell us briefly abit about the team? Like, How long you been playing together for, did you guys knew eachother beforehand?
We’re a beginning team. We started together late october 2016. Around New Year one of our members left so we had to replace her. When we started as a team we didn’t know eachother before. Only me and OnlyS* knew eachother. We tried to make a full dutch speaking team and it’s not that easy to find girls. As we had to replace a teammember, I had to search again for a dutch speaking girl. Wich i didn’t found. We added a French girl to the team, so we have to talk english from now on. We are now playing with our new lineup for 3 weeks. (Lineup: exQlusiv, OnlyS*, K€KE, Emerald & Kyriana).
I see that you guys have signed upto the ESL spring playoffs, have you been practicing as a team for these matches? Will you be trying to enter as many online/LAN tournaments this year?
We are practicing every week as a team. Trying to do some scrimms against other teams and improving our gameplay. Since we have a new lineup not that long ago we didn’t really practice for the ESL matches.. But that doesn’t mean we don’t take them seriously. We entered this tournament in the first place because we had no clue how the female CS:GO scene was. None of us had ever played against a female team before. So we wanted to find out how the other female teams play and how we do it as a team against those teams. This ESL tournament is really about testing ourselves against other teams and finding out where our weak spots are so that we can improve alot. But we will still do our bests. Other than ESL we will enter a local LAN here in Belgium called Frag-o-Matic. This LAN is a mixed LAN, so we will have to compete against male teams, since we’re the only female team that is entering. We’re competing there because it will be the first time the whole team is together so we can teambond a little bit. Other than that it’s again to test ourselves against other teams. Those are the two big tournaments comming up. We will see what comes and try to do as many online and offline tournaments as possible.
Have you guys set any goals for this year?
Right now our goals are improving our gameplay. Individually and as a team. Trying to see our gaps and solve them. Practice as many as we can and most of all have fun while we’re playing. The team aren’t just 5 girls that play together but we’re 5 friends that have fun playing. Our team goal is to compete in as many female tournaments as we can, online and offline and become a good female team. That’s our main goal, but to reach that we need time, so we’re trying the best we can to improve and maybe in a few years you can see us on the big tournaments.

BelgiumTeam WF!’s lineup:

BelgiumLore “Kyriana” Van Deynse
BelgiumLien “exQlusiv” Servranckx
BelgiumSophié “OnlyS*” Van Hoyweghen
BelgiumKehinde “K€KE” Louagie
France Rose “Emerald” Bernardone

And lastly, I managed to grab NorwayHege “Hedje” Botnen from NorwayLGB Esports. They’ve just recently added a new 5th:

Could you tell us briefly abit about the team? Like, How long you been playing together for, did you guys knew each other beforehand? And also, how did it come about that you found your 5th?
We are LGB eSports and our lineup is L.K.S, mattye-, Kim, Missa and me Hedje. Our core have been playing together for about three years. With the addition of Kim last summer and now just recently Missa. We had an open application process with well over 50 applicants. There was many talents out there but in the end we felt Missa was the best fit for our team. She brings a lot of experience, a cheerful attitude and a very strong aim. She’s adjusting quickly to new things and she is more than happy to put in the work needed to raise the team to a new level.
I see that you guys have signed up to the ESL spring open, have you been practicing as a team for these matches? Will you be trying to enter as many online/LAN tournaments this year?
We wanted to play in the ESL female open this spring to get some practice in officials against female teams. We hope to go through to the playoffs and that they find a sponsor for LAN finals. Our main focus though is ESEA Open where we hope to make the playoffs again and qualify to IM or Main for the next season. We wish to participate in as many offline events as we can, with Copenhagen games being next in line. Then it is of course Dreamhack and their byoc tournaments.
Do you and your team treat cs as a full time job? With orgs offering salaries and streaming donations, Do you feel like the skill and determination is a lot higher than what it used to be a few years ago?
Everyone in the team treat gaming as our main job. We are extremely lucky to have a home in LGB eSports, it’s an amazing organization with a solid crew behind the scenes. Personally I can’t have it as my only source of income, so I also have a part time job and part time studies. This cuts back on how much time I have for streaming, but does not have an impact on practice hours. I definitely can see that my weekly in-game hours have increased the past years and I am more determined and motivated than ever before.

NorwayLGB Esports lineup:

NorwayHege “Hedje” Bonnen
FranceSophia “Kim” Benfakir
NorwayMatilde “Mattye” Wii
SwedenLizette “L.K.S” Scheich
FranceMeyssa “Missa” Bellouati

Thank you to the girls that have taken their time out to talk to me, I’ll be bringing more teams in the next few weeks! Good luck to these teams in the ESL playoffs!

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