Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Team Zenith’s LAN training sessions? What do they do during breaks in between matches? How do they sit? What does the lair look like? Does iceiceice really play pool while drafting heroes? Does Loda look good in everything he wears?
While Ant is busy raging at all things Windows, I shall take it upon myself to share with anyone who is interested what I see at the team’s trainings.
With real life commitments to furthering their education, defending the nation and entertaining a girlfriend, the guys are typically only able to head down to LAN trainings on match days.
With some time to spare before matches, iceiceice can definitely be found at the pool table. Yes, a pool table among other amenities. Like a foosball table. Or an XBox360. Or a Playstation 3. Or a ping pong table.
The wait must have been pretty long because he has started playing a serious game of pool. With himself.
Others are more hardworking. For example, xy likes to spy on others, spectating their games or watching replays. Because, you know, it’s helpful.
Everyone of them has marked their territory – each of them have their preferred computers. And they defend the right to use it viciously. Once settled in, they make checks to ensure that settings are not changed.
And finally, Team Zenith gets down to business. Drafting in a game is a five-person affair.
So is going to the toilet, it seems. Little known fact #1: xFreedom really hates going to the washroom alone at night. He is also really good at persuading the team to go on a toilet break together. Solidarity.
Often, a training day is concluded with a team dinner at one of the several signature food centres around Singapore (that is open at 2am in the morning). On this day, it has been decided that the completion of a hat-trick of matches against Orange eSports deserves a sumptuous meal of Punggol nasi lemak. Little known fact #2: Loda hates otah. He thinks it’s gross.
Loda is so accustomed to our Singaporean lifestyle now. Just check out his proficiency with chopsticks. Give this Swede a meatball already.
Evidently, LAN trainings are a very important part of Team Zenith’s preparation for The International 2. And everyone of us (player and staff) appreciates the fact that we are lucky enough to have a facility available to us for the sole purpose of preparing for the coming event.
Want to know where exactly Team Zenith trains? Keep an eye out for an announcement this coming week.
– aloysius, your (other) friendly content guy.