Lodine: Russians are killing civilians. Noone knows, what will happen tomorrow.


You are from Ukraine and you currently still live there. How did the war affect your life and your esport career?

When it started, I tried to read all news and we were told that the war can continue for months, so planning something was not a great idea. Right now you can't know what's gonna happen tomorrow. We have to follow certain rules, try to help other people and not to think only about ourselves. We fight for our country, for our people and for our freedom. We are glad for all support from abroad. About my esport career - you can't leave the country, sometimes you don't even have electricity or the internet. It's hard to focus on playing and improving when the war is everywhere around me and you just can't stop thinking about it. I'm trying my best to focus on the future... Today, when I’m recordring this interview, Russians are killing Ukrainian civilians, they are damaging energy infrastructure and telephone communication. It's horrible and the only think we can pray for is that the war ends as soon as possible and then we can all start slowly coming back to our normal lifes.


How long have you been playing Dota 2?

My first game was exactly on 12. 12. 2012, so it will be 10 years soon.


You are currently 26 years old. What age do Dota players usually retire and how long do you think you will keep playing?

Today I got up to level 27 :D It depends on each player. If you feel you can still compete and you want to grind for it or if you have different plans for the future. About myself - I don’t know. Due to the current Ukrainian situation, I can't say what will happen tomorrow, but I wanna play as much as I can.


Do you also play other games?

Yes, I play World of Warcraft and also PUBG with my friends. Sometimes I play Hearthstone when I need to wait for a game more than 15 minutes.


And final question, League of Legends or Dota 2? :D

I've never played LoL, so I don't even know if the game is good. I tried to watch some streams but it looks very boring for me :D