Na`Vi.Dota 2 manager's blog #2
Sharing the meals, the games, the drama
Preamble: Since I wrote the previous post in Russian and the English speaking community had to do with a rough translation, I am doing this one in English, and I am sure someone will get it translated to Russian. I am sorry that I can't personally do both, not enough time, I will keep alternating between the two languages I speak best.
Ahoy good people of the Na`Vi fan variety! I am sorry it took me so long to update the blog with a long promised post, but as some of you might have noticed June has been pretty crazy for Na`Vi with all teams participating in multiple events. Yours truly was spinning like a whirligig.
Now that I have finally slowed down to a speed lesser than that of light, I am sipping on my ice coffee (Kuro's drink of choice, he got everyone hooked, so we have 2 boxes here), enjoying the light breeze of Cologne weather through the window (Germany welcomed us with some cloudy skies) and watching the guys practice. Which, I have to say, is going better today than in a long time before that.
Yesterday's games disappointed a lot of you, I am sure. Do not, however, doubt for a second – the people who are most angry and motivated after that loss are the 5 guys sitting in front of me. They take their losses like kids take their medicine – bitter, and with a gag reflex. And today, with an honest heart, I can say that the real bootcamp has begun. No more screwing around, shit just got serious.
We are staying in a pretty cool hotel in Cologne, where the team and I will remain until our trip to ESL One. Just a 15 minute walk from that hotel is the head office of Turtle Entertainment, who have partnered up with us to help organize this bootcamp. A big thank you to them for that! We have a fridge here, which I have restocked today with the above-mentioned ice coffee and water. We have 5 PCs that the guys practice on, we have a big screen TV running streams non stop. And we also have a thrill in the air, which only comes from a group of people dedicating their whole selves to a common goal. Magic is happening, folks.
When it comes to what I do myself, more than anything else this bootcamp, I wanted to get the team acting as a single unit outside of the game. Each one of them is fully committed to perfecting their game, but being on different sleep schedules, daily routines and the lot, in my opinion, can get in the way of a group of people who want to become more than just a group. Waking up at about the same time, being ready to start playing at the same time and generally being able to discuss Dota 2 while moving around town and during meals adds another layer on top of in-game practice.
So, to finish of this short update, I leave you with a pic of Puppey, KuroKy, Funn1k, XBOCT and Dendi in their natural habitat: