Interview with Dmitry «KycoK_Ov4arku» Kasatkin

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Hi to everyone! Recently we were able to interview Dmitry «KycoK_Ov4arku» Kasatkin, the player of Virtus.pro in World of Tanks discipline. He told us about his World of Tanks experience, team plans, life and much more.

Interview with Dmitry «KycoK_Ov4arku» Kasatkin

 

Hi to everyone! Recently we were able to interview Dmitry «KycoK_Ov4arku» Kasatkin, the player of Virtus.pro in World of Tanks discipline. He told us about his World of Tanks experience, team plans, life and much more.

 

- Hi. Tell us few words about yourself: your name, the team where you play, your functions in the team.

KycoK_Ov4arku: Hi to everyone! My name is Dmitriy Kasatkin, more known as “KycoK_Ov4arku”. More than a year I’m playing in Virtus.pro team. My functions in the team were changing depending on the team’s needs. The last half a year I handle ИС3, 1390, Т69.

 

- So, it doesn't matter for you, what kind of machines to use. Do you feel yourself equally good while handling any of the machines?

KycoK_Ov4arku: It can be reflected on the level of my game. When you handle all the machines almost equally, you can’t reach the perfect gaming skills by a certain tank. Specialization in 1 or 2 tanks is more comfortable for an optimal game. But, if we need someone to handle the tank, which we didn’t train or something like this, more often the team will chose me to handle it.

 

- Now a little bit private question: do you have a girlfriend/wife, and what’s her attitude to your occupation?

KycoK_Ov4arku: Already for one year I’m free as a wind =) However, the attitude of relatives, including girlfriends/wives is rather stereotypic. When it is a hobby that takes up all your free time, no one likes it, but when it starts to bring money as any other "normal" job, then the attitude is changing immediately for the better.

 

- Tell us, please, how have you started your career?

KycoK_Ov4arku: Very ordinary, as many other pro gamers have started. I started to play tanks in random, after some thousand of battles I got bored and decided to try the squadrons. Then I joined a clan and started to play on the global map. In summer of 2011 the format 7/42 appeared, till that time GM already became quite boring. I wanted to try something new. After playing for a couple of months, I left to “inactive” because of personal reasons. Having solved all the problems, after 3 months, I wanted to play tanks again. After returning I joined RED: Aces, where we almost immediately began to assemble a new team for 7/ 42. Since that time our team started to exist, it was December 2011. Overcoming all difficulties, six months later we came to one of the most important events in tanks. We signed a contract with e-sports organization - Virtus.pro, and became the first who came to the next level of pro team.

 

Интервью с Дмитрием «KycoK_Ov4arku» Касаткин

 

- Were you looking for sponsors, or they found you without any search?

KycoK_Ov4arku: We were looking not just for a sponsor, but for an organization which had sponsors. It's a big difference. One thing is when the sponsor provides you a budget, and in response you have to fulfill various obligations. And other thing is when you join an organization that has a huge experience in e-sports and helps you in everything. A curious fact: when we realized the need of developing and searching for a support in multigaming, just a week has passed and we signed a contract with Virtus.pro.

 

- Let's talk a little bit about the tournaments. On starladder you played all 4 seasons, and were among top-three in online part, also you successfully participated on LAN. It seems, in the 3rd season, you faced with RUSH1 (Na Vi) in final, fights were good, but you didn’t manage to take the first place, what happened? Was the enemy stronger, or were you too tired?

KycoK_Ov4arku: It was a long time ago and not true. All the wins and losses are based on the personal and tactical mistakes. We made more mistakes than our opponent. For a long time our team entrenched itself as "eternal top-two." This year in August we won the first place in the 2nd season of Wargaimng Pro League. But the victory was not so sweet, as our main rival Team Dignitas did not participate because of visa problems.

 

- After Wargaming launched their own league, you have decided to move to the European scene, and Team Dignitas also moved there with you. Is this because the prize pools are bigger and the opponents are weaker there? As the rivalry has grown significantly on CIS scene.

KycoK_Ov4arku: It was a decision of the team’s management in a combination of several factors. As far as I know, the main objective was to promote the team and the organization in the European community. Before the start of WG league it was promised that the coverage of European league would be at the level of Russian one, if not better. In practice, the coverage was terrible. Of course, bigger prize pool and less rivalry also influenced the final decision. After the announcement of Wargaming League format, all pro teams has a main purpose now - to get to the Grand Final in February-March 2014, where the prize pool was promised to be at the level of The International in Dota2. RU cluster has the strongest tank teams, that’s why it’s very cool that CIS will be probably represented by 4 teams, instead of 2, on the Grand Final.

 

- You play in WP and, of course, are friends with players from other disciplines. Who are your friends in real life?

KycoK_Ov4arku: I can’t say that I have friends from other teams. However, when we meet at different events, I communicate well with all WP lineups =) Although, among the current Dota WP lineup, I know personally only NS and Smile =)

 

- As far as I know, professionally, you play only in WoT, but are there any other games you are playing? Have you ever achieved any success, for example, in Dota 2 or Counter Strike?

KycoK_Ov4arku: E-sports success? No, I have never achieved success anywhere else. Tanks became the first experience of e-sports for me. Sometimes we go with teammates to play CS: GO just for fun. Also I like to pass new games, such as Mass Effect, Far Cry, Assassins Creed, etc.

 

Интервью с Дмитрием «KycoK_Ov4arku» Касаткин

 

- Would you like to start playing in another discipline, for example, Dota 2? In a manner to switch places.

KycoK_Ov4arku: No, I like to play tanks.

 

- The other question. Streams are becoming very popular now, and the younger generation watches TV less and less, are there chances that a variety of streams will displace TV shows, what do you think?

KycoK_Ov4arku: Dota 2 and League of Legends top tournaments’ streams have an audience larger than many television channels have. Internet broadcast is developing and more and more it will take away the part of the market from TV.

 

- Why is it happening? After all, Dota exists less time than tanks, but its popularity is much higher.

KycoK_Ov4arku: Dota exists much longer than tanks. It appeared in WC3 as a separate card in 2005. Everyone played it everywhere – in battle.net, garena, and many other places. It has already become e-sports long time before tanks appear. And then in 2011 Valve company with IceFrog made the quintessence of e-sports called Dota 2. The whole game was originally designed as e-sports and adapted to it. Tanks do not have any plans for e-sports at the time of their release. Only a year later, they decided to try it, without any progress in the development within the client. What we are playing still is a crude version with a lot of spikes, because of which the entertainment, and thus the popularity of 7/42 format suffers. In patch 0.8.9 the team battle will appear, and this will introduce to a large audience the thing we are playing now. However, it’s too long way to the ideal. All the rules have to be changed drastically because of the draws existence.

 

- Do trainings and participation in tournaments interfere with your main job?

KycoK_Ov4arku: Trainings and participation in tournaments is our main job, for which we receive money. Almost no one of top-teams’ players do not have the other work.

 

- Many organizations now refuse CS: GO lineups and concentrate their attention on disciplines like Dota 2, League of Legends. Is it due to the fact that their support is much higher than the actual prizes? Is there a future for Counter Strike?

KycoK_Ov4arku: The most important things for organizations are not the prizes, first of all, but a media coverage of events and tournaments. And since CS: GO has problems with this and no improvement is seen - the choice is obvious. As an example, we can take StarLadder. Their prize pool for Dota 2 is not the biggest, only 22.5 thousand dollars, but the number of viewers at the finals of the 7th season broke all records, except for The International 3, they had about 350.000 viewers simultaneously.

 

- It's not a secret that players participating in tournaments travel to different cities and countries. Where have you already been? What city do you like the most, and what tournament has left its mark in your memory?

KycoK_Ov4arku: Well, if we talk about tourism component, it is still not as big as I would like. I have been to Kiev, Minsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Tagil, Yenchoping and Cologne. Most often you even do not have time to see the city. I always liked starladder tournament with its cyber arena, it always seemed as the most home tournament.

 

- The second season of Wargaming League has just recently finished, it was held in Moscow in the framework of the exhibition "IgroMir 2013." You have been invited as an analyst. In short, what can you say about final? What about WG stand? And what stands did you like also?

KycoK_Ov4arku: The final was without intrigue, the most expected war between NA'VI and RR-UNITY was "a one-way street" case. LOL (myRevenge) team passed and got into top-3, it was the most surprising thing in this tournament. Wargaming’s tournament stand was great, although if there were tribunes as at the first season, it would be even cooler. In general, after I visited Gamescom 2013 in August, and then I got to IgroMir the first time in my life, it looked not too big for me. But a number of big stands in amount of 5-6 pieces upset me. However, for the CIS countries it’s a top exhibition, and it was cool anyway =)

 

- What are your plans for the nearest future? Where are you going to participate?

KycoK_Ov4arku: We are going to participate in the third season of the European league in January 2014, it’s not known where the finals will be held. Every Sunday we took part in Go4WoT tournaments. It is likely that there will not be any big tournaments till the end of the year.

 

- Well, and in conclusion, what can you wish to novice teams?

KycoK_Ov4arku: To watch the records of all the battles of top-teams and analyze them.

 

- Thank you for your time! Would you like to say something else at the end of our interview?

KycoK_Ov4arku: Special thanks to our organization Virtus.pro and to our sponsor BENQ, thanks to them we have one of the best conditions in tanks, and we can be confident about the future. I want to thank our fans who supported us throughout. It levels up your morale in any difficult situations when you know that someone is supporting you. Subscribe to my public Vkontakte, here you can ask a question to me personally, as well as receive information about our team and our games.

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