Blitzkrieg Masters Amsterdam 2018 - Interview with Project Hive (ex DBEPains)

Former DBEPains now Project Hive are potentially one of the most underrated teams heading into the Blitzkrieg Masters event. Achieving at least a quarterfinals placement in each of the qualifiers, except for the one in which they were knocked out by moO.se who ended up qualifiying. Following a roster change, the new squad of JEYZKAA, MASTERMIND, thundeR, BounTy and Zinkenbert surely show off some of the top German individuals - but many doubt their team play. We took some questions to one of their players; Benjamin Hadzismajlovic, or JEYZKAA, of 25 years who happily complied.

1.) How are you preparing yourselves for the upcoming event, the first ever Battalion 1944 Major?

We will be looking at all the maps, while trying to figure out what playstyle suites us the most and trying to work our tactics around that. It's our plan to do 2-3 Maps a week in terms of discussing strategies, playing scrims and adjusting things as to how they are working in scrims. Other than that, we are pretty chilled going into the event because we all have a ton of LAN experience and we are coming in as an underdog compared to the other competition.  

2.) For how long has your team been waiting for an opportunity to play Battalion 1944 at this level?

We have been waiting since February to compete at this level, due to the fact that MU1 didn’t suit us well at all and we always had to make a change to our lineup due to people losing motivation or for other reasons. We are now ready to compete with the best and are looking forward to showing the people and the other teams what we are capable of achieving. 

3.) What are your goals heading into the event? What placing are you aiming at?

Honestly, our own expectations are much higher than other people's expectations. On one side this is good for us because we don’t feel the pressure but since we are all very competitive players we want to get as far as possible. To stay diplomatic and realistic, I will say we want to reach the playoffs and see how far we can push it, my team would disagree and say Semis or Quarters at least.

4.) What was your experience in the online qualifiers? Where there any negatives and positives you’d like to point out? 

Playing a major Qualifier online without proper Demo system is never a good thing. Also, just holding the qualifiers on weekends was hard for us as we did sacrifice our real life commitments to be able to play every qualifier and show the dedication and motivation we had to qualify.

5.) From the online qualifiers, what is your team’s judgement on the level of competition at this time in the title’s lifespan? How much room for improvement is there? 

How much room for improvement is there?  Our judgement would be that there is a ton of space to improve, for our team but for the whole scene as well. There's a lot of things to discover still, which will take its time and new metas will develop depending on economic changes and on MU 2.5 changes - but we are looking forward to it and are open for everything that will change

6.) If not yourselves, what teams form the top competition for the first place spot?

It is really hard to guess right now because there is a lot of teams that are newly formed and don’t have the team play that it takes to make a top placement, but they have a lot of raw talent. Right now, I would rate Endpoint above any other team because of their experience and calm and calculated playstyle. Other teams to watch out for will be Comrade Gaming while I also highly recommend to watch out for bot123; their individual skill is probably the best of all teams. It all depends on who can work out teamplay the fastest to challenge Endpoint.

7.) Do you plan to keep competing in Battalion 1944 after the Major is finalized?

Yes, we are aiming to compete after the Major aswell and we will stay with the same lineup no matter how we will place at the Major because in our team loyalty and friendship outlasts individual skill. We want to be a prime example to the community which some teams lack. 

8.) How do you view the updates which have recently hit the title? Have they all been general improvements?

Mu2 has been a milestone for Battalion 1944 as it was an amazing update which brought us a lot of improvements and changes to the meta. I am looking forward to MU 2.5 because I really believe in the Developers and they have my full support in everything they do.

9.) What would you change, if you could, in Battalion 1944 mechanics, maps and weapons? 

I would change Map Level Design, as most maps are pretty much the same and don’t allow a lot of variability to gameplay or how you play the map. Savoia was a good step in the right direction , Invasion on the other hand wasn’t changed for the good. On mechanics, I would like to have that fluid movement feeling you had in CoD4 Promod which rewarded good movement and you could get to places a lot faster if you had the perfect timings on jumps and sprints which I heard will be coming to Battalion with MU 2.5. The weapons overall are decent; it's more of the economy that hurts.

10.) Any advice for those Battalion 1944 rosters which are struggling to reach the level of competition needed for the event? 

Be patient, be loyal and build friendships. Treat your team mates with respect and work hard. If you follow all these steps you will eventually get where you want to. 

The only thing more shocking than the fact that this team is underrated, is the fact that they are yet to represent an organization; this could be a golden opportunity for any organization wanting a taste of Battalion 1944. Depending on how the next month of practice goes, the dark horse of Project Hive could potentially whip out some upsets. We wish them the best!

Posted by Gabriel Sciberras on 13th September 2018, 20:20

I'm Gabriel - 17 year-old student attending a sixth form with a little free time on his hands. I've been working with Gamers.com.mt for a roughly a year now - spreading my interests in technology, gaming and writing over the platform along with interviews and hardware reviews. All constructive feedback is appreciated. Thanks for reading!

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