Epiphany after Rctic win: ”We’re aiming to become the best team in Finland”av
Despite adding three new members only weeks ago, Epiphany’s newly recruited CS:GO team could claim the victory in this weekend’s Rctic tournament.
In the finals they faced Menace, who were favorites to win the event, and beat them 2-0.
– Our goal was to make it to the finals. I never thought we’d beat them like that, manager Jimmy ”Betrayed” Barendt tells Aftonbladet Esport.
Epiphany signed their CS:GO squad in April, when they picked up the roster Trypants who had made an impact when they won ESEA Indermediate and came in third place at Lantrek. After successful weeks in ESEA Main and CEVO, they aimed to win Rctic’s lan tournament the past weekend, which had a 1750 Euro first prize.
And the event turned into another success for the newly formed squad, who changed three members a couple of weeks back, as they went through the tournament only dropping a single map.
”It felt incredibly good”
In the finals they faced Menace, by many considered the favorites to claim the title, and after 16-14 on Dust2 and 16-13 on Mirage, Epiphany could hoist the Rctic cup.
– It felt incredibly good. Most people thought it would be us and Menace in the finals. Our goal was to make it there, but I never thought we’d beat them 2-0, manager Jimmy ”Betrayed” Barendt says.
”We’re aiming to become the best team in Finland”
Now, their quest to put Finland on the CS map again continues. With the exception of former 3DMax, now Encore, the country hasn’t had any CS:GO teams able to compete with the best in the World. But Epiphany want to change that.
– When we signed them I wanted a team that is willing to make an effort to become the best team in Finland, and that’s what they’re aiming at. Finland has great players but the problem is that teams switch rosters too often and lack continuity.
”Online we’re doing really good”
What are your chances of competing with the top teams in the future?
– They’re pretty big. We’re in ESEA Main and the plan is to enter CEVO Main so online we’re doing really good. And we’re scrimming against top teams from Germany for example. But when it comes to LAN events we’re looking for sponsors. That’s required to be able to send the team to foreign events.
How much does it mean to win these kinds of events when it comes to sponsors and attending larger LAN:s abroad?
– It means a lot. Our goal is to make a mark so that sponsors won’t have a better team to endorse, and then take it from there.
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