Era about ESL One L.A.: "It made me almost disappointed that we didn't reach top three."

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Adrian 'Era' Kryeziu made it from a chicken fighter to a ninja in an unordinary outfit. So it's the perfect time for Dan Offen to talk with him in the latest episode of Position 6 Podcast. Era is a professional Dota player for more than eight years. In 2012, he switched from Heroes of Newerth to Dota 2. He was part of Fnatic's EU era alongside other veterans such as Kai 'H4nn1' Hanbueckers, Johan 'BigDaddyN0tail' Sundstein and Tal 'Fly' Aizik.

Era on switching from five to four

The 24-year-old played in several teams all over Europe, but joined mostly Swedish organisations for the last years - until Chicken Fighters offered him a slot on their team.

After a short stint with the EU-CIS mix team, the players joined Ninjas in Pyjamas. Although the team seems to be successful for now, Era admitted that at first he wasn't sure if he'd stay with them:

I felt like I didn't have enough experience yet in my role at position four. I've played around with it, of course, a lot in pubs and it's always been sort of something I've been hoping to try one day. So I maybe thought they could have had better substitutes.

Era explains that he transitioned from hard support to position four because this role "has all the good bits". More items, more damage and in general more action were good arguments for the position. On top of that, he didn't like to have the "captain head" on him, so he decided to switch roles.

"I really did not expect us to get that far in the beginning"

The team started as Chicken Fighters where they had their first success participating at ESL One Los Angeles 2020 Online. Although finishing fourth was indeed a surprise - even for Era himself - he wanted more than that in the end:

"I really did not expect us to get that far in the beginning. I always believed in us and I thought we could... We have the potential to beat anyone. As the tournament went on, you know, we had more days to scrim. We've played against all these teams in the group stage. I felt like we improved steadily game by game... So when we reached top four, it made me almost dissapointed that we didn't reach top three."

After not making it through the EU qualifiers for WePlay! Pushka League Division 1, the team still got a spot in the online competition by joining Ninjas in Pyjamas.

While a few experts thought the competition might be too tough for the new NiP squad, the first days of the event were a huge success: three victories in three games against teams such as Nigma and Team Liquid prove that NiP are on the same level as level other EU teams already.

Era and Dan Offen also talk about his past with squads such as The Final Tribe, his team-mates and rejoining Ninjas in Pyjamas - so if you want to get more intel, check out the full episode.

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