How does it feel to be back in the LCS?
Edward: Well, it feels great. Playing at LCS is a part of my life and I didn’t really want to be stripped of it. I decided to become a pro gamer and nothing else, so that was really important for me.
What was your mindset after being relegated? How did you approach the series against SKP?
Edward: We knew that we will get relegated around the 7th or 8th week of EU LCS Summer Split. So we were already trying to develop a good mind set for The Promotion Tournament, it’s hard to explain. We only had a 5-day break after the final Super Week prior to resuming 5v5 practice.
After losing the first game, were you worried? What did you do to rally back to a 3-1?
Edward: I don’t think we lost due to SKP being a better team. From my perspective, we lost because we were overconfident and had a poor ban/pick phase. After that loss, we did our research and we already knew what to ban and to pick, so it was way easier for us to play against them. Besides, we haven’t played vs jungle Fizz jungle at all, so Diamond didn’t know that he can punish him early game so hard, but it wasn’t the case the next time they picked Fizz.
You put up a strong performance throughout the series, reminiscent of your days as the “Thresh Prince”. How do you feel about your play and where do you think you stand now compared to the other supports in the EU LCS? In the World?
Edward: It’s that hard to say. It’s hard for me to say that I know a player in Europe who is way better than me at playing support. Our team went through so many problems and we couldn’t do much about them, therefore everyone was playing bad compared to how they used to before. Team was struggling so much and u couldn’t see a lot of good individual plays. Alex left afterwards, so we picked up new players with only me and Diamond remaining from our original rosters. It’s a really weird feeling, like we joined a completely new team. You want to move forward and improve even more, just to prove everyone that you are still worth something. Also it’s hard to compare two supports in isolation from their teams, it’s a 2v2 match-up and, in my opinion, Europe and China have some of the strongest bot lanes in the World. Korea is doing really badly in terms of their bot lanes right now, they are just going bot to farm and they don’t punish each other, they don’t risk often enough. At least that’s how I feel after watching a couple of BO5’s from OGN.
What’s it like playing with Krislund vs. Genja? Are there any old habits that you haven’t kicked yet?
Edward: Genja and I were 2 bosses on bot lane and we didn’t listen to each other a lot even though we have good synergy.
With Krislund, it’s more like I am a boss and he is always listening to me. He trusts me completely, he always listens to what I have to say, and I think its better.
The issue of a gaming house has been a recurring topic for you, are you planning to move into a house for the next split of the LCS?
Edward: I don’t have any info about getting a gaming house or boot camp or w/e it is. We will see in the future. I hope we will get one, so I don’t have to fly for more than 20 hours every week to play a few LCS games.
How strong do you believe the current iteration of Gambit is? Do you believe you can once again become a top team with the current roster?
Edward: To be honest, I didn’t think much about it as I was fully focused on our BO5 against SKP. Right now I think we will be in a better position than before.
What is your favorite support champion on the current patch? (4.16) What is your least favorite thing about 4.16?
Edward: I haven’t played much on 4.16, since we were scrimming on Tournament Realm as our match against SKP was on 4.14. But I like to play Alistar, Thresh, Braum, Sona and Janna – they are currently my favorite support champions.
What, if anything, would you change about the state of support?
Edward: I would change Ancient Coin and Talisman of Ascension, since they are too weak right now (expensive, but not beneficial) even though they are good for your team. I also think that they should increase a variety of support items, because the choice right now is rather limited.
How strong of a contender is EU on a global stage? Do you believe they have a shot at the title?
Edward: Well, European teams are definitely better than last year, I think some of them will advance to playoffs, but won’t make it to semis. Who knows though, everyone is practicing in Korea. Time will tell.
What do you plan to do during your vacation?
Edward: I think we will take a small break. For now, I’ll play Solo Queue and stream almost every day, so you can come and watch me play on Twitch.
Edward: I said it so many times and I will say it again, thanks to every fan who sticks with us in spite of our struggles this year.
About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL