By Dvorak @ August 11, 2011 at 6:52pm
Our team captain from last year, Tricey of The Billows, was gracious enough to set some time for an interview on his experiences in China and thoughts of this year's tournament.
Greenthorne: What do you feel will be the greatest challenge for Team Vengeance this year?
Tricey: I think the greatest challenge this year will be the improve on last year. Last year we were underdogs and rank outsiders, but our team spirit and general badassness pulled us through and we finished 3rd.
Greenthorne: How was it in China? How were the players from the other regions?
Tricey: China was amazing. Everyone was very nice and friendly and despite it being a competitive tournament everybody aws, to the best they could, communicating and having fun despite language barriers. The Korean players were putting on little magic shows during some of the breaks! Xia Tian, Matt Schreck, and his sister Emily, Miss JD, made me feel right at home in China despite not knowing the language, so huge props to both of them for making my time in China so enjoyable.
Greenthorne: What expectations were there for Team Vengeance last year? What do you feel are the expectations for the team this year?
Tricey: As I said earlier, last year we were considered outsiders, and no one expected us to win one match, let alone 3. This year I can imagine that we will be treated with a bit more respect, after our spectacular debut last year. Based on last year, I would suggest that Team Vengeance should be extremely wary of not only the Chinese, but the Vietnamese. They showed last year they were very well organised, as everyone but their 2 captains were in one hall in Vietnam, so their communication was top notch. If TV can communicate effectively, a podium finish should be our minimum aim.
Greenthorne: Anything you'd like to say to Team Vengeance 2011?
Tricey: To Team Vengeance I would say if you don't finish 3rd of higher, I'll PK each and every one of you! But no, I wish them the best of luck, and having played with/against all the Billows guys, I know that the team is very strong and very capable. As long as, like last year, everyone puts aside any personal rivalries, the team will go far. Even without the Best Jadeon Ever *insert coolface emoticon*.
Greenthorne: Any shout-outs you'd like to make?
Tricey: Big shout-outs to Matt and Emily Schreck in Chinaland, and all my iOwn nooblets in the team