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A Time of Changes

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I've been thinking hard about how to describe my mixed feelings related to all this, and, actually, I haven't found a way to do that, but I will do my best to do this right…

I will begin with the leaving of Misha. When we, not having done a single mistake, got through the online qualifiers for the qualifiers in Stockholm and just got in shape, in my opinion, everything was going on target and nothing would mean trouble. I was away on holiday and the first thing I read a day later was that Misha left the team. I know Misha, so I didn't even try to find out what happened. This man was absolutely confident making this decision. The team decided to ask Sasha for help, and I was agree with this myself, since there is no better candidate for sure. Then we met in Stockholm and were preparing for the tournament at the boot camp in the hotel provided by the organizers. We saw some difficulties on certain maps, but it seemed quite good anyway, considering the fact that this team, actually, was rather uncured, since everything we were doing during this time might have been thrown away, because we got new problems with communication and so on. The qualifiers started rather well though: we beat Vexed Gaming with a 2:0 score, and had to take our dust2 in a match with Titan, too, but after a 8:3 score we «fliped out». And here was the moment where our unready teamwork played its role. I'd better say nothing about the match for the quota. I needed 3 days to bounce back, set my heart on and finally watch the record… We lost. We were brought to knees again, but we had already learned to get up off it. By the moment of ending of the major the treaty of the players had expired and we were thinking what to do next.. In some matches we were trying out new boys, but we were not going to kick the old ones either: someone agreed to continue their career in HR, and someone, unfortunately, did not. I want to thank all my friends for a long way we got through together and despite the fact that our way are parting, we began a new paragraph and decided to start over…

Yes, you will not see the HR you are used to, but we decided to give a chance to young boys, who had never had such a chance before. They were playing in their average team together and oskar was the one to advise me to take a closer look at STYKO. We played only one match together, where he was not at his best. After that I got home and spent a night watching records of matches with this player. I had also listened to other people's attitudes before I made this decision. And when we played a few more matches together I got pleasantly surprised with his motivation and all game characteristics in general. 

When you are doing 3 substitutions in the middle of a season, when all main leagues had already started and you just don't have time to achieve good teamwork, you have to go through the thorny way and face numerous troubles… I'm sure that you are wondering how we are communicating… Three of us (I, ANGE1, kUcheR) have experience of playing with foreigners; one of them was none other than GuardiaN.. We managed to find an optimum alternative of communication with him and I'm sure that so will we with these boys. All points on maps are called in Russian and we've already made a small boot camp so that the boys might get used to the Russian language, and together with it to this mess with the information giving. 🙂 Settings and names of the rounds are said in Russian too. Everything, which isn't understood, is being corrected or duplicated in English by myself, and it is me to give their information in Russian in difficult game situations as well, since all this symbiosis is quite difficult. We will need a good month to work out our communication, but I'm sure it is worth that. 

Right now we are taking part in more than 5 leagues, where the opponents can't be called as the second class ones, and, in addition, the new ones are to be announced soon. Of course, I want to believe and hope that we will catch up at least one LAN in this year, but the expectation and reality must be in line. At this moment, although the individual shape of players are very good, their teamwork is not even 50% of their potential strength. We have a lot of things to work on. I want to ask all you, dear fans, to arm yourself with patience and if not enjoy a marvelous and coordinated play, then watch an individual level of these players. If you do so, you will be agreeably surprised, as well as I am… 

Cheer for HellRaisers!