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Quinn Explains What Quincy Crew Does Prior to Official Games

Rakshak Kathuria
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Following the win over nouns in the DPC 2021-22 Tour 3, Quincy Crew's midlaner, Quinn "Quinn" Callahan mentioned that a "pre-official scrim" is part of the team's preparations on the day of a DPC game.
Quinn stated that the squad plays such a scrim before a DPC game, generally against a relatively weaker opponent, to calm nerves and help the team establish synergy. In addition to this, Quinn said that he also meditates or does breathing exercises sometimes.
Quincy Crew has proven to be the top team in the NA DPC 2021-22 Tour 3: Division 1 thus far, having won all five series by 2-0 scores.

Quincy Crew is one of the few unbeaten teams in Division 1 in Tour 3 thus far, having won all five series with a 2-0 scoreline. The North American (NA) squad has looked impressive, winning the majority of its games convincingly. Following the most recent series win over nouns, the team’s midlaner Quinn "Quinn" Callahan spoke about the team's training on the day of an official game, which included an intriguing "pre official scrim." As Quinn mentioned, Quincy usually plays a scrim before a Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) game to calm nerves and set the chemistry. Quinn stated that for him this was a novel component of prepping for an official game and that it had been working well thus far.

Quinn talks about a pre official scrim on the day of playing a DPC game

Following Quincy Crew’s 2-0 win over nouns in its fifth series of the NA DPC 2021-22 Tour 3: Division 1, Quinn came for the post-match winner’s interview where he was asked about the preparations leading up to a DPC game.

In addition to playing the pre-official scrim, Quinn said that he sometimes meditates or does breathing exercises to calm himself down.

“On this team, we play a pre official scrim to get the jitters out and build some cohesion for that individual day. So, there’s that and I mean I have dabbled with breathing exercises or meditation in the past. For whatever reason, I haven’t stuck to it maybe because I am a lazy bum but besides that not too much. You know, I’ll get some water, just chill out, try and be in a calm state. I probably should do more breathing exercises and stuff but I am kind of a moron.”

It is fair to say that losing a scrim before an official game may shake the confidence of a team so Quinn mentioned that Quincy plays relatively weaker opponents in such pre official scrims. He stated that the aim of a scrim is simply to warm up and shake off the nerves while playing against a weaker opponent, but playing against a highly powerful opponent may have the reverse effect.

“Generally, we do play weaker teams. I think you don’t want to go scrim on EU ping the hardest team you can. You know, you scrim some Tundra in the morning, you lose and you want to die. We played a weaker team this morning. We actually lost our scrim this morning but I think it didn’t affect us too much. I think really the biggest benefit is just warming up, getting some of the jitters out. Maybe you are tricking your brain into focusing the jitters on the scrim - I don’t know, some crap like that. I mean this is the first time I have ever done it and I think it’s pretty good so far.”

This new training schedule for Quincy Crew, whoever devised it, appears to be aiding the squad in some form or the other based on the flawless results thus far. A PGL Arlington Major spot does not appear to be far away for the team now. Quincy has two series remaining, one against The Cut on 6th July and the other against Evil Geniuses on 13th July.

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Rakshak is an undergrad, an inquisitive person who likes to acquire information and knowledge of varied sectors in esports. However, his current focus is specifically on Dota 2.

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