Playing from the hotel didn’t confuse Patiphan from X10 Crit to Champions
X10 Crit’s Patiphan Chaiwong stood in front of a giant VALORANT backdrop on Monday as a Riot Games host asked him about his colored hair. He had so much space after moving away from the huge Champions stage in Berlin.
“I don’t want to make crazy moves or walk out,” he said, gesturing to his hair. “I just want to be special.”
He rocked back and forth in excitement as hundreds of thousands of viewers watched him put two fingers on his bicep to show he had ice in his veins as the show cut. His first international LAN victory was unforgettable.
Patiphan found himself in the same winning position a day later, except the scenery was different. He was holding a Riot Games phone in a small hotel room in Berlin a few floors from where he would go to sleep that night. A spokesperson for Riot Games asked him what it was like to play from the hotel.
“I can’t hear,” he said. “Can you repeat that?”
X10 Crit appreciated their accommodation at the Champions Hotel
– X10 CRIT (@ X10CRIT) December 7, 2021
Playing from the hotel room was different for Patiphan, but that didn’t stop the adrenaline pumping. X10 Crit and Envy both had to self-isolate and play in separate rooms in Berlin after Victor “Victor” Wong tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the tournament. The change of scenery had little impact on X10 Crit’s 2-1 win over Envy, but everyone involved said playing from the hotel room was a big disappointment to the lights and vibrancy of the game. scene.
“Overall it’s super cramped,” X10 game frontman Crit Itthirit “foxz” Ngamsaard said through a translator after the game. It was really hot, not sure about the temperature or the game itself. Performing on stage is better in many ways.
The teams were divided into small rooms lined with gaming PCs and cylindrical lights in the center of the room. The room was extremely small, according to Foxz. The trainers are placed in the same room, set up near the door right next to the camera. No tournament official was present for the match.
“It was certainly not an ideal situation as we only had 4 out of 5 players in the hotel room. It was not the same as the scene, ”said player Envy Pujan“ FNS ”Mehta after the game. “Don’t use it as an excuse but it’s definitely different.”
All teams involved are required to play from a hotel room when a player from either team tests positive for COVID-19. Team Liquid had to play their two group stage matches from the hotel after Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom tested positive for the virus. He and the rest of his team are expected to return to the stage in the quarterfinals.
The entire Team Envy tournament was played out in a cramped hotel room. They were only able to visit the stage for a technical check before the start of the event. They couldn’t participate in elaborate walkouts or Jake “Boaster” Howlett-style stunts. This left many on the team wondering what could have been.
“It’s really hard not to do it when you reach such a high level,” said FNS. “It definitely crosses your mind, but you just look past that when you play games. It sucks, but there’s not much you can do about it.
As Envy prepares to return to North America, X10 Crit plans to take on Russian terminators, Gambit Esports. While FNS believes X10 Crit has shown the majority of his playbook in his last three games, Patiphan expects him and his teammates to come out on top.
“We’re super confident, it’s a good team. We used to scrim [Gambit] and our results were good, ”Patiphan said. “We hope to win. “