Behind the scenes with Igor “ATRemains” Radkevich, the most titled CIS coach.
MoreLegends asked the coach of team Gambit Esports Igor “ATRemains” Radkevich about the new players, team management, standings, and legal doping.
MoreLegends (http://morelegends.com): Hello, Igor! Congratulations on such a great performance. Fans have been waiting for it for a long time, and finally, the third week is 3–0. Awesome!
ATRemains: Cheers! The team did great. Well done, guys.
MoreLegends: So, you made it 3–0 this week, including beating EPG in a rematch. What is the secret of your success? Tell us a little about the preparation for the third week.
ATRemains: We finally managed to create the synergy between the bot lane and the rest of the map. We also severely cut down our champion pool, so that the players could focus more on mechanics. Drafting in such cases is always the main focus — it is better to spend some extra hours at home to avoid critical errors on stage. Our preparation for the enemy and knowledge of their priorities helped out greatly.
MoreLegends: Two new players joined the team in this season. Apparently, many things have changed, for example, shotcalling. How are you adapting? How did the newbies fit into the team?
ATRemains: We’ve been living and playing together for a month and a half, so the guys have already got used to the team and feel quite comfortable. We can already say that we found the right people for the job.
MoreLegends: Finishing this topic, Edward left the team last year. How are you guys managing without his famous BBQ? What’s your new legal doping?
ATRemains: Boy, do I miss the BBQ. Nothing can replace it, so no doping for the team =)
MoreLegends: Well, something to think about. By the way, what do you actually say to the players if they don’t follow your instructions?
ATRemains: It doesn’t really matter what exactly I say. The main thing is how I say it.
MoreLegends: How difficult is this split for you as a coach compared to the previous ones?
ATRemains: Well, hard to compare, it’s absolutely different. But now I feel like we can solve all the problems we face. It was much more difficult last season.
MoreLegends: Do two mid laners actually make preparing for the opponents easier?
ATRemains: Now, yes. But it was way more difficult just a week ago. We had never had such experience, so it was tough to figure out how to use them in the best possible way.
MoreLegends: By the way, how do you decide who is going to play?ATRemains: Toss a coin. The opponents can’t possibly prepare for the game if you yourself don’t know who is going play. That’s almost true, actually.
MoreLegends: Alright, let’s get back to the serious questions. What is the biggest difficulty in your line of work?
ATRemains: As in any management, sometimes you have to make difficult decisions that not everyone will like. It’s a huge responsibility. You know what they say, if the results are good, it’s the team’s achievement. If not, it’s the coach’s fault. I like this approach, but it’s exactly what makes this job so demanding.
MoreLegends: Do you have any free time? Do you play SoloQ and what’s your rank?
ATRemains: I play very rarely and just for the fun of it. Fewer than 10 games this season, I think. My rank is around Platinum III. Sometimes I do get free time, but I just don’t feel like playing. Better watch a movie instead =)
MoreLegends: Then we won’t hold you for long. Lastly, a couple of tips for novice and aspiring coaches?
ATRemains: Obviously, you need to have knowledge of the game. It’s also crucial to develop your leadership skills and critical thinking. You will have to argue a lot and prove your point. Emotions are not going to help you — players go through a lot of stress, so you just can’t afford to lose your nerve, especially in Bo5's.
MoreLegends: Igor, thank you so much for your time. Guys, remember that you can always find all the information you need about Gambit Esports on their official page here (https://vk.com/gambitesports). Thanks again, and… Raise your shields!
ATRemains: Thank you for inviting. See ya!