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Now read what ttigers had to say about their chances, who he deems a main threat and his thoughts on 5v5 VG.
Esports Insider: It’s a refreshed roster for Hammers in 2017 – how ready do you feel for the London finals and how have preparations been going?
ttigers: I am confident in our roster going into London finals. We have built synergy and confidence in each other through scrims and ranked matches in these past two weeks.
“The game (Vainglory) is unparalleled in the mobile market and only has room to continue to expand”
Paul “Chicken” Johnry has settled comfortably into his role as the laner and max has been steadily improving and getting used to the competitive gameplay.
Esports Insider: Who are you eyeing up as the main competition and biggest threat in London?
ttigers: With all due respect to EU teams, I feel NA teams are stronger, so I see our biggest competition as our fellow NA teams.
Esports Insider: Did you expect Vainglory as an esports title and scene to experience the growth it has done in the past year?
ttigers: The growth of Vainglory never surprised me, and the sudden influx of pro orgs into the scene this season is amazing to see. The game is unparalleled in the mobile market and only has room to continue to expand.
Esports Insider: What are your thoughts on the forthcoming 5v5 format? Have you found the 3v3 format to be lacking?
ttigers: I think the 5v5 format will be a refreshing change to the map. As it currently is, the map is small and there are only so many places heroes can be.
“With all due respect to EU teams, I feel NA teams are stronger, so I see our biggest competition as our fellow NA teams”
This leads to easy snowballs off the first turret, and sometimes the level 1 can determine the game in a huge way. Besides that, personally I would be interested to see how rosters shake up for 5v5s as players move and join new teams.
Esports Insider: How surprised have you been at the performance of grassroots orgs’ success in making the Vainglory 8?
ttigers: I’m not particularly surprised at the success of grass root organisations. In the end, it’s the players of the team that play and determine how well they do. However, Hammers have supported us well, and Gankstars has done similarly for their team, in terms of providing their players a team house to live and practice together.
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