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Fishman: "ATF doesn't have enough keys on Legacy to play zoo, but he has a taunt button, and he says it's important. That's Ammar for you" Exclusive

Dzmitry "Fishman" Palishchuk spoke to us about his career and former Creepwave teammates, Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf and Stanislav "Malr1ne" Potorak. He revealed how they picked players for the team. Fishman often opted for lower-rated players, preferring personality over skill. The interview was taken after 1win Series Dota 2 Spring.

We discovered them in matchmaking, simply by rank. We sat down with Crystallis and picked players. There were SabeRLight- and ATF. The former had rank 15, and the latter was 100. We were like, "ATF is such a meme player, spamming 'GG WP,' all-chatting. We must pick him." We felt we needed to get him. We also asked SabeRLight-, if I remember correctly, but he refused. But ATF agreed.

We had three or four options on Malr1ne's place. He didn't have the highest rating. He was a shitty midlaner, and only played Timbersaw. I remember declaring that we needed to pick him, because he wanted to play with us. It's important for me when a guy strives to be on your team. There were others, better than Malr1ne, they were saying, "Well, we need to think. Maybe..." I don't remember exactly, but I seemingly pushed for Malr1ne.

I didn't try to teach him how to play Dota, but more how to be a player. ATF, on the contrary, was immediately a winner. He didn't need to be taught anything. At 16, he was entering Discord, already acting like a boss.

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Fishman shares Ceb's opinion about ATF's limits to some degree. However, he thinks that the offlaner can adapt to changing metas. The only thing Ammar will not do is use heroes with summoned units.

Ammar has a unique hero pool, so it's important for his characters to be in the meta. I think he will find a suitable character in any meta. ATF is a strong player and laner, very talented. In general, Ceb's words are partially true. But only to some extent.

ATF is a young player. He tries to play what's in the meta. This season, he played DK and Doom. Meta is changing, and he is learning something new to play. The only heroes he would never pick are the ones with units. Broodmother doesn't count. But Beastmaster and Lycan are out of the consideration. If there is a Helm of the Dominator meta, he will not buy the item. He doesn't have hotkeys. Even though it's absurd. How can you not use hotkeys? He has Legacy keys and says he doesn't have enough slots. I'm telling him, "Make the hotkeys." He doesn't have enough keys, but he has a taunt button. He says it's important. That's Ammar for you, I don't know what else to say.

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Fishman states that Creepwave players stay in touch. Although they rarely meet in person, they have a chat, and sometimes gather together on Discord.

Even now, we do team meetings. This is mostly thanks to ATF, he pushes everyone. Just on Discord. What IRL? Creepwave was a pack of Dota grinders. But when we travel to LAN, we meet. The last time we saw each other was a week ago. But before this, we had no meetings for four months.

We always have a chat, but we haven't gathered on Discord for a long time. Recently, we decided to play CS2 together. In the end, nobody joined, so there were just three of us: me, ATF and Crystallis. This is usually our group, plus those who want to come if they want.

Dzmitry "Fishman" Palishchuk

Creepwave was assembled in early 2021, and was acquired by Entity at the end of the year. They played in lower division of DPC and in small online events. A lot of players from that team achieved success in the subsequent years, including ATF, Crystallis, Malr1ne, and bzm.

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