Interview with EVOS VIP: New gaming house, renewed confidence
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Interview with EVOS VIP: New gaming house, renewed confidence

Aug 01, 2020 Bryan "soupykambing" Terng  

In conjunction with the recent launch of EVOS VIP’s new gaming house, the PUBG Mobile esports team invited us for a grand house tour and a friendly chat with the champions of PMNC 2019 (PUBG Mobile Malaysia National Championship). We sat down with the boys and their manager to discuss the team, what it’s like living in their swanky new team house, and their preparation for the upcoming PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG) Fall Split 2020.

Here are the professionals of EVOS VIP:

(Left to right)
Ahmad Danial Haiqal “Hyqul” bin Abdul Rahman (Fragger)
Wan Muhammad Irfan “RaZor” Bin Wan Zakaria (Sniper)
Afiq “Yakuza” Abdul Aziz (Captain)
Muhammad Danial “LUXXY98” bin Shahrom (Rifler)
Muhammad “xSamZ” bin Abdul Samad (Rifler)

Andrew “AurOra” Chen (Manager)
Mohammad Azali “rascaL” Bin Ismail (Coach)

How do you feel about EVOS VIP placing 14th in the PMPL MY/SG Spring Split 2020?

AurOra

We formed EVOS VIP right before the last PMPL MY/SG. It was quite rushed, so we didn’t expect to win and were okay with 14th place at the time. What’s more, COVID-19 and MCO (movement control order) happened during the third week of the tournament, so we had to play from home, which we weren’t ready for. It was a bad start for us, although we wouldn’t want to blame anything for our performance. But, this time, we’re aiming higher and are ready for the next season. 

Yakuza

We were a brand new team back then, so we haven’t had the time to build our chemistry yet, which is why our performance dropped a little. After Jumper left the team for Yoodo Gank, it was a little tough for us to pull off any good plays.

How has coach rascaL helped the team so far?

LUXXY98

Patience! He taught me a lot about patience.

Yakuza

There were three things I wasn’t great at: communication, rotation and scouting. These improved a lot with the help of coach rascaL. 

AurOra

Thanks to EVOS bringing in a coach to train the players, training has become stricter and more systematic.

xSamZ

I generally don’t talk much, but my in-game communication improved and I fixed my self-confidence too. As coach rascaL said, “If you want to fight, you must push (yourself) and have the confidence to do so.” My gameplay also got better with my confidence and determination.

RaZor

He taught me to communicate better, back when I don’t speak much. I slowly learned that it’s not good to always be quiet.

rascaL was officially announced as EVOS VIP’s coach two weeks ago.

What do you like about living in a gaming house?

Yakuza

It’s a nice place to hang out, and I have everything I need: a PC for work (especially streaming), a nice view, and a gym. I actually only stay in the team house during tournaments, because I live within driving distance of the house. 

RaZor

I have a PC given by EVOS to do streaming and any necessary jobs. It also has better internet and facilities compared to my kampung (hometown). It’s easier for me to pursue streaming and game better as a professional esports player.

xSamZ

It’s comfortable living here. We have everything that we need, and if there’s anything, we can always request for them.

What do you dislike about living in this gaming house?

Yakuza

(jokingly) It has no swimming pool *laughs*.

LUXXY98

(clowning around) The living room table is completely made of glass. It’s very dangerous!

AurOra

It’s easy to dirty the house, but hard to keep things clean all the time!

What’s your daily routine like?

xSamZ

I wake up late, like 12PM. I stream in the afternoon until 6PM, before eating dinner and praying. Training begins at night until midnight. If I’m not tired, I’ll either stream some more or relax and sleep.

Hyqul

I wake up at 6AM, go back to sleep, then properly wake up at 12PM. I play games at 1/2PM before I start streaming at 3/4PM. I chill and play with my phone at 6PM before scrimming or training at night.

Boys will be boys, showing off their gaming room.

How often do players take breaks?

AurOra

Everyone has Sundays as their day off. Sometimes we relax, sometimes we do team building activities. For this week (at the time of the interview), we have plans to play laser tag with the rest of EVOS MY!

Aside from PUBG Mobile, what other games do you like playing?

Hyqul

Valorant.

xSamZ

PC games, like Valorant and CS:GO.

LUXXY98

Dota 2. I don’t like playing battle royales on PC, it feels awkward and harder. I prefer playing team deathmatch on PC.

RaZor

CoD: Modern Warfare and Grand Theft Auto V.

Yakuza

I play a lot of Valorant and Call of Duty.

Who calls the shots in-game?

AurOra

Yakuza is the in-game leader most of the time. LUXXY98 is second-in-command whenever Yakuza is tired.

Since EVOS VIP is a five-man squad, how do you decide who sits back as the sub player?

AurOra

It depends on coach rascaL – we would swap players based on maps (they play better in) or their performance, although the last PMPL MY/SG depended more on player fatigue. Playing six maps in one day can be tiring.

EVOS VIP manager, Andrew “AurOra” Chen (Image credit: MyGameOn)

How are your scrims like?

AurOra

Most of the time we scrim with Malaysian teams, sometimes with Indonesian teams too, whom we learn a lot from.

LUXXY98

Malaysians have very different playstyle and strategies compared to other countries like Indonesia.

Yakuza

Indonesian scrims are more aggressive and challenging, although Malaysian scrims have improved a lot lately.

How do you feel about PUBG Mobile esports so far? Do you think there’s anything that needs changing?

LUXXY98

I feel that there should be an FPP (first-person perspective) mode in tournaments, so that the game will be more fun and challenging.

xSamZ

The current league is good enough – players can play until they’re satisfied, and the overall duration is just long enough for players to have more chances to learn and play better to catch up. 

AurOra

Adding on to what xSamZ said, tournaments used to last for only three/four days, with qualifiers lasting for only three or four matches. Thanks to Tencent, with the introduction of the league, everything is more stable, there’s more viewership, and it’s easier for teams to grow. 

Do you miss/prefer offline tournaments?

LUXXY98

Yes, I do. Competing on-site lets us get to know the other teams and befriend them. I like the sense of community, fun after games.

Hyqul

Yes, because we can lepak (hang out) with other players – many of them are friends – after the competition. 

RaZor

I prefer offline, because you can’t cheat. So, it’s fair for everyone competing.

AurOra

LAN tournaments tend to have a more hyped up energy and it boosts morale. The pressure feels more real too, so the experience is good for the well-being of players.

Yakuza

I like offline tournaments more. Anything can happen online, we wouldn’t know if anyone is hacking or cheating. We also play better offline. The previous PMPL MY/SG  was the first time we played online, so we weren’t as comfortable as some other teams.

Who do you predict will win the PMWL 2020 East?

LUXXY98 and Yakuza

Bigetron RA

RaZor

RRQ Athena

xSamZ and Hyqul

Yoodo Gank

Are EVOS VIP close to the other EVOS squads, or does the team function independently most of the time?

AurOra

We are quite independent, but we use other EVOS networks to play in other regions, which is why we can join Indonesian scrims. We have a PUBG Mobile team there too, so we have the connection to use their server.

When you retire from esports, what would you like to do?

LUXXY98

I want to learn how to cook and open my own restaurant.

xSamZ

Open up a business for games and gadgets. Maybe a restaurant too?

Hyqul

I want to finish my Degree and work in electronic engineering.

RaZor

I want to become Spider-Man *laughs*. But for real, I’m studying electronic technology now so I want to be a businessman in that field.

Yakuza

I plan to open my own computer shop, and also open a store to help my Mom’s business selling kuih.

What shoutouts would you like to give to the fans or anyone else?

Yakuza

Thank you for supporting us all this while. We love you, guys.

xSamZ

Don’t give up on supporting EVOS VIP. We will do our best to make our fans and family proud.

RaZor

To the fans who still support us until now, insyaallah, we will do our best to be stronger in PMPL MY/SG Season 2.

Allan Phang, Regional Head of Marketing & PR of EVOS Esports

A big thank you to our sponsors: Domino’s Pizza, FSA Esports Management Academy and Armaggeddon, for supporting us in our journey.


Interviewed & photographed by George “goodnewsgeorge” Wong
Written by Bryan “soupykambing” Terng

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2 comments

  • shairazi
    Aug 6, 2020 @ 21:06 pm

    i like this team. if can i want to join evos. to be student or somethings else hihi fast learner

    Reply

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