Roman "Resolut1on" Fominok's move from Team Empire to Digital Chaos was one of the scene's more shocking moves to happen in recent memory. Players jumping regions is nothing new, but considering how he was one of the top mid laners in the European region, and arguably the best in the CIS region, the move blind-sided the Dota community.
Resolut1on may be a man of few words, but he took the time to speak to theScore eSports about his move to North America, how his friends and family felt about it and his former team.
How far back were you thinking about your move? What happened that gave you this idea?
Well, I started to think about moving to a new region after The International 5. I decided to join Digital Chaos after we lost the second qualifier for the Shanghai Major.
What were your teammates' reaction to you leaving? You and Ilya "ALOHADANCE" Korobkin seemed to be very good friends. What did he think about your move?
I told them about my choice, and before I talked to Ilya. They wished me good luck. [Ilya] said this might be a good chance for me. I would like to play with him in future. He is a good player.
What did your family and friends outside of Dota think about you leaving the country?
They were glad for me, that I’ve made this choice to move forward and conquer new horizons!
Why did you decide on Digital Chaos? What were the other teams you were considering?
There was no other teams to decide. I just had a talk with Theeban before, and we wanted to make a tryout.
Have you considered playing for a European team?
A European team was an option too, but I didn't have any invitations from other teams at that time.
Did you talk with the DC players beforehand? If so, did talking to them help in your decision to go with the team?
Of course. We’ve talked a lot. This helped me to discover them so I can make a choice.
You also mentioned in your TwitLonger that not being a captain would be, “easier for me to play and I can focus more on my own game.” Why not just find a new captain on Empire?
It's is hard to find good captain, that team will believe in and trust. We had a lot of tryouts, but all attempts were not that good.
What is your opinion on the current strength of the CIS region?
The CIS region has a lot of good skilled players, but sometimes they cannot put all their concentration to play as a team. Mostly it seems like they are playing another pub game.
Do you have a response to David "GoDz" Parker tweeting: "Resolution on Empire (better team than DC) has maybe 50% chance at best of qualifying to Major, on DC it's 80-90% chance", regarding the difficulty of the respective region’s qualifier?
It wasn’t the reason of my transition.
Do you believe other players in the EU/CIS region will make a similar move?
Don’t know, maybe in future.
What is your opinion of patch 6.86? How has it affected your hero pool?
I like this patch. You need to help your team from the start or you will lose. Another thing is Invoker came again to Dota 2, one of my favorite heroes.
What are some of the things you’re looking forward to in America?
I am looking forward to creating a good team, and take some fun from life there!
This interview was edited and condensed for clarity.
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