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|15 Minutes with ROCCAT Xaxus - 2014 EU LCS Week 5 Interview|
Starting Out In The Competitive Scene
Before Time-Out, the first team that I wanted to train with and not just play for fun was ALSEN. It was a really long time ago. It was the first team that housed the best players from Poland. That's where I met VandeR for the first time. I played with him for a couple of days. Libik from MeetYourMakers played there as well, as did some other well-known faces in the competitive scene.
Well, VandeR played AD Carry for two years so he was playing that position back then. And to be honest it was so long ago that I don't really remember much, well maybe just a little, but not enough to compare them back then. As far as the now, it's hard to say because we haven't played versus MYM in a very long time, I rarely watch their matches so there's not much I can say about them. VandeR is playing better I would say, because we're first in the LCS so there has to be something behind that.
Well, that was pretty much the first incarnation of Team Acer Poland. I was invited to play in the team with Creaton from Millenium and Overpow whom I met for the first time in that team. He had been playing Heroes of Newerth semi-professionally before moving onto League of Legends, and that was his first team I believe. Besides them the other players were niQ, and SuperAZE and Grom. It was the first professional Polish team. We weren't together for a long time but we were quite good back then. We only played for a month or a month and a half, because there was no chemistry between us. So we split up. I didn't actually play with Celaver until we joined up in Kiedys Mialem Team in December 2012.
Well, I wasn't a founding member of KMT, I was just invited to play for the team. Overpow was captain of the team, and I was playing with Shushei back then as well as Hosan, who were at the time playing for DragonBorns. I decided that KMT was the better option for me so I joined them.
IWantCookie, there was talk that you left because you didn't like their level of commitment to the game and their seriousness in general. Can you elaborate on that?
It was because of our jungle - OniiChan. He was a beast, a very good French player even if he wasn't that known. He carried us in a lot of games even versus powerhouse teams like Fnatic. But he could only play 2 days during the week due to some internet issues. So we ended up playing 1 or 2 games per week so I just thought that it was a waste of time and went to KMT.
I was happy that we could work as a team and improve. Also, I was happy that I was able to win something finally.
The Big Tournaments
IEM Sao Paolo and you were actually nominated MVP even thought your team lost against Incredible Miracle in the Finals. How was the experience for you, knowing that this was your second trip outside of Poland and it took you to the other side of the world?
Yeah, that was the second trip I took where I had to travel for over 10 hours on an airplane. The first one was Singapore, where we didn't do as well. Brazil was much better for us as a team, although I enjoyed our time in Singapore more, as it was more interesting from a tourist's point of view. But the tournament in Sao Paolo went better for us. We didn't expect to get the 2nd place. Not all of the best teams were there, there were better options, but you still had teams like MYM, Millenium and Incredible Miracle from Korea, so we were really happy with the 2nd place. I was personally very happy about the MVP. I pretty much played the "OP" champions of the time and I think that was the reason I got the MVP. Olaf at the time was so good that I could win 1v2 and 1v3 situations and it looked really flashy so maybe that's why the people voted for me.
No, it was a total surprise for us. We didn't practice much for two weeks because of some problems and we just went for the trip and last-place money. I think we had a really good day, since all the matches we won were during the first day. I think everyone everyone including ourselves had the same expectations - that we would just lose all our matches. I guess we just had a really good day and got out of the group.
People said they didn't have much time to prepare for that tournament. It's hard to do that, because you have to play week after week in the LCS and they didn't have the time. I don't think that was the case. If we were about to play in the IEM World Championship in Katowice this year, I think we would put in the time to do well if we had such a chance. I think they just had bad runs.
Kiadys Mialem Team: Living The Dream
Summer Qualifiers. In the meantime you also made switches in the team. Why did you do so?
We had many switches, especially Jungle and Support are like "cursed" roles in our team's history, since those were the only roles we made switches for. We tried every single person that plays on the competitive level in Poland for those two roles. It took us a long time to find the people who would have a synergy with us. I think that's why we stayed in the shadows for so long as KMT. We just lacked the correct people to have a great team.
We faced the two strongest teams at the time and we knew that our chances were small. Samurai in Jeans were really good and although they failed to qualify, 4 out of the 5 players got into the LCS via transfers. I think we just weren't good enough to get into the LCS at that point. Maybe if we had easier opponents we might have qualified, but that's no excuse.
Jankos and VandeR. What was the reason behind those numerous changes?
Yeah, that's because there are no good junglers in Poland. I played Jungle back in Acer Poland, Overpow had to play Jungle at one point too, because of that lack of good junglers. We basically had to steal Jankos away from another team to fix that problem. We borrowed him for one event - Dreamhack Bucharest. After we won that tournament, we offered him to stay with us, since we was technically still with another team.
I don't know why he switched at all to be honest. Maybe it was because there weren't a lot of good supports in Poland and he saw an opportunity in that. It would be easier for him to find a team if he played support I guess.
Well, we mainly shotcall as a team during most of the game. For instance, when we see an opening, we would all just scream "Nashor Nashor". It's pretty much the same, in small skirmishes, everybody can give out orders and we just commit to them. There's no thinking behind it ,we just do the first thing somebody says. It doesn't always end up well, and that's something we're working on. There are still a lot of things we can improve and that's one of them but that is our idea as far as how shotcalling should work.
Well, we played Dreamhack mainly for fun and the experience we could get out of it. We didn't prepare for it, we just went there and played. We got 2nd place and it was a nice trip overall. We focused much more on the LCS Qualifiers than on Dreamhack itself.
We knew there was such a chance. We expected them to pick either us or SUPA HOT CREW, because Copenhagen Wolves looked really strong at the time. They had gone 5-0 in the qualifiers and they had won most of the recent tournaments. I guess NiP just thought we were weak and for me it seemed that they were cocky enough that they thought it didn't matter whether they picked us or SHC. That they would win easily no matter who they played against. And that's how they acted just before the games.
Well, our Picks and Bans weren't really prepared beforehand. We played scrims versus Team SoloMid here in the studio and Overpow decided that Kayle was really strong and that he would play her and that's how we ended up winning two games with her. It was just a random pick.
We won the first match. During the second match, we were very far ahead but we trolled and lost it in the end. It was a pretty hard loss, they managed to make a comeback and won. Later on we lost another 2 games in a row. It's always nice to play versus teams from other regions, since such opportunities aren't possible that often. But those matches were just random scrims and we played them to warm up for the NiP matches. It's not the same as playing tournament matches, nobody focuses as hard as he would in an official match. It was about improving some things, not tryharding.
I really had no idea that it was inspired by a Korean team. Every single player on the team is experienced and we've played and watched tens of thousands of games in League of Legends, so some things just come naturally. I think that that was just one of those times when we knew what to do based off that experience - whether it was our own idea or something we remembered seeing somewhere.
"What the hell happened, how is this even possible?" - Those were out first thoughts I think. We got in on our first try and we were playing versus NiP which people said was the best team in Europe, because they were winning every single scrim. We knew it would be really hard to beat them. Not impossible, but they were the toughest enemy in the relegation tournament. We were pretty amazed that we managed to 3-0 them. I don't know what to say about that moment except that it was really mind-blowing. We couldn't believe it.
Most people expected NiP to win. The only person that I remember voicing his expectations in our favor was Edward. He said we would win versus NiP in a 3-2 Best-of-five.
As I said before, we wanted to fight for 4th/5th place just to be in the Playoffs. That was our goal before the Season started. But it just turned out that we're performing better than the other teams, or they're performing worse than expected. We are doing really good right now and our goal has shifted towards doing everything in our power to stay in the Top 2. It will be really hard but I hope we will make it.
We're still practicing our rotations, because I think teams like the Copenhagen Wolves are better than us at doing them. We are good at doing Nashor. We have the nerves it takes after we kill one or two enemies, so we go for the turrets and Nashor. We do this better than most teams because we know our limits. We know what we can do with our champions, we're good in teamfights and in the Picks & Ban phase. That enables us to take advantage of the enemy team when an opening comes up.
Postgame: vs Copenhagen Wolves
When we took the first Nashor. They just got too greedy for the Turret kill. They ended up trading a turret for 3 or 4 kills and a Nashor for us. I knew at that point that if we played it off well that they wouldn't have a chance at a comeback. Our champions were much stronger in the late game so they didn't stand much of a chance versus us unless we played it badly and threw the game somehow. We just had to wait, farm some more and there was nothing they could do. They could only turtle up for as long as they could and hope we made a mistake at some point.
In the current patch he's the best. There are champions that can beat him easily, but people dislike playing those champions - Kennen, Jayce. Since Trundle has no gap closer he can't do much against such champions in lane unless someone ganks. But since currently teams play tanky toplanes, you can't play them. At the same time Trundle is a really good splitpusher. He is by default an anti-tank champion because of his Ultimate, so he's really good at everything. He's bad versus some AP Toplaners, but for the current meta, he's good.
Usually I teleport after I splitpush. By doing that you put the pressure on the enemy team to send someone to counter your splitpushing and there are two reasons why teams dislike doing that. Trundle is really good in 1v1 situations and players tend to get Teleport with him. So that puts the enemy team in the situation where they either have to also pick up a Teleport on their toplane, or they have to somehow disrupt the Trundle's teleport. By splitpushing with Trundle, you force the enemy to gather as a team and try to dive you or push. Because Trundle is a fast pusher, teams are usually handicapped when trying to force a fast dive anywhere else on the map. And I usually teleport behind the other team if we have sufficient warding and capitalize on that.
Definitely SK Gaming. They are playing really well and we have a match against them next week. It will be a really tough and interesting match to watch. Gambit is the second hard matchup for us, and we're also playing them next week, making it a very hard week for us. Fnatic are also someone you shouldn't disregard, even if they aren't in their best shape right now. But top 2 are definitely SK and Gambit Gaming.
Which Toplaner has struck you as a tough opponent to play against in your career so far?
As far as mechanical skills within the laning phase - Zorozero is the best in Europe. He's by far the player I hate playing against the most. I hate laning versus him. I think I would manage to play well versus most LCS Toplaners, but Zorozero is something else. Especially when he plays with Dr. Mundo he punishes you for the slightest mistakes you make.
I can see both those teams in the LCS, since they are playing pretty well. They are by far the two strongest teams in the Challenger scene. I think the rest of the teams are way below their level as far as skill. If the Challenger scene keeps up like this, there will be a good fight for the LCS spots next relegations.
I would like to thank all of the people who helped me get here. Every single teammate I've had has in some way made this possible. I'd like to thank all of our fans and ROCCAT for the support they've been offering us. It's because of all of you that we got this opportunity and play so well.
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