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is proud to bring coverage from ESL One Mumbai 2019 to our viewers. We got a hold of Murielle "Kips
" Huisman where she talks about being a coach.
Hi Kips, thank you for taking the time to talk to us. Welcome to Mumbai, how has your experience in India been so far?
Thank you. I haven’t been out very much. But the food has been great, the hotel has been great and ESL has been taking great care of us so I am very happy to be here.
It’s easy to see a player improving and measure his impact on matches, it’s quite hard to see a coach’s impact on a team. What do you think is your biggest achievement so far?
Last year, honestly, getting Vega Squadron to qualify for 4 tournaments when they had a stretch of a couple of years with no big achievements at all, I am still very proud of that.
It was very hard, even though people kinda forget that we did that because we didn’t have any good results in the tournament itself, I think that the fact that Cema and Blizzy, for example, are playing at this tournament right now is a good indication that the team had something really good going for it and I am very happy to have pushed them to that limit.
You came into the scene as an analyst, now you’re a coach. How exactly have your responsibilities changed?
It’s funny to use the word ‘responsibility’ because that is one of the biggest parts about it, I think. As an analyst, you have the responsibility to hand in the right information upwards so that they can do something with it and they decide what they do with you information. So you gotta make sure that if you want any direction to it, you already give it.
On the other hand, what I do now is more like handing instructions down, so I tell them what to do. They go find out: How do we do that? What is the best way to go about it? Is [this] a good idea? I also want to know if it’s not a good idea because everyone makes mistakes.
So it’s really the dynamic has changed. The responsibility first was to give them the right stuff, now the responsibility for me is to make sure that I give them the right commands. It’s a big flip.
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