Suma1L at ESL Birmingham: "I think this has been the worst year of my career."
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Suma1L at ESL Birmingham: "I think this has been the worst year of my career."

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Mere days before Evil Geniuses brought in two new players, we spoke to the miracle child of Dota, Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan, on EG's and his own struggles and the hot topic of roster changes.

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Your move to the offlane has probably been one of the biggest changes this year. How did you find the transition?
At first, it was really cool to do it but also kind of risky. It felt like we needed a fast offlane player and I thought I could pull it off. I didn’t really want to do it but we didn’t have another option so I had to do it for the team in a way. It’s been rough ever since. I think this has been the worst year of my career. It’s a wild ride.

We were just bad as a team and we tried to find a scapegoat.

If you went back in time, would you have objected more?
If I would go back knowing my situation now, I would definitely not do it.

You also said you didn’t like the state of the midlane when you moved over.
It was a combination of everything pretty much. The midlane was in a really weak spot [and] we didn’t know what to do in the offlane. We were just bad as a team and we tried to find a scapegoat. It’s kind of sad in a way but that’s what people do when they’re in a bad spot, when they’re not confident.

Are you looking to move back to the midlane after TI?
Maybe I will move before TI?

You’ve made one roster change so far but we’ve seen plenty of them this year. Do you think teams change rosters too quickly?
I think so. If you have patience, you can be a better team with the same players but people always look for shortcuts. It’s how the universe works. If you stay together and instead of blaming a single player you blame yourselves as a team, I think every team can improve.

You’re in no man's land in terms of qualifying for TI. Are you at all worried?
I’ve stopped worrying about losing at this point. I think that’s what makes you lose in the first place — you worry so much about not being successful. I think that’s the biggest problem with every person out there, in Dota especially. They care too much about what people think about them, they care too much about winning. At the end of the day, if you just go to these events and play the game you love, the winning is going to come naturally.

I’ve stopped worrying about losing at this point. I think that’s what makes you lose in the first place.

It’s interesting hearing you talk now compared to a few years back. You seem to have grown a lot. How have you worked on your mindset?
I think it comes with age. I don’t think people realize it but I’ve had a lot of responsibility on this team. I catch a lot of flack. It helps you grow as a person. It doesn’t matter if good things or bad things come your way. It really does help you grow as a person. I’ve made a lot of decisions as a young person and some of them were not good. You have to deal with those.

When you came onto the scene, you were seen as the miracle child of Dota, but that has kind of changed over the last year. Has it been hard to deal with that change?
I think I’m still the most successful young person in the scene. It doesn’t really bother me as long as I’m satisfied with what I do. It’s bad that I’m not doing as well but it doesn’t matter if another 15-year-old guy wins TI. It won’t affect me. As long as he’s on my team.

Your brother, YawaR, is on VGJ.Storm. This is the first time we’ve seen a sibling “rivalry” in the scene. What is it like having him on one of your biggest rivals?
It’s really cool because he has been working hard for a long time and finally got his break. We were at the same Minor as them and even if we lost, I was more happy for him than I would’ve been if we would’ve won the Minor. People like him haven’t seen any big wins so it was really cool to see it.

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