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After a series of roster related rumors, Team Liquid support player Alex “Xpecial“ Chu has confirmed that the team is searching for another support player.

In a video update, Xpecial offered insight into the change, citing personal and performance related issues:

There are two big reasons why this roster change is happening:

The first one is Piglet just doesn’t like me. He doesn’t think I’m that good anymore and he wants a new support. The second reason is the TL staff has been questioning my performance as of late. They don’t know where its heading and they want to look for a new option and because of piglet’s preference, we decided to go with that.


Team Liquid considered various options, including trying a new AD carry, before settling on their decision to replace the veteran support. Xpecial says though unsure of his future, he wants to continue competing.

I’m going to make sure people remember why I was one of the best, and once I have a platform to stand on, I’ll show them again why I was one of the best.

– Alex “Xpecial” Chu


It is rumored that Andy “Smoothie” Ta will take Xpecial’s place on the roster. NoL will continue to watch the story as things develop.


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Unicorns of Love Jungler Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek has announced that he will be leaving the team, who will be using a replacement player for the remainder of the Summer Split after week 7. Citing communication issues, Kikis intends to continue playing in the LCS, possibly in a different position.

From his Facebook:


Last week I told the team that I wanted to leave, we decided to play together this week, but they will be playing with someone else for the rest of the split. There were a lot of different reasons for the decision, but most important to me was the way our communication works and that not everyone is on the same page when it comes to work ethic


It has not been revealed who will fill the jungler role in place of Kikis.


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Rift pulse returns with the latest standings as we move past the halfway point of the summer split. With only 3 weeks left in the EU and NA LCS, teams look to make their final run at a playoff position.


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On the forums, KateyKhaos explains why skins are sometimes delayed over the course of a patch cycle and why typing “GG EZ” after matches is frowned upon in League. Also, a few official announcements: Hexakill (6v6 mode) returns to Twisted Treeline, summer split LCS icons are now available for purchase and community events have been made easier to set up.


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How do you decide which skins to release

KateyKhaos Final PortraitHiya Blainezy!

While we don’t have 10+ skins ready to ship, we are working on a good chunk of skins at any given time. :] For example, Legendary or Ultimate skins are in the development process for much longer than a 750 RP skin. So, some skins are in the works for quite some time before they see PBE!

Deciding on which champ to give a skin to next and when depends on several factors which include when the last time a champion received a skin, or if a champion fits into a particular thematic. For example, if we made a Harrowing-themed Anivia skin (I don’t know, maybe she’s a bat!) as opposed to the Prehistoric Anivia skin, you wouldn’t see a skin for Anivia until October, despite it being a while since her last skin.

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Why do you wait to enable skins in the store after a patch

KateyKhaos Final PortraitIt depends. Sometimes, it’s because it’s tied to an event that we switch on at a particular date – Forsaken Jayce on May (the) 4th (be with you). ;D Other times, it’s just so each skin or set of skins get their own chance in the spotlight.

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Why do people get so angry when someone types GG EZ

KateyKhaos Final PortraitIt’s not that people are necessarily angry – it’s just unsportsmanlike behavior.

I’m sure you, like myself, have been on both the winning team and the losing team. Of course, it feels awesome to win, especially if it was a back and forth game, and it came down to one team fight. We’ve all been on the losing side of this, too, and hearing the enemy say, “GG ez” or, “rekt” feels really crappy.

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What about taunts laughs and dancing ingame

KateyKhaos Final PortraitI absolutely agree! In cases like these, I muting the player may be the best option.

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Muting a player doesnt stop his taunts or laughs

KateyKhaos Final PortraitIt doesn’t stop the animation, but it does stop the VO from playing.

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These are jokes and youre making ingame chat sterile

KateyKhaos Final PortraitI would disagree with this statement. I think unsportsmanlike behavior isn’t cool in IRL games, or in video games. Poking fun is one thing, and being a jerk is another. I’ve joked around with opponents before when they call out that I baited them into a fight. I’ll respond with something like “fish bait!” if I’m playing Nami, rather than saying something like, “git rekt noob”.

And while people are joking derpping around with each other in all chat… you still have done NOTHING to fix the pregame troll hostage situation that we are all dealing with.

I can’t comment much here, as this isn’t something my team handles. (I’m on the skins team.)

I’m sure you do not play this game… I fail to see how anyone that does play this game and works at Riot would not be more vocal about how much of a problem pregame trolls are.

I actually do play this game, and quite often! :]

I do encounter some negative behavior in my games (both on my Riot name, and on my account without Riot in the name). Honestly, I’ve been able to diffuse several situations by talking with the team and being flexible. Positivity and flexibility go a long way, especially in champ select. In any team game, I think communication is key.

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If Im falsely reported by 4 premades will I be banned

Lyte Final PortraitPlayer behavior systems are not just based on reports. Even if a premade of 4 reported you, if the reports are false, you won’t receive a penalty. All player behavior systems are backed by the Report System, which tries to validate every single report. If a report is false, the reporter loses “value” in his reports and the relevant player behavior system ignores the reports. If a report is accurate, the reporter gains “value” and his reports become more powerful. The current Reform System analyzes chat logs for negative behaviors, so it goes beyond just looking at false or accurate reports.

I don’t even remember a case where a player was punished because of false reports from a premade of 4.

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Hexakills heading back to the Twisted Treeline


After trying a few new modes out, the Featured Game Mode team’s turning back to an old favourite for their next incarnation: Twisted Treeline’s Hexakill mode! Alongside the usual compressed carnage that lots of champs on a smaller map brings, this version of the mode brings about bans.

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Community tournament support levels up


TLDR: We’re releasing an update to the Community Events pages today that makes community-run tournaments easier to create, easier to find and easier to run. Read on to learn more!

Whether you play League to satisfy your competitive cravings or to just relax and have some fun with friends, taking part in community-run tournaments makes League enjoyable in a whole new way. This latest site update makes make finding and getting together with like-minded League aficionados easier than ever.

The first thing you’ll probably notice, besides the shiny new graphics, is how easy it is to find the events you’re looking for. Use the filters to find the type of tournament that fits your style and location and click Register. There’s another step or two, but it’s pretty much is that easy.

Check out the updated site and sign up for a tournament or create some new events of your own today!

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Celebrate Summer Split with LCS team icons

Magus New PortraitSummer is here and it’s time to kick-off another exciting LCS split. Celebrate the start of Summer Split by grabbing your favorite team icon from North America and Europe for 250 RP each. Unlock an LCS team icon to cheer on and support your favorite team from the Rift.

Want to support the entire League or can’t pick a favorite team? Unlock all 10 of the NA LCS or EU LCS icons as a bundle for 2000 RP. These bundles and all LCS team icons will be available throughout Summer Split.

Elements recently redesigned their team logo and Enemy Esports requested some color adjustments so their team icons will be updated by Patch 5.11.

As with Spring Split, when you purchase a team icon, 20% of the price goes directly to the team and 80% supports esports (prizes, broadcast, events, etc.)

You won’t want to miss any of the epic LCS match-ups especially with spots at the 2015 World Championship on the line. Catch all the LCS Summer Split action starting on May 28 over on Lolesports.

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Looking back on the NA LCS playoffs, what would you have done differently? What do you believe you did well despite the outcome?

Our biggest mistake in the playoffs was not doing lane swaps correctly.  TSM got advantages out of lane swaps every game which put us at big disadvantages right away.


Heading into the summer split, what is your preparation like?

We have been scrimming as much as we can to get used to playing with our new roster.


What are your overall thoughts on MSI? How strong did you believe TSM was going in and whatdo you think went most wrong for them? Were you surprised by any of the other teams?

MSI was an interesting tournament, I think TSM was a little overconfident going into it and their loss against fnatic was hard on them mentally which rolled over into the rest of their matches in the group stage. AHQ played surprisingly well. In the past, Southeast Asia hasn’t done that well with the exception of TPA at season 2 worlds.


With Hai recently stepping down, what is the team dynamic like? Is there a lot of adjustments in adapting to playing with incarnati0n or is it more of him molding to the team?

The team dynamic is similar but I’ve had to step into the shotcalling role since Hai left. New rosters don’t run smoothly over night so it will take some time for everyone to adjust to the new lineup but it seems to be going in the right direction so far.


What is the biggest difference between Hai and Incarnati0n in the mid lane, so far?

Hai was a really selfless player who put a lot of emphasis on vision, roaming, and helping out everyone else on the team. Incarnati0n plays more of a carry style.


Hai was renowned for his shotcalling. Will you be assuming this role or will it be passed on to incarnati0n? What is the team doing to make sure communication stays on the same level or better with the loss of Hai?

I’ll be taking over the shot calling for the team. It was always a combined effort before with hai, where I covered most of the macro oriented shot calling while he did the micro stuff such as pulling the trigger for a fight or going for high risk plays. Those are things that I’m working on and hoping to have ironed out as soon as possible. I hope that the communication is good with the new roster. I think that our success as a team previously came not only from Hai’s shotcalling, but our ability as a team to listen to his calls without hesitation or resistance. We all had a lot a trust in Hai’s leadership so we followed him blindly and I hope the team will put the same level of trust in my calls.


Do you believe the current roster is a contender for worlds? What do you wish to improve on most individually? As a team?

Worlds is an entire split away and I haven’t even begun thinking about it. I think that everyone on the team is skilled individually but winning competitive matches goes way deeper than just mechanics. I’ll be happy with whatever result we get as long as we give it a perfect effort


How do you expect the newer teams, TDK and NME, to perform? Who do you see in the top 3 positions at the end of the split?

I haven’t played against TDK or NME in LCS yet so there’s no way to tell. They both looked good in the challenger series so only time will tell


How are you feeling on the current meta and state of the game overall? What changes, if any, would you like to see?

I think that Cinderhulk is interesting for the game because it changed up the champion pools but it has led to some weird stuff that I’m not a big fan of. I don’t like top laners running Smite or the fact that Warrior junglers get out scaled so hard by the % hp on Cinderhulk… I also really dislike any meta where Nunu is a top pick.


Describe your playstyle. Do you believe there is a “superior” way of jungling, or is there a way to make any style work within a team?

I don’t know if the way I play falls under a specific style. Limiting yourself to one style seems like a mistake so I try to be aggressive when I can and cautious when I need to be. I suppose you could say that my style is safer and more farm oriented than other junglers. I do not like going for high risk plays when I don’t have to and I care about vision control.


What changes do you expect to see with patch 5.10? What are your thoughts on 5.10?

I expect the top junglers to be nerfed, the patch is probably going to feel bad for a while but then I’ll get used to the nerfs.


What’s your current favorite champion and why?

My all time favorite champions to play are Elise and Zac. I originally started playing each of them because I enjoyed their play styles and I found a way to fit them into my competitive champion pool which yielded pretty good results until they were inevitably nerfed.


Thoughts on Zac? Will we see him return at any point this season?

I liked Zac when Cinderhulk first came out but since then I’ve liked him less and less. I think there are a few problems with Zac. First of all, if you play him in a traditional jungle style of ganking and warding for your lanes while buying Sightstone and Locket, you’ll be way too squishy for team fights and drop dead as soon as you jump in. The only way to be strong enough for team fights on Zac is to play selfishly which doesn’t put much pressure on the enemy team. Secondly, Zac’s E is almost impossible to hit given how much mobility and how many knock ups champions have nowadays. Lastly, Zac doesn’t do very much damage with a tank build and he’s easy to kite.



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



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What was your mindset heading into the relegation series against Copenhagen Wolves? Were you confident you would come out ahead?

After we dropped to relegations I was devastated. My goal was to make playoffs and in the end I had to fight for my job. Though after a week of hard practice, I didn’t really feel bad anymore. I didn’t feel fear playing against those people anymore, I just wanted to prove to everyone that we as a team can still stay in the LCS and play well. I was really confident going into those series.


You didn’t die once the entire series. How do you feel about your own performance? Do you feel this match showcased the difference between Challenger and LCS Caliber teams?

Every game I play on stage I don’t really care about my stats, it’s about my play. I think I played better than most matches in the regular split, but there was still room to improve. It’s really hard for a challenger team to beat an experienced team in the LCS, the game knowledge and experience in playing on stage is huge advantage.


Do you feel your playstyle in these games was different than during the LCS? It seemed as if the early game played a bigger difference than usual, what changed?

I guess I wasn’t really that scared and I knew I can and need to outplay those people. I didn’t really care who was I up against, it was me or them so I had to do my best.


How are you enjoying the current meta and do you feel your champion pool fits in?

I don’t really like the tank meta, it’s pretty boring but oh well, I have to play them. There are still a couple of interesting champs that you can make plays with, like Gragas or Rek’Sai so I’m fine with those.


As a Jungler, do you prefer playing standard or in a lane swap scenario?

Usually I prefer standard scenario because I can impact the game harder. In lane swaps the jungler usually has to dive and do other stuff for their team, where in standard lanes it’s up to you what you want to do.


Heading into the summer split, what is your preparation like?

I guess we changed coach and our mindset in the game. It’s really hard to talk a lot about it but I feel like our scrims are more efficient and we don’t really do useless stuff that we did before. Our picks and bans phase is different as well, overall you should see much improvement in the summer split 🙂


How are you feeling on the current meta and state of the game overall? What changes, if any, would you like to see? 

I never think of things like that, I just play whatever is necessary and I will do my best to do what I have to do. The meta shifts a little bit every week or two so you get used to it step by step, unless the season changes hit, which is like once per year, but then you still have a lot of time to prepare. I don’t really care about what could change, I will try to adapt anyway.


What’s your current favorite champion and why?

I guess it is lee sin like it always has been. It’s just that you can do so much on this champion and it’s a pure skill champ as well. One of the best champs for solo queue too. Unfortunately the tank meta made him a little bit weaker in competitive play.


What are your overall thoughts on MSI? Did you expect Fnatic to perform as well as they did?

Overall I didn’t really watch a lot of MSI matches but I expected Fnatic to beat TSM, that’s for sure. We played scrims against them before MSI and we felt like they are pretty strong, also Huni is a god so how can you lose? Obviously Korea almost won, Europe wasn’t able to stop them, but this time china did.


Are there any champions you wish were played competitively that aren’t, or some that you just wish to see played more?

I wish champions like Lee Sin, Elise, and Evelynn would come back to the meta, even Jarvan was fun. There are not that many champions that I consider fun though so I guess I will just wait and see what comes next.


Does the team hang out outside of the game? What do you do in your downtime?

To be fair, I dont think we do a lot of stuff. We don’t really hang out much. We are just here to play and even in our downtime we are basically playing solo queue only. We really want to be the best and we are trying our hardest to achieve this goal, It didn’t work last split though :/


What are your expectations heading into the summer split and do you believe you can make Worlds? 

For now I’m going to say that there are no expectations. I’m not going to say something that I would regret in the future. Last split I was cocky and I thought we are going to be top 3 for sure, this split I’m not making the same mistake again, we’ll see.


In the short term, what are you looking to improve most individually? As a team?

Individually I think I should play more aggressively and just try to outplay people instead of overthinking like I was. As a team we probably should be more aggressive and play to our champs as much to the limit as we possibly can in the LCS.


Who do you expect to hold the top 3 slots at the end of the split? Do you believe EU is a contender for the World Championship title?

I think Fnatic will stay in top 3 for sure, but in my opinion h2k and unicorns might struggle, we’ll see though. Both teams showed how good they can play, don’t know which two teams could replace them. About the championship title, obviously we are still there so yes, EU has a chance 😀


What are your thoughts on Origen? Have you had the chance to play against them and where do you expect them to end up?

Origen is kind of a strange team. They have these experienced players and then there’s Niels. I would even say that he is their best player. They are hard to play against in scrims, but I wouldn’t consider them being top 3 in EU atm. They will put on a good show, that’s for sure.


What is your opinion on auto relegation? Would you make any changes to the current structure of the LCS?

I think auto relegation kind of sucks for the last place team because they should have a chance to at least fight for the spot with the amateur team that replaces them as it was before. On the other hand though, it’s uber hard to beat a LCS team when you are just an amateur without time to practice, so I understand and respect Riots decision to have it this way.



I’m going to give a shoutout to ROCCAT for supporting and still believing in us, to my girlfriend Dominika whom is cheering for me even when shit happens and to my family/friends ☺



You had a long journey into the LCS. How do you keep yourself motivated? Were there ever times you doubted yourself or wanted to give up?

I kept myself motivated just by sheer will power and all of my fans saying I could do it. Any time I fell short in a challenger series, I thought I wasn’t “good enough”, but every time I started to question that, I spammed solo queue to try and improve. I was actually about to quit before expansion but then Enemy’s manager Angel contacted me to see if I was interested in playing in a gaming house. I believed that my run with Enemy would be my last effort.


What was your preparation like heading into the final? Was there anything you wanted to try but didn’t get the chance?

As much as I’d like to say we prepared by scrimming, watching replays, and playing a lot of solo queue, only one of these things really happened. Leading up to the matches, there was a player that had a lot going on and a lot of scrims mis-scheduled, so we only had I think ½ of a scrim block leading up to it. If we looked a little bit unprepared with the meta, it’s because we were haha. If anything, we prepared by talking a lot about what could happen, then what we would do in response, and that was good enough for this final since we actually read what was going to happen and adjusted accordingly in the series. This was the only time we ‘slipped’ throughout the challenger series; I’m confident that we’ll work really hard to do well in the LCS


Who are you most looking forward to playing against in the LCS and why?

Sneaky and Lemon, I think sneaky is the best ADC in NA. No other reason but I’m sure people will look into this haha.


What are your expectations heading into the LCS? Goals?

Expectations are anywhere between 4th and 7th, goals is making it to worlds.


What is the strength of the top challenger teams compared to current LCS teams of any caliber. What do you think needs to happen to continue improving the challenger scene further? How strong are the EU and NA challenger scenes comparatively?


I mean, top challenger teams are still just “amateur teams” which reflects mindset of most people in this scene. On some given days, most of the top challenger teams can beat lower end LCS teams, and vice versa. If the challenger scene becomes more rewarding, then it will continue to grow. As it is; a lot of people hold back on competitive because they don’t think it’s worth it, so if there’s more incentive then more people will try harder. No idea how strong each are since spectating can only go so far :}


What are some of the biggest struggles of the run up to LCS, working through challenger, and playing competitively full-time?

There’s no real security and a lot of the time, people in the challenger teams don’t take it as seriously and a team can disband just like that. On top of that, all it takes in the qualification matches is one mess up in a bo1, and you’re out for the whole season, so it’s not very appealing to go full time with. Granted, challenger has gotten a bit better about it since Riot is realizing that the challenger scene is the future of the LCS, so they NEED to make sure it’s growing.


How would you rank yourself compared to the other AD Carries in the LCS? How does your bot lane stack up to other bot lanes?

Middle of the pack. Hard to say, we’ll see once LCS starts.


What is the team environment like? How is communication handled in game?

Everyone is really calm and collected, if anyone gets worked up about anything it’s me haha. It never carries over though, and we all get along really well. In game communications are controlled by myself, Innox, and Trashy. It’s really dependent on what kind of champions we’re playing and how we’re influencing the game with those picks; we don’t have a set shotcaller. Bodydrop calls timers and feeds similar information while Flaresz actually sometimes calls targets in team fights which helps a lot.


What is your practice like leading up to the LCS?

We’re on vacation at the moment, but we’re looking to start scrimming really soon. Once those start up, we’ll be viewing replays. We’re playing a lot of solo queue so we aren’t completely rusty.


Looking at MSI, who do you expect to win? What are NA’s chances at the event after the disappointing Day 1 and are there any matchups you’re excited for specifically? Who do you expect to see in the final/semifinal?

SKT, I just think Korea is always going to be ahead because of their infrastructure. TSM is being exploited in the early game; hopefully they can fix that. expecting AHQ, Fnatic, SKT, and EDG in the semis. SKT vs EDG Finals


Who stands out to you the most at the event?

Bang. Amazing ADC, love his Kalista play


With the confirmation of c9 Incarnati0n, how well do you expect him to perform?

Once again, hard to say :} solo queue success doesn’t always mean they’ll perform in competitive, but I do think picking him up is a step in the right direction for C9.


Looking at 5.8, what do you expect to change before the summer split?

Tank meta will be gone hopefully, as for expecting … I have no clue, We’ll see. I like to take everything as it comes and don’t really like to make any predictions.


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’ve always been able to adjust to any picks that are popular, so I do believe I can play anything needed. I’ve been playing this game for 5 years and have been at the top of the ladder for like the last 3-4 years spamming the “meta” picks as they change. Sivir, Kalista, and Urgot fit into most comps that are popular atm, while Jinx, Kog, and Lucian are do-able in some regard. I love Kalista, my favorite champion at the moment.


How are you enjoying the current meta and how do you feel your playstyle is defined? Are there any changes you would make to the AD role, whether it be items or champions or otherwise?


I don’t like the meta, but it’s not the worst haha. My playstyle is defined by what my team needs, and that’s all. Whenever I’m able to play a hyper carry, I have the most fun I can possibly have in a competitive game. I’d like the build path to change [away from IE, Zeal], but I’m not aware of what Riot could do to change that. Champion picks are fine, it will change in the next month or so I’m sure.



Shoutout to my family, Enemy and our management, Forge, Battle Buddies, the people who ask me a ton of questions on my, my twitter followers, MY FRIENDS WHO ACTUALLY BELIEVED IN ME (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE), all the cute girls/boys out there, and all my fans in general. I couldn’t have done this without your support and I can’t thank you enough. Love you all and I’ll do my best to make you all proud.

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

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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After weeks of speculation, Cloud 9 has officially confirmed that Nicolaj “Incarnati0n” Jensen will be their new starting mid laner. During the tryout period, Incarnati0n edged out players like Eugene “Pobelter” Park and David “Yusui” Bloomquist for the spot. With an impressive showing, C9 analyst Charlie Lipsie spoke with optimism on the newest addition to the squad:


I think that out of the players that we tried out, Jensen had the most raw talent..I can see him becoming the best mid laner in NA. One of the things I was impressed with was Jensen’s drive to do whatever the team needs to succeed.

After spending two years under an indefinite ban, Nicolaj is ready to move forward and prove his talent under the C9 banner.

Given my past mistakes..I’m looking to be a better teammate and to continue being confident in my own individual performance as well. I’m hoping to carry that confidence into the team without touching the infrastructure of how Cloud9 works.


Riding a wave of hype, expectations are high for the Danish mid laner as he replaces Hai Du Lam, longstanding mid laner and original founder of Cloud 9. Also serving as the primary shotcaller, it will be interesting to see the new team dynamic and how well they can adjust to a new player.  Nicolaj acknowledges Hai’s impact on the team, and had this to say:


In regards to replacing [him], I want to mention that we have very different playstyles and serve different roles on the team. We aren’t very comparable as players but I know what he did was special for the team.


When the Summer Split begins, Cloud 9 will be competing with a different roster for the first time since it’s inception in 2013.

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Let’s talk about playoffs. How did you expect to perform and are you happy with your performance? What would you do better or change if you could?

I am happy with my performance – it was my first split in the LCS and reaching the finals was an incredible experience. I am a very young player and still have a lot to learn, and so does the team. I hope we can stop taking fights when we are terribly behind or playing a scaling comp in the future.


What was your prep like heading into playoffs? Did you expect to make the finals?

Well we took one game after another. The SK bo5 was probably the most exciting one. In the 5th game there was nearly no come back in sight. I didn’t give up and we somehow managed to steal nashor which led us back into the game. I feel we tried our best in every series and I am surely not disappointed with the 2nd place finish.


Is there anything you wanted to play but didn’t get to?
I would have loved to play Cassiopeia but I think it was banned in nearly every game.


Looking at the next split, how similar to the current standings do you expect things to be? Who will be top 3?
That is a tough question. There will be a lot of roster swaps leading up to the summer split which means anything can happen. My guess would be H2K and Fnatic but I am unsure about the third.


Who is the strongest mid laner to play against in EU? Who is the strongest mid you’ve ever laned against?
I think I had the most trouble versus Froggen in the last split. He doesn’t make many mistakes in lane and this makes it insanely hard to get ahead. The strongest mid laner I have faced was probably Bjergsen who has an incredibly good laning phase.


If you had to play another role competitively, what would it be?
AP supports! Champions like Zyra who can backup their adc with a lot of damage and crowd control.


What is your favorite mid/jungle champion combo? Who is your favorite mid champion right now and why?
My favorite mid lane champion is Cassiopeia. She is one of the best scaling champions and in the current meta she can destroy tanks in seconds. Even though she is best for her scaling into the late game she has still a good laning phase and can bully most champions.

My favorite combination is top lane and mid lane actually. I love the Yorick+Cassiopeia combination but that requires your top laner being able to play it.


Looking at MSI, who do you feel is the strongest team heading in? Which team(s) from that event would you like to play against most and why?
I think every one of these teams has its strengths and weaknesses and it just depends on the opponent being able to take advantage of those weaknesses. I would love to play against SKT or again vs. TSM. Both teams have amazing mid laners and I am sure I can still learn a lot from playing against them.


Any thoughts on patch 5.8? Do you expect things to change a lot before the start of the summer split? What types of things do you expect to see week 1?
I don’t think there will be many changes. In 5.8 bard is going to be a top tier support and I can imagine Jinx might lose some popularity. Mundo might come back into the meta as well with the new changes to his Q.


What are your thoughts on Origen? How strong are they relative to the other LCS teams and where do you expect them to end up?
Its hard to judge by only playing them in scrims. A lot of teams are playing different in the LCS than in scrims but I can imagine they will end up in the middle of the LCS.


There are rumors that Incarnati0n is heading to cloud 9. What are your thoughts on this? How strong do you believe Incarnati0n is and where would you rate him?
Well Incarnation is an insanely good solo queue player. The question is whether he can transfer it into the LCS because that is obviously different. I will definitely be keeping an eye on that.

Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.