Aui_2000 Describes Tundra Esports’ Motivation Level for DPC 2023
Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling recently talked about the team’s motivation levels going into the 2022/2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season on the latest episode of OG's Monkey Business podcast. Aui_2000 recently became the first Dota 2 individual to win The International (TI) as a player and then later on as a coach.
During the current off-season, Aui_2000 along with Neta “33” Shapira were invited as guests for OG’s podcast where they spoke about Tundra’s recent TI journey, amongst other things, with podcast co-hosts Sébastien "Ceb" Debs and OG CEO JMR Luna.
Aui_2000 noted that he had been working closely with the team’s sports psychologist
On the latest episode of OG's Monkey Business Podcast with Sébastien "Ceb" Debs and OG CEO JMR Luna, Tundra Esports coach Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling was asked by Ceb if there is any difference in the team’s mentality for the upcoming season after having won The International 2022 (TI11) in Singapore.
Aui_2000 started off by talking about the work that he had done during the previous competitive season. Additionally, he revealed that he had been closely working with the team’s sports psychologist to help deal with their losses throughout the season.
“Something that we focused a lot on coming into TI11 was how to deal with losses. We specifically work with our sports psychologist because after our loss at the Stockholm Major, everything went to shit. We kind of lost faith in the team’s strategies and ourselves during the Arlington Major.”
However, he also noted that he was happy that his efforts bore fruit at TI11 as the team was initially struggling to close out games in the group stages. In addition, he said that they would prepare themselves for the upcoming season the same way they did previously.
“I was really happy throughout TI. In the group stage, we lost four Game Ones in four different Bo2 series. But we came back and won the second game in all of our series. But we were never tested with a real loss in the tournament so I think that is something we're still sort of aware of and I’ll make sure the team works on it. But overall, we're feeling confident for next year but we'll approach every match with the same level of work that we did in the last year”.
Tundra Esports will start the upcoming season in the first division of the WEU (Western Europe) DPC 2022-23 with its entire roster intact. However, the region is stacked with tough competition for the upcoming season and it shall be interesting to see how the TI Champions fare against such tough foes.