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Before Sweden Major started earlier today, SANDBOX Gaming had felt a little convinced that they would come out swinging. While Sihun “Nova” Lee had said that the Koreans were working on managing their nerves, signing with a Korean organization and using DWG KIA as inspiration had helped to resolve them.
But meeting the reigning champions will always be a tough task, and Team One crushed the Koreans 7-2 at Coastline. Nerves, Nova and Chanyong “Static” stated He was a factor.
“They were the champions of the last major … it was stressful, it made us nervous,” Static revealed at the post-match press conference, explaining his team’s poor performance. “And also, [the game was] in the morning and I feel that our brains have not worked well enough yet because it is just too early … We could not show you even 10 percent of our strategy. ”
Communication was the Koreans’ biggest failure against the Mexico Major champions, he continued, feeling that the Brazilians would be “beatable” if SANDBOX had been able to burn off the glow of sleep.
“Our timing was late,” Static worked out. “Because I’m the principal [IGL], I feel that when there was time to push while roaming, the other person would not do it … they were simply too late. Another person who would watch [flanks] did not either. “
SANDBOX Gaming are set to play Team Vitality in just one hour, at 16:00 CET (UTC + 1), and how they spent the last few hours will determine if they can have a respectable show. Vitality is not just from another region, they are also not to be bothered with, after closing DarkZero Esports with 7-1 in their opening match.
“The most important thing we do is exchange feedback,” Static said of his team’s plans to recover for the Vitality match. “We are a team that values communication so much, and yet we could not put it into action.”
Despite the tough start, the Koreans still seem cautiously optimistic about themselves and their APAC colleagues – none of them have been able to win so far today. The closest a team has been was in Chiefs vs. The Rogue match, where the APAC South squad took a point in a 7-8 loss.
“Yes, I’m sure we are all [APAC teams] will do well in advancing from the group, ”said Nova.
See SANDBOX Gaming next time at 16:00 CET (UTC + 1) when they take on Team Vitality.