Interview with Na’vi Jungler Amin: “Giving up? No. I could have played in the LCS if I wanted to, I had offers.”
In December, multigaming organization Natus Vincere, or Na’vi, made their official return to the competitive League of Legends scene withÂ the announcement of their challenger roster, and their intent to climb their way through the Challenger Series into the LCS. NoL spoke with their starting Jungler,Â Amin “Amin” Mezher, on playing in the Challenger Series, the development of the amateur scene, how he ended up on Na’Vi, and more.
You’ve spent quite some time in the Challenger series. What has kept you motivated to continue playing? Has there ever been a time you considered giving up?
I just enjoy playing the game in an amateur scene where I can have a real life and also some competitive gaming. Giving up? No. I could have played in the LCS if I wanted to, I had offers.
What are your thoughts on the development of the Challenger scene over the past year and where is it still lacking the most? What needs to change to make being an amateur player more viable?
I think the challenger series has improved a lot since I played in it with NiP. It’s a lot more structured now, with better money.
With so many teams receiving backing, both new and old alike, are you concerned with organizations who have a higher spending power potentially limiting the growth of upstarts and those with less money?
With so many new organizations coming in, with an entire bank in the pocket it definitely makes it harder for Solo queue players to get into the scene. Why would you tryout a random solo queue player when you can just buy one of the best players in that role?
You sometimes get a bad rep for your attitude. Do you think it is deserved and are you doing anything to change this perception?
I would say itâ€™s deserved, but a bit exaggerated by the community, reddit etc. I think I was way more toxic back in the day when I was a lot younger. Now Iâ€™m trying to be more matureÂ and I think Iâ€™m on the road to incarnation.
How did you end up on Na’Vi? What led to your decision in joining the team? What was the trial process like?
I wanted to join an amateur team this year and I heard Na’Vi was looking for players so yeah, the org is very big in esports and it made my decision easier. I saw that they took it very serious with the staff etc. which was important. To be honest I just scrimmed two games and after that it was a done deal pretty much.
What are your immediate goals now that you are officially competing again?
My first goal is to qualify for CS and play good every game and prove myself a bit more to the community.
Does Na’Vi have a gaming house, or plans to get one?
I do believe Na’Vi are going to buy a gaming house soon in Berlin, so yes.
Are you already practicing as a team? Results?
We havenâ€™t played a lot of tournaments or barely any official games, but we’re practicing. Results are pretty good since we’re a new team.
How confident are you that this team will perform in Challenger Series and potentially make the LCS? Is there an expectation to qualify by the organization?
I believe if we stick together and if everyone takes it serious, we can go a long way, including in the LCS. Na’Vi believes in us.
What is the team atmosphere like? Is it strictly business, or do you guys do things together outside of the game as well?
I like the team atmosphere because itâ€™s not strictly business, we’re friends too. So after scrims we can just keep hanging out.
How is shot calling handled in-game?
We’re still a new team so we’re trying stuff out pretty much but itâ€™s mostly me, mid, and top shot calling.
How are you enjoying the preseason? What do you hope to see changed before competition starts?
I like the preseason, I like the fact that more aggressive junglers are played. It fits me.
Who do you see as the biggest threats in Challenger right now? Who are you most looking forward to play against?
I would say Millenium are one of the best challenger teams right now. They’ve played together for a long time and have great teamwork.
Just a big shoutout to Na`Vi and all the sponsors
Caymus is a journalist and content creatorÂ for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitterÂ talking about eSports.