apEX: Vitality don't have high expectations from IEM Katowice 2022
Vitality is coming to IEM Katowice 2022 with no high expectations, the team's in-game leader Dan "apEX" Madesclair said during the press conference for the group stage participants of the prestigious tournament. He singled out NAVI and Gambit as the main favorites, noting that his team is only at the initial stage of development.
The parts quoted are the translation from our Russian website.
In a month and a half, we can't prepare six maps well. It's very difficult even despite how much we practiced. I don't think that Vitality have any weak map now. All the players are happy with their positions. If something does not work, we will change it in the future, but so far so good.
Of course, we have a good roster, but now is not the time for high expectations. This is the first LAN event of the new roster, and we don't know what will happen there. We still have a lot to work on. There are NAVI and Gambit – the main favorites of the tournament. Vitality, G2 and FaZe are going to play with new lineups. More like Vitality and G2, since we had two new players joining. Let's see how it goes. We don't have high expectations from IEM Katowice 2022.
Madesclair clarified that even with the strength of the individual members of the roster and the high ambitions of the organization, his team cannot count on success after only several weeks of playing together.
No team can reach a good level at the snap of their fingers. Even the best players in the world, when returning to the server after injuries, do not say that they will win the next tournament. Everything takes time. Now, everything has changed in Vitality compared to how we have worked before. Obviously, we can't have high expectations at the very beginning. It doesn't make sense. If the organization says we need to win in Katowice, I'll say "No, that's a stupid goal". We'll get back to this in five months. At this point, after only a month of training, why should we have high expectations?
In the group stage of IEM Katowice 2022 Vitality will compete in Group A. The first opponent of the team will be determined after the completion of the Play-In stage.