After a fierce final with Cloud9, Immortals have taken top spot at iBUYPOWER Masters qualifying for IEM Oakland and winning $20,000. steel and zakk spoke to HLTV in two separate interviews, take a look at them here 1 2. Here’s the best answers from those interviews, final standings for iBUYPOWER Masters and which teams have qualified for IEM Oakland.
As a new in-game leader in a new team, what have you done with the team in the past week?
steel: We are working really hard, we were practising like 10 maps a day. We were trying to learn a new metagame, we’re trying to do new stuff. This tournament is going to be a test for us.
Do you think you’re ready, on form?
steel: Not individually and not as an in-game leader. I’m learning about in-game leading again, because I wasn’t leading in g3x, and individually I’m really far from my A game.
This is more of a qualifier rather than a tournament, are your ambitions more towards qualifying for Oakland or are you aiming higher than that?
steel: Actually our first goal is obviously to qualify for Oakland, but our second goal is to win this tournament. Like I said before, this is a test for us, a really good test. Our goal is to be champions here.
Before you qualified for Oakland, steel said the goal was to win and you reached that goal, what does it mean for you?
zakk: It means that we’re going on the right path. We switched zews and not everyone was okay with that in the team, but we did and steel is doing a great job and fits perfectly in our team. It looks like everything is working well, and it’s probably going to work better in the future when we have time to prepare ourselves better than for this event.
After the final you guys seemed really excited about the victory even though there wasn’t a significant bump in prizemoney and there wasn’t much on the line at this tournament other than the IEM Oakland spots. Why was it so emotional?
zakk: We don’t play because of the money, we play because we love Counter-Strike and we want to prove that even the little ones, like Brazil or, I don’t know, Tunisia, Turkey, can beat a top team like Cloud9 or any other top team. You just have to work hard. Even when we came after losses at ELEAGUE and ESL Pro League, tough losses, we managed to win this tournament and we wanna keep it up.
On to Oakland, a pretty stacked tournament overall, how much do you think you’ll be able to do among such competition with the limited practice you had?
zakk: I’m not gonna lie, it’s gonna be really tough. Our goal is to reach the semi-finals, we’re gonna do our best to reach that part of the tournament. But since we had one week and the best teams in the world will be there, anything can happen. We’re just gonna do our best, we have to try, right?
1. Immortals – $20,000, IEM Oakland
2. Cloud9 – $15,000, IEM Oakland
3-4. TyLoo – $12,500, IEM Oakland
3-4. FaZe – $12,500, IEM Oakland
5-6. Echo Fox – $10,000
5-6. Renegades – $10,000
7-8. FlipSid3 – $10,000
7-8. TSM – $10,000
The qualified teams for IEM Oakland
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