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Interview with DIG CS:GO Fe player, Theia

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Mon 19th Aug 2019 - 9:04pm

Melisa “Theia” Mundorff is the new Dignitas Fe CS:GO player. After playing an entire ESEA season and Dreamhack Valencia Showdown with the squad, we reached out to her to talk about her feelings towards her first professional contract, the pressure of being on a team with 2 World Championships under their belt, as well as her thoughts regarding their performance in Valencia.

Hello Theia! You’re now part of Dignitas. How does it feel?

Theia: It's an amazing feeling to play alongside these wonderful women and under such a renowned organization.

Can you tell a little bit more about yourself to our readers?

Theia: My name is Melisa, I'm 20 years old from Pennsylvania and I've been playing Counter-Strike since 2011 when I was 11 years old. Other games I enjoy on my free time are Overwatch and World of Warcraft. A fun fact that nobody knows about me is that I love Golden Retrievers and I will have one someday and he will be named Steve!

Is this your first professional contract as a CS:GO player?

Theia: Yes, it's a dream come true to be able to play CS:GO professionally and I'm so glad to be under a caring and professional organization like Dignitas.

EMUHLEET said in a previous interview that you had already meet/played together in the past. How much impact did that could have had during the tryouts where you eventually got chosen to become part of the team?

Theia: After playing WESG with three of the ladies and long practice hours for the event, I think they got a feel on how I approach the game and the team environment. When I tried out for Dignitas back in April, they were looking for a positive likeminded teammate and I was the perfect fit for that role.

How are the girls welcoming you within the team chemistry in-game?

Theia: The girls are treating me so well! They place me in positions where my playstyle fits and if they see I'm not exceling somewhere, we make changes and switch up spots to where everybody is comfortable. We are each a finger that makes up a hand. We all work together and play off each other. Most teams don't have the chemistry that we do and that's amazing to have.

You’ve already played the entire last ESEA season with them. Although you made playoffs, you were unable to participate in them due to being in Spain for DreamHack Showdown Valencia. What are your thoughts towards the season and the results?

Theia: This past season we started off with a 5-0 lead immediately after my enrollment within the team, which was remarkable to me! This next season we're coming off even stronger, so making playoffs is not a question. Keep an eye out on us to reach Advanced!

DreamHack Showdown Valencia was your first international LAN, as well as the first with Dignitas. How were the expectations prior to the event?

Theia: I was insanely excited and grateful to be able to fly to Spain for my first international LAN. Of course, representing Dignitas, the World Champions, I knew there would be pressure, but with the help at the 76ers Training Complex, all the struggles to play and compete internationally got easier. 

You ended up in 3rd-4th place, not being able to take the main prize – a direct invite to DreamHack Open Rotterdam. Nevertheless, what do you have to say regarding your showing having in mind it was your first offline tournament together?

Theia: Coming into the event we expected to make it to the finals, but overall 3rd-4th place standing makes me proud because we went in shooting for first, but we still came out with a positive mindset and can't wait for the future. We improved so much in that tournament and I'm really looking forward to the next one!

Like you've said previously, you’re probably suffering from pressure, as you just joined a team with World Championships under their belt. Can that pressure be something that you’ll benefit from?

Theia: I have a great quote that the team told me when I joined - "pressure is a privilege". I'm honored to be able to be held to such standards that Dignitas has paved the way for. 

What’s next for you and the squad?

Theia: Besides practice, our next tournament will be Fragadelphia in California next month.

Would you like to leave a few words to the fans that are now getting to meet you?

Theia: I'm even more excited to meet all of you in the near future! Thank you!

I want to thank Melisa for her time and wish her the best of luck towards her future with Dignitas. You can keep up with her in social media:

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