Interview with the members of paiN Razer Gaming, winner of the first Brazilian LoL Championship qualifiersFri 14th Sep 2012 - 7:22pm Category: League of Legends
I had the opportunity to talk to one of the best League of Legends teams in the Brazilian scenario - paiN Razer Gaming. On this interview you will be able to know a little bit about the members of the team, the team's story and the national competitive scenario.
paiN has won the first qualifiers to the Brazilian LoL Championship, earning five thousand dollars and a chance to dispute for another fifty thousand dollars prize pool on the main event at Brazil Game Show.
Here is a video with the highlights of the qualifier finals of paiN Razer Gaming vs vTi Nox and, below, the interview:
Video courtesy of Gabriel Chapola
First of all I’d like to congratulate you guys, you sure did a superb job in the first Brazilian qualifiers and definitely are one of the best Brazilian teams out there!
Would you be kind to introduce yourselves?
MiT: Hello Shad! Thanks for the recognition and let’s go for the questions. My name is Gabriel Lucas, 21 years old, my nick in game is paiN MiT Razer and I’m the team’s Captain/Support.
Kami: Hi, my name is Gabriel Santos, I’m 16 years old, my nickname is paiN Kami Razer (former Kamikat on NA) and I play AP carry.
SirT: My name is Thúlio Carlos, 19 years old, play in the Jungle and attend by the nick of paiN SirT Razer.
Tittu: Name is Taylo Madeira, 20 years old, I play Solo Top and my nick is paiN Tittu Razer.
brTT: Hello, I am Felipe Gonçalves, paiN brTT Razer, I’m 21 years old and I play AD carry.
Wushu: Hi. My name is Caio Guedes, also known as paiN Wushu Razer and I am the team’s manager.
So, what is paiN Gaming and how did it begin? What’s your story?
MiT: paiN Gaming arose from the junction of two DotA teams who obtained really nice results such as Top 4 on Bigfoot Dota Summer Cup and Top 16 on Razer Global Challenge. In April 2011, the team’s captain and businessman Arthur “PAADA” Zarzur Curiati decided to give the Brazilian e-Sport a try and created a multi-gaming organization. Business took unbelievable courses and a lot of people contributed to the successful development of the company, we can highlight the two paiN’s CEOs, Raiff “Dnz” Chaves Paulo and Marcelo “Moss” de Luna Countinho, besides other administrators. Today I can affirm that there is no such structure in Brazil like paiN Gaming, we have an incredible organization similar to big companies.
You already have quite a few achievements with your League of Legends line up, tell us, which ones do you consider the most important?
MiT: So far, the most expressive conquest was the first qualify to the Brazilian Championship, that earned us US$5000 and the chance to dispute, as seed #1, the big finals that happens in October with a prize pool of US$50000. We also participated on IEM São Paulo; we were indicated as the favorite team, but sadly a team which was led by our current AD Carry brTT took home the first place.
Wushu: It is also noteworthy to say that the team leads the current ESL Hall of Fame, being in almost every tournament finals. That pretty much shows how expressive we are in the national scenario.
About the qualifiers, how was your bracket? Were the games heavy or you could take it easy?
Whole team: “Who wants to be a Champion does not choose its opponents”, that’s the exact saying for all the tournaments we take part of. We got used to not anticipate the brackets too much and just concentrate on the games we play at the moment. Our manager brought us a report about our possible challenges.
We were looking to confront CNB e-Sports on the semi-finals, but it didn’t go as intended, bringing us Veredict Gaming as semi-finalists. It was one of the most dramatic games; we started losing and got to turn the tables after a few good team fights and a nice emotional control. We knew we were prepared, so we acted coldly and played each game like it was the last.
MiT, in an interview with Toboco, you said that paiN ran the risk of losing the qualifiers right in the first game. What exactly happened and how did you react to overcome this and end up being the champions?
MiT: We started playing unconsciously and with a few internet problems that gave us a really problematic lane phase. But with some awesome plays by our Solo Top player Tittu, playing Olaf, we were able to get back on our feet, followed by a good buffs and dragon control that gave us a restart after a mediocre lane phase.
In your opinion, what was the hardest game of the whole qualifiers?
Kami: The third final game against vTi Nox was probably the hardest one because our emotions were a bit of messed up after the defeat on the second match.
So, what would be your guess for the next qualifiers winners?
Whole team: The team as a whole can point a few names that would be the favorite teams and tend to be between the 8-best-qualified, they are: CNB e-Sports Club, Insight e-Sports, vTi Ignis Corsair and vTi Nox. But surprises can happen and would be great for the competitive scenario as a whole.
In general, your team has been earning itself a name and is currently one of the favorites in the Brazilian scenario, how are you guys dealing with this fame?
Tittu: Well, I guess this fame hasn't really had a close contact with us yet, since we participated in only one offline championship. We are looking for Brazil Game Show to see how this contact will be. So far, the team has been heavily supported by our fans and other players. We always look to answer in-game questions in a pursuit for a better overall gameplay in the national scenario.
paiN's former line up on IEM São Paulo in February this year
brTT, you have been appointed by the statistics website EloBuff.com as the best Draven of the world. Tell us; is he your favorite champion?
brTT: So, the fact of me appearing as the best Draven by EloBuff is due to a lot of dedication and training. Since his spotlight, I felt that he had a lot of potential and decided to train with him. About being my favorite champion, well, I don’t know about that, I don’t really have ONE favorite champion. I really like Tristana, Vayne and Draven. I really enjoy and feel comfortable playing him, even though lots of people say he’s hard.
Nevertheless, we don’t see paiN frequently using Draven on its line ups, why is that? Do you end up getting banned/counter picked a lot?
brTT: It is a bit more complicated than that. We have been using him a couple of times against a few “average” teams but when it comes to more serious matches it’s a hard pick. I myself know that he’s not as complete as other champions such as the most picked AD Carries Graves, Ezreal and Corki. Even knowing about his true potential at the lane phase, he still lacks some stuff as for tournaments.
Awesome! It was really nice talking to you guys, I’d like to thank you for reserving us a bit of your time. Would you like to give any shoutouts?
Whole team: We would like to thank the support from paiN Gaming organization together with Razer Brazil, also thanks for the thumbs up from the player Sup3rnova who is also a paiN member and has been supporting us a lot during our journey. A big shoutout to our fans who have been showing so much affection on our fan page and in other Medias focused back to League of Legends. Thank you Shad and Team Dignitas for offering us this interview! We will leave here a few links to whoever wants to follow our job:
Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/paingamingbr
Our AD Carry brTT facebook: http://www.facebook.com/felipebrTT
brTT streaming channel: www.twitchtv.com/painbrtt
Sup3rnova facebook: http://www.facebook.com/paiNSup3rNova
This interview was made in portuguese and translated to english by me. No original information has been changed.