Antidote exclusivelreveals his plans ahead of VCL SA Split 2
” Our approach will involve a combination of structured executes, tactical defaults, and creative setups, ” says Antidote of Orangutan ahead of VCL SA Split 2 – One of the most prominent Valorant players in South Asia, Antidote aka Sabyasachi Bose is now eying for the glory at VCL SA Split 2. After dominating Split 1, the leader of Team Orangutan sat down in an exclusive interview with Flizzyy.com and revealed his journey so far and his team’s plans for the upcoming Split 2.
Here are the excerpts of the Interview
1. What drew you to playing Valorant, and how did you start playing the game professionally?
As a competitive gamer, I’ve always been drawn to the FPS genre, and Valorant caught my attention right from its release. The combination of tactical gameplay, unique agent abilities, and precise gunplay intrigued me. I saw great potential in the game to become a successful esport, which motivated me to pursue it professionally.
I started playing Valorant during its closed beta phase and dedicated countless hours to mastering its mechanics, studying agent abilities, and understanding the intricacies of map control and team dynamics. During this time, Moreover, I formed a team of like-minded players who shared the same passion and drive for competitive success. We competed in various online tournaments and gradually gained recognition within the community.
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2. Can you describe your playing style and approach to the game? Does it depend on the opponent?
My playing style revolves around being a calculated and adaptable player. As an IGL, I prioritize strategy, communication, and teamwork. I believe in creating a strong foundation for our team’s gameplay through thorough preparation and coordination.
In terms of approach, I tend to focus on gathering information and making informed decisions based on the evolving circumstances within a match. I analyze the opponent’s playstyle and tendencies, adjusting our strategies accordingly. Flexibility is key, as it allows us to adapt to different opponents and exploit their weaknesses while capitalizing on our strengths.
However, I also believe in maintaining a balance between caution and aggression. While playing defensively and patiently can be advantageous in certain situations, taking calculated risks and maintaining map control are equally important to seize opportunities and keep the opponent guessing.
3. As we are aware, Orangutan Gaming has emerged as the champions of the VCT CHALLENGERS LEAGUE SOUTH ASIA SPLIT 1. What strategy or approach do you expect the team to adopt for their upcoming matches in Split 2?
For the upcoming matches in Split 2, we plan to build upon our success in Split 1 and refine our strategies further. Our primary focus will be on maintaining consistency in our gameplay and adapting to the evolving meta. We expect the competition to intensify, with teams analyzing our gameplay and devising counter-strategies.
As the defending champions, we understand the importance of staying one step ahead. We will continue to work on expanding our agent pool and developing innovative tactics to surprise our opponents. Our approach will involve a combination of structured executes, tactical defaults, and creative setups to control the map and create advantageous situations for our team.
In addition, we will emphasize maintaining a strong mental fortitude and teamwork. Split 2 will test our ability to adapt to different opponents and playstyles, and we are prepared to face the challenges head-on.
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4. Can you walk us through your training and practice routine for Valorant, both individually and as a team? What are your favorite agents to play in Valorant, and why?
Training and practice are essential components of our journey toward becoming a successful team in Valorant. Individually, I spend several hours each day honing my mechanical skills, aiming, and practicing agent-specific abilities. This includes playing aim trainers, participating in deathmatch modes, and studying professional gameplay footage to gain insights.
As a team, we have a structured practice routine that includes review sessions, map analysis, and scrims against other high-level teams. We analyze our previous matches and identify areas of improvement, strategize new approaches, and refine existing tactics. Communication and teamwork exercises are also crucial aspects of our practice, ensuring smooth coordination and effective execution of strategies.
Regarding my favorite agents, I have a versatile playstyle that allows me to adapt to different roles within the team. However, I find myself gravitating towards agents like Killjoy and Omen. Killjoy’s utility provides excellent map control and lockdown capabilities, while Omen’s smokes and ultimate offer significant tactical advantages for executing strategies and denying vision to opponents.
5. How does Antidote communicate and work with your teammates during matches?
Communication is the lifeline of any successful team in Valorant, and it’s crucial for effective coordination and decision-making during matches. During gameplay, we utilize voice communication platforms to relay information, call out enemy positions, share plans, and coordinate utility usage. Clear and concise callouts are essential to minimize confusion and maintain a focused environment.
As the in-game leader, my role is to analyze the information gathered from our teammates and make strategic decisions on the fly. I ensure that everyone has a voice and encourage open discussions to brainstorm strategies and adapt to changing situations. We emphasize the importance of constructive feedback and maintaining a positive team atmosphere, as it fosters trust and helps us work towards a common goal.
6. Can you describe a particularly memorable match or moment in your Valorant career?
One of the most memorable matches recently was the VCL Split 1 finals in which we faced Gods Reign. In this match in the first 2 matches, we were down by 4-8 in the first half of the map. We didn’t lose focus and came back stronger in the next half and dominated the series by winning it 3-0 against them. We refused to give up and rallied together with unwavering determination.
Through a combination of individual skill, teamwork, and a few well-timed tactical decisions, we managed to mount an incredible comeback. Against all odds, we won round after round, and the momentum shifted in our favour. The energy in our team soared as we managed to equalize the score and eventually secure the victory.
This match served as a testament to the resilience and fighting spirit of our team. It highlighted the importance of never losing hope and staying focused even in the face of adversity. The euphoria and satisfaction of that comeback victory still resonate with me to this day.
7. How do you stay motivated and focused during long and challenging matches or tournaments?
Staying motivated and focused during long and challenging matches or tournaments can be demanding, but it’s crucial for consistent performance. To maintain my motivation, I remind myself of my goals and the passion that initially drew me to Valorant. I visualize the success I strive for and use it as fuel to push through difficult moments.
During matches, I adopt a focused mindset by eliminating distractions and immersing myself fully in the game. Deep breaths, positive self-talk, and staying present in the moment help me maintain concentration. Additionally, having a supportive team and a coach who keeps our spirits high and motivates us plays a significant role in overcoming fatigue and mental hurdles.
8. How do you handle losses or setbacks, both individually and as a team, and what strategies do you use to bounce back?
Losses and setbacks are inevitable in the competitive gaming scene, but how we respond to them defines our growth as individuals and as a team. After a defeat, we take time to reflect on our performance and identify areas for improvement. It’s essential not to dwell on mistakes but rather learn from them and turn them into valuable lessons.
As a team, we engage in post-match discussions where everyone shares their perspectives and identifies areas of improvement. We analyze the opponent’s strategies, adaptability, and our own execution to refine our gameplay. Maintaining a positive mindset is crucial during these times, as it allows us to bounce back stronger and more resilient.
9. What advice would you give to aspiring Valorant players, looking to improve their skills and climb the ranks?
To aspiring Valorant players, my advice would be to focus on three key areas: dedication, consistency, and continuous improvement.
First and foremost, dedicate yourself wholeheartedly to the game. Put in the hours of practice, study professional gameplay, and seek out resources to expand your knowledge. Embrace a growth mindset and understand that improvement takes time and effort.
Consistency is vital in honing your skills. Establish a regular practice routine and stick to it. Whether it’s aiming drills, reviewing gameplay footage, or playing competitive matches, consistency breeds progress.
Lastly, always strive for continuous improvement. Be open to feedback and actively seek opportunities to learn from experienced players or coaches. Stay updated with the evolving meta, adapt to changes, and experiment with different agents and strategies. Embrace challenges and setbacks as opportunities for growth.
Remember, climbing the ranks requires determination, patience, and a willingness to learn from both victories and defeats. Stay true to your passion, maintain a positive mindset, and believe in your abilities. With dedication and perseverance, you can achieve your goals in Valorant.
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