During the recently concluded ESL One Mumbai, we caught up with TNC Predator carry Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte to talk about his performance in Mumbai, his expectations for the rest of the season and a few other things about Dota.
Gfreak: Hi Gabbi, how do you feel about your Top 4 finish in ESL One Mumbai?
Gabbi: We were doing fine before coming to ESL One Mumbai so we expected maybe a Top 2, Top 3 performance here, maybe even winning this tournament, but it’s fine. Loss is a loss.
Gfreak: When did you start playing and how did you start your career in Dota 2?
Gabbi: I started playing Warcraft Dota when I was 7 years old. I started my career when I dropped my college degree and I started playing Dota because that is my dream and passion. I just want to be a professional player like the others.
Gfreak: Can you walk us through how you replaced Raven in TNC Predator?
Gabbi: I think Raven left TNC because he wanted to join other teams and get some other experience. TNC contacted me, they messaged me on Facebook asking whether I wanted to join TNC, I agreed.
Gfreak: What are your favourite carry heroes in this meta?
Gabbi: I really like playing Morphling and Troll Warlord, because they’re really good in the laning phase and if those carries have a good laning phase, he can carry your team mid-game to late-game.
Gfreak: We know Armel also likes Morphling, do you guys fight about who gets to play Morphling?
Gabbi: *Laughs*, we just prioritize Morphling in drafting and if they counter the hero in the Safe-lane, we can adjust and put him Mid.
Gfreak: Is this your first time in India? What do you like and dislike about India?
Gabbi: I really like India because it is just like the Philippines, the crowd is really hype. We just didn’t like Indian food because it is all too spicy for us, we can’t eat spicy food.
Gfreak: You aren’t playing the next major, what are you hoping for in the Epicenter Major?
Gabbi: We hope so, we really want to take this last major because if we can get to Top 8 in Epicenter, we can qualify for TI9. So we really need this last Major.
Gfreak: Do you watch Game of Thrones? What would you like to see in the final episode?
Gabbi: Yeah I really like Game of Thrones, I am a fan. Maybe, they beat the Night King after which Daenerys and Jon Snow take the throne.
Gfreak: Do you have anything to say to your fans? And any shoutouts?
Gabbi: For all the fans who came here in India, thank you so much. We really feel sorry because of our performance. I hope you guys keep supporting us even when we struggle a lot. Thank you so much.
Shoutout to my Mom :)