Splicko on Old N’ Bad, Ly, And ANZ’s Chances Versus SEA’s Squads

Posted by Maouie February 25, 2021 in ESPORTS

Splicko and Loseyourself have been playing together for quite some time now. They used to be a part of Oracle.Youth where one of their most significant achievements included beating Team Athletico in the Oceania Finals of the World Electronic Sports Games 2019. This victory secured them the opportunity to represent the Australia-New Zealand region versus the world’s best Dota 2 teams. Unfortunately, the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fast-forward a few months, the Oceanic Esports League was founded to provide Oceania’s finest Dota 2 players a competitive platform to gear them up for when the world opens its doors once more. Two successful seasons have gone by and the Oceanic one-two-punch have been given the chance to continue playing side-by-side once more.

From a substitute player in the inaugural season to being defeated by a Loseyourself-led squad for the championship title in the second season, Splicko entered the league’s third season as a team captain with his trusty mate as his kept core player. They were responsible for building up their team from the player draft pool, but after realizing that they won’t be up until around the eighth to 10th round of picks, Splicko thought that it would be best to just base the foundation of his team under the power of friendship. 

“I decided it was best to pick players that I was already mates with and locked into Woglet and Cozy pretty early on… Ly and I have been on multiple teams throughout the last couple of years and are really good mates. I am extremely happy and glad that I get to play with Woglet, Cozy, and Ly, so there are definitely just heaps of motivation and good vibes. Plus having Mr 9.4k mmr means he will just carry us noobs. We ain’t called old and bad for nothing,” Splicko said on his reunion with his former teammates.

Splicko spent his pre-season re-learning how to draft after a two-year hiatus from the responsibility and figuring out the “style” that their team would want to play. Cozy filled in the role of a semi-captain, while the players manning one and two interchanges from time to time. Woglet was supposed to be molded into a position-three player, one position up from his usual soft support position which was then filled by Matino, but this part eventually needed changing.

The opportunity to cement their style came after the first week of the group stages. H-Lord was promoted in Nebula’s main roster which released Farnsworth in the open pool. Splicko grabbed the availability of a natural offlaner, which allowed Woglet to return to his natural position though at the expense of Matino’s release in the open pool.

“[It] didn’t take us long at all to find our style especially with Farnsworth coming into the position-three role just fitting in so perfectly and completing the team. Like I said before, Ly and [I] have been on many teams together and we have this mutual understanding of just switching whenever the other one is ‘feeling it.’

Ly said he wanted to play some of the meta carries at the moment so I obliged, but I will be seeing that safe lane carry from time to time because Ly is just such a better mid than myself,” Splicko said.

The establishment of their style was apparent in their performance. From being a hit-or-miss-kind-of-squad, Old N’ Bad spent the third group stage week being undefeated to finish on the second seed of the standings just below TEKCOR’s Yes Chef, and Splicko admitted that it’s right where they wanted to be.

“This is where the home is after last season of coming a comfy second,” Splicko said in jest. “But in all seriousness, we are the first team to complete a BIG roster change moving Woglet back onto his position-four role and grabbing Farnsworth for position-three. And as a team that doesn’t really scrim or give it too much of our time, we are happy to coast the earlier stages while we just try to find our feet. Yes Chef is easily the number one seed for the entirety of this tournament so coming second right now to them is completely on track for us.”

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Old N’ Bad currently holds in their hand a high chance of qualifying for the SEA v ANZ Invitationals, a high-stake tournament featuring OEDL’s top four teams and several Southeast Asian squads, considering they maintain the level of performance that they are currently putting in. While the idea of representing the region once more sounds exciting, albeit not as prestigious when competing against the world’s best, Splicko would rather keep it real when it comes to their chances versus the neighboring region’s bets.

“This may not be what people would want to hear, but unfortunately I don’t think, at the current state of all the teams, we would have very much chance on equal ping… Due to the roster changes (and a few of the high-tier Aussies getting banned) the current iterations of teams in OEDL are MUCH closer in skill, which makes for awesome competition, but the overall caliber of the teams are a little lower compared to let’s say last season (Cuteanimegirls were INSANELY good with heaps of experienced international players coached by aus’ very own Kpii),” Aussie veteran explained.

Couple the technical restrictions and the current state of the rosters with the players’ real-life commitments such as jobs, education, and relationships, Splicko is definitely convinced that it’s best to not get ahead of himself just yet. After all, Australian players won’t remain entirely hopeless forever—all they needed is a bit more time of working together.

“We as Australians playing this league probably just need a little more time playing with each other… to start considering taking maps let alone a series of the likes of Execration or 496 Gaming,” he added.

Splicko gave a nod to his understudy, Kage.s, after getting real. The kid, as he narrated, has been putting in an insane number of hours watching and analyzing replays all the while practicing as hard as he can. 

“It’s honestly extremely refreshing to see some new Australian talent that is so eager to learn,” the Old N’ Bad captain commented.

Before finally ending the interview, Splicko seemed to have realized the weight of his comments, letting out an amiable remark that hoped for his comments to not sound too depressing. It could have been, in all honesty, if there were no more competitive platforms available for hopefuls, or there was an apparent lack of fresh talents that seek greatness for their chosen craft. Fortunately, the existence of the OEDL and Kage.s, among others, proves otherwise. 

Splicko shouldn’t be worried for his views to sound too pessimistic to the fans or members of the ANZ Dota community. If anything else, it seems motivating.