Cae5ar - LAN Event Through The Eyes Of A Caster

June 21, 2018 16:07

Cae5ar is has been casting Critical Ops for quite some time here at Valiance.

Together with m4niac, he will be traveling to United States (Seattle) in order to cast the first ever Critical OPS LAN event.

We had a talk with him before his journey and discussed the teams that are going to take part in the tournament and how the offline environment might affect them among other things.

Without further ado, here is the interview!

You will be traveling to the first ever Critical Ops LAN event, which is going to be hosted in Seattle on 23rd and 24th of June.

What does it mean to you to be able to cast such an extraordinary event?

Everyone knows that a LAN event is the next step for this community.

We have all seen matches where one or both teams had difficulties with their connections and that seriously hurts the integrity of the match and even the whole competition.

Not to mention the intercontinental matches, where it is impossible to even out the pings for both teams.

So it is an honor for me to be a part of this LAN, as it is going to go down in Critical Ops history.

Looking at the teams that will take part in the event, who do you see as favorites?

Even though this is a LAN event, meaning anything can happen, I believe Gankstars have to come out as favorites, because they have the combination of skill and longevity.

While some lineups like Nova Esports or CSPG are full of individual skill, they are playing in new lineups which should hinder their ability to perform.

Then on the other side of the spectrum, you have Hammers and SetToDestroyX who have had a more or less consistent lineup for a long time but still haven’t been able to put in the big results, the big wins.

And when it comes to Vision Gaming, there is no reading them, as their performance seems to vary on a week by week basis.

Still, I believe that if Hammers can handle the pressure, they may have a chance of coming out on top, but there is a long road ahead of them.

Do you think we might see teams use completely different playstyles at the LAN event compared to the online competition?

There shouldn’t be any major differences.

Most teams will stick to what they know best and try to improve on that formula.

One thing that may happen is that we see more mistakes than usual, because of the added pressure.

Then again, maybe we see less stupid individual plays since your teammate is in punching distance.

At the event we're going to see Europe, North America, and Asia battle it out.

This time South American teams won’t be playing.

Do you think any of them would have a chance to win the tournament, if their region was invited?

It is unfortunate that the invites and visas turned out the way they have, as it would have been really fun to see the South American teams on LAN.

I am certain that they could have achieved a top 2 finish, maybe even win the event.

Hopefully, these issues will be sorted out for the events to come, so we can have a truly global event.

Would you say that players that have some offline experience are going to perform way better than the rest?

Definitely, but I am not sure any of the players have offline experience.

I wouldn’t count the Las Vegas “LAN” last year as true offline experience since the tournament was sadly canceled.

Not all players will be able to adapt to the new environment and the pressure that comes with it.

But some play much better on LAN, as the adrenaline fuels them.

I am excited to see if such a player currently exists in the Critical Ops scene.

Who knows, maybe after this LAN the discussion of who is the best player in the world shifts completely to new faces.

Is this your first time in the United States and what are you looking forward to the most?

Yes, it is.

The thing I am looking forward to the most is the LAN event.

This LAN could have been organized in Djibouti (no offense to all of our numerous Djiboutian fans) and I would have been equally excited as I am now.

Also, I don’t believe I am going to have much time to sightsee, as most of my time will be spent preparing for the main event.

You have just finished your fourth season at Valiance.

What is the most important thing you've learned so far as a caster?

As a caster, you constantly learn new things and improve little details that may even go unnoticed in the big picture.

But a big thing that I have learned is how to organize my data about the teams.

I think you can see a notable improvement since I started casting in Valiance and now.

Today I am able to give out a lot more details on how a team played in the past and who they matched up against.

This also helps a lot in analyzing the teams, since you start seeing patterns in their play throughout the seasons.

Would you like to say anything to the people that will be watching the LAN?

Firstly, I hope as many of you join us on this journey and that we can show you some excellent games.
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The event is schedule for 23rd and 24th of June.

We’d like to thank Cae5ar for the interview and we’re sure that he is going to enhance the viewing experience with his commentary and insights once the event goes live.

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