Aui_2000 on Gaimin Gladiators and how Workforce Spirit refreshed

This is the very first article in an unique job interview sequence with Tundra Esports’ mentor Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling.

Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling has completed it all. Following more than a 10 years in specialist Dota, he’s been participant, mentor, and broadcast expertise. He’s won The International — the to start with to do so as each a player and as a coach.

Now, he’s up for his upcoming challenge: Heading into TI12 as mentor of the defending champions, Tundra Esports.

Aui_2000 talks about some of the dominant teams of the season in an special job interview with A single Esports.

How do you beat Gaimin Gladiators? By concentrating on you, Aui_2000 states

Credit history: Valve

Tundra has been a really steady crew through the Dota Pro Circuit this year — third at the Bali Major, a thoroughly clean 7- sweep in Division 1 Tour 3, and fourth at DreamLeague Year 19.

But the most dominant staff this time by considerably was Gaimin Gladiators, obtaining a magnificent season that saw the crew declare a few Big titles.

Even with these kinds of dominance on exhibit, Tundra’s coach believed that the essential to accomplishment isn’t making an attempt to “prepare for specific teams” — but currently being the finest edition of oneself.

“You can look at factors that the groups do perfectly. Gladiators, for a large amount of the yr, were being by significantly the most effective crew on the runes. So I assume a ton of groups had been like, oh, we require to be much better on the runes,” Aui reported. “But it is not because it’s specific for Gladiators. No, it is just you think that’s just the best way to play Dota.”

“I believe you need to be improving on your own the most and concentrating on how you can turn into the ideal workforce. Then, in terms of counter-stratting a crew, it is mostly about draft and probably some early match actions or at the laning stage.”


Aui talks Team Spirit’s “impressive” Riyadh Masters 2023 run

Team Spirit's Yatoro and Larl hugging at Riyadh Masters 2023
Credit: Gamers8

A further group that has observed magnificent enhancement this calendar year was Crew Spirit, who stunned numerous when they took Riyadh Masters 2023 by storm — primarily after some lackluster performances in the Majors.

Although 4 of the players remained the identical, Spirit created a huge adjust in the midlane: from Alexander “TORONTOTOKYO” Khertek to Denis “Larl” Sigitov. Aui felt that whilst the two gamers were midlaners, they execute their roles extremely in different ways.

“Larl is additional of a part player on the workforce, and TORONTOTOKYO was their map player. He would set the most map tension, he was heading Aeon Disk on Puck and things to get the map in a superior condition,” Aui mentioned.

He also imagined that it was “really impressive” how Spirit managed to include Larl into these an established core of four.

“I come to feel like normally, specifically if you get TI together as a team, it is not quick for anyone to come in and perform with self-assurance,” he ongoing. “Team Spirit had to form of reinvent them selves in get to get to the stage they did, which is always spectacular. I guess owning players like Collapse and Yatoro tends to make it a good deal simpler. But no, they are just truly great.”

Even though this interview was recorded prior to Tundra Esports’ roster change was manufactured formal, Aui now finds himself in a very similar predicament. With Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen formally joining Tundra Esports, the defending TI champions will hope that this unexpected improve will close up the similar way as their Eastern European friends — a win.

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