After watching Gankstars perform at the top lever for multiple seasons in a row, it's safe to say they are the favorites to win the first ever Critical Ops LAN event.
Like many other teams, Gankstars will also be using a substitute player for the event.
However, this shouldn't be a problem for them since the team already proved it can adapt amazingly fast.
In order to catch up with the team and to see how they are doing before the big event we had a chat with the team manager – Judgement.
You had a fair bit of issues during the Critical Ops Spring Invitational where we've seen “cSolar” get banned for cheating and “MVP” removed from the team.
In the end, you were still able to prevail and win the AMERICAS part of the bracket.
How were you able to achieve that?
We were able to win the Critical Ops Spring Invitational because I have never built a team that relied on one person.
Losing one or two people means very little when you have other stars available to dominate.
Also, we have had the same core players for a while now which makes us such a versatile team.
You were able to win both quarterfinals (vs D2R) and semifinals (vs Hammers eSports) after losing the first map.
Would you say you are the best team when it comes to comebacks?
History shows we are the best team when it comes to comebacks, it's hard to deny that fact.
Our tournament experience coupled with our players resolve makes us an extremely resilient team who are not prone to letting things affect our game.
It seems that “King” is not going to play at the LAN event and „Luis“ will take his place instead.
What's the reason behind this change?
Unfortunetly, "King" couldn't attend this event, so we decided to get „Luis“ from D2R who has a lot of experience.
He is also a former Gankstars player so we know what we're getting with him in the lineup.
This change is only for this event.
How are your preparations going and are you preparing some special tactics for specific teams?
The preparation for LAN is going extremely well, the team went from playing 5 games a day to 10-15 games a day.
We are practicing tactics for all teams especially those who are using other North American stars in their LAN lineup.
Does anyone on your team have any experience playing in the offline environment or this is the first time for all of you?
Sadly no one in our team has experience playing in an offline environment, this is the first time for all players.
I think this is a good thing, as all other players from other teams have not played in an offline environment either.
So I think that gives us the edge because we have the most experience in high-pressure situations.
As you know, the event will feature the finest Critical Ops teams around.
Who would you say is going to be your toughest opponent and why?
If I had to pick one team who would be our biggest competition it would have to be "Nova Esports" since they are using "Kam" and "Milio", two extremely versatile and experienced players.
You are the favorites to win it all.
Would you be disappointed if you don’t finish first?
I would not be disappointed if we didn't come in first place, at the end of the day this is a great experience for our team regardless of getting the win.
After all, this is a game and we are here to have fun first and foremost.
The event itself is going to feature all the regions.
Would you say North American teams are ahead of the competition and do you think this LAN is going to prove that?
In any other situation I would say North American teams are ahead of the competition, but since most of the teams are bringing North American players regardless of what region they are from it will be hard to prove anything.
Anything you wish to say to your fans, teams you will meet at the event or haters?
To our fans, we love you just as much as you love us.
We will do our best to bring home that LAN win for you guys so we can all celebrate this moment together!
Gankstars should be one of the teams in the Grand Finals.
Anything else will be a big surprise.
However, a lot of teams have changed the lineup for this event and some of them are looking way stronger than before.
It will be interesting to see if any of them will be able to dethrone Gankstars in the offline environment.
We would like to thank Judgement for the interview and wish him and his team best of luck.
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