"I either kick a player or quit myself." Team Spirit's manager Korb3n on his straightforward work style Interview
The man behind Team Spirit's success, manager Dmitry "Korb3n" Belov, answered many questions about his work approach, the importance of luck, and the development of the roster that won The International 2021. He praised honesty, experience, and good relationship with people during the team's informal interview on their YouTube channel.
Korb3n's most negative experience of working with pro-player
I don't have any. Do you know why? I'll explain. Because if I have a negative experience, I either kick this person or quit myself. [So there were such cases after all?] Not really. Any player leaving the team is a negative experience. It's infrequent to kick a player because he doesn't fit you. I had one case when I kicked a guy who didn't deserve it. It was Vasiliy "AfterLife" Shishkin in Team Empire. I can honestly say that I teared up back then. I moved him from pos 3 to pos 1 when RAMZES left our roster. We took Ghostik on his previous role, and since Vasia wasn't obviously a good carry, I kicked him. This was unjust, and I still feel sorry for that decision. Every other negative case was much more casual: a player doesn't do what he must or what you told him etc.
How much luck and skill affect his success
Both things matter. You can objectively state that we won TI because of luck. At the same time, I can't say that we'd won if we'd done nothing and were just picking our noses while having no necessary skills. Not a single team out of those nine who won TI just picked their noses. Of course, they had some luck. It's Dota, and it's the game. A proper rune can spawn or something else. <...> If I had to calculate, the ratio would be 70% to 30% in favor of skill.
How Korb3n helps players to develop
You know, it's difficult to say what exact action will impact a player. Generally speaking, I think that I have a lot of life experience despite my age. Thanks to my experience, I know most of the behavior patterns. I also know almost every other problem because I went through these things myself.
What was his percent of the TI prize money?
I need to think. Wait, do you mean, like one percent? No, I didn't get one. Maybe you meant 0.5 percent? Ok, let's just say that I got my fair share. But I must add that players shared their winnings on their own aside from the organization. [How did you spend it?] I don't know if it'll sound too vanilla, but I bought my mom a townhouse outside of the city where I live. This is how I spent it.
Dmitry "Korb3n" Belov is a rare case of a manager being credited for the team's success in Dota 2. He built Spirit's roster alongside the team's coach Silent and brought it to the org. Under his coordination, a no-name squad went through every hardship in Dota 2 and won TI10 after only a year of development.