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Putting up impressive numbers in the first few weeks of the 2016 season, I caught up with Unicorns of Love AD Carry Pierre “Steelback” Mejaldi to talk about his return to Europe, playing on a new team, the current meta, and more.

 

Q: You spent some time playing in North America on Team Imagine before joining Unicorns of Love. Did you enjoy your time there? Do you prefer playing in Europe?

Yes I enjoyed playing there. It was something totally new and a different mindset than EU players. I felt happy when I was in NA because I met really nice people and it gave me the opportunity to grow as a player.

 

Q: What was your mindset like heading into the season? Was there any difficulty in adjusting to a new team?

My mindset was to perform to my own expectations. I knew that I improved a lot but I didn’t want to fail to adapt properly on stage. There wasn’t really any difficulty because everyone is really experienced which make things way easier.

 

Q: What is it like playing with Hylissang and what is the biggest difference between him and BIG/Baby or Yellowstar?

Well the biggest difference is in the laning phase aggression. Hylissang is very aggressive in lane which I like. Baby was kind of the same too. Yellowstar was more control and roamed way more which was also good, it’s just two different playstyles.

 

Q: What type of role do you feel fits you best and do you feel it meshes well with the team?

I feel that I can play way more aggressive in this team and play more how I feel.  I felt that I wasn’t playing my own playstyle before, and I really didn’t like playing passively so now I’m quite happy that I can just play natural and that everyone has the possibility to be a carry.

 

Q: What is the team environment like? What is communication like in game and how is shotcalling handled?

The team environment is pretty good. Everyone is willing to improve and plays the game a lot. We talk way more than my previous team and I think it’s really nice. You always needs to say what’s on your mind with shotcalling, and everyone is doing it pretty much which I think is the best cause everyone should be able to understand what would be the best move possible at what time.

 

Q: You played week with Djoko due to visa issues with Diamondprox. How much has this affected the team? What is the most noticeable difference in his absence?

Djoko played better than everyone expected, I’m sure he had confidence on stage to make plays. The absence of Diamondprox affected us obviously because he was a top tier jungler and had a lot of experience, he was helping the shotcalling a lot. I’d say the most noticeable difference is the experience and the knowledge that he has with every match up which is really huge.

 

Q: Last year, you said you wanted to see more Ezreal in the LCS. In 2016, he rounds out the top 10 most played champions in the EU LCS. Do you still enjoy playing him?

Yes I really enjoy Ezreal even though his laning phase is not the best at the moment due to his tear build. I still like him because you’re able to poke and make plays with him.

 

What in your eyes makes him so strong?

I feel his strongest point is his poke and his ability to peel for yourself and I think that people forget a lot about how to use his ult efficiently. For example clearing waves and harassing the enemy.

 

Q: How would you rate your performance so far? Who do you feel is the biggest competition among AD Carries in EU?

I’m happy that people noticed that I improved but I still think that I can do way more. People shouldn’t forget that my team is really good, which is a huge reason why I’ve looked good at the beginning of the season. I think there are a lot of good AD carries that I can learn from and we will see how it goes during the season.

 

Q: Of the teams you’ve played, who was most difficult to play against?

Well I think Fnatic was the most difficult cause they managed to stall the game for super long even though they were really behind. I feel that we lost to G2 and Origen because mostly because of draft.

 

Q: How do you feel about the state of the current meta? Specifically AD Carries? Are there any changes you’d like to see in the game?

I feel that the current meta is pretty good because it’s more about aggressive plays all over the map and there are way less tanks. Also, on AD carries you can build differently depending on which ADC you pick. Same for masteries, before there was one only way to take masteries and build AD carries.

 

Q: Shoutouts?

I just want to thank every fan that support us. It helps a lot, you guys are awesome keep it up!

 

 

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Caymus is a journalist and content creator for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about Esports.

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The TSM roster is now wide open as the team has announced they will be holding tryouts for the ADC position. With last week’s roster shuffle, and the ADC slot also up for grabs, Team SoloMid looks to rebuild over the next few weeks in preparation for upcoming IEM San Jose in November.

“We are announcing tryouts for the AD Carry role on our League of Legends roster. As we are in the process of restructuring our management and rebuilding the team, we would like to explore more talent, new or old, in hopes of finding the best roster possible. Our current AD Carry Jason ‘WildTurtle’ Tran will be participating in these tryouts. The position will go to whomever we feel to be the best suited for it.

Like the other tryouts, every applicant must have the following requirements:

  • Fluency in English
  • Challenger ranking in NA, EU, KR, CN, or TW
  • Willing to relocate to the TSM Gaming House in California, USA
  • A positive mind set, which includes but is not limited to the following:
    • Willingness to learn from others
    • Competitive spirit
    • The ability to accept criticism and be self-critical
    • Cooperative and willing to adapt to and work within a team environment

 

As a side note: we are still accepting applicants for all the previous positions listed.”

 

Application details

 

 

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After facing a four game suspension that resulted in Gambit playing for their LCS spot in the 2016 Promotion Tournament, Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou has been put up for transfer.

Gambit cited that while individual performance and dedication was satisfactory from all players, that they were unable to successfully approach the game in a way the team could utilize Forg1ven’s skill to the fullest. Consequently, they will remove the AD carry from the starting position and into a substitute role.

Rather than forcing him to stay and warm the bench, the team has opted to allow him to join another team, and is ready to negotiate with interested parties.

 

We are not interested in keeping FORG1VEN on our bench until his contract expires by the end of LCS EU Spring 2016. He has already experienced this unpleasant situation. Besides, we believe that he will be able to fulfil himself in another team. Consequently, we are putting him up for transfer and are ready to negotiate deals with interested parties.

 

While it is unclear where the AD Carry will be headed, he has expressed his interest in the past to travel to North America, or other English speaking regions. NoL will provide futher details as information becomes available.

 

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Touted as one of the best AD carries the west has to offer, I had a chance to talk with Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou about his time on Gambit, the upcoming World Championship, and his competitive future.

 

I’ll jump straight into it. You’re currently serving a 4 game suspension due to negative behavior. What are your thoughts on the ruling?

Whatever I say on this matter won’t change anything even if I obviously am still really furious so what’s done is done.

 

How are you spending your downtime? What are your hobbies besides League?

Whenever I am not in front of a computer for my job I just divulge into social life. Otherwise I am either watching a tv series or playing a different game.

 

You were recently searching for another game to play, with a potential to win money in the future. Does this mean you wish to switch games, or is it just something to do on the side? Are you considering taking a break?

I have changed from CS 1.6 to DotA to League to CS:GO and in the future to HotS or whatever gaming title is really fun and appealing so yes. This doesn’t mean I will go pro because at some point I will have to finish my university studies and fulfill my army obligation so we will find out eventually.

 

Where do you stand on your current goals for competitive LoL? Do you see yourself returning to Gambit next year? If not, where would you want to play if you could play anywhere?

My intention is to play my last upcoming spring split with GMB unless an offer comes for the team which me and the organization find beneficial for both(Which i don’t see happening). I intend to honor my contract.

 

How is playing with Edward? Did you have to make any changes to your playstyle?

It was certainly the most entertaining and fun bot lane partnership I’ve ever had. It was harsh in the start but I really cared about Edward to improve him and through this I would improve too. I think in the end he became a better player, not the best, but significantly he showed progress that he did not with his former AD carries. One of the best personalities I’ve ever encountered. I didn’t have to change playstyle cause of Eddy, mostly cause of how my team operated and how I think I was misused or not prioritized at all so I gave up a lot.

 

If you could play with any support in the world, who would it be?

I don’t care tbh I believe that whoever I play with for a month or a bit more the player will show drastic improvement in at least one or more aspects of the game. Unlimited did, nRated did, Edward did, so I can’t see why this trend wouldn’t continue.

 

Would you ever consider playing in a different region? Where?

Yes. Obviously I want a go to NA at some point. Next worlds I will be 24 years old and I don’t think that is really hopeful. In general. wherever they speak English.

 

What do you think the teams “skill cap” was in terms of potential placing?

I think 4th place was the highest most likely.

 

What are Europe’s chances at worlds? Do you believe Fnatic is a title contender?

I am not following league since I got punished so whatever I say would be wrong and a lie so good luck to the representatives.

 

Which AD Carries were the most difficult to play against in the regular season? Who in your opinion are the top 3 AD carries in Europe? Who do you want to play against the most?

There was no bot lane that would stand out in general either cause of the meta or cause of the inability that exists with European bot lanes for consequent years. The only exception was the H2K bot lane. I think top 2 are Hjarnan and Freeze. No preference since everything seems to be the same over and over.

 

There was a recent overhaul of AP items, and talks have surfaced of AD Carries needing an item overhaul as well. What do you think on the current state of AD carry items and do you think item paths are stale? What would you change to improve the role?

I really wish that at some point AD carries would cease to exist so they fully realize that the role/items are extremely problematic. I prefer the Bloodthirster meta. I am not the one responsible for changing the role there are people that are getting paid to solve this kind of issues so it’s up to them.

It already started to happen kind of with Mordekaiser. I was thinking about it and I don’t get why teams haven’t tried to replace AD Carries with an AP Mage bot lane for example.

 

There has been criticism of your champion pool in the past, notably that you don’t like playing champions like Kalista and Sivir. Is there a truth to this? What is the decision making like behind what champion you will play during the game?

I didn’t play Kalista and I don’t think this was a problem since even if I played I am 101% sure that nothing different would have happened or we wouldn’t get a win just because of ‘that champion’. I was playing Sivir but after 1 week teams that had blue side were banning Sivir against us so nothing I could do there either. It’s rarely up to me to pick a champion. I present my team with the choices we have during a champion select and based on what we trained last week and they decide pretty much what is the most optimal.

 

The promotion tournament is just around the corner and Gambit has chosen Mousesports as their opponent. Why Mousesports?

I guess they are seemningly the weakest team available to pick. Wishing GMB the best since I won’t be able to assist.

 

After watching the final, were there any surprises in the Origen vs. Fnatic Matchup?

I saw the vods. Pretty much expected a 3-1 in favor of fnatic but not 3-2 to be honest.

 

What are your thoughts on either team and their current strength heading into worlds?

Origen could go further if they don’t collapse under pressure or hype. But for most Fnatic is the sure bet.

 

Do you watch/follow other regions?

No not at all.

 

Did you watch the NA Finals? What are your thoughts on NA teams and where they stand comparatively to Europe? How good is Doublelift/Aphromoo?

Since lane phase has pretty much disappeared it is really hard to see combinations to shine but I personally think they will stand up to their responsibility that they will be given by their team.

 

What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in maintaining a career as a pro gamer? What drives you to keep playing?

Riot cause with their rulings or decisions they have created a really big apathy and disappointment inside of me for the game and this ‘career path’. In the past it used to be motivation to show a better quality than my counterparts in my role, now I really don’t know. It doesn’t matter anyway.

 

Will you continue competing in League of Legends? 

We will know after worlds.

 

You’ve been playing quite a bit of Heroes of the Storm. What is your opinion of the game so far and do you expect its eSports scene to grow to be a viable option for players? What attracts you to the game?

I think it’s a fundamentally different game from DotA and League and it will attract people. It’s up to Blizzard to pretty much make it a stable professional gaming title because in some years the other titles will ‘drop’ in popularity. I have no idea how it will do. You can say that HotS is comparable to Season 1 League at the moment.

 

What is your ideal breakfast?

Fast food or cereal.

 


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

 

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With the recent return of CandyPanda to SK Gaming, there has been one question on everyone’s mind: Where will Forg1ven go?

Konstantinos “Forg1ven” Tzortziou, EU LCS MVP and hailed as one of the best players the west has to offer, is set to join Gambit Gaming after stepping down from SK.

Gambit has tried several combinations of players to prepare it’s bot lane for the upcoming Summer Season, including  Mohammed “Jebus” Tohki of Gamers2 and Fnatic AD carry Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi. With veteran support Edward “Edward” Abgaryan at his side, it seems they have settled on Forg1ven to round out their roster.

Known for his work ethic and focus on winning, Gambit may have found what they need to attain some of their former success.  Time will tell.

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Adrian “CandyPanda” Wubbelman has returned to the starting lineup of SK Gaming, taking over the AD carry slot.

After a disappointing playoff run, SK Gaming has opted to replace star AD Carry Konstantinos “FORG1VEN” Tzortziou, citing issues within the team Dynamic.  Despite an impressive showing in the regular season and a 15-3 record, SK Gaming seemingly fell apart in the playoffs. Former Managing Coach Joe “Innerflame” Elouassi also spoke on differences in team direction, and it seems that direction would take them right back to where they started.

Spending nearly 3 years on and off under the SK Gaming Banner, CandyPanda originally left the team in October 2014 after a poor showing at the 2014 World Championship. After spending the Spring Split away from competitive LoL, CandyPanda hopes to reach the World Championship once again.
 

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Following the rumored departure of Rekkles come more potential roster changes for Elements in the off-season.

It has been reported that both Ilyas “Shook” Hartsema and Mike “Wickd” Petersen are exploring other options, dissatisfied with the current state and future of the team.  Sitting just out of relegation, the team is a shadow of it’s former self, having been the number one team in Europe just last split. Since it’s acquisition of former Fnatic AD Carry Rekkles, the team has taken an unexpected dive in the standings, crashing to seventh place in the 2015 Spring Split.

From the article:

Both players, along with Larsson, have grown increasingly disillusioned with the team and don’t feel that the current roster can match their expectations. He added that the team will rebuild around the remaining two players in the organization, Henrik “Froggen” Hansen and Mitch “Krepo” Voorspoels.

While not confirmed, if the three players did leave the Elements team, recently acquired substitutes Erik “Tabzz” Van Helvert and Marcel “Dexter” Feldkamp would be the most likely replacements for the starting roster.


Author’s Note: This information has not been officially confirmed, and as such is considered a rumor. We will update this article as more information becomes available.

 

 

In week 7, Team Winterfox made a controversial roster swap by moving Johnny “Altec” Ru into the support position, with their Head Coach Hyun-il “Paragon” Choi filling in for the AD carry role.

In their latest round of changes, Altec will return as the starting AD carry, with substitute player Nicolas ‘Gleeb’ Haddad once again leading the starting Support position.

Winterfox hopes these changes will be enough to secure them a spot in the playoffs. They currently sit at 5-9, sharing 8th place with Team Dignitas.

Official Announcement

 

Team Winterfox has just announced massive roster changes via facebook in an unexpected switch of AD Carry Altec to the Support position.

Hailed as one of the best up-and-coming AD Carries in North America, Johnny “Altec” Ru will take over the support position as  Head Coach Hyun-il “Paragon” Choi fills his shoes as the starting AD Carry. Current support Hyeonsu “Imagine” Jang will be moved to the substitute role.

According to the post, the change was requested by Altec, and will be effective beginning in Week 7.

 

Team Winterfox Roster as of Week 7

Avalon – Top Lane

Helios – Jungle

Pobelter – Mid Lane

Paragon – AD Carry

Altec – Support

 

Official Team Winterfox Statement

After his benching in Week 5, AD Carry Piglet has returned to Team Liquid’s starting roster.

Citing improvements in team dynamic and communication, Team Liquid hopes to yield better results than their last attempt with the AD Carry.

Team Liquid stands at fourth place with a 7-5 record. Piglet’s record with the team is 2-4, compared to substitute counterpart KeithmcBrief at 5-1. There has been no decision made on who will be their final choice for the AD carry role.

Team Liquid Official Statement