D2D at last year's Challenger Cup with Spawn and Kav1sh
Unfortunately, Raju ‘PokerF’ Jittu’s tryst with esports seems to be at an end as his personal problems has severely affected his ability to train and play actively. Replacing him on the D2D lineup will be none other than Anuj ‘Amaterasu’ Sharma. He previously played for Team Overcome and led his team in Paris at ESWC 2016. He is known to be an exceptionally talented player and has a solid technical as well as tactical approach to the game. He can also be a guiding force and a voice of reason being the oldest member of the young squad.
We caught up with Anuj for a small interview to see what he had to say:
Hi Anuj. Congratulations on joining D2D. What prompted you to take this decision?
Amaterasu:The professional approach they have brought to Counter Strike is rare to find in India. I am glad to have joined this team, and to have the opportunity to play alongside these players in my preferred position and in-game role.
What are your thoughts on your new teammates and management?
Amaterasu:The management are very encouraging and are in this for the long run and give players the facilities, support, and respect they need. The bond between teammates is very positive and helps keep the morale and confidence high
Akshay ‘Kappa’ Sinkar will also remain with the squad, and will take up a new role as coach/analyst. His wealth of experience will certainly be of much value to the D2D side. Kappa has been around the Indian Counter Strike circuit ever since the 1.6 days. Last year he played with Invisible Wings, picking up multiple titles including the ESL Challenger Cup 1, Dew Arena 2016, and placed second in the Masters Cup. He is a very versatile player having taken up multiple roles throughout his long career. He also shares a good rapport with the D2D members, having played for MxB, back in the days.
With this the D2D lineup now looks like this:
Bhavin ‘Hellranger’ Kotwani
Vivek ‘Shabby’ Patel
Sabyasachi ‘antidote’ Bose Shailesh ‘Blackhawk’ Dalvi Anuj ‘Amaterasu’ Sharma Akshay ‘Kappa’ Sinkar (Coach)
Dare2Dream has seen many ups and downs in the recent past. At different instances two of our established players "Spawn" and "PokerF" had to choose different domains which brought team back to the starting point. However recent additions in team can certainly boost up the morales. Strategically, recent addition of "Amaterasu" as entry fragger can fast pace our game while we continue with double AWP setups. Team has already started rigorous practice routines at our Thane based bootcamp that is equipped with all the facilities a pro circuit gamer requires. Team Dare2Dream is a young squad and we needed an amalgamation of budding talent and experience therefore we decided to hire Akshay "Kappa" as coach and Analyst who will always stick with team and help them keep their Morales high and ensure the practice routines and discipline is followed rigorously. - D2D Management
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