Chat with Major League Gamer Soviet
Gulyan is a member of the professional gaming team, Instinct. "Soviet" recently joined Instinct with Major League Gaming veteran, Walshy. The new Instinct squad finished an impressive second place in the recent Toronto competition, defeating rivals Final Boss in the process. Soviet is the 2007 MLG 1v1 National Champion, and his individual talents are propelling him to the top of MLG?s team competitions this season.
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Milan, Plainsboro NJ
What inspired you to start professionaly gaming?
Soviet (4:01 PM)
I was into games a lot, and I played a lot of sports, so when that competitive aspect was brought to gaming, it interested me a lot. I was good at Halo despite just playing casually, but I decided to really play a lot one summer, and found it exciting and interesting. The money was good too, but that was not a major part of it. I just never let up and kept practicing.
Casey Black (Grandville, MI)
Soviet, what is it that Instinct does differently to win most of it's objective game types?
Soviet (4:02 PM)
We see the objective as being the No. 1 thing, other than positioning and slaying. We put the objective above everything else. None of us care who has the ball or is moving the flag. We all do everything. A lot of the top teams don't do that. After we're done, we also go over everything and make sure we do the right things at the right moments.
John-Michael from Avondale, Arizona
After watching you guys play in Toronto, there is no doubt Instinct is the best objective team in MLG, but how are you guys going to improve your Team Slayer games?
Soviet (4:03 PM)
We need to play more selfishly in Team Slayer. We were helping out a little too much. We need to work on weapons, holding the right positions, and racking the slay kills. We are going to get Slayer down and focus on it in time for Dallas.
Braydon (Burlington, ON Canada
Soviet, with these recent roster changes and your teams phenomenal performance at Toronto. Do you think you guys will become National Champions now that everyone cheers for you guys?
Soviet (4:04 PM)
We definitely have the potential. With a lot of hard work and practice, we can become the next top team. We just need to keep at it and not get lazy with our practices.
Weston (Steilacoom, WA)
How excited were you when Walshy said that he wanted to team with you?
Soviet (4:05 PM)
I was more shocked than excited. It came out of nowhere--I was going to contact him, but before I did, he contacted me. I was really excited and surprised though, because I've been waiting for that opportunity for a long time.
Alex From Long Island, NY
Do you think any top teams are going to make team changes before Dallas?
Soviet (4:05 PM)
As far as I know, only a few might. I heard Triggers Down has already made a roster change, but I think the other teams are happy with their rosters.
Eric B of Michigan
How did you change your playstyle going from a 1v1 player to a team player?
Soviet (4:07 PM)
I already had the individual skills, so I started to be way more aggressive. I kept practicing communicating with the team and playing around my teammates. I forgot about winning every 1v1 fight. I just like playing around my team more.
Allen ( Orland park, Illinois)
Do you believe that defeating Final Boss was the most important match that came up because it seemed like you guys were more on the top of your Game.
Soviet (4:08 PM)
I think Walshy wanted to win, but I did not see them as being our main competition. I really didn't go into that match trying to win harder against them. I really wanted to beat Str8, so I don't think that was the most important match.
Danny (Buffalo, New York)
You played Str8 close and destroyed Final Boss. What are both teams weakness? strengths? Good luck
Soviet (4:09 PM)
Final Boss plays conservative and try to stay alive more. I think they worry way too much about their stats. If they were more aggressive, they'd be a better team. I didn't see any weaknesses from Str8 because they were playing really well, other than mistakes on the part of individuals.
Drew Perry, Greeley Colorado
What is the best thing about being a pro?
Soviet (4:10 PM)
I guess the respect that comes with it, the ability to do something not a lot of people can do.
Soviet what did you think about Walshy's comment about how beating final boss was like taking candy from a baby (except the baby would have put up a better fight LOL)
Soviet (4:11 PM)
I was really shocked by that--he's not one for talking trash. But it was light-hearted and really funny. I think he deserved to make that comment.
What makes you great in individual battles?
Soviet (4:12 PM)
I would say the reason I win the majority of my 1v1s is that I do things other players wouldn't. In situations where people would back down, I try to improvise. If my BR is really on, I can win the majority of my 1v1 battles.
Soviet (4:13 PM)
We'll be practicing really hard for Dallas. Thanks to all my Instinct fans--we'll need your support in Dallas to win!