We had the chance to chat with Steve 'LiQuiD112' of Team Curse about the team's IEM Kiev experience! Join us as we chat about the energy, the people, the challenges, and the triumphs.
CURSE: What was your favorite part of IEM Kiev?
LiQuiD112: The first-time experience of traveling to an international event to play in an eSports tournament. To date, all of Curse's LAN events have been national events within the states. Kiev is an interesting city, not many people here speak English so it is slightly difficult to get around. It's cold.
The venue, Cybersports Arena, was huge, amazing and awesome. It was packed with a ton of computers, a mountain of wires, and a stage with flashing lights - it was the real deal.
We have played with both of the other NA Teams before, Dignitas and Team Solo Mid, at previous events in IEM NY, IPL (Atlantic City) and also IPL in Raleigh, NC. We even went out and played pool and got some bowling in at a local mall. It was our first time meeting Moscow 5, but they don't speak any English and they were a bit rude to all the other players. It was also our first time meeting OnlyJaximus, our sub for the event in place of Crumbzz.
CURSE: How was the energy at the event? Did the crowd pump your team up?
There was one play during the tournament when we were playing WL and there was a contention at dragon. When the time was right, Flashinthenight used his Morgana ultimate on ALL 5 players of White Lotus. This set-up for the perfect team-fight and we took a 5-0 kill for the event. There's already a clip on Youtube of Flashinthenight screaming during that section of the match, with over 16,000 views!
We were quickly talking about what we played and tried to devise team comps that would work for us. It just was not enough time and we ended up not playing many of the strategies that we had previously designed. It turns out that Nyjacky and Flashinthenight play very different AP Champions. Jacky mains champions like Ryze, Viegar and Cassiopeia, while Flash plays champions like Morgana, Xereth and Galio.
Anything aside from qualifying for Hanover would have just been icing on the cake. Our group was very tough. SK Gaming was top finisher last year in Hanover Germany and also TSM is a HUGE contender. Given the circumstances we did well - I'm proud of the team.
When we tried TeamSpeak for the first time we instantly fell in love with it. You have a huge control panel to create all sorts of permissions, you add avatars and create ranks, and the tone and quality of the voice is just so much better.
At the event we used TeamSpeak as well, using a local LAN TeamSpeak hosted at IEM Kiev so there would be no lag at all. It worked perfectly - I hope the LoL community makes the switch to TeamSpeak 3 - it's absolutely a superior product and we'll continue to use it and promote it whenever we can.
Kudos to Goose, who could not come, which allowed us to play. To all of our fans: we have pictures, videos, and updates available on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/teamcurse. To learn more about all the great changes to TeamSpeak 3, visit www.teamspeak.com.