Jeyo: 'I was a huge fan of Fear and Maelk'

General Christoph “malnor” Helbig
In their first interview after officially joining Team Evil Geniuses, Jeyo and bdiz explain how this new lineup came into effect. Them playing with lagging conditions in the G-1 League doesn't concern Jeyo.

Team Evil Geniuses is the one team looking strongest in the North American Dota 2 scene post-International. After finally officially taking the two additions Jeyo and bdiz into the lineup, it's explanation time for the two players.

I think we have a decent chance of qualifying at top 4 for a trip to China.
In the official interview, Jeyo expresses his confidence about the team's performance in the G-1 League starting today: "I'm very excited to be able to play the Chinese once again, and I think this is good practice for the team. I think we have a decent chance of qualifying at top 4 for a trip to China."


Jeyo: 'Huge fan of Fear and Maelk, never imagined to be on the same team'

For bdiz, this experience playing with and against the SEA and Chinese teams comes in handy, despite the lag: "We're definitely at a disadvantage playing on Singapore servers. There's no question about that. [...] Any experience that we're able to gain makes playing, even at a disadvantage, worth it since scrims are hard to come by at the moment."

Jeyo explains that he actually changed his mind about Dota 2 with the opportunity of playing at EG given: "I actually wanted to take a break from competitive and leave my team after TI2, but then opportunity arose, and now I’m part of EG."

Excerpt from the interview by Evil Geniuses:

Gredival: Jeyo, after The International 2, it seems like a lot of teams entered a flurry of reshuffling. Can you talk a little bit about why you decided to move to EG?

Jeyo: I actually wanted to take a break from competitive and leave my team after TI2, but then opportunity arose, and now I’m part of EG. I think I’ll be able to fit in this team a lot better because I’m good friends with most of them. Way back, I was a huge fan of Fear and Maelk; watching their games back then at 2008 sparkled my competitive spirit, and I thought that one day I could be as good as them. I never would have imagined for us to be on the same team.

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Gredival: Bdiz, previous to playing with the team in the recent weeks leading up to your acquisition, you also played for EG while Maelk went on vacation. During that time, the team was quite hot. Can you talk a little bit about what you think makes you a great fit with the rest of EG?

Bdiz: During Maelk’s vacation, the lineup (then Fear/DeMoN/BuLba/Universe) was still fresh and hadn’t practiced much. Maelk had already been on vacation a few weeks, and the other stand-ins they had used didn’t fill the void Maelk left very well. When I started to play with them, I reminded Fear and DeMoN of a close friend of theirs, Pusher-Street. They enjoyed playing with me and had the motivation to practice again, as I was somewhat similar to Maelk in terms of heroes I played well. I had also recently left the It’s GoSu team, where I played with both BuLba and Universe and was friends with them. We clicked as a unit fairly quickly, which lead to more and more time spent practicing, and the results showed it.

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Gredival: Lots of the community, including notable players like syndereN and Puppey, have expressed concern about the disadvantages of playing the G-1 League on SEA server pings. Do you think the team is up to the challenge? Is there anything you are doing to compensate for lag?

Jeyo: The opportunity for G-1 was there, so we have a mindset of just dealing with the delay, although we might be a little limited on our moves due to 300-400 ping. I’m very excited to be able to play the Chinese once again, and I think this is good practice for the team. I think we have a decent chance of qualifying at top 4 for a trip to China.

Bdiz: We’re definitely at a disadvantage playing on Singapore servers. There’s no question about that. But despite the individual experience that Fear, DeMoN, Maelk and Jeyo have, as a team we’re still new. So any experience that we’re able to gain makes playing, even at a disadvantage, worth it since scrims are hard to come by at the moment. In terms of ping, I’m sitting at the highest out of everyone on average, at around 375 (although Fear at times spikes up to 400). I do however have a bit of experience playing on Singapore servers, as I was a stand-in during the time just before TI2 for N9. One thing that’s really hard, and you never truly get used to, is being the initial stunner on a target as Leshrac. That stun accuracy really takes a beating unless you have another hero like Sand King to lead initiate for you!

You can read the full interview at Evil Geniuses.

Source: Evil Geniuses
Christoph “malnor” Helbig
Malnor is former Editor-in-chief of GosuGamers.net, now a guest editor for Dota 2 and general eSports topics.