NAVI TheTab – Первое ИнтервьюOn March 1, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
My name is Vitalii, I am from Ekaterinburg, 23 years old, the nickname is TheTab. What do you do besides PUBG? Do you work or study? I’ve finished University, and PUBG is my job. I work out, go out, and watch TV shows, just as usual. Best three TV series you’ve watched recently. Into the Badlands, Umbrella Academy, and… the third one… Let me think. Castle Rock. How did you get to know the esports industry, and why did you decide to pursue a career in esports? It was unexpected, I was just playing with friends for fun after university. Then I bought a new PC, started streaming, then the guys invited me to join a team, and it snowballed from there. Now I’m in NAVI. How did you make it in your first team? At that point everything was new. I was in the top of the leaderboard, and then I jumped to another level. Our team was formed in discord out of nowhere. Some guys with good in-game statistics invited me to their discord group when I was streaming. That’s how the teams were assembled – it was my first roster, and we even played a couple of tournaments. Then we reformed our roster and joined Fluffy Gangsters, where we got our first salary. How serious are you about esports? I’ve always realized it’s a serious thing, I’ve watched it almost my whole life, and I played Dota 1. I remember the first International, in fact, I’ve watched all of them. Which teams did you support during the International? Mostly CIS. The first team was NAVI, especially I remember the third International. Then I started following other teams, including the EU. Do you feel more pressure or motivation? I don’t feel the pressure. I’ve come to win, it’s great to be a part of the famous tag. Do you remember your first tournament, bootcamp? How was it? Every tournament is a valuable experience, but the most important was the first bootcamp to prepare for Minsk. We’d just started building our team – it was our first bootcamp, so the first impressions were awesome. Our level of play was growing rapidly, it was something new. What is the atmosphere in the team like? The atmosphere is friendly and professional at the same time. We know when to act professionally, and when we can hang out and have some fun. Your last tournament wasn’t successful, what was the reason behind it? The first two days were awful: we were not prepared as we practiced in an experimental way. Now we understand we tried to improve the wrong things, we had to change our practice process, so we’ll see how it goes. What do you expect from the PGS Berlin-Europe Finals? Who will be your main rivals? In any case, we have to qualify for the world tournament. So, our goal is to make it into the top 6. The higher, the better – preferably top 3 to gain confidence and momentum for the next tournaments. Speaking of rivals, I think Team Liquid will put on a decent showing – they have a good roster and they’re playing consistently well. I think other top tier teams will do well, too. N47 have been on a rise lately, and I’m looking forward to seeing Tornado in action. The CIS region is going to be heavily present as there are a lot of CIS teams coming to the event. We’ll see how we do. Are there any players that are going to participate in the event who stand out individually? It’s not about how much of a top tier player you are, but how effective you are on the playground – someone can play more aggressively and get a lot of kills, but the one with fewer kills might have a bigger impact just because they’re playing different roles. I don’t know, it’s hard to pick anyone, really. There are guys that do stand out with their unique style, but I won’t name them. Because they are your teammates? No, I mean out of all the teams, you know the way they play and what to expect from the players. So I’d rather not talk about it now. What do you think about the previous season? 96 games is surely a long run, and staying in Berlin or any other city for about a month is pretty expensive and tiresome. You get back home and take one week to return to a normal way of things. So yeah, playing 96 games was too much, but the two-week Phase 1 went smoothly. They have now switched to 12 or 18 games or so. I think 12 is too few, but 18, which was at GLL, is okay. The latter format shows what teams are prepared and what teams clearly lacked practice. I think it’s going in the right direction and will be improving tournament after tournament. Who’s the best TO in PUBG now? GLL is the only one that’s done a good job so far as other leagues haven’t presented anything yet. I think FACEIT might expand into PUBG as they have a lot of experience with leagues, and it’d be cool if ESL joined too. There’s a lot of positive feedback about GLL, so I believe they are the best TO out there now besides the PUBG Corp league and their tournaments, because they feature bigger prize pools, making them more exciting to play. And they are more prestigious. How successful is PUBG compared to other titles in this genre? PUBG boasts unique shooting mechanics and realism that makes the game attractive. So yeah, I think it’s got what it takes to compete with other Battle Royale titles. What changes would you like to see in PUBG? The game is still unfinished, so to speak. When you have 100 players on the map at once, it might be hard to make it fully optimized, but I can see some new mechanics being added or polishing up the one that are already in the game, like parkour that still requires some work. There’s a lot of room for improvement and implementation of all of PUBG Corp’s ideas. I’m still looking forward to reloading animations. I think it’d be fun. Dear fans, thank you a lot for your support. We’ll do our best to show our A game, and I’m asking you to refrain from flaming us too much – we’ll improve our results one way or another. Thank you for watching our games and cheering for us. Keep it up! Love you.