We are launching a series of interviews in which we ask professional players to ask questions about the competition, their team, themselves and the community.
In the first episode, we asked Mateusz "Morfan" Świętochowski most about VCT, but we also talked about the latest agent Astra, and asked him some community questions, such as how to keep a team together or how we can be better in the game.
1. Inroduce yourself and your team
My name is Mateusz Świętochowski and i play under nickname Morfan. My team is Ballista Esports and we have just advanced to Valorant EU Masters.
2. How did you find each other?
Basically I knew that something was going on in our polish scene, and a team will be created and an organisation will be investing there. So basically I was was in touch with yaotziN who is our coach right now, and we were talking trough who he sees in our team who i would like to play with, and also Ballista Esports wanted to invest in a team but not really in popular CS but something new which is valorant right?
3. What are your goals for the 2021 season?
I think the main goal right now is to keep up the good winsteak and just win more but i mean we are really happy with that we achieved. But we don't want to stop right now. Playing on EU scene being a tier one team is goal for us for sure.
4. What do you expect at the VCT Masters?
We expect good matches that's for sure. And we want to prove ourselves that we are not there by any mistake or accident. We will still work really hard and i hope we will win some games and do some damage, and maybe win the whole thing right?
5. How much do you practice daily? What would be ideal?
Well, with the whole team we are practicing every day for around 6 hours, but it's just team practice right? Beside it we are playing some ranked games, everyone is focusing on their individual level or some lineups for abilities or stuff like this. So we try to keep our team practice really concise and busy so we don't have breaks between practices, just playing for 6 hours straight or we are talking about stuff.
And about the ideal I think that we would be definitely full time, so you know when you only need to focus on the game since right now you can see that we are part time in this game we are not full time players.
6. What do you think is the best way to hold a team together?
I think the best way to hold a team together is to talk. Basically to talk together. Since I know that from my experience from other games that if you are not talking with your team then some people can hold some grutch against each other. Some negative emotions. And if it will be kept inside then it will explode and the team can basically just disband or they will argue during the pratcices or during even official matches.
7. At what age do you want to hang the mouse at an angle?
Until I am feeling confident in my skills when i see that i am not dragging my team down, then it is a sign that i can still be playing right? Well in CS, because not really in valorant but wait in valorant we also have ANGE1 right, from FPX and he is like 30 years old or something. Which is regarded in the esport scene quite old, but he is still doing some damage so i would say that until I feel confident and until I see that I am helping my team, and I am not dragging them down in any way then i think it is still time to play.
8. What side things can be important to be a better player?
You need to have specific goals I mean you need to know what you want right? Because if you are coming to the team or you just want to play, but you are not thinking that much about it. So you know "I will just play with my team and i hope that we will win". It is not working like that. So physical health is really important but also attitude towards your team mates, for example I also said before that if you are talking within the team and you can't be you know that bad guy who is screaming at other people and stuff like this.
9. Is it still worth start playing valorant?
I will say that it is always good to try and there is always play to the top because as it evolve like in any other games beside Valorant. If you take into the consideration Stewie2k from NA right? He was playing professionally for about one year and he managed to go straight to the top and beat some top teams and play in Cloud9-. It is always good to start playing early because if you play the game longer you will know more thing like som angles or how abilities work like perfectly because for example if you play a map 50 times and then you face an opponent who played this map 200 times, then he has bigger experience but it doesn't mean that he will win always. So I don't think that it is not worth to start playing Valorant. I think you should always try and Valorant is developing right now and it is definitely good to give it a go.
10. How strong do you think Astra is?
Astra is really strong but I think as all the new champs there is an amount there is an amount of time in which it will develop, in terms of if people will play her and then we will see what she can really do. I think right now top teams are not really switching to Astra because if you have some lineups and some good strategies, then you don't really want to risk it. We already practiced with some teaams who were using her and it is really fun to play against since I am the guy who is playing smoker. I think maybe in the future I will play her, if she will replace Omen or Brimstone I don't really know. She can also be played with another smoker because for example she can smoke but leave it for later phase of the round and in the beginning use somse stuns but I think she is a really interesting champion and I am looking forward to see how she will develop.
11. What tips do you have for new players?
So when I was starting playing CS:GO back in the day, I faced some tough opponent on matchmaking and I was asking him what to do to be better, and if I am not mistaken he said that he was the coach of Complexity, who were bootcamping in Europe. And he told me that you just need to play and thats it. And I was thinking about it because it is so simple but it is also really true, because basically if you play the game and for example you lose the game, so you need to think what was wrong in your gameplay, and then if you do it and repeat, so basically if you do it repeatedly then you will improve, but you can't just play the game and okay i lost go next. Yeah you can do that but then you will just make the same mistakes again so you won't improve at all. But then you can say that you trained your aim a bit, you will improve in some situations for example in clutch situations so you will gain more experience again I will put this message forward. Play the game but also do it with your brain.
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