Original article translated from cyber.sports.ru.
On Permanent Online Leagues
"I would not say that it was heavy, but when you play matches of the same type, which go one by one, with the same teams, everything turns into a routine. This does not bring much pleasure to the players or the spectators. I think if we won more, it would be much nicer."
Which is better: constant training or rest in difficult moments?
"For a very long time I was a supporter of the first option: I constantly played, played, and played. But then I realized that it is very important to properly rest, relax, or to light a fire somewhere inside. Somewhere you need to start looking at things differently and the relaxation factor in this is very important. Especially in DotA, where you don’t really need [constant training] similar to conditional basketball where you need to hone your shooting skills into the basket.
When you reach a high level of playing in Dota, then everything will depend on the mindset, on what is going on in your head – how happy you are; how well everything is in life; how happy you are to be in a team and play with the guys; and how much of a pleasant atmosphere you have. All these factors often improve outside the game."