With a roster built on the experience of veteran players and upcoming Challenger talent, startup organization HUMA has their eyes set on the LCS. At the teams core, Jungler Lucas “Santorin” Tao Kilmer Larsen, formerly of Team SoloMid, and former Giants Gaming Top Laner Jorge â€œWerylbâ€ Casanovas spoke with NoL on competing under a new banner, qualifying for the LCS, and more.
After leaving TSM, did you immediately decide to return to Europe, or did you consider staying in NA? What led to you joining HUMA?
After TSM, I wasnÂ´t sure what I was going to do. I spent a lot of time considering all my options. Despite many teams making offers, I decided to go with HUMA. One of the main reasons being I saw a lineup that could make it into the LCS.
How confident are you in your chances of qualifying for the EU CS and eventually the LCS?
Right now I think our chances of getting into the EUCS are high, and if we make it into the EUCS I think our chances of getting into the LCS are even higher. After working with this team for a little while now I see us improving steadily and everyone truly trying their hardest. A huge upside to this team is the fact that we receive criticism really well together and individually. No one feels hurt or threatened if they are being approached with a problem, which really helps us grow a lot.
You’ve played in the Challenger series before. Do you have a different mindset going in this time now that you’ve gone as far as the world stage?
I definitely have a different mindset going into Challenger series once again. I have so far failed twice getting into the LCS with challenger teams, but this time I feel like I not only have more knowledge and experience behind me, but the right team to finally make it to LCS with.
You’re taking on more of a shot caller role in the team. What makes you suited for this role and have you already started to transition?
I have decided to take a leadership role in the team because I think my worlds experience, and playing with TSM, gave me a lot of helpful experiences to make the transition into being the shot caller easier. I am still getting used to the shot calling aspect of our games, but I believe that with time I can become more comfortable with it.
You have been criticized in the past for being passive. Do you believe you have played too safe of a style and do you think we can expect a more aggressive Santorin, or is this more of a product of the function of the team?
I think my style on TSM was too passive, it was a mix of a lot of different things. I do not really know why it all started where I became super passive, but back on Coast I was a really aggressive jungler and I always went for skirmishes and tried to outplay my opponent. The style I had on coast was the style where I was able to carry games and lead my team to victory and thatÂ´s the style I will be using with my new team, HUMA.
How have you been spending the offseason?
In the offseason I decided to visit my girlfriend, Kelsie, in Canada for a month and outside of that I, I have been playing soloÂ queue, streamed and vistedÂ my family and obviously going to the gym too.
Are you enjoying the state of the jungle right now? What do you love/hate most about the preseason?
I really enjoy the state of the jungle right now, it allows me to play all the aggressive junglers which is what I love playing and it also puts me in a position where I can carry games. The thing I love the most about the preseason is the rift herald, I really like that they added that to the game, it makes the game more interesting. A thing I hate about the preseason is the fact that thunder lords is stronger than every other keystone which makes the choices of masteries very one sided.
What led to your decision to leave Giants and how did you end up on HUMA?
Well about leaving giants, it was more about how I was not comfortable in general and that I wanted to try finding better options. At the same time they were not comfortable playing with me so I think it was better for everyone if I left. Huma came to me with a great offer and a roster that was really good, so I decided it was the best possible option and took it.
You’ve already qualified for the LCS through promotion in the past. What makes it different this time, and are your goals different after having played in the LCS before?
The difference is that now I have a lot of experience, I know more about how everything works, and I know how much we have to train as a team to really make it to the top. Also individually Iâ€™m a much better player than when I qualified before. My goals are different since I got into LCS. Before just staying in was good enough, but now I want to be one of the top teams
You’ve been playing a lot of duo queue with Santorin. How has that been and has the rest of the team been practicing together?
I get along very well with Santorin, I like his attitude and I think he’s really skilled. About the team, we havenâ€™t played that much, but at the moment I think we are a really strong team and we are going to get better and better.
With the preseason in full swing, what type of role do you see yourself filling in the team for 2016? What is your favorite way to play top?
I donâ€™t think Iâ€™m going to have a specific role in the team. I prefer the carry-role, but Iâ€™m also playing more non-carry champs so my team can just carry me.
What are your impressions of Illaoi? Have you had time to play her and do you think she has a place in competitive play?
I still havenâ€™t played Illaoi because I donâ€™t think sheâ€™s a good champ overall, so right now I donâ€™t think we are going to see her in competitive play.
I would like to say thanks to HUMA, my fans, and my team mates for trusting in me, you wonâ€™t regret it.
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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.