Today we are joined with Ukraine's star Quake Champions player Dmytro 'XRON' Sakharuk who was very active last year finishing top 8 in Quakecon 2017 Duel and Dreamhack Winter, first place in Quakecon Sacrifice playing with 2z, third/fourth in Dreamhack Sacrifice.
Most Australian's would know yourself as "that guy who knocked Astroboy out in Quakecon 2017". But there is more to your story as a player. For the audience, can you run through a little bit of your life of gaming and what you had been doing up until Quake Champions?
Xron: Hey! Until Quake Champions I was just casual player that was playing a lot of Counter Strike, Overwatch, Quake Live. Most people know me by some Quake Live results but I never won anything there, just was able to make some bo1 upsets vs top players in duel and sometimes beat some good players in tdm. When QC was announced I started to play since first CBT and when tournaments were announced I decided to take it more seriously.
There has been much talk about Quake Champions becoming a more mentality focused game since there is more events in the game where you can be instantly killed or easily lose position in fights. At LAN events this can be even more daunting given the importance of the matches and crowd around. How do you stay mentally focused during a tournament and in-game?
Xron: I'm just trying to play my game and saying to myself that I was preparing for this and I just need to play my game and do same things i did in practice, I am not trying to look for some excuses or secondary factors that can bring me down. From in-game POV I am trying to not overreact when I receiving bad spawn or something like that, there always will be some moments in-game where this or that could go either way, you just need to accept that and do your best. I was worried before quakecon about my perfomance on stage cause I never played on stage ever, but after I did setup i realized that its even better, you dont hear or see anything except the game and nothing to worry about, you can just focus and play your game.
Reflecing back on the Dreamhack and Quakecon Duel tournaments, you defeated many great Quake players. Is there any of your matches that sticks out in your mind as a memorable one and what made it memorable for you?
Xron: Most memorable were duel games vs cooller and rapha on Dreamhack. Both were super close and fun to play. I cant say I remember some special moments from those games, I usually always keeping in my head terrible mistakes which costed me the game (laughing)
After winning Quakecon fairly convincingly everybody had very high hopes for 2z coming into Dreamhack Winter Sacrifice tournament. In this event your team did well in the groups but then fell short in the semi finals to Stacked who later was defeated by Liquid 3-0 in the finals. What did you feel went wrong for your team in this matchup against Stacked?
Xron: That was probably the most painful moment for me. I think we didnt play our game and did a lot of small mistakes which screwed up our confidence. Our communication became worse, individual play became worse, everything was going bad and we didnt manage to step up. It was real test for us to perform under pressure and we failed.
As it has been announced Sacrifice will be discontinued on the esports circuit, now replaced by 2v2 Team Deathmatch, can you please share with us your thoughts on this mode in general and is there any changes you would be interested to see to this mode?
Xron: 2v2 seems fun for now and more enjoyable to play than duel. Still any 4v4 mode I would prefer more, because its simply more fun to play as a team, combine abilities and so on. I would like to see changes to health respawn system in 2v2, because for now it seems you cant maintain control and restack because of lack of hp on the map. So I would prefer going back to 15s respawn health for 2v2 and any team deathmatch/deathmatch mode. Overall its hard to say how this mode gonna work, I think it will be easier to answer on that after we will see how it will be played on Dreamhack Tours
In team modes you played for 2z and now that 2v2 is the primary team focus you have partnered with Tox (NOTOFAST/Stacked) a veteran champion from previous titles such as Quake Live/3/4/PK. How did this decision come about? and what would you say are your biggest strengths as a duo?
Xron: All players were assuming 2v2 is incoming and we heard some rumours, so I was looking for a 2v2 partner because I didnt want to play 2v2 with Latrommi because of his schedule/other commitments. Silencep/clawz are my good friends and they are a great duo of 2z, so I was left kinda without partner. I messaged Tox, we decided to give it a try on some online tournaments in the beginning of the year. After positive results we decided to stick together. I think calm gameplay, no negative emotions and willing to play together and improve are our biggest strengths.
Thank you for taking the time out to chat with us. From all of Australia and New Zealand players we wish you and Tox the best of luck for the event and hope to see some amazing performances from you again. Do you have any final words?
Xron: Thanks for having me for this Interview, hope people will enjoy the great matches on upcoming tournaments. And of course thanks to all community for support!
Photo of team 2z + Tim Willits at Quakecon 2017
Xron looking calm and relaxed at Dreamhack Winter 2017
Team 2z lifting the Quakecon 2017 1st Place Trophy