Berühmt geworden über seinen interessanten Nickname ist Oliver 'DickStacy' Tierney einer der prominentesten Spieler der australischen Szene. Nach dem frühen Aus in Montpellier haben wir mit ihm über die australische Szene, die Situation im Team und zukünftige Events und Erwartungen gesprochen.
Earlier this year you managed to qualify to first stage of the IEM Katowice Major. Since then we haven’t seen a lot of you guys, what went wrong after that event?
Well since IEM Katowice it’s not an internal problem or a skill problem. It is just not much exposure, not much opportunity for the Australian region. We take what we can get, we get quite a lot recently but performance wise it always quite hard coming into these tournaments because we got a Mongolian on the team and obiviously that means visa issues. So preparation sometimes is just very lacklustre, cause due to visa issues und can’t just bootcamp very easily and then coming into these tournaments you got to fly two days before the event and then you have to play your first game in to days. So obiviously we could fly him earlier if we didn’t have these vis issues and that would probably help a lot with international results, but I think overall it is just coming down to mentality and opportunity.
Fnatic has knocked you out of three tournaments so far this year. Is there a rivalry starting to build up between the teams?
It is not much of a rivalry for them, but only for us because we want revenge on them. But I think they do everything we do just a little bit better, they are just the better team at the moment. There is not much to say; we always face them and I don’t know why. Why can’t they just win their first game so we can play someone else; go to the other side of the bracket.
After qualifying to the Asian Minor, do you think you can once again go through and make it to the Major in Berlin?
Absolutely. That is the key tournament for us this year. We really want to do well at the Minor, cruise through it. We are going to be bootcamping before it so that is really going to help us coming into it. Even the one week of practise we had here has just been much better then in the Australian scene, it’s been very productive. So coming into the bootcamp before the Minor we should be in the best form ever and hopefully place number one in the Minor and then see what we can do at the Major qualifier (New Challengers Stage; Anm. d. Red.). We want a deep run in the major qualifier, otherwise we would be pretty disappointed. But the first goal is to win the Minor.
With Renegades reaching the playoffs in Katowice and you attending this event as well as Sydney and Katowice the Australian scene as grown a lot in last few months. What do you think about Aussie CS at the moment? What challenges are ahead for teams and players?
We are developing but just very slow. There are only a few fulltime teams in Australian; there are only three. So that kinda hinders out the ability to get better at the game. Pracc times are quite late in the night and then not very productive. So the scene is there and is developing, but it is just slow and I think EU and NA will always be ahead.
With you being the most popular dick in the game, would you change your nickname now? What is it like to be popular because of your name?
It feels good man; I obviously did something right for choosing that name. But no, I would never change it, only for something more aggressive like titstacy.
After seeing yesterday’s game between Astralis and Liquid on Vertigo, what are your thoughts on the map?
We just recently started playing it as well. Like this week we thought “EU pracc, will give it a crack”. But right now we are a bit lost on the map. I think it is fundamentally quite wrong and there are some timings that just off. I think as figured out how to play as CT yet, because it is a new map and everyone is a bit spaced out. It is very T-sided for that reason, just because I think it is much easier to control chaos on T side. The map has some flaws in it so I hope they patch it up and make it more fundamentality right for CS.
There has been a lot of criticism towards the seeding and tournament format at ESL events lately. What do you think about the format and what would you change?
I like the format except for like one thing. A team can get knocked out on the first day and Best-of-Ones are kinda just lacklustre, unsatisfying. So if we could somehow make it Best-of-Threes in the first games but then there is the problem that it will take too long and the tournament is oversaturated; and then there is obviously money involved. So I would say the biggest problem is that teams can get knocked out on the first day, because if you ever just one off-day and you come into a tournament you really prepared for but it is just not your day, you should have a second day to have an elimination game and play better.