How does it feel to be in playoff contention after a rough start to the split?
It feels good and went better than expected. I am particularly happy with our ability to play good even when we lose, it shows just how much we’ve improved in the off-season and during the LCS
What changes needed to be made and what has changed in the past few weeks? How is the dynamic in the team?
We realized the strengths of our team is playing heavy teamfight compositions. Siege, poke and splitpush weren’t working for us but we tried to force it in the LCS. With bad results, we realized that we just need to stick to our strengths and not focus only on the weakness of the opponent or what’s good in the meta.
You seem to be playing more comfortably and your performance has improved over the split. How do you feel about your current play compared to earlier in the spring and what do you think contributed most to your improvement?
I changed from an agressive playstyle to a passive one. The agressive playstyle could work but junglers noticed that it caused me to overextend a lot and punished me. Now that I’m more passive I focus on teamfight heavy champs and am content with going even in lane knowing I’ll contribute greatly in teamfights.
Who do you have the most trouble playing against in the top lane?
Odoamne and Vizicsacsi have surprised me a lot in how good they are in 1v1. Huni is also always a big threat and an incredible player.
What are your thoughts on patch 5.5, specifically the top lane?
I am very happy about the current toplane meta. I think every player has a slightly different champion pool and preferences which shows just how versatile the top lane is right now.
What types of changes do you expect to see with 5.5? Do you expect to see a rise in tanky junglers as Riot seems to be aiming for?
We’ll see a lot more tanky junglers and with that I think hyper-carries will make a bit of a comeback if not a big one.
The EU LCS has always been considered kind of strange in terms of standings. Do you believe the current standings are accurate of who truly are the best teams? Who do you think is the best team in EU currently?
The standings are close to accurate but strengths of team varies every week and per patch. Last patch I considered H2K to be the best team but currently SK looks on top again.
Who did you expect to win Katowice? Was there anything that surprised you at the tournament?Â Did you take anything away that you can use in your play?
Just like everyone else I expected GE Tigers to steamroll the tournament so I was quite surprised to see TSM win although I knew they were in contention for 2nd place.
Champion pool wise there weren’t a lot of new things but seeing different playstyles and then reasoning with yourself why it works and against what it works always adds to your own team and own playstyle.
How did you spend the timeÂ off? Is this considered extra practice ramping up to playoffs?
We did practice a lot, focusing a bit more on solo queue in the first week and then going heavy on scrims in the second week. We aren’t in a position where we can slack or take a break because we are fighting for playoffs and to stay out of relegation.
Elements has been surprisingly lackluster despite being the number one team last split. Do you believe they can turn it around and what do you think is â€œmissingâ€ or preventing them from truly performing? Do you think their lack of diversity in playstyles is hurting them to a fault?
They have the skill level to be on top but they are lacking synergy and seem to not understand the meta and laneswap styles. I think they should look to practice against different opponents and try to copy things from other teams into their own playbook.
Looking at the playoff picture, what are your expectations heading in? What is your practice regimen like?
6 days of practice, 1 day off. If we make it to playoffs I think we can upset a lot of teams because we are known to be good in best of 5’s and have the ability to adapt because we always prepare 2-3 team compositions during regular LCS weeks
I am curiousÂ about the scrim environment in EU. Do all of the teams play each other, or is there less desire from top teams to play the bottom teams? Additionally, are scrims played completely through? Is there ever the issue of games not being taken seriously?
Most teams have their own circle of teams they play based on friendships and respect. There are teams who tilt/rage after bad early games and there are teams who play out the game no matter what. We are in the later camp. Playing from behind, even far behind is a thing that any team can master and based on some of the comebacks we’ve made I think it’s a great way to approach scrims
Shoutout to all the fans for their continuous support especially the old ones that stuck with us through thick and thin!
Tim KimbirkÂ is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Any questions, requests, or general inquiries are welcome by tweeting toÂ @CaymusNoLÂ