Toronto is all but a few days away and for some of the players, nervousness might be a thing. Definitely not for New York’s finest. We’ve said many times team ‘Fiven’ was a force to be reckoned with. We’ve warned of their possible domination streak and they’ve only delivered. Just to give you perspective, CUNY Baruch hasn’t lost a single map in playoffs yet. The only map they had lost during the entire season of 2017 was on Overpass against a well organized Rochester Institute of Technology (The other loss on record is an FFL) and they definitely gave RIT one for their number for that one.
For a while now I’ve been telling you guys about the greatest duo in CSL, David ‘Toy’ Han and Victor ‘foodd’ Wong with no real data or proof. Just have a look below, see for yourself, a duo that managed to consistently average 20 kills a match. Han has averaged 100 ADR and Wong has averaged just over 90 ADR. These two have been the undisputed anchors of Baruch College for quite some time now. But enough stats, It’s time we delved a little deeper into ‘Fiven’. I’ve had the great chance of getting a few words from them before it was time to walk a few blocks down to Scotiabank Theatre.
Data Credit to CSL Matthiew “mtchoi” Choi
Practice Makes Perfect… Unless You Are Perfect
I’ve always stood by the notion that practice is a huge deal for winning teams. Meeting the squad of CUNY Baruch was baffling in the sense that I got exposed to a roster that can tackle all odds without needing to meet frequently for team practice. In fact, it was out of the question because of how busy their individuals were. “We usually practice 2 hours before a game. It’s hard to practice together for us because Han has his own team and Wong has his own team. We just make sure our individual game is on point,” Kevin ‘vers4ce’ Lin explained.
If you’ve read my last article, you might have seen the graphic that showcased the map records of the final 4. In terms of map pool, ‘Fiven’ know very well which maps they excel on. “We definitely have some comfort maps, those are the ones we do best on,” Han said. But when asked about preparation for other teams, maps isn’t something they think about a whole lot. They try their hardest to play their own game no matter the in-game landscape.
Private Pro Lessons
Being on a more professional team grants David and Victor some experience they can lend to their comrades. Some of that experience is playing on LAN as opposed to online. Professional players and CS:GO analysts alike frequently mention the differences between LAN and online play and the consensus is that they are completely different environments to play in. “Once you get used to LAN the nerves you usually get aren’t there anymore” Wong speaks from personal experience. “But there is definitely a big advantage to having that experience.”
Other than bringing stage expertise, Han also brings ideas and strategy to the game itself. You name it; smokes, angles, ways to play sites. “We love playing nuke, and as such Han gives us a lot of strategies and ideas on that map,” Samson ‘Yudickmeister’ Fu chimed in. “It’s a relatively new map and some teams might not know how to play it as well as we do.”
You’ll Never Walk Alone
As amazing as Han and Wong are, it’s true they need their teammates to deliver in order to swiftly defeat their opponents. In fact, Lin, also the team coordinator, is never that much behind the duo. Sometimes you can even find Kevin higher up on the scoreboard than Victor or David. Fu often brings solid fragging as well, acting as third or fourth star for the team. I’m definitely not forgetting Chris ‘sStance’ Ly, who has dropped some huge numbers in past matches and even in playoffs when he was called upon to do so.
So what can teams possibly do against a roster of 2 great players and 3 good ones? The answer so far has been nothing. With minimal efforts on ‘Fiven’s part, they quickly glided through best of 3s against teams we thought could withstand such carnage. For the most part, the squad plays off each other in a G2-esque sort of way. Often they become “bored and just kind of do their own thing.” If need be they go back to tactics to ensure victory.
Out of the Shadows
I was disappointed to hear that one of the final four teams in a tournament with such a large prize pool has very few fans on campus. A great future for ‘Fiven’ would see them recognized and adored by their classmates and superiors at CUNY Baruch College. Who knows, maybe some of them will try legitimising their team and make themselves official. For now, the New Yorkers look to a city not too far from them. Toronto beckons, and soon enough ‘Fiven’ clearly stepped up to the call.