stermy was the first to be interviewed, and initially seemed against discussing the situation. He was the one who protested against playing after it was brought to the attention of DreamHack's admins.
"I'll make it simple, I don't want go into it. Before the match people behind us were saying that people were throwing matches, they were saying that because the brackets were released so you knew who you were playing," he said to Dan 'zsx' Sanders who was interviewing him.
"I didn't care, I started playing, but people kept telling me. After a few minutes I notcied him [Cooller] making mistakes he never does. It was unusual but I didn't care, I kept playing. After the first map people said I should think about it so I stopped playing and asked the admins what could be done."
"Everybody was saying it, it looked weird to me as well. I think something like this should never happen," he said. "It's just another big fail in my opinion, I don't have anything else to say. I took the decision to go on and played my best - I don't care who I play tomorrow."
"If they did that it's really low from them. I dont care, I did my best," stermy said to close out his thoughts on the matter.
Asked whether the organizers were to blame for such happenings, stermy believes it has nothing to do with them. "Personally I think this was not a mistake from the organization, it was just little things that caused this problem. I have full respect for everybody here and how everything has been done so far," he said.
av3k was a lot more to the point when interviewed. "stermy and strenx thought that we lost on purpose... and I didn't," he quickly confirmed.
"On dm13 I played in bad way, but I was trying to play good. dm13 was bad play by me. I don't know why, I just didn't play well and wanted to play different from yesterday," a nod to his crushing 7--1 loss to Shane 'rapha' Hendrixson in the BEAT IT tournament.
av3k was also quoted as saying that throwing maps isn't regarded as cheating, and should only be reserved for aimbots, wallhacking and the like.
Cooller quickly set the record straight. When asked about the whole scenario, he replied: "I don't know, everyone can think I played not at my best but I don't really care... I was really playing my best."
Aerowalk was the deciding map between Cooller and stermy, and the Russian was on the back foot throughout the entire map. Whether he was trying or not was on everyone's mind, as this was after the claims were raised, but he explained the defeat was a hard-fought one.
He closed out by saying that things need to change for future tournaments. "This situation gives organizers experience for the future so they don't do the same schedule system in the future. I hope they do games randomly all at the same time so nobody will know who plays who."
The whole situation put a downer on what was a brilliant day of Quake. Though all seems calm now, players are clearly not happy with the concept of knowing your opponent before group games are completed. What this spells for upcoming tournaments remains to be seen, but at least now we know that it is an issue.
Watch the full video interview here.
Credit to Level Up TV for conducting the interviews
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