When were you originally contacted by c9? What were the original talks like and did you have plans pending the removal of your ban?
Originally Jack reached out to me around November last year inquiring if I was interested in being a mid lane coach for Hai. Â I was interested in being a part of Cloud9, but as a player not a coach. Â This led to several conversations about how this could potentially happen if I was to ever be unbanned. Â Ultimately we came up with a plan where I would be contractually bound to Cloud9 and if the opportunity ever presented itself I could try out for the mid job.
On entering the mid lane in place of Hai, will you be taking over as primary shotcaller, or is a different system being developed? How comfortable are you shotcalling and do you believe you can grow in the role?Â
Iâ€™m open to getting more involved in shot calling but Meteos is handling it now and doing a great job at it so I see no reason to make any changes.
Are there any champions you wish were played competitively that arenâ€™t, or some that you just wish to see played more? Â Â
Yasuo, Fizz. I wish the mid lane champion pool was more diverse and not mainly control mages.
What do you like to do in your downtime? Do you play other games or have any hobbies?
At the moment I donâ€™t have other games Iâ€™m playing but in the past I enjoyed playing CS:GO. Â For now though Iâ€™m putting all my focus into League.
You were at a significant deficit in the lane phase against TSM, what was going through your mind? Did you get into the â€œplay for lategameâ€ mentality? How confident were you that you could bring it back?
I was very nervous as this was my first competitive match on stage and I felt like I had to prove myself. Â I knew there was going to be a lot of attention on how I performed today which increased the pressure of the event. Â To make matters worse I saw that Bjergsen got ahead by getting the small raptors on an already difficult match up. Â Add in the level 3 gank and I was looking at a rough start.
As the game progressed I felt more comfortable playing on stage and I knew I just needed to be patient and scale into late game.
In your opinion, what was the biggest turning point of that game and when did you realize you were going to win? Â
When I stole blue and we sieged mid and then rotated top and got two towers.
How is the communication in game? What do you think needs improving the most and do you believe you will be one of the top teams at the end of the summer?
The communication is going well but we still have several things to work on. Â Iâ€™m satisfied with the progress weâ€™re making though. Â If we continue to improve I expect we will be one of the top teams at the end of Summer.
Iâ€™d like to thank Logitech for providing us with an office to practice. Â Iâ€™d also like to thank HTC for my new M9!
Author’s Note: This interview has been condensed from twenty questions to seven.Â Please excuse the brevity, I hoped to provide more insight and will include a follow up interview with the original, extended question set in the future.
Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid.Â You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or onÂ twitterÂ talking about eSports.