Crossfire Champ YueQiang Dai: The WCG is Where I Started Apr 16, 2019 1:07:38 GMT -5
Post by level99magikarp on Apr 16, 2019 1:07:38 GMT -5
The gamer who rose with the WCG now stands as a legend at its resurrection.
Crossfire, which is a widely popular in China, became an official event at the WCG in 2012, which is exactly when the great story of YueQiang Dai first began. YueQiang Dai made his grand entrance at the 2012 WCG with the nickname ’18’ and helped Team IG go home with the gold. Since then, he has won tournament after tournament and has become known as the greatest Crossfire player of all time.
In 2019 with the return of the WCG, Dai continues to be recognized as a legendary Crossfire gamer. Dai had his best year to date in 2017 and although he faltered a bit in 2018, nobody doubts that he will still be one of the strongest competitors this year.
I met with YueQiang Dai during the WCG Legends video shoot. Despite the challenges of the shoot, he always kept a bright smile on his face and spoke positively to everyone around him. However, despite his easy-going demeanor, he has a fiery passion for competition. I spoke with him about his WCG ties.
Q. Could you please say hello to your fans.
Thank you for your support. It’s good to see you. I didn’t do too well last year, but I am preparing to do better this year.
Q. How did you feel while participating in the WCG Legends shoot?
It was a great honor. I grew up watching the WCG, and dreamed about playing on that stage. I am really happy to return.
Q. It must have been a great feeling to win the gold medal in 2012.
I still remember every moment because it was my first ever gaming title.
Q. There are many FPS games, but Crossfire has been widely popular in China for many years. What makes this game so special?
I have liked playing games since I was young, and FPS games were always my favorite. Crossfire was the first game I played. I can never forget my first impression of this game, and I just keep coming back to it.
Q. I imagine that it must have been great to hear that the WCG was going to be revived and played in your country. What was the first thing that came to mind when you heard the news?
I was really excited and touched when I heard a year ago that the WCG was going to be revived. I was really disappointed when the WCG was suspended. But after hearing the news of its revival, the strong emotions I felt in the past were rekindled.
Q. Is it psychologically different when playing in regular tournaments and in international tournaments?
It is completely different. You represent your country in tournaments like the WCG. The stress level is the biggest difference. You have a completely different mindset, and there is a bigger mental burden, so the tournaments where you represent your country are much tougher. But after winning the gold medal, I became very confident and was greatly honored.
Q. You filmed with other legends like Jang Jae-ho and Filip Kubski. Did you know them from before?
I knew and respected them even before starting my career as a professional gamer. They are the best gamers in the world, and I think they are the greatest in their fields.
Q. What are your future goals?
Right now, it is to win the gold medal at the WCG.
Q. Would you consider competing with amateurs by playing in the WCG online preliminaries?
Of course. I think that playing with amateurs can show them that anyone can have good opportunities and achieve. I think it would be a good opportunity because China is still not very developed in terms of its professional gamers. It would be a huge opportunity.
Q. Could you tell us in a word or two what the WCG means to you?
‘Olympics.’ I hope that the WCG will be held successfully in China!