Wong Hock "ChauN" Chaun plays support for Invictus Gaming, and won The International in 2012 with the team. He has been with the team since 2011. In an interview, he explained what his team's growth during the patch, and the possibility of being the first two-time TI winner. This interview was translated by Josh "Autumnwindz" Lee.
When people look at TI or large tournaments, they tend to put a lot of pressure on Chinese teams to do very well. How do you deal with that?
It’s not really that much pressure, it’s more of if that pressure is there it's kind of like a goal to actually have that, because ever since I joined Chinese teams, Chinese teams have always had these kind of expectations, so it’s not really pressure as much as it is something you just deal with and maybe even use.
That’s actually a really good point because you can kind of take that goal and it’s motivation. What is something that the team has worked on improving in the time leading up to the tournament?
Nothing really that specific. Mostly we are just playing through three or four best of threes everyday and the goal is mainly to improve our individual skill as well as our team ability and skill and cohesiveness. Also bans/picks and drafts.
Something that obviously with iG’s history, you have a relatively stable core unit but you have added BurNIng to the mix. Something that we’ve noticed is that BurNIng is very focused on farm-based carries, very late-game carries. This patch doesn’t seem to suit him that well. How have you guys been dealing with that?
It’s not only about the team. He himself has been making adjustments based on these kinds of changes in the meta. It’s not only about the one person, each different game also depends. You play each game and it kind of depends on how that works out.
BurNIng is used to playing the long game and he has been playing a style that has given him success for a really long time. Can you afford to take the time to wait for him to adjust when right now there are people who are benefiting from a different style of play?
In the past few major tournaments recently in the past months, we have been gradually making these adjustments and gradually discovering the ways to play, but you can tell it’s very obvious from results, especially when you compare western and Chinese teams and ourselves specifically. A lot of western teams seem to obviously be more suited to this patch, so there is that time factor there.
How do you put yourself within your group? Do you find your group is more difficult or the opposite one?
I personally feel that they are about the same. Maybe because the really hot favorites have been separated between the groups so it just depends on who plays better.
Do you kind of have like obviously you’d like to think of yourself as someone who is going to be coming out of the group; who do you think the top two teams will be out of each?
Secret and iG and on the other side, EG and VG.
So you kind of just have one Western team and one Chinese team. I guess on that note, VG haven't really been doing very well lately, so do you have confidence that they have been able to make a change in time for TI?
Because we actually scrim with them a lot lately and it feels like them and us have been improving together through these scrims so I personally hope that they will be able to achieve a good result.
What would it mean to be a two-time TI winner, especially with three events since the last one you won.
For me, if I would be able to become one of the first players to win two TI’s it would feel like a great honor and make me very happy. It’s basically the equivalent of winning the NBA title.
Are you a big fan of Basketball?
Yes I am a super fan of Basketball.
For my last question, what is the difference between TI2 Chuan and TI5 Chuan? What is the major change that has happened in that time.
The biggest difference is that I am not selfish at all compared to the past. Before I was a very selfish player and only really cared about what I myself could do in the game and what I might achieve in that game but nowadays it’s all about the team. It’s about basically if the team can win, that’s good, everything else doesn’t matter anymore.
Matt Demers is a Supervising Editor at theScore eSports, and is doing interviews from The International in Seattle.You can follow him on Twitter.