Sid: Hi guys! Thank you for joining us today. Gautam, first things first, we believe you have an announcement for us. Please do the honours.
Gautam: Hi Siddharth, thanks for having us here. It's my pleasure to announce that Kunal 'PeXXeR' Bhatia will be replacing AstaRRRR. He's pretty well known since the 1.6 days and I'm really happy to have him under the Eternal banner.
Sid: Great! Congratulations to the team. Kunal, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Kunal: Hello everyone, I'm Kunal Bhatia, 23 years old, in-game nick PeXXeR. Ready to kick some ass!
Image credits: ESL India
Sid: Haha great! Gautam, tell us about the process of shortlisting PeXXeR to fill in AstaRRRR's shoes. You had mentioned to us that the team was considering international options as well.
Gautam: Yes, my initial plan was to get an international player, but then I heard pex was leaving Brutality and that wuzz was stepping down from competitive gaming, didn't want to miss this opportunity. Pexxer is the perfect replacement for AstaRRRR, his raw aim is impeccable. I spoke with him yesterday, got to know we have our goals matching, that is to get on that international platform and prove everyone wrong that yes, India does have good players. Also, my consideration for pex replacing astar was solely on his performance throughout the year. Just a few days ago in a tournament, he single-handedly gave my team the moment of pressure.
Sid: That's good to know! It's important to have players with matching wavelengths in the team. Kunal, you and Wuzz have always played together on the same teams. You guys have a set chemistry. Do you think playing without him in your new team will have an impact on your game?
Kunal: Wuzz has always been the best support player for me, in game as well as outside. It's funny how we were chatting a couple of months ago and he asked me if he left competitive gaming, will that benefit me? Like, would I get to play with a good team? And my answer was it'll only be worth it if I get to play with eternal guys or else not at all. And talking about playing without him, it will definitely impact me outside the game mentally cos we've been playing together since forever. But I don't think it'll affect my game as long as I have good teammates.
Sid: That's understandable. I'd actually be surprised if you said it wouldn't affect you. Gautam, we all know about the legal turmoil that the squad is going through. In between, AstaRRRR also decided to part ways. Do you think Kunal might face adjustment problems with all that is going on?
Gautam: He's already played with Excali and HuntR before, I don't think he'll have any problem adjusting to his new family. Ace and ribbi have also warmly welcomed him. Now I would want to see this team in action, to reach the international stage they will be putting double the efforts what they put this year.
Kunal: I'd like to correct that I've actually played with everyone in the team sometime in the past, except ace. I have even played one event with ribbi in 1.6 days. And in CSGO, I always wanted to play with ace.
Sid: AstaRRRR has been regarded as one of the best players in India on more than one occasion. What are your thoughts as you step into his shoes?
Kunal: When I used to play 1.6, I was offered to join ATE gaming in place of Rshkhn mike, who was considered to be one of the best players of India. I took that challenge. Can't believe same thing is happening with me in CS GO as well where I have to replace astarr who was undoubtedly one of the best players. So I have no pressure, been there, done that. I'm nervous but not scared, I'm confident, not over confident!
Sid: Excellent! With that squad change, where does the team stand with regards to tournaments such as ESL India Premiership?
Gautam: We have backed out of ESL India, the team will now be concentrating more on international events, this time will be utilised for team practice only until next year when the tournaments begin, as pex is new I would want them to adjust and understand each other first rather than directly going to play.
Sid: Great guys! Thank you so much for your time. Kunal, wish you lots of luck at Eternal. We're looking forward to some amazing Counter Strike from you. Before we sign out, do you guys have any shout outs?
Kunal: Thank you so much Siddharth. I'd like to thank Gautam Mengi for believing in me and having me onboard. I'd like to thank my brother Wuzz for always being there for me One thing I'd like to say is that wuzz quit cos of his personal commitments, he chose what's best for him at this moment and I chose whats best for me which is Eternal Esports. Let's GOOOOO!!!
Gautam: Shout out to 'Dealer', my silent guardian.
As the ex-Team Brutality player steps into the shoes of the former captain, he certainly has great expectations to live up to. The squad has been playing really well in the recent past, even taking a game off Mineski.CSGO in the ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND 2017 LAN finals in Shanghai last month, while they were still under the banner of Entity Gaming. Following the transition, the captaincy of the squad has been handed over to Ishpreet 'HuntR' Chadha.