At the Shine Festival over the weekend, Vainglory was one of the games that set up a booth at Orchard Road to much acclaim. Publisher Super Evil Megacorp invited many of the top teams in the Southeast Asian region to showcase their skills against each other; one of them was the prestigious Indonesian team Elite8.
SPOUT 360 caught the 4-man team from Indonesia for a short interview about the SEA scene and how the game impacted their lives.
On Starting Out
Some of us were introduced to Vainglory by our friends, so we played together as a group or party. All of us started playing Vainglory on our mobile phones casually at first, even though some of us were playing on phones that would not be considered to be technologically advanced in this era. Despite facing multiple technical difficulties even during casual gameplay, we were able to improve our Vainglory skills to a certain level that allowed us to join competitive gaming.
On How The Game Impacted Your Lives
It has drastically changed our lifestyles. Some of us used to be athletes and had other interests, but once we picked up competitive Vainglory gaming, most of our time would be spent on playing Vainglory instead. On top of that, we had great opportunities to travel overseas for competitions and leisurely with the prize money that we have won from previous tournaments.
Vainglory is our life now.
On The Most Memorable Tournament
The Vainglory 8 Southeast Asia Spring Manila Tournament would be the most memorable one for us. It is the most recent tournament that we had participated in and we were the champions of that tournament.
It was an achievement because we had proven that we are the top Vainglory team in the Southeast Asian region.
On Being The Best
The road to becoming a professional Vainglory player is extremely tough. In order to get to a particular skill level where one would be able to play professionally, you would have to spend an enormous amount of time training. This incluedes practicing the game by playing more often and learning from other professional gamers who stream their games online.
There are not many people who are able to play Vainglory professionally as there is a great skill gap between professional Vainglory players and semi-professional players. One must be prepared to put in a lot of effort in order to improve.
On Your Toughest Opponent(s)
Our greatest competitors are Team Impunity and Infamous Legion from Singapore. Team Impunity has shown to be improving steadily and having consistent results over the previous tournaments and they recently beat us in point standings at the end of week 1 of Summer Season Split 1. Infamous Legion is currently in first place in the same point standings and had won the Tesseract League Autumn Championship 2016.
On The Vainglory Scene In Southeast Asia
The Vainglory scene in Southeast Asia in general is small compared to the communities for other games such as DOTA 2 and League of Legends for example. This could be because Vainglory is a much newer game. The Vainglory communities are also smaller in Southeast Asia than in North American or European regions.
The prize pools for competitions held overseas in these regions are way higher than the prize pools for competitions in Southeast Asia. However, we believe that the community in Southeast Asia will grow because the game is increasing in popularity.
On The Future
We would love to compete in the 2017 World Championship and perform well. We would also like to promote Vainglory extensively in Indonesia by organising more tournaments for the community. In order to encourage more people to enjoy the game, we also have plans for workshops and clinics for players who are interested to improve their skills.
Top image credit: Elite8 Facebook page