Jul 23, 2019
The most prestigious tournament in all of Counter-Strike, the 2019 Starladder CS:GO Major in Berlin, Germany, is just over a month away. The qualifying teams from the North American and European Minors were just decided over the weekend. Still to be decided are the teams from the CIS and Asia Minors. From the 24th of July, the Asia Minor will be staged, determining the qualifying teams from Asia, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa. Our very own Energy eSports are in attendance having won out in the local qualifier a few months ago.
I spoke with Gareth “MisteM” Ries of Energy eSports to get his thoughts ahead of the most important CS:GO event of their lives thus far.
ax: You’re just about to get on a plane for Berlin. It’s the first time an SA team has had the chance to actually qualify for a Major. This is a massive opportunity. How are you dealing with the nerves?
MisteM: I played at the PLG Grand Slam and DreamHack Mumbai, so this won’t be my first international event. However, playing at a minor for a spot in the Berlin Major has given me nerves as it is the biggest international event I will be attending to date. To deal with the stress, I will be focusing on my game and play each round/game as it comes to help stay calm.
It will likely be a step up in the quality of Counter-Strike over what you contend with locally. Is the team ready for the challenge of stepping up to a higher level of competition?
The team has been working very hard for several weeks, playing around 8 hours of CS a day as a team. The team’s confidence, synergy and hunger is by far the highest it’s ever been. We are ready to take on any team in this minor. We will take every game round by round.
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