An Interview with Andrei 'Skemberlu' Ong

Shounak Sengupta

22nd, Feb, 2018
One of the younger players in the SEA Dota scene, Skemberlu is right up there in terms of skill and attitude. Currently the carry player for Geek Fam, he has had stints with Arcanys and Signify before finding his place in Geek Fam.
One of the highest rated carries in SEA, Skemberlu has been instrumental in Geek Fam’s success in the recent months. While they have done really well in the regional qualifiers and provided some solid competition to Fnatic, Mineski and TNC, they still haven’t managed to go the full distance. However things are certainly looking up for Skemberlu and his team and we hope that soon he is seen playing in a DPC event, and making all of SEA proud.
Here we are in a small conversation with Andrei ‘Skemberlu’ Ong:
Hi Andrei! How have you been doing? How has 2018 been for you competitively?
Im doing fine. 2018 was abit happy and sad, Happy because our team improve so much. Sad because we cant qualify.

 What Dota goals have you set for yourself this year and how close do you think you are to achieving them?
My dota goals this year is to qualify minor/major and TI8, Abit close because we are always top 4 in sea.

 You guys have had some great runs in the SEA Qualifiers of late but unfortunately, haven't managed to go all the way. Which is the one series you guys thought you could win but ultimately couldn't? 
Maybe the game against mski tnc and fnatic because they are experienced player not like us but we are trying to do our best.

Recently GeekFam had a roster shuffle. Can you tell us what was the reason behind this at how you guys have been adjusting with Xrag as your new position 4? 
PH wanted to be back with his family, he would have stay if he didnt need to choose. We are adjusting like change strategy/playstyle because xrag and playhard is different, we train everyday as much as we can.

Is SEA the most competitive region at this current point? What are your thoughts on all the new rosters like CG, Detonator, Entity etc?
Maybe sea is the most competitive in qualifiers or china. I dont mind/care the other teams, Our only problem is tnc,fnatic and mineski.

 We saw a lot of players from outside the region coming to play here. What do you think are the reasons? Do you think players are underestimating SEA teams or are the offers from SEA too good to pass up?
I think they come here because of the offers or They dont have teams/sponsors or they are free.

With so many new players on the SEA server which of them are good to play with in pubs? And who are the players who sometimes are hard to deal with?
I never play with them mostly universe is fun to play with. I dont know the others.

What do you think Geek Fam's biggest strength is? And what is the one area you guys need to work on?
Geekfam biggest strength is the team work and our players dont have ego, Maybe we need to work on our strategies.

Thank you for your time! We wish you all the best in your pubs and all the tournaments you guys are going to play in, in the future. 


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