Interview with Who Cars? Player David "Davud" Vig
Carriço: My first question is how did you get into esports?
Davud: I started playing games when I was around three or four years old. Because I come from a family of four siblings, so automatically my three brothers got me into gaming, and I started beating them and stuff like that, so that’s how I got into gaming.
Carriço: Why did you choose to become a professional player?
Davud: I always knew since I started playing league when I was around 14 years old, that I wanted to play competitively. I didn't know if I wanted to play professionally, because I wanted to still like to live my life and stuff like that, and experience stuff. Because living an Esports life you definitely miss out on real-life stuff. But yeah when I was around 16 that was the moment I decided this was what I wanted to do.
Carriço: Can you talk a little bit about your path in VALORANT before joining Who Cars?
Davud: I started playing Valorant in the beta. I started to just play with my friends because I was kinda burned out of CS.GO and I wanted to try something new. I played Apex Legends a lot as well but it wasn't the same for me so I started playing Valorant. I played with two friends, and we eventually built our own team of like just friends.
We started playing tournaments and I eventually got scouted, just on Facebook actually on a Danish group about people searching for other people to play a Valorant tournament, and I started to play with malfi,desmo, and that’s basically how my journey started.
After that, I went on to join another Danish team, and then Who Cars? After that.
Carriço: You play as a duelist what are some things that make a good duelist player at the pro level?
Davud: I feel like when people talk about ranked they always think that the duelist needs to be the top fragger, the guy with the most kills, and I feel that is the dumbest opinion there is. I feel like the duelist is definitely a guy that needs to be a good aimer, and very good mechanically, they have to be very very good.
The main role of the duelist is to create space, when you enter sites or when you want to like enter different areas of the map. Has the first guy, you have to create space for your team like a Sova supports you so you can create the space, so manly creating space for your team is the role of the duelist in pro play, not the kills.
Carriço: What does your daily routine look like?
Davud: I usually wake up at like around 10/11 in the morning. I’m not like the biggest morning person, so I don't want to wake up earlier than that. I usually wake up, I talk with my girlfriend for a little bit, I go for a walk, and then I make sure my guinea pigs have food, water, and stuff like that. Then I usually a play a little bit of deathmatch when I wake up when I'm done doing my chores, and not every day is the same so some days I do VOD review, some days I play deathmatch, somedays I just want to chill you know because it's also important not to burnout and overdue stuff.
We usually have practices four times a week, from 16:00 to 22:00 PM. So it's not the longest scrims or longest day like most people have, because we are not under an organization currently so people have jobs at the side, which I don't luckily because I have the pleasure of living with my brother.
So yeah, I would say wake up, do chores, play some deathmatches, chill or watch demos, then practice, and usually, after practice, I chill for one hour or two and then bed.
Carriço: How do you prepare for opponents in general? What is your preparation method?
Davud: The main thing is our analyst/coach NFist usually is the one that VOD reviews, and goes into more specific things, and we also usually as a team watch the demos together, talk about what they usually do, how they usually play. If someone hard lurks most of the time.
Because every team is different, some teams have this hard lurker, and some teams play very five-man so that's a thing we usually watch out for a lot. Then if I feel like a need to, I feel like I didn't get enough out of the VOD review with the team I usually watch it alone as well. But I'm not the biggest VOD review kind of guy. I like playing the most.
Carriço: How is it to work with these groups of players at Who Cars?
Davud: I feel like Who Cars? is definitely a team of pretty much best friends, we all interact inside and outside of the game. Every time I play something else and Valorant, I usually play with some of the guys on the team, and we like, to hang out and do stuff. So it's basically just playing on a team with your friends, and just having fun, chilling and of course, being competitive, always trying our hardest to win.
NFist brings a, of course, he is not Danish, which is kinda different because we are five Danish players. So there are definitely like communication issues, but everything else he is a very good coach, and he is like more of the mental side for us, and the analytic side, he is like the strat kinda guy.
So he is more mental because when we fall behind we have a tendency to like struggle to get the mentality back. Which is something he takes pauses for so he can fix it.
Carriço: How important is NFist for this project?
Davud: We have a guy called BoDork, he is like our manager you could say. He does the talking with organizations and like searching for coaches and stuff like that. I'm mainly the guy who finds scrims because I don't work while the other guys do, not all of them but they have work or school. So I'm usually responsible for finding scrims and stuff like that.
NFist makes sure we have the VODS up and going and stuff like that. So he is our recorder, coach, and analyst. While BoDork is more like our social kinda person, does the things outside of the game.
Carriço: What are some of the things/intangibles each player brings that are very important to the team's success?
Davud: Everyone brings a very good mood, and everyone brings good humor. I feel like it's very important to be friends if you want to play on a team, at least for a longer duration of a period. It’s not very fun to play on a team where people are not friends or if the atmosphere is bad. Even if it’s like the five best players in the world, it’s not fun it’s just toxic.
So definitely good mood, and good humor. Some people like Masked our IGL, so he brings most of the strategic things, and sunshine also does that, they are more like the strategic guys.
I and AKIMBO are the firepower guys. mishu is like our little prodigy, our wonder kid, he is very energetic, always up and running hyping up people.
Carriço: What do you bring to the team not only in-game but also outside of it?
Davud: I wouldn't say I'm the captain of the team, but it’s me who does the planning, talk to people to know when can they scrim, can they do this meeting, if we have organizations to talk to I’m like the person who makes sure we have a schedule for it. I’m kinda like the person that makes sure everything goes around.
Carriço: How important is it to have a great team environment, do you think in order to find success a good team environment outside the game is necessary?
Davud: Yes I think so. You see teams in CS:GO like Astralis back when they were like at their peak. They were doing team exercises, always chatting, doing videos together, doing like blindfolded gaming and stuff like that. You could see that it had an impact. If you trust your teammate with everything in you, you are going to perform better and you are going to trust that teammate to do his job. If you don't trust, it won't work, and usually, if it's toxic you don't trust your teammates.
Carriço: What are some of the things you think you guys as a team need to fix or improve in order to achieve the playoffs and have a deep playoff run?
Davud: We definitely need to 100% figure out the role changes, because I’m not playing the duelist in every map now as we used to before. I’m still like the main duelist but I don't play duelist in every map right now, because Jett was nerfed and my Raze, I was just average at Raze I would say. I'm definitely the operator player on the team so we swapped me and AKIMBO, for him to Raze and me on Chamber, so I could still play the operator.
So we still like have to get that completely in sync because now he is suddenly an entry fragger, at least on executes, while I’m more the guy finding picks around when we are not doing executes.
I also feel like we need to work on some fundamentals, we are definitely improving a lot but there is still a lot of room for improvement in the strategic department. The strategy has never been our strong side, that’s why people called us very one-dimensional last Split. We still managed to take rounds of people, even if they read us, and were four or five stacking we were almost managing to win every round. So we just have to figure out how to be less predictable.
Carriço: How would you describe your playstyle right now?
Davud: I think we evolved a lot, we are definitely way better strategic-wise now, and were are also way better adapting to enemies' playstyles. Because before, if we felt we were stuck in a hole, then on the T side for example we just called for a rush every round. We didn't know what to do so we just called a rush.
Now we know how to counter different things, and what setups and stuff like that that can do it.
Carriço: How do you manage to compete against teams like HEET, Alliance, Excel, and Team Finest despite not having an organization?
Davud: Being better players. I feel like our team if we had the resources everyone else has, I fell like we would accomplish more than they would. I mean it sounds a bit cocky or ego to say it, but I feel like we are just, maybe not all of the players on enemy teams, but we are definitely at the top and we could easily be the number one team in the Split.
If we had the same resource as everyone else because I know every team practices almost seven days a week, like six to eight hours. While we practice four days a week from 16:00 or 17:00 PM to 21:00 or 22: PM, depending on if people have an early day in their job or not. So they definitely have the advantage over us time-wise and in Bootcamp and stuff like that.
Carriço: What are the main goals for Who Cars? for the remaining of this year?
Davud: Getting into the playoffs, and winning the playoffs, is definitely the first goal. What happens after that is that we want to win the promotional tournament against other VRL. But the main goal of the whole team was always and will always be hitting the top 15 in EU on VRL.
Carriço: What are your goals as a player for the remaining of this year?
Davud: To be the best player I can be, if that’s the best player in the world so be it, if that is the best player in Denmark so be it, I just want to be the best that I can be personally. I don't really like care how good everyone else is I just want to be as good as I can be myself. So just push myself to the limit.
Carriço: Is there anything else you want to say to the Who Cars? Fans or to the organizations that are looking for a roster?
Davud: All the guys who are supporting Who Cars? And like joining in on the memes, and supporting us thanks a lot.
To any organization that wants to hit us up, just now that we are not even close to being in our prime right now, we can definitely be a lot better, if we had the resources to do it. So if an organization is looking for a team that can go a long way, they should definitely hit us up.
Carriço: David thank you a lot for agreeing to do this interview, it was a pleasure talking to you, I wish you the best in this second Split of the VRL, and I really hope an organization picks you up as fast as possible because you guys deserve it.
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