Ninajs in Pyjamas had to take the Minor road to the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major. It’s been a long week for the eight teams at the OGA Dota PIT Minor, but a fun and exciting one for the fans, and perhaps for NiP as well. Earlier in the tournament, the team captain told to us that he hoped they would win the Minor so they can pretend that the Major qualifiers never happened.
NiP had a dominant run in the Minor, but EHOME challenged them in the grand finals, pushing the series to a game five and giving a thrilling series. We had the opportunity to talk to Peter “ppd” Dager once again and ask for his first thoughts at the end of the event.
Big congrats on the victory here at OGA Dota PIT Minor, we are just moments after the games and I guess it’s all too early to break down every game, but let me ask you if that game one with the last pick Broodmother was prepared,like a way to start from a comfort zone.
Broodmother is never a prepared pick for us. It just kind of happens in games and that’s why is nice to have the last pick sometimes. This is how you can come with things like Meepo or Broodmother.
What are the main things you take with you from this incredible best-of-five grand final?
One thing would be that the team with the second pick won every time. Because we were coming into this through the upper bracket, we had the choice in game 1,3 and 5 and we took the second pick. They choose the second pick in game 2 and 4 and won them. So, at this point, I’m not sure if having the last pick was the best, but it was more so just having these two picks early in the draft. That worked super well for both us and EHOME.
Did you expect Zhao “XinQ” Zixing to give you such a hard time on Rubick?
No, we definitely not expected him to play such a good Rubick. He’s been playing a lot of Sand King and Nyx Assassin throughout the tournament and we had this idea of banning him out a little bit. I think he’s just an awesome player and he definitely had like a really amazing tournament. He is the player that stood out for me through the entire tournament, for sure.
Yeah, I think it’s the same for most of us. So, you’re going to the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major. Tell us what is the first thing you will do after you arrive at Disneyland.
You know, that’s actually my first time going to Paris.I’ve only ever been in the airport, so probably we will just unpack our stuff and maybe go grab some dinner, hopefully, we will try some French dishes. The Dota 2 Majors, although they happen all around the world, they are very similar for the players. We spend a lot of time in the practice room and a lot of time on stage and that’s kind of how it goes. I’ll definitely explore Paris a little bit and I’ll take in some French culture, but you know, we’re all business.
OG are coming for the first time at a Major this season and I guess that for a lot of the Dota 2 fans they might be the highlight. How do you feel about having the chance to finally play versus the TI8 champions on a Major stage?
It’s exciting stuff for sure, but I think that there’s probably way better teams at that tournament. We’ll see how they do. I guess it’s going to be cool for the fans to watch them, but for me, I know all these guys, I’ve played against them for years and years and it’s just going to be like another tournament with them.
Are you going from Split straight to Paris or will you hang out here for a few more days? I’m asking because the Major is actually starting in less than a week.
We will actually go back home. We all live in Europe so it’s an easy trip. We’re going home for either 3 or 4 days, maybe do some laundry, fix our apartments, do whatever we need to do to get out of this tournament mode.
A lot of Dota 2 players talk about how the grind really wears on them and that’s definitely true for our team. You know, we go from Minor to Major and then we have qualifiers right after. That was actually one of the things that downed us in the MDL qualifiers. Coming from the Stockholm Major straight into qualifiers, we were so sick and tired of each other at that point. So yeah, we will just try to destress through the next couple of days.
We’ve heard quite a few teams and players saying the exact same thing, some even trying to suggest a few changes for the next season.
The timing between the Major and the qualifiers for the next one is really short, but I don’t really see a better way to do it in order to fit all these other tournaments throughout the year. So, I think we are making the best of a bad situation and hopefully, maybe we will have invites next year for the top placed teams, something like that, something to reward the teams. Though, I’m not even sure how exactly it will work. At the end of the day, it’s all about how you deal with this life that we live and how you make it to the top.
Alright, last question: who is the MVP of this grand final of OGA Dota PIT Minor?
It’s hard to say. I mean, at the end there, Fata really stepped up in terms of screaming at us to hit the Throne so maybe I’ll give it to him.
Ok, thanks a lot for your time, safe travels back home and to the Major and best of luck in Paris.
More interviews from OGA Dota PIT Minor:
PPD during the group stage: “Hopefully we can get first place and pretend like qualifiers never happened”