Underdogs No More: Highlights From Quest Esports’ Press Conference
Quest Esports has surprised the Dota 2 esports community with its exceptional performance at the Bali Major 2023 group stages. Emerging as the top team in Group B, the team beat out strong competition such as Gaimin Gladiators, PSG.LGD, and BetBoom Team to secure the top seed and stormed its way through the first round of the playoffs. Its unexpected run has ignited hopes of qualifying for The International 12 (TI12) through DPC points, but this possibility hinges on its victory at the Bali Major 2023 and several other results going it's way.
In a recent press conference captured by , players from Quest Esports eagerly shared their insights on various aspects of the Bali Major 2023, shedding light on the team's turning point, their perspectives on TI12 without a Battle Pass, their remarkable performance in the group stages, and more.
ATF Aims to Overcome Emperor SumaiL by Challenging Team Aster
Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf, Quest Esports' latest addition and offlane player, divulged the team's rationale behind choosing Team Aster as its first-round playoff opponents. ATF revealed his desire to enhance his chances of qualifying for TI12 and expressed his determination to conquer the revered emperor of Dota, Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan.
"We opted for Aster for two reasons: firstly, a victory against Aster will significantly increase our qualification prospects since we need both Aster and BetBoom to secure no points, alongside beastcoast. And secondly, I personally aspire to defeat the emperor Sumail," ATF remarked.
ATF Highlights the Difference between Nigma Galaxy and Quest Esports
ATF shed light on the disparities between playing for Nigma Galaxy, his previous team, and Quest Esports in terms of team dynamics and overall improvement. He emphasized that during his brief stint with Nigma Galaxy, the team was perpetually preoccupied with "fixing things."
"In Nigma Galaxy, we were constantly trying to fix things. Individually, we were all skilled players, but we found ourselves experimenting with different strategies instead of progressing smoothly, mainly due to the absence of all five role players. I was designated as the carry instead of the offlane, causing a lot of confusion within the team. That's where Quest Esports stands apart. Here, each player assumes their designated role," ATF explained.
No!ob Attributes Team's Success to ATF's Contribution
Tony "No!ob" Assaf, Quest Esports' midlane player, pinpointed the team's turning point and acknowledged ATF's immense contribution to their triumphs.
"With the addition of Ammar as our new offlaner, we experienced a transformative moment. He seamlessly integrated with the team, fostering improved communication among us. His vibrant in-game presence, strong decision-making, and fresh ideas have greatly enhanced our overall coordination. This was the turning point for us," No!ob revealed.
OmaR Embraces the Elimination of Battle Pass for TI12
Omar "OmaR" Moughrabi, the team's position 4 player, expressed his thoughts on the recent decision to eliminate the TI Battle Pass, signaling his support for the change.
"Regarding the Battle Pass alteration, I believe it will have a positive impact on the Dota community. Dota shouldn't solely revolve around money; competition should always be at the forefront. Of course, finances play a role, but the essence lies in the spirit of competition," OmaR asserted.
As Quest Esports forges ahead in the BaliMajor, its exceptional performance and strategic decision-making have thrust it into the spotlight. Despite modest expectations, the players’ unwavering focus on teamwork, effective communication, and showcasing their utmost Dota skills have propelled them to the pinnacle of success. Now, their sights are set on winning the entire tournament, a feat that could potentially secure them a coveted spot at The International 12.