xccurate: “NASR deserved to win”

by Nikhil Hathiramani

Recca Esports ‘xccurate’ on NASR, Next and eXTREMESLAND

We sat down with the IGL of Recca Esports after their early exit at eXTREMESLAND 2017. xccurate talks about the Asian CS:GO competition and his dominance on SoStronk Next.

CSGO2ASIA: How was the preparation for eXTREMESLAND and what were your goals coming into Shanghai?

xccurate: Honestly our preparation was not really good because we just have a short time to practice and I have school to worry about. As for our goals, honestly, we wanted to go to the playoffs but sadly we couldn’t make it.

Your first game against NASR went really well. You had a strong showing against them, what do you think your team did correctly during that game?

I think we do a lot of mistakes when we CT side first but I like that my teammates still playing calm and they trust about everything I calling or give a plan.

You then went on to face Flash Gaming, the eventual Finalists. This is a team that has really improved since they started off with Kaze. What are your thoughts?

I think Flash gaming is one of the favorite team in China and we know they pretty good and strong too and they have one of the best AWPers, Kaze. He is playing really well, and Attacker’s aim is really good.

Going into the best of three against NASR in the loser bracket, your team had the lead 1-0. Can you tell us a bit about what happened to make you lose the next two maps?

Like what I said before we didn’t have a lot of time to prepare so on the second and third map NASR play really well they read how we play on Train. We didn’t have a lot of strategies to play against them so they deserved to win.

What did you think of the eXTREMESLAND tournament overall? Do you think it was an accurate representation of the ‘best teams’ in Asia?

I think so. Honestly, this tournament is the best tournament ever that I played. Everything from the preparation, hotel, everything they did was good. I think it’s accurate because only the best teams that could come were there, right?

How will you take what you learned here to prepare for your next LAN event?

For me, I get a lot of experience because I lack LAN experience and I am trying to play stable in many tournaments be it online or LAN and improve my aim a lot.  I am also still trying to be a good in-game leader. For the next LAN, we will add more strategy new playstyles to every map.

You have been quite busy topping the leaderboards in SoStronk Next month after month. How has the experience been so far?

I have a lot of fun playing next because there are no cheaters there and all good players playing there. So I just play and have fun!

Do you feel that Next has improved your own individual skill? What about the players that you play with?

Sure. I have been playing next a lot and improving my gameplay and aim as well. I think many of them improving also because at the first season it’s like I can get a streak win like 5 – 10 wins but now it’s a little bit harder.

And lastly, what is your view of the Asian CS:GO space? Obviously, your team has made tremendous progress, but do you feel that the scene as a whole is improving? If not, why not?

In my view Asian CS:GO it’s really growing up, the scene is really improving. For example, you can see now Asia has a lot of tournaments be it LAN or online and many pretty good teams now as well.

Cover photo courtesy of AFK Gaming

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