After a rough showing at the Frankfurt Major, LGD-Gaming's mid laner, Lu "Maybe" Yao, spoke with theScore eSports about his team's performance, the Chinese scene and his team's future.
Now that you have been with LGD-Gaming for a while, what kind of relationship do you have with the rest of the players? Are you friends, or simply teammates?
Maybe: We are all like a family.
How much pressure are you under, as the youngest member of the team?
Maybe: All the team members trust me very much, so I haven't felt much pressure as the youngest member of the team
Your team finished in 7-8th place at the Frankfurt Major, what can you tell us about your team’s performance?
Maybe: We didn't perform well and we have many problems within the team, but we will try our best to solve them as soon as possible.
At Frankfurt, EHOME’s Wang "old chicken" Zhiyong said that “Chinese Dota is doomed” (CN Dota已完) when KotLguy asked him about being the only Chinese team left in the tournament. Do you think Chinese teams are struggling, western teams are getting better, or something else entirely?
Maybe: Chinese teams are still strong, but they are not as careful as western teams. We have to admit that foreign teams are getting better and better.
How do you feel your hero pool was affected by 6.85 (either by the patch itself, or the shift in the meta)?
Maybe: I think my hero pool is okay except for Meepo.
What are some of your new favorite mid heroes to play now?
Maybe: Templar, Shadow Fiend and Queen of Pain.
What kinds of changes do you hope IceFrog will make in 6.86 in December?
Maybe: That depends on IceFrog.
Recently, you played in the Starladder/i-League qualifier against DuoBao with the same LGD roster as you had at Frankfurt. Will LGD make changes for the Winter Major?
Maybe: No, we will have no changes.
Are you looking forward to the next Major being somewhat close to the LGD house? Is there an advantage to competing close to home?
Maybe: Yes. In that case, we can take the delicious food cooked by our aunt everyday.
What are your plans before the next Major season starts?
Maybe: Have a holiday, then practice harder and harder.
This interview was edited and condensed for clarity.
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