Interview With POILK From DIGHeroes Mid-Season Brawl Bootcamp
Sat 9th Jun 2018 - 12:38pm
Team Dignitas' Heroes of the Storm team is bootcamping at the Katowice Gaming House to prepare for the upcoming Mid-Season Brawl. In between his practice, Vilhelm 'POILK' Flennmark took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to sit down and answer some of our questions.
You are currently bootcamping in Katowice. What does a typical day at the bootcamp look like?
POILK: Well, we wake up and see if there’s any bread to make breakfast. If there isn’t, we’ll go to the store and buy some. The rest of our time awake is pretty much used on scrims, Tempo Storm and Mindfreak have arrived early in Europe. We are looking to scrim for 9 hours a day while we are here. We will usually have a scrim block from 12:00 to 15:00, then a 1-hour break, then a scrim block from 16:00 to 19:00, and then another 1-hour break, and then the last scrim block from 20:00 to 23:00. We have had some good scrims with many teams already, some of the new EU rosters and, of course, the other Region teams that arrived in Europe early. Sometimes Wubby and I will play table tennis.
What is the main goal for the team at the bootcamp?
POILK: We have not worked on anything specifically, we are just trying to make our play more clean. We have had some trouble lately because we had a break where all the teams in Europe stopped scrimming, so we were a bit rusty when we came back and are now trying to get back in form.
Are you excited to play on Swedish home turf, or is it just like any other LAN event?
POILK: In Stockholm it’s not really going to matter since there’s no crowd, but it’s going to be really fun at Dreamhack, I have a lot of friends who will be there. Sadly, my family won’t be there because they have a lot to do at home with my sister’s graduation. I’m really excited to be there and see everybody.
What is so special about playing for a live audience? Do you feed off their energy when you play?
POILK: Yes! Definitely! Especially if it’s a close series. Every emotion gets a bit of a boost from the crowd, even more so if they are on your side, but it can also be a negative impact if the crowd cheers when the other team is doing well. It is by far more fun for me to play in front of a live audience, you can really feel that people are there. It’s so different from a stream where you know people are watching, but when they are there it’s amazing.
In Katowice we had this guy, who the others told me is always at IEM, a big Dignitas fan, screaming his lungs out every game and every time we walked past. It was really fun.
What are some ways in which the team is preparing for the Korean teams?
POILK: We have not really prepared specifically for Korea, we are pretty confident in our play. The only thing we have done is looking at their meta, what they play, and maybe what we could be playing against them. It’s hard to prepare for them because we know that they are probably also training hard, and we don’t know for sure what they are going to play. We know what the Korean meta generally looks like, so we are preparing for that. They are probably going to be the hardest teams to beat there.
We have not really changed our own drafting style to prepare for them, I think our meta plays pretty well into their’s. I think our normal meta is pretty aggressive and I think that’s what you need when you play against Korean teams. I think if you play too slow it can really hurt you against their aggressive style. I think we are a super aggressive team, and when we have a good day we play it really well.
At the Western Clash, NA stepped up in terms of their skill level. Are you worried about them at MSB?
POILK: I wouldn’t say we are worried, but they showed at the Western Clash that they are there to fight. We will of course respect them, but I wouldn’t say we are scared of them, we should beat all the American teams. I have not played a lot against them myself, but in the past when I have watched them on stream they looked like NA was a big meme that always lost to EU. At the Western Clash EU was weaker than normal, and NA was stronger than normal, so we will have to wait and see.
How confident does the team feel going into the Group Stages? Your group has some tough opponents like HeroesHearth Esports and Tempest.
POILK: I think our biggest worry is Tempest for sure, they looked pretty good in the Korean playoffs when they defeated Ballistix. This is the first matchup for us in our group as well, and sometimes we can be a little shaky in the first game. We should be able to beat all the other teams in our group if we just play our game.
MSB will be played on the May 22nd patch, with the Lunara and Diablo reworks. Do these changes increase the viability of Lunara in competitive? Will the changes to Diablo affect his popularity in the meta?
POILK: It definitely increases the viability of Lunara, she is pretty good right now, I wouldn’t say she is S-tier like Tracer and Genji, but she is definitely much better than before. I think Diablo is a lot worse. I think we will definitely see Lunara at MSB, but it depends on how the tournament meta will turn out. If Korea comes in with a strong showing without playing Lunara, some teams will probably not do it either, but if EU comes in and plays a strong Lunara, then most other teams will probably adapt.
Who do you look forward to playing against, both players and teams, and who do you fear to play the most?
POILK: I look forward to playing against Gen.G, but also Ballistix and Tempest, so mostly the Korean teams. Specific players would be ScSc, Rich, and Reset. I look forward to playing against the Korean assassins. I think all the participating teams from Korea look good, but in my opinion Gen.G is going to be the team to beat.
Thanks for your time! Do you have any shoutouts?
POILK: Shoutout to my teammates, Team Dignitas, and our sponsors (Mountain Dew, HyperX, WD, Buffalo Wild Wings). I want to give a shoutout to the 6th man on our team that people sometimes forget, but we wouldn’t be where we are without our coach, Nabby. I also want to give a shoutout to the amazing people in our Discord, or DIGscord, Wowee to you guys and thanks for the support! I’m looking forward to seeing everybody who will be in Sweden to cheer for us!
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