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Yong-Jae “Rush” Lee and Michael “Bunny FuFuu” Kurylo will be joining the Cloud 9 League of Legends roster for the 2016 season, the organization announced Thursday.

 

 

After two fourth places finishes in the jungle with Team Impulse, Rush was optimistic in his future with the team:

I want to win in NA at least once. My goal is to win both the spring and summer split with Cloud9.

 

BunnyFuFu shared that sentiment, commenting on his work environment:

Probably the hardest thing for players is managing your stress levels, and I think what Cloud9 has set up here and how easy everything is really well set up for the players to have it as easy as possible.

 

Hai and BunnyFuFu will split time in the starting position, at least for the time being. Swapping between two players is a recent trend seen in teams like SK Telecom T1, who have tried it successfully throughout the season and including at the World Championship. This is however the first time it is being tried at the support role, and in North America.

 

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How does it feel to qualify for the LCS again after multiple close attempts? How do you stay motivated?

It feels really good, especially since I’ve been on this team for months and we’ve all worked hard in the gaming house to make it happen. Winning by a 3-2 margin was just one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. It was amazing that me and my teammates perserved after losing 2 games to tie the series. Honestly a good amount of my motivation comes from when I lose horribly to my opponents. Sometimes there’s a lot of mental blocks like the enemy is bad and just lucky etc but sometimes the enemy plays really agressive and just outplays you the whole game so I always want to strive to do better than them but at the same time perfect my play so I can try to be the best in the world.

 

Is this the strongest team you’ve been on so far? How do you believe you will perform in the LCS, and do you think you can reach the top 6?

Yea it’s definitely the strongest team I’ve qualified with but myself and the other players on my team take a good amount of time to adapt to the meta. so atm we’re not doing super well but I believe in my teams potential and the hard work that they put in. The first split might be shaky but I definitely think we can make top 3 and go to worlds in 2015.

 

Who are you most looking forward to playing against? More specifically who do you think will be the biggest challenge for your team?

I’m excited to play almost every team. I think there’s never been so much talent in LCS ever, I am excited to watch and play against a lot of the talented players who I believe will become huge carry superstars: Quas, Pobelter, Impaler, Crumbzz, Cali(no pressurino) etc.

 

Who do you feel is the biggest threat to you in the bot lane?

I think most bot lanes have better mechanics than us but I think me and dodo have a strong strategic mind so as long as we don’t blunder super hard I think sneaky and lemon will be the biggest threat as they have strong mechanics and brains meaning I should cheese them with my good old kennen ADC.

 

How much do you think the role of AD has changed in the recent patches? What changes do you like or dislike most? Is there anything you would change before the new season starts?

I don’t think it’s changed too much, it feels like a lot of junglers can do significantly more damage though making the early game more difficult for ADCs. Riot has nerfed a lot of the ADC’s recently so now they’re all pretty similarly balanced. Corki doesn’t have a ridiculous edge anymore because Sivir OP.

What are the biggest obstacles in playing in Challenger and the road to the LCS? Do you feel Riot is taking the right steps in creating a viable path to the Pro Scene?

Well everyone kind of starts off in Challengerland and its just not cutthroat enough in a way. You have to beat an LCS team to make it in so you gotta assemble a really strong challenger team to do that. When the current roster of team 8 formed we were slightly behind the monstrous LMQ in skill but had a good record against most teams. A bad seeding (partially our fault but also ranked 5’s is a horrible way to bracket because for example : if seed 1 was LMQ seed 18 would avoid seed 1 until finals  but 20,10,11,2,19,9,12 are all doomed to face seed 1 early to the point where they wouldn’t get enough points to get into the playoff stage.

 

How do you feel about the new teams entering the LCS and of them who do you feel is strongest?

I thought Coast would be really good coming into the tournament but they looked a little shaky. I think they’ll eventually pick it up and be a huge threat in terms of mechanics and laning phase. Also Impaler seems to be ‘slightly’ good at jungling. Curse Academy was on and off amazing they would seemingly play teamfights brilliantly and then follow it up with them getting picked off multiple times. I think if CA fixes that they’d be a similar team to C9 with absolutely dominant team fighting pressure.

 

It seems that newer teams have trouble not being relegated. Is this just not adjusting properly to the level of play or not changing practice habits? What plays most into this?

Don’t know. It seems like a lot of the teams end up disliking each other when they finish low in the standings. I thought Complexity had really strong ward control but it seemed that our teamwork and essentially chemistry was better than CoL for teamfights which decided most games.

 

How was it subbing for Lyon Gaming? What was it like playing with a squad from a different region?

I just wanted to have fun. We didn’t get a huge amount of practice so it was kind of an uphill battle and then during the tournament games we ran completely different stuff. Wish there was a loser’s bracket so we could’ve played against pain they were really cool people that I met during the afterparty. It’d also help the international scene grow!

 

What are your overall thoughts on IEM San Jose? How is playing on an international stage compared to the LCS or even Challenger? What did you learn most?

I sucked but people were congratulating me for shooting a rocket that got me a triple kill when Seiya completely set up that play LOL. I wasn’t on my game because I wasn’t used to how uncomfortable earbuds + tight headsets were. It was very painful for me but I made a few amateurish mistakes so I gotta just work harder so that doesn’t happen next time.
Draven. Will we get to see him again? Where does he fit in 4.21 and what types of AD carries do you enjoy most right now? 

Draven is always playable but a very unsafe pick. He’s got the damage potential though and the dollah bills. In the current patch I still love Corki. He’s absolutely broken after triforce is finished, I feel like I always have 2k+ gold on my next back. He’s insanely flexible and still super OP imo.

 

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