PFC CSKA Moscow and Gambit Esports player Andrei "Timon" Gurev talked to mail.ru about preparation for Europe Regional Final in Madrid on May 6, problems in FIFA Esports and vlogging. Here you can find a translation of this interview.

- Tell us how’s your preparation for European Regional Finals going?
- For the past five days I’ve been dedicating 4-5 hours to practice. It’s something new for me, because I’ve rarely prepared for top Russian tournaments in this manner. I hope it will help me and adding to this the last couple of days before the tournament I’ll be practicing with top Russian players.

- With whom precisely?
- With Robert "Ufenok77" Fakhretdinov (FC Ufa) and Anton "klenoff" Klenov (FC Lokomotiv Moscow).

- In your opinion, who is the toughest opponent in this tournament?
- Probably, PSG representative "DaXe", I can also highlight "Huge Gorilla".

- In one of your interviews you advised the young players to participate in the European tournaments more often. Do you consider the level of Russian FIFA to be lower than European? If yes, why?
- The average level is lower, but our top players - me, Robert and Anton, belong in top 16 of Europe at the very least.

- Despite popularity of FIFA, why is it only now when football clubs got interested?
- It’s difficult to answer. Sooner or later football and FIFA had to close in. So now it’s high time. Maybe earlier people didn’t see much sense. Now, especially in football clubs, there are a lot of people, who want to attract more attention to the teams, and one of the ways to do it is to use FIFA.


Moment of victory at ROSGOSSTRAKH Russian Premier League FIFA Championship

- What do you think FIFA lacks: modes, certain format tournaments or anything else?
- First of all, a spectator mode, to make it possible to enter and watch any game - it is very important for streaming. One more thing is that the game has a couple of very different modes at once and this is a big problem, the players have to adapt to each tournament. The competitions are held in different modes, for instance, Russian Premier League tournament was in the format of equal rankings - 85 (each footballer’s rankings), and I will have to play the other one in Madrid - Ultimate Team.

- What is your favorite mode?
- It doesn’t matter for me, which mode I play.

- You’ve taken part in many tournaments, where the conditions and the organization were the best?
- I can highlight ESWC in Paris and our latest two tournaments from Russian Premier League.

- Are you planning to set up your own channel and be a vlogger as well as Sergey “kefir” Nikiforov (FC Spartak Moscow)?
- I haven’t thought about it so far. In future I’m planning to combine Esports and vlogging.

- Did you watch CSKA-Spartak derby? In your opinion, what did CSKA lack in this match and generally in the season to win the champion’s title?
- I watched it. Maybe there was not enough stability. Probably if the coach was changed in the beginning of the season, everything would be in a different way. But what is not done - all for the better. In the next season CSKA will be stable with their current coach, whose style of game appeals to me. CSKA will be favorites but I hope they will manage to win gold medals.