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As the Copenhagen Wolves struggle to claw their way out of the 10th place position in the EU LCS, internal issues have continued to bubble, resulting in yet another change. Petar “Unlimited” Georgiev has decided to step down from the team. He will continue to play until a replacement has been found, and will continue to evaluate his options for the future.

 

Unlimited speaks on his decision to step down:

 

Which leads me to the next point, after 2 of my closest friends and teammates in the team are leaving it is now officially not the same team anymore, so my driving force of the obligation i felt to do everything in my power to keep the team going is just not there anymore.

And to finish it off, i always felt like my talents would be much more useful as a coach than as a player i always spend countless of time theory-crafting and preparing for our opponents, only to end up not sleeping well and under-performing because of that, but i stayed as an active player because i thought my team needed me to, but now i realize that is not the case.

 

Read the full statement

 

NoL will continue to provide updates on the Copenhagen Wolves as changes develop.

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Joey “Youngbuck” Steltenpool, Captain of the Copenhagen wolves, has revealed plans to step down from the team. Citing a team atmosphere with seemingly unchangeable conditions, here is his statement, from his twitter:

Last night I expressed to the team and staff my desire to leave the team. The atmosphere in the team has been awful this split and I’ve come to accept that it won’t change anytime soon. I will try my hardest in this weeks LCS games but hope that CW will find a replacement for me shortly after. I want to thank all the fans for their support throughout the years, through thick and thin. League of Legends is still a game I love playing, and love teaching others in so I will stick around and consider my options after this is all said and done.

 

NoL will continue to provide updates on the Copenhagen Wolves as changes develop.


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After injuring his hand playing basketball, CLG may opt to use substitute AD carry Trevor “Stixxay” Hayes in place of Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng.

 

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As stated on the lolesports fantasy website, Doublelift is day-to-day, with Stixxay ready to stand in if necessary. Doublelift doesn’t seem too worried, and took to twitter to announce that his finger “should be back to normal in a week or 2.” He also gave a brief update on his Facebook:

 

Ok so the story is that we were playing basketball on lunch break, and I grabbed the rusty metal net with one hand trying to stuff someone. Didn’t feel any pain at first, but I looked down and saw my pinky looking weird. Only 12 stitches and looks worse than it is :^) hope I can still play this weekend

 

Plagued by visa issues, TDK will continue using substitute players in week 4. Zachary “Mancloud” Allan Hoschar and James “Lattman” Lattman will fill the void in TDK’s roster for week 4.

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Fitting in

This week, Ekko became eligible in the LPL, as well as the EU and NA LCS. While still disabled in LCK, it’s always exciting when a champion enters or returns to the meta, and in this case rings especially true. Regarded as “overloaded”, Ekko can be seen as a burst mage with a ton of utility,  not to mention the fact that he can escape most situations relatively intact. His E skill, Phase Dive, grants him the ability to chase down opponents, or get out of a potentially lethal encounter. Coupled with an AoE stun, the pick potential is real from whatever position he is played.

Making his competitive debut in EU, Ekko would take on a variety of roles as players figure out exactly where the AP assassin belongs. Billed as a mid laner, does Ekko truly stand without limits?

Let’s take a look at what we’ve seen so far.

 

Stage 1 Europe

After bans in the first 3 games of the week, we would finally see Froggen bring Ekko out to a strong performance of 4-1-4, though eventually falling to Fnatic. In his next appearance, Airwaks brought the time shattering menace into the jungle, ending up with a 3-2-3 score and a defeat.

Played 3 more times, only one player would find success on Ekko as Froggen received yet another loss with a modest score of 2-2-1. Fnatic top laner Huni pulled off the only Ekko win in EU, going 7-1-7 and rushing what has become the standard: Morellonomicon. In the clip below, Huni shows us Ekko’s bait potential, Fnatic style.



Kikis would also bring Ekko into the jungle, suffering a 1-4-5 loss to H2K. It’s worth noting that in both Kikis and Airwaks games, neither jungler opted to build sightstone. With a questionable rush of Spirit Visage on Airwaks, and Kikis going from his Cinderhulk into a Locket of the Iron Solari and Glacial shroud, a case can be made for the early vision offered by sighstone over getting tanky as fast as possible. Time will tell.

Ekko premiered in Europe, but would make his first true mark in North America.

 
Stage 2 North America

At the end of day 2, Ekko’s debut would spark numerous questions. Where is he best played? What should he build? What role does he serve? The NA LCS would provide no clear answer as he ended week 3 with wins across all three roles.

Interestingly, in both of his losses in North America, Ekko was played mid lane, and ended with a positive score. With Innox going 5-2-5 in their loss against Team 8, and Bjergsen 7-1-6 against Team Dignitas, neither player could capitalize on their advantages, hinting at something far from revolutionary: Ekko is team dependent. While he boasts awesome slaying power, Ekko is also loaded up with a stun and a slow, granting his team just as much utility as damage. Coordination is key, best displayed in Team Liquid’s game against Cloud 9.



Opting for a sighstone rush and lots of early game pressure, IWillDominate gave us the first glimpse of Ekko’s strengths in the jungle. At the end of the 39 minute matchup, Ekko became a tanky time-travelling terror, soaking up damage for his team and controlling team fights through zoning and intelligent placing of his ultimate.

In their match against TDK, Bjergsen was able pull off a score of 12-6-7, taking control of the mid lane and eventually the game in a relatively standard match from TSM.



Finally, ZionSpartan would put up an admirable 4-3-9 in his victory against Gravity, once again showcasing Ekko’s carry potential even when starting defensively, choosing to build a Seeker’s Armguard before the traditional Morellonomicon.

Ekko secured a 3-2 overall win record in NA, leading to even more questions.  Next stop, China.


Stage 3 China

There was no shortage of Ekko play in the 12 team LPL, finding himself played in 11 out of the 24 games in Week 4. In a region known for it’s teamfighting, it would be interesting to see the Chinese teams approach to the league’s newest champion.

Our first glimpse of Ekko in the LPL would come in the form of a loss in the midlane as Dade gave up first blood and fell 3-5-1 to Pawn’s Leblanc. Being forced into an abyssal scepter, Dade never quite managed to claw back into the game and EDG closed the game out in typical EDG fashion – convincingly.

The next showing of Ekko would be by none other than Rookie. Living up to his nickname of “Faker Junior”, a 10-3-13 score in game 2 against LGD showed us what can happen when Ekko gets ahead early. Controlling the pace of team fights and zoning enemies with his W ability, Parallel convergence, Ekko’s presence in 5v5 scenarios is impossible to ignore.

 

 

In a less than spectacular performance, Flandre would flounder, going 2-7-1 with another strange item build on Ekko, choosing to build Cinderhulk and Trinity force and operating with a summoner spell combination of Teleport and Smite. After Snake took an early tower, QG would take hold of the game with a solo kill from V, and never slowed down from there. From behind, Ekko was never able to get into the Snake backline, and his team fight impact was rendered useless.

The first matchup of IG vs. OMG would feature Cool on Ekko, but with an 0-0-1 score, it was pretty much the Uzi show. It would be the 4-1-16 Jungle Ekko of mlxg to give us our next win on the champion in game 1 of RNG vs. WE, followed by a poor attempt to do the same by Spirit in the next game, closing the set 0-2 with a score line of 3-2-6. Not wanting to follow in Spirit’s footsteps, Eimy showed us once again that Jungle Ekko is more than a gimmick, controlling the pace of the game against one of the best teams the world has to offer in EDG.  He would close game out game one with an impressive score of 4-1-22. With Pawn and GODV both posting losses in the mid lane, it would be Eimy to bring out Ekko two more times, posting up a 3-1-19 win and a 1-4-4 loss in their set against WE. Not out of the ordinary for a jungler, every game Ekko was played in the jungle featured a Sightstone rush, with victories using both Ranger’s Trailblazer and Stalker’s Blade.


 

Wanting a more clear idea of his success in China, I consulted with LPL caster Froskurinn Devin “Froskurinn” Ryanne Mohr.

 

“I think Ekko has found most of his use in the jungle – starting fights using his kit as a gap closer and slow for the rest of his team, serving as an initiation tool. Mlxg and Eimy showed much better performances than the mid laners, apart from Rookie.”

 

I asked her what she thought about Sightstone on Ekko, and mentioned that in EU, there was no Sightstone on Airwaks Ekko in his loss against Gambit, but Team Liquid’s win against Cloud 9 was impacted heavily by the presence of IWillDominate’s sighstone Ekko, allowing him free reign over the map.

 

“I mean obviously it has some relevance but I think it’s more how they’re considering using him versus how its being executed. In the mid lane he’s just another burst that can soft counter assassins but in the jungle it’s more about choke points – and his W being used in those choke points.  They only build him tanky to help his clear be safe, but he can run so far ahead of his team and catch everyone with his W/E combo. His ult is a safe backup in case the enemy team turns to burn him – and while they try to do that, the time the enemy spends on him allows his team to catch up and murder them now that all their cooldowns are gone.

As far as China is concerned – His jungle dynamic really works with the team fighting specialties in China of in playing with angles and choke points, and I think that’s how the Chinese teams have been using him best and where we’ll see a priority outside teams that have all-star mid laners like Cool, Rookie, GodV, etc.”

 

Ekko would end his run in China at 5 wins and 7 losses, with three of those wins coming from the jungle. It’s been made clear that Ekko doesn’t fare well from behind, and that team coordination is more important than ever, with many of his strengths coming from how much impact he has in team fights. He may have a huge toolbox, but using those tools efficiently is critical to his success. It will be interesting to see where Ekko finds his place as the various summer splits unfold, but one thing is certain: Ekko does have limits, and teams will have to play around them if they want to succeed with – or against – the boy who shattered time.

 

By the Numbers

Here’s a quick look at Ekko’s performance so far, broken down by region. All games took place between Jun 11th and Jun 14th.

 

Global

 

Number of games available June 11-14: 44

Picked or Banned in: 37/44 (84% P/B)

Total picks:  21

Total bans:  16

Winrate: 43% (9 Wins, 12 Losses)

Most successful position: Jungle (4 wins)

Breakdown by wins: Jungle (4), Mid lane (4), Top Lane (2)

Breakdown by losses: Jungle (3), Mid Lane (7), Top Lane (1)

Most played by: Eimy – Jungler of Unlimited Potential (3 times, 2 wins, 1 loss)

Total games mid: 11

Total games Top: 3

Total games jungle: 7

 

Europe

 

Total Games: 10

Picked/Banned: 90% (5 picks, 4 bans. Uncontested 1 game)

Winrate: 20% (1 Win, 4 losses)

 

North America

 

Total games: 10

Picked/Banned: 70% (5 picks, 2 Bans. Uncontested 3 games)

Winrate: 60% (3 wins, 2 losses)

 

China

 

Total Games: 24

Picked/Banned: 87% (11 Picks, 10 Bans. Uncontested 3 Games)

Winrate:  45% (5 Wins, 6 Losses)

Winning players across EU/NA LCS and LPL

 

Top: Huni (EU), ZionSpartan (NA)

Mid: Bjergsen (NA), Cool (LPL), Rookie (LPL)

Jungle: IWillDominate (NA), mlxg(LPL), Eimy (LPL)

 


Tim Kimbirk is a journalist writing about eSports for SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

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Rift pulse returns with the latest standings as TSM and Fnatic reign at the top of the NA and EU LCS. Plus, a look at the 2015 World Championship seeds, and other scene news.

 

North America

 

  •  Team Gravity announced that Head Coach Nick “LastShadow” de Cesare is leaving due to emerging personal issues.
  • Team Dignitas added former CJ Entus and Winterfox jungler Dong-jin ‘Helios‘ Shin to their starting roster, in place of  Andrew ‘Azingy‘ Zamarripa.

 

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After facing visa issues heading into their debut in week 1 of the LCS, TDK will once again be using a roster composed of 3 substitute players. Their official roster will be ready to compete in week 3 as they complete the visa process. From TDK’s Facebook:

 

Hey guys!

We have some good news, and some bad news concerning our players for this weekend. The good news is that Ninja, Emperor and Smoothie’s Visas have been officially approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. The bad news is that in order to complete the process, they must fly back to their respective countries to conduct an in-person interview to finalize their Visas. All three of our players will be flying out this weekend and will be eligible to play next weekend! Our substitute players from last week, Bischu, Lattman, and Baby, will once again be filling the spaces in our roster for this week’s LCS.

We apologize to our fans who were excited to see our players this weekend, and ask for a little bit more of your patience while we prepare our players.

Thank you,
Team Dragon Knights

 

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After sitting out from the casters desk during the inaugural week of the 2015 EU LCS Summer Split, Riot has issued a surprise ruling for caster Martin “Deficio” Lynge.

 

 By Magus

CONTEXT

 

Last week, we became aware of allegations involving Martin “Deficio” Lynge, a Rioter and EU LCS caster. Specific allegations were made that SK Gaming’s in-game strategy had been leaked to their opponent that day, the Copenhagen Wolves. We immediately launched an in-depth investigation and, as a precaution, removed Deficio from the broadcast and delayed the SK vs. Copenhagen Wolves scheduled game while initial inquiries took place.

Allegations were made that Deficio had discussed SK Gaming’s in-game strategy with their opponent on May 28, 2015 – and specifically with Head Coach Karl “Dentist” Krey. Over the course of our investigation, LCS officials reviewed available evidence and spoke with players and management on SK Gaming, Copenhagen Wolves, and other affected players as well as Deficio himself.

Despite evidence that Dentist had verbally claimed to Copenhagen Wolves players he was receiving information from Deficio on in-game strategy, our investigation uncovered no evidence to support this claim. While interviewing with LCS officials, Dentist admitted that in the interest of shoring up his authority with the team, he had implied to them that he was getting strategic information from Deficio, but his claims were unfounded. Based on the lack of evidence to support Dentist’s initial claims, we concluded that no strategy had been shared which could have challenged competitive integrity in this case.

However, during the course of this investigation, we were made aware that Copenhagen Wolves had offered Deficio a management position to join the organization at the conclusion of the 2015 season, and that the two parties had had ongoing conversations for the past six weeks.

Although it’s not unusual for Rioters to be approached with offers from LCS organizations, it’s important that the organization and Rioter let us know as soon as an offer is made to raise awareness around potential conflicts of interest. In this case, we believe that Deficio showed poor judgment in navigating this conflict of interest. Over the course of our investigation we found evidence indicating that Deficio had begun speaking with several active LCS players – contracted and free agents – about their future and the possibility of working with them on the Copenhagen Wolves. These conversations influenced – or had the potential to influence – player decisions on where they chose to play, and affected the competitive integrity of the LCS.

When considering consequences for Deficio’s actions, we examined whether or not there had been former precedent set within past LCS rulings. Many former rulings revolve around poaching (i.e. the CLG ruling) – the improper recruitment of a player under contract with one organization to a different one – but Deficio’s actions constituted tampering – inappropriately influencing a player under contract with one organization to consider joining another. As such, this is the first official ruling that deals specifically with tampering. Due to his former position as a pro player, Deficio has relationships with former teammates and friendships with current pros. However, his unique position as a shoutcaster and representative of the EU LCS meant that his actions were inappropriate and a breach of the trust that the League and Riot places in him.

 

OUTCOMES

 

SK Gaming vs. Copenhagen Wolves

Having reviewed all the evidence, we found no proof that Deficio shared any in-game strategy with competing teams, or affected the outcome of the game in question – SK Gaming vs. Copenhagen Wolves on Thursday, May 28. Having concluded the investigation, we stand by the result of the match.

Karl “Dentist” Krey

By making false claims (by his own admission) to his team that Deficio was providing information on other teams’ strategy, Dentist knowingly misled his own players and created the expectation that cheating was an acceptable part of team play. Equally, Dentist obstructed the investigation by changing his story and initially denying making these claims to the Copenhagen Wolves team, though he ultimately cooperated after being presented with evidence. Above all, Dentist was complicit in tampering that could compromise the integrity of the LCS. As a result, we will be suspending Dentist from the LCS until Week Four.

Martin “Deficio” Lynge

The evidence of tampering that we uncovered shows that Deficio has not lived up to the high standards of integrity we hold all Rioters to and contravened internal policies and league rules. These standards are higher than those we ask of LCS players, managers, and owners, and represent our trust in the judgment of Rioters. Despite his full cooperation with this investigation, we take this lapse in judgment extremely seriously. As such, we will be suspending Deficio from on-air duties until Week Four and in talking to Martin we’ve mutually decided to withdraw him from the casting desk for all Copenhagen Wolves games on an indefinite basis to help avoid any future conflict of interest. As a Rioter, he will also be subject to internal disciplinary measures which by law are confidential.

Furthermore, we will be restricting Deficio from being approved as a Team Member (player, coach, manager, or owner) for any LCS team for the rest of the 2015 and the entirety of the 2016 season. This does not prevent him from joining an external organization in another capacity, but given the breach of trust we feel that this ruling is important to protect the competitive integrity of the LCS and to demonstrate our intolerance for any tampering or inappropriate influence over any LCS games, teams or organizations.


Lynge has also voiced his thoughts on the ruling on his facebook. The entire post is shown below:
 

Hello guys.

I want to share a personal statement in light of the recent competitive ruling.
Leading up to the summer split, I have made some poor decisions and not respected the seriousness of the matter. I should have informed Riot about my offer the moment I received it and not discussed the situation with any active LCS players. When two friends talk one thing often leads to another and opinions get shared that should have stayed private.

Throughout my career as pro player and shoutcaster, I have always been close with a lot of players and I value these relationships very highly. This will not change but I have had to learn the difference between talking to a player as friends and talking as a Rioter. It is 100% NOT okay to give opinions on career choices and to share your own potential future plans as a Rioter, as it can impact a player´s decision making. While I never intended any harm, I definitely didn’t act in the professional manner that I expect from myself and as Riot expects from me.

I want to first and foremost apologize to the fans that support me, to Riot, our broadcast team here in Europe and everyone watching the LCS. I can say that this will never happen again. My focus always has been and will remain on making this the best EU LCS split and to keep improving my shoutcasting. I will prepare and be ready for week 4 to deliver a great show.

Thank you for reading my message and thank you to everyone who follows my career and supports it.

EDIT: To address some of the comments I’ve seen, it’s absolutely not true that Riot is trying to force me to stay as a shoutcaster. They were supportive once they found out about the offer, and would be supportive in the future if I decide to pursue opportunities elsewhere. I personally WANT to stay as a shoutcaster and love the EU LCS.

 

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Rift pulse is back with another weekly update of the most recent events in LoL esports. With the NA and EU LCS back in full swing, the second half of season 5 has officially gone global.

 

North America

 

  • CLG announced their new coaching staffwith  Chris “Blurred Limes” Ehrenreich stepping in as Head Coach.
  • Ex Nihilo, a new organization, has formed a team consisting of a blend of former LCS players and Challenger players.

 

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  •  Gambit Gaming announced that they will have a two-week trial period for Kévin “Shaunz” Ghanbarzadeh in the head coach position.
  • Mike “Wickd” Petersen announced on twitter that his team has signed to Denial eSports.
  • Jesse “Jesiz” Le and Luka “PerkZ” Perković join Gamers2 in their fourth attempt to make the European LCS.
  • Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi has left Fnatic in wake of Rekkles return, joining Odyssey Gaming in their pursuit of qualifying to the the NACS.

 

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  • The NA LCS Summer Finals will be played in NYC, with the EU finals heading to Stockholm.
  • IEM announced the details of Season 10, with the World Championship once again taking place in Katowice.

 

 

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When were you originally contacted by c9? What were the original talks like and did you have plans pending the removal of your ban?

Originally Jack reached out to me around November last year inquiring if I was interested in being a mid lane coach for Hai.  I was interested in being a part of Cloud9, but as a player not a coach.  This led to several conversations about how this could potentially happen if I was to ever be unbanned.  Ultimately we came up with a plan where I would be contractually bound to Cloud9 and if the opportunity ever presented itself I could try out for the mid job.

 

On entering the mid lane in place of Hai, will you be taking over as primary shotcaller, or is a different system being developed? How comfortable are you shotcalling and do you believe you can grow in the role? 

I’m open to getting more involved in shot calling but Meteos is handling it now and doing a great job at it so I see no reason to make any changes.

 

Are there any champions you wish were played competitively that aren’t, or some that you just wish to see played more?   

Yasuo, Fizz. I wish the mid lane champion pool was more diverse and not mainly control mages.

 

What do you like to do in your downtime? Do you play other games or have any hobbies?

At the moment I don’t have other games I’m playing but in the past I enjoyed playing CS:GO.  For now though I’m putting all my focus into League.

 

You were at a significant deficit in the lane phase against TSM, what was going through your mind? Did you get into the “play for lategame” mentality? How confident were you that you could bring it back?

I was very nervous as this was my first competitive match on stage and I felt like I had to prove myself.  I knew there was going to be a lot of attention on how I performed today which increased the pressure of the event.  To make matters worse I saw that Bjergsen got ahead by getting the small raptors on an already difficult match up.  Add in the level 3 gank and I was looking at a rough start.

As the game progressed I felt more comfortable playing on stage and I knew I just needed to be patient and scale into late game.

 

In your opinion, what was the biggest turning point of that game and when did you realize you were going to win?  

When I stole blue and we sieged mid and then rotated top and got two towers.

 

How is the communication in game? What do you think needs improving the most and do you believe you will be one of the top teams at the end of the summer?

The communication is going well but we still have several things to work on.  I’m satisfied with the progress we’re making though.  If we continue to improve I expect we will be one of the top teams at the end of Summer.

 

Shoutouts?

I’d like to thank Logitech for providing us with an office to practice.  I’d also like to thank HTC for my new M9!

 


Author’s Note: This interview has been condensed from twenty questions to seven. Please excuse the brevity, I hoped to provide more insight and will include a follow up interview with the original, extended question set in the future.

Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

 

 

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Looking back on the NA LCS playoffs, what would you have done differently? What do you believe you did well despite the outcome?

Our biggest mistake in the playoffs was not doing lane swaps correctly.  TSM got advantages out of lane swaps every game which put us at big disadvantages right away.

 

Heading into the summer split, what is your preparation like?

We have been scrimming as much as we can to get used to playing with our new roster.

 

What are your overall thoughts on MSI? How strong did you believe TSM was going in and whatdo you think went most wrong for them? Were you surprised by any of the other teams?

MSI was an interesting tournament, I think TSM was a little overconfident going into it and their loss against fnatic was hard on them mentally which rolled over into the rest of their matches in the group stage. AHQ played surprisingly well. In the past, Southeast Asia hasn’t done that well with the exception of TPA at season 2 worlds.

 

With Hai recently stepping down, what is the team dynamic like? Is there a lot of adjustments in adapting to playing with incarnati0n or is it more of him molding to the team?

The team dynamic is similar but I’ve had to step into the shotcalling role since Hai left. New rosters don’t run smoothly over night so it will take some time for everyone to adjust to the new lineup but it seems to be going in the right direction so far.

 

What is the biggest difference between Hai and Incarnati0n in the mid lane, so far?

Hai was a really selfless player who put a lot of emphasis on vision, roaming, and helping out everyone else on the team. Incarnati0n plays more of a carry style.

 

Hai was renowned for his shotcalling. Will you be assuming this role or will it be passed on to incarnati0n? What is the team doing to make sure communication stays on the same level or better with the loss of Hai?

I’ll be taking over the shot calling for the team. It was always a combined effort before with hai, where I covered most of the macro oriented shot calling while he did the micro stuff such as pulling the trigger for a fight or going for high risk plays. Those are things that I’m working on and hoping to have ironed out as soon as possible. I hope that the communication is good with the new roster. I think that our success as a team previously came not only from Hai’s shotcalling, but our ability as a team to listen to his calls without hesitation or resistance. We all had a lot a trust in Hai’s leadership so we followed him blindly and I hope the team will put the same level of trust in my calls.

 

Do you believe the current roster is a contender for worlds? What do you wish to improve on most individually? As a team?

Worlds is an entire split away and I haven’t even begun thinking about it. I think that everyone on the team is skilled individually but winning competitive matches goes way deeper than just mechanics. I’ll be happy with whatever result we get as long as we give it a perfect effort

 

How do you expect the newer teams, TDK and NME, to perform? Who do you see in the top 3 positions at the end of the split?

I haven’t played against TDK or NME in LCS yet so there’s no way to tell. They both looked good in the challenger series so only time will tell

 

How are you feeling on the current meta and state of the game overall? What changes, if any, would you like to see?

I think that Cinderhulk is interesting for the game because it changed up the champion pools but it has led to some weird stuff that I’m not a big fan of. I don’t like top laners running Smite or the fact that Warrior junglers get out scaled so hard by the % hp on Cinderhulk… I also really dislike any meta where Nunu is a top pick.

 

Describe your playstyle. Do you believe there is a “superior” way of jungling, or is there a way to make any style work within a team?

I don’t know if the way I play falls under a specific style. Limiting yourself to one style seems like a mistake so I try to be aggressive when I can and cautious when I need to be. I suppose you could say that my style is safer and more farm oriented than other junglers. I do not like going for high risk plays when I don’t have to and I care about vision control.

 

What changes do you expect to see with patch 5.10? What are your thoughts on 5.10?

I expect the top junglers to be nerfed, the patch is probably going to feel bad for a while but then I’ll get used to the nerfs.

 

What’s your current favorite champion and why?

My all time favorite champions to play are Elise and Zac. I originally started playing each of them because I enjoyed their play styles and I found a way to fit them into my competitive champion pool which yielded pretty good results until they were inevitably nerfed.

 

Thoughts on Zac? Will we see him return at any point this season?

I liked Zac when Cinderhulk first came out but since then I’ve liked him less and less. I think there are a few problems with Zac. First of all, if you play him in a traditional jungle style of ganking and warding for your lanes while buying Sightstone and Locket, you’ll be way too squishy for team fights and drop dead as soon as you jump in. The only way to be strong enough for team fights on Zac is to play selfishly which doesn’t put much pressure on the enemy team. Secondly, Zac’s E is almost impossible to hit given how much mobility and how many knock ups champions have nowadays. Lastly, Zac doesn’t do very much damage with a tank build and he’s easy to kite.

 

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Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.