Fresh off his first split in the LCS – and his first LCS title, I had a chance to speak with Pierre “Steeelback” Medjaldi on his time in Fnatic, performing under pressure, and the upcoming Mid-Season Invitational.
Q: How did you react when Fnatic first contacted you for tryouts? Were you confident you would get the spot?
The first time that Fnatic contacted me was through Yellowstar. He wanted to do some duoq with me to see ifÂ I could compete at an LCS level.Â I was really nervous because i wanted the spot really badly. After a few days he decided to bring me into the team and I was super happy.
Q: You’ve had massive success in your first LCS split. Looking back on your performance so far, how would you rate yourself compared to where you believe you can be?
Looking back on my performance I’m not really happy with it. IÂ feel that i can do way better. I was really nervous, which affected my gameplay and caused me to play too scared. I’m more confident now,Â and believe I can improve even more. I feel much stronger than at the beginning of the split.
Q: Was it difficult adjusting to the team? Was there any pressure to fill the spot of Rekkles?
At the begining i was a bit nervous because Rekkles was one of the bestÂ AD carries in EU and I had to replace him. IÂ didn’t want to fail, especially since I was a solo queue player without any competitive experience,Â but now I feel that i can be one of the best and compete at really high level.
Q: What is it like playing with Yellowstar and what was his role in helping you fit in? Did it take long to build synergy?
Yellowstar is a support that roams a lot, which is something that I wasn’t used to. After few weeks I adapted my playstyle to this and I feel that we took time to build a synergy between us but it’s finally here and I’m really happy with it.
Q: What is the biggest difference in playing with Yellowstar compared to other supports in the past?
Yellowstar makes a lot of a calls. He looks at every lane and leads both inside and outside of the game.Â He has a lot of experience and is very mature, he really is like the big brother of the team.
Q: How would you best describe your role in the team and why does your playstyle fit so well?
In our team we have to play moreÂ safely on the bottom sideÂ because we play around top side more. Reignover and Huni have really good synergy so they play really aggressive top side . Iâ€™m trying to fitÂ my playstyle into the team as best as i can. I used to play really aggressively in the bottom lane but i adapted to the team to play safer. To be the best you have to knowÂ when to play passively or aggressively.
Q: How far do you think this Fnatic roster can go and who do you view as your biggest competitors?
I think that our roster is really strong. We have young players that are very determined to win. I think that if we keep working like we do we can have good results at worlds. Our biggest competitors are obviously Chinese and Korean teams.
Q: What ADC would you like to see played/played more often in LCS that isn’t currently?
Q: Favorite ADC of any region?
Deft is someone that I really enjoy.Â He is a really strong player and his laning and teamfighting are super strong.Â He always deals tons of damage.
Q: Who is your best champion?
At the moment I would say Lucian.
Q: What are your thoughts on Forg1ven? Is he on another level and where do you think he ranks in the world?
Forg1ven is a strong adc. His mechanics are really impressive, Iâ€™d say he is the best AD in laning phase, but i dont think that he is the best when it comes to playing passively and team fighting.
Q: Who is your “best friend” in the FNC house?
Q: Who will win MSI? Who do you want to play against the most and why?
Fnatic obviously! I really want to play against Deft because i think he is the best ADC in the world .
Q: Is there anything you didn’t get to play in the finals that you would have liked? Do you think there will be any crazy surprises at MSI?
I think that we can surprise people and win against Chinese and Korean teams.
Q: What is the team environment like? How is communication handled in game?
The team environment is really good, everyone is really friendly with each other. We had some issues in the game at first, like getting too excited or not talking enough when we’re losing,Â but we have an amazing coach that is hepling us!
Q: On current AD variety, can you really play anything? Is there still a “holy trinity” of ADC’s and if so who? What is your current champion to play competitively and why?
I think that i can play lot of different ADC’s. My top three right now are: Urgot, Kalista, and Sivir.Â My favorite AD to play competitively is Sivir or LucianÂ because their laning phases are strong.Â With Lucian youâ€™re more able to make plays, and Â with sivir you can push the lane and support your team a lot.