8月份最重要的赛事之一，WCG 2011中国区总决赛已经圆满结束。e-Stars Seoul 2011 Beat IT锦标赛无疑将是接下来最重要的国际赛事，为了帮助大家能更多的了解各个参赛队的备战情况，我们对一些玩家关注的队伍进行了深入的采访。这次，我们选择了效力于paisitit战队——芬兰CS圈元老级人物Tomi “Lurppis” Kovanen，请他谈谈paisitit是如何备战e-Stars锦标赛？新人aslak会给队伍带来怎样的惊喜？对于EG的人员变动以及北美电竞环境的看法？CS解说给他带来了哪些乐趣以及此次韩国之行的目标是什么？带着这些疑问，让我们来看看Lurppis是如何说的，Enjoy！~
Ni hao!我的名字叫Tomi Kovanen，我更习惯大家叫我lurppis，我是一个23岁的学生，现在居住在芬兰，不过在过去的两年中我一直住在美国为EG效力。现如今我同aslak、BASiC、naSu、plastE一起效力于paistit，不过我们会以WinFakt的队标参加即将举办的e-Stars。
Hello Lurppis, thanks for taking the time to do the interview, and let’s start things off by introducing yourself to the Chinese fans here.
Ni hao! My name is Tomi Kovanen and like you said I go by the alias “lurppis”. I’m a 23 years old student now living back in Finland after spending the last two years in the USA while playing for EG. Currently I’m playing for team paistit with aslak, BASiC, naSu & plastE, and we’re attending e-Stars under the name Team WinFakt.
We have not seen paisitit (or Power Gaming) in LAN action for a pretty long time now, how have you guys been practicing for the upcoming E-Stars in Seoul?
Power Gaming actually died after we won Digifest in March because the team wasn’t motivated (including myself at the time) to practice enough to do well at big events and we had no suitable events coming up. I took another three month break from CS (first one being from November to February, second from March to June) to regain my motivation and then we started playing with paistit sometime in June and officially announced the team on 1st of July. We practice a few weeks for ICSC and qualified for the finals in Kiev. After the event we took two weeks off due to personal reasons that forced us to miss GameGune, and then started preparing for future events, in this case IEM online qualifiers and e-Stars.
In the paistit line up we noticed a rather unfamiliar name in aslak, would you mind telling us a little more about him?
He’s an upcoming top AWPer for sure, you can get a little taste of what he’s capable of in his POV against Lions, but all top teams in Europe should already know from practice how good he is, and after one or two events so will the fans. He has an aggressive playing style that reminds me a little bit of ruuit and hits a ton of AWP shots I would assume he (or anyone for that matter) would miss, so he’s a very good player with the big green.
BASiC,naSu and plastE have been playing for Power Gaming on and off for several years now. Do you think you guys would be prepared for E-Stars given the late notice?
My brother (naSu) and plastE have been playing for PG since 2009, BASiC was briefly part of the team for a few months in late 2010 (Oct-Dec). We already found out a week ago so we have been practicing for a week, we’re still a somewhat new team due to our break from practice after ICSC so we’re not going to be 110% prepared so when our normal game play doesn’t work, we won’t have as much practice adjusting but I think we will be in pretty good shape in time.
Almost all the top-tier teams in the world would attend this year’s E-Stars. What will be your goal and expectation in Seoul?
Our goal as always is to win the event, looking at the brackets it’s going to be hard but it’s not impossible. We could lose vs mouz and we could beat both them and Na`Vi so it’s really hard to say how we will do yet, but I think we’re one of the 5-6 best teams attending and if we play well and get good practice in during the next week, I think we will place in the top three.
SK has been winning almost every tournament since the addition of Delpan. Do you think they could ride that momentum in E-Stars grow into a force that would be impossible to stop like the fnatic in 2009 and NaVi in 2010?
I heard face and RobbaN will be on vacation until just a week before e-Stars, so I’m not sure if one week will be enough time for them to properly prepare for a tournament that has two new maps. Then again, all of them have already played mirage at a few DreamHack tournaments, forge is a fairly simple map as far as angles/spots go and they’re not used heavily at this tournament so they do have a chance to win. I’m not sure if they can possibly compete with Na`Vi anymore even if they win both ESWC and WCG but we’ll have to wait and see; their lineup has so much skill they can easily win matches and even tournaments just due to their players playing well, even if their teamwork/strats aren’t that polished.
Since you have been on EG and competed in U.S for a decent amount of time, what is your opinion of the recent roster shake-up by EG? Do you think they made the right decision?
The decision had to be made with how things were going in that team based on what I know/have heard from them, I think EG will function better as a team now and I also think fRoD and Storm will be much more motivated to play which will probably make them play better as well. It’s a win-win for the USA CS scene in general, but we’ll see if EG will actually get stronger, at least they have more competition in the US now.
In your opinion, what are the differences between the North American CS community and the Europe CS community? Are the team styles generally distinct?
In North America teams change their rosters too often and like to always have a person to blame whenever things don’t work out rather than work to overcome the problems. Another major problem is that EVERYONE in NA practices to win, rather than to get better. I also think practice on ESEA (their website, has an anti cheat and provides statistics for every scrim) makes everything worse because players will stat whore in scrims as well rather than trying to play for the team.
We saw that in GameGune you were shoutcasting the matches for winout.net together with Thorin. Is that just helping out a friend or do you actually work part-time for winout.net?
I have done some work here and there for WinOut for a long time and will continue casting for them here and there when I have time, with Thorin. I am both helping a friend to an extent I guess but also I work for them part time I suppose, it’s a bit complicated since I don’t have enough time to properly work for them so the extent varies weekly.
In IEM5 tournaments you were also shoutcasting alongside Joe Miller. How did the part-time career of shoutcasting started? What are some recommendations you have for people who also want to have a try in that field?
My friend Thorin originally asked me to shoutcast GameGune last summer (2010) from home and people seemed to like it so we did WCG Nordic for the SK Gaming site as well. I talk to some people from ESL and somehow me shoutcasting IEM came up since I wasn’t playing in the World Championships in March, and I already somewhat knew Joe so it went well I think. I don’t really know I guess, I’m not much of a shoutcaster since I don’t do any play by play, I just give my expert analysis on things players/teams do and it seems to work out, it’s one of those things where it’s almost like watching HLTV with friends, only less vulgar haha.
You and naSu are twins who have played alongside each other for several years now. What are the similarities and differences in how you guys play the game? Do you feel you guys have superb teamwork and understand each other extremely well?
We’re brothers but not twins actually, I’m almost 2,5 years older than him. I have always been the in-game leader in all of our teams while he has been a fragger that later on was forced to become more of a backup player. We’re fairly different personalities and I think it translates somewhat into CS, but we get along really well and I think we’re a lot better friends than brothers with such an age difference at this age usually are. We have good team work but it has nothing to do with us being brothers, simply because we used to play next to each other and that developed our communication skills a lot I think, and we’re both really strong communicators when playing.
We have not seen Power-Gaming veterans like tihOp and natu for a while now. Do you know what they are up to? What about ruuit, who according to HLTV.org have became a father?
When we decided to attend Digifest with the old Roccat 2007-2008 lineup those two were basically sidelined and there simply wasn’t a team for them to play with. They play the occasional gather here and there and I think they thought about making a team for IEM until their new format was announced, but neither is very active currently. ruuit became a father in late 2010 when he originally stepped down from Power Gaming and he works to help support his family so he doesn’t have enough time (and not sure about motivation) to play CS competitively at the top level anymore.
What will be paisitit’s plan for the rest of 2011?
First and foremost we’re hoping to attend as many tournaments as possibly, so I hope we manage to qualify for if not all then at least 2/3 IEM Global Challenges since those have always been my personal favorite tournaments. We’re currently participating in both IEM Guangzhou and NYC qualifiers and will also take part in the so far not announced IEM Europe Global Challenge qualifier. We’ve received an invite to SEC in October, and obviously we’re attending eStars in about two weeks. Besides that, there’s no WCG qualifier in Finland so it looks like we will have to miss that event, but hopefully we can attend ESWC, DreamHack and whatever other tournaments show up and do well. I really believe we will be a solid top five team in the world after we get more practice in and get to attend more tournaments as a team.
Any last comments to the Chinese fans?
I just wanted to give a big thanks to all of our Chinese fans, I know every time I visit China a ton of fans show up asking for autographs and pictures etc which is pretty cool, knowing there are so many fans in China! Hopefully we can attend the IEM Global Challenge in Guangzhou and see you guys there! 保重!
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