joinDOTA had an interview with Yao ‘Zhou’ Chen. Read on and see what iG’s captain has to say about his team, the recent Chinese tournaments and the upcoming The International 3.
The interview was published not long after Zhou’s team announced their invitation to The International 3. He shared what he thought are the strengths of iG, as well as his opinion regarding some other teams.
An excerpt from the interview:
Are there any key weaknesses you are focusing on improving inside iG right now? And what would you class as your team’s greatest strength?
Whenever we lose a match or a scrim we will have lengthy discussions about the reasons for our losses, as well as improving our weaknesses. I believe our greatest strength lies within our teamfights, as we are able to keep calm and think objectively.
If you were to pick teams you believe will be invited to The International, who would they be and why?
Na`Vi is an obvious invite for Europe, but to be honest I am not too familiar with the other top teams in the West. In terms of Asia, I believe both Zenith and Orange are strong and clear favorites. Other teams are similar in skill level, and I can’t truly judge which other team is ahead. If we talk about China, I have no idea how to judge because there are simply too many good teams here.
There has been alot of discussion about teams traveling from the Europe and North American scene to China to train, LGD.int being the first to do so. Do you feel there are also advantages for the Chinese teams to travel to Europe to compete?
There are certain advantages. If Chinese teams were to train in Europe/NA, we will be able to gain a better understanding of the playstyles of the teams in the region. However, it could backfire as we may gradually lose familiarity of the playstyle in Asia.