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ORIGEN WINS IEM SAN JOSE 2015

This weekend Origen set foot at the SAP Center in San Jose; to take part of Intel Extreme Masters.

2015’s IEM held a 6 teams tournament, which did gather some of the best organizations worldwide, chosen by the fans around the world, allowing you to spectate your favorite teams battle it up for the chance to reach victory and claim the $50,000 USD pot.

After a first round without predicaments in the groups stage, Origen had to face Team SoloMid in the second stage of the event in a best of 3 format, match they managed to overcome with a 2-0 score, displaying a complete dominance of the map from the very beginning.

PowerOfEvil had an outstanding performance despite being his first major event with Origen, and did show a lot of synergy with the rest of the team. However the biggest surprise was having xPeke coaching for the first time and demonstrating a lot of knowledge of the game and his team mates.

The finals had Origen facing Counter Logic Gaming.

CLG came as the biggest challenge in the competition and a big threat to Origen’s aspirations to gain the crown. Going into a best of 5 series, things seemed a bit complicated for Origen, however the final showdown did end with a positive outcome for Origen, as they put a barrier on CLG’s way to victory and claimed the tittle with a 3-0 score over the American team.

This comes a huge joy for all Origen fans, whom were able to witness their team go back to Europe with a clean victory without a single lose through the whole tournament.

You can review all happenings from this event by checking this link http://live.intelextrememasters.com/lol-main.

Congratulations lads for such an outstanding performance.

 

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Este fin de semana Origen llegó al SAP Center en San José, para ser parte del Intel Extreme Masters.

La IEM organizó un torneo para seis equipos, el cual reunió a algunas de las mejores organizaciones a nivel mundial, elegidas por los seguidores de todo el mundo, lo que nos garantizaba ver a nuestros equipos favoritos batallar por la oportunidad de alcanzar el triunfo y reclamar un premio en efectivo de 50.000 dólares.

Tras una primera ronda en fase de grupos, Origen esperaba en semifinal a su rival, debiéndose de enfrentar a TSM en un mejor de 3, partidas que lograron superar con un marcador final de 2 a 0, desplegando un dominio sobre el mapa desde el primer momento.

Mención especial a PowerOfEvil que siendo su primer partido, mostró una gran sinergia con el resto del equipo, si bien la gran sorpresa nos la dio xPeke cuando debutó de coach, gran conocedor del juego y de sus compañeros.

En la final se enfretaban a Counter Logic Gaming.

CLG se presentaba como el mayor reto en la competición y una gran amenaza en las aspiraciones de Origen de ganar la corona, se trataba de una serie al mejor de cinco, por lo que aparentemente a Origen se le podía complicar alcanzar la victoria, sin embargo la batalla final termino con un resultado positivo para Origen, ya que lograron frenar a los chicos de CLG y reclamar el titulo con un marcador de 3-0 sobre el conocido equipo Americano.
Una gran alegría para los seguidores de Origen, que vieron a su equipo volver a Europa con el triunfo sin haber perdido un solo mapa.

Puedes ver todo lo que ocurrió en este enlace http://live.intelextrememasters.com/lol-main

Felicidades a los chicos por este gran triunfo y a los seguidores por todo su apoyo.

 

Official Announcement: PowerOfEvil Joins Origen as 6th Player!

We’re delighted to announce that Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage is joining Origen as our 6th player and second Midlaner.

Following the World Championships, xPeke decided that he needed to find a balance between playing and growing Origen as a brand. In order to do so, the most important thing was to find a way to free up time and the pressure that comes from a long season. It was therefore decided to bring in a second midlaner to not only achieve this goal, but to create a huge advantage in our midlane by having a double threat when it comes to champions, matchups and game strategies.

PowerOfEvil is an already well respected talent within the League of Legends community and is known for playing some of the best control mages in Europe. After exceeding expectations with Unicorns of Love and proving that he can play in highly competitive environments by beating Bjergsen at IEM as well as finishing second place in 2014, and in 2015 he finished second in the spring split and made it to the semis vs Fnatic in the Summer.

We are really excited to bring him on board and he will be playing at IEM San Jose!

Please join us in making a warm welcome.

You can follow him on on Twitter here: @PowerOfEvilLoL

Facebook here: www.facebook.com/thepowerofevil

Road to Worlds – Awesome giveaway from our partner Ozone

Ozone, our peripherals Sponsor, has organised an awesome giveaway with a chance to win a fantastic prize. Read more below…

The future has been written. Will you be part of it?

The LCS World Championship Finals is one Esports biggest events with millions of fan are awaiting to see which team will ascend to the top.

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  • Two tickets for the LCS World Championship Finals held in Berlin  next 31st October (Mercedes-Benz Arena). One for the winner and another one for a guest.
  • Two return flight tickets to Berlin.
  • Hotel accommodation next to the Mercedes-Benz Arena for two persons. Intercity Hotel Berlin (2 nights, October 30 & 31).
  • Ozone box with fantastic gaming peripherals used by the likes of Origen and Giants
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xPeke not included in the prize…

Participation:

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This contest will run from 22th September at 2:00pm (CET) to 5th October at 5:00 pm, at which point the giveaway winner will be selected at random and announced on Ozone’s Social Media channels.

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Origen announces Tadayoshi “Hermit” Littleton as new Head Coach

It is with great pleasure that we are announcing that our former analyst, Hermit, will be stepping up to fill the role as Origen’s Head Coach with immediate effect.

Hermit joined Origen at the start of the year as our analyst and his impact was immediate. Bringing a tremendous amount of in-game knowledge, sharp analytical skills and desire to win was a recipe for success. He vastly contributed to our Challenger Series promotion and kept us on top of the Meta and the team’s champion pools.

Shortly after we began the LCS and once again he helped the team to achieve an incredible amount of success. Towards the end of the split, Hermit moved over from the USA to the gaming house in Berlin to get closer to the team and worked alongside the players and LeDuck to improve our strategy. We finished second in the regular season, came painstakingly close to winning the play-offs and then assisted in hauling ourselves through the gauntlet to get the third seed at worlds.

After a small break where Hermit returned to USA to rest from the intensity of August, he then flew out to Korea to reunite with the team and help with the bootcamp. Such dedication and motivation was the final deciding factor for Origen, so we promptly decided to make Hermit our new coach.

We decided to catch up with Hermit to ask him more about his background, how he got into the lCS and what the future holds!

Tell us a bit about yourself, your background and what you did before getting into League of Legends?

My background is primarily in glass, both glass blowing (producing cups, bowls, sculpture), and the industry around glass (furnace construction and operation, custom glass fabrication). It’s not something that makes a whole lot of use of my degree, but its definitely in my blood, and I can see myself going back to it.

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Some people struggle to make the bed, Hermit makes these

I started playing League in Beta, my best friend got me into the game, and my first champ was Annie, I think I liked her because of her similarity to Lina from Dota. I was in college at the time, and neglected my studies quite a bit to play. I would head straight from class to the computer lab, where I had figured out some workarounds to have it installed, since my laptop was terrible.

At what point did you decide that you wanted to work in the scene?

I applied for a writing job with TSM in Season 2, just after I finished college, the task for the application was to predict the bracket of IEM Kiev, the event which showed the world M5. At that time I was watching every go4lol I could, and teams also streamed their scrims occasionally. I knew M5 had very little competition at that time, and that prediction led me to get the position. However, I was quite unlucky and was only able to stay with them for 2 months, after my laptop was stolen in an unfortunate incident. My longtime association with the European scene is what has led me to favor the region.

How did you go about getting a job as an analyst?

I watched the scene very closely for Season 2 and 3, but at the beginning of Season 4, I realized the limitations of the r/lol subreddit for serious discussion, most of the people I was interested in talking to were quite active on twitter so I made one and started reaching out and tweeting all the time about the games I was watching. I grew close to the LPLen crew because I loved watching Chinese games and the English viewership was quite small. Through them I met the (now former) coach of Machi Reazony, who had faith in my abilities. He learned from former LD/NiP analyst Clement Chu and passed a significant amount of knowledge to me. I worked with him until he left, and I decided to try my hand at getting a position in EU, since most of my contacts were in that region. Eventually I produced a piece (that made the front page of r/lol) on the games that Origen was playing in Ranked 5s. xPeke saw it and offered me a trial.

What are your new responsibilities? How do they differ from being an analyst?

Life as an analyst is quite isolated, depending on the coach and team. Generally I have several documents I’m managing: our scrims, opponent jungle pathing, and warding tendencies. With LeDuck my focus was primarily on scouting, and creating this content for him and the players. I also worked closely with Amazing to discuss particularly jungle pathing and how to abuse player’s tendencies. Lane swaps and objective set ups I showed what top teams in other regions did, and helped the team to adapt them to our play.

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The ever pensive look of an analyst at work

As a coach, I manage a team of analysts I recruited for worlds, who do much of the stat tracking and scouting discussed above. Primarily my role has shifted to structure discussion and ensure the efficiency of our scrims. Origen is lucky to have 5 very intelligent players, but often over the course of conversation the takeaway message is lost. This means I must make sure everyone walks away from the discussion on the same page about what to do next time.

What was your personal highlight of the regular split?

My personal highlight was game 1 of the finals against Fnatic, we spent a lot of time working on playing comps like the one we played, and it was really excellent to see such a performance, and vindicated the faith I had in the boys to perform on stage in the finals.

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Amazing group effort, even better group hug

Thoughts on worlds? Your chances? Have you been able to learn from the bootcamp?

The bootcamp has been a good experience for everyone. Not only are we getting practice against teams from all the major regions, but we’ve grown closer as a team. Group D will be very difficult, but I think we have an excellent shot at advancing depending on the form that LGD and KT show up in.

What advice would you give to anyone trying to get into coaching and analysis?

Watch vods, take notes, stop playing the game. Focus on the area of the game you find most compelling and find ways to discuss that specialization in the larger context of killing the nexus. It is incredibly helpful to find others to discuss the game with, and explore your ideas. The most important thing is realizing there is not a road ahead of you, but a forest you must carve a trail through. It isn’t easy, and the only one you can really rely on is yourself.

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Getting your suit game on helps too…

How do you keep your long hair so intact and shiny?

Don’t wash your hair every time you shower, too much shampoo damages your hair.

Please join us on welcoming Hermit to the Head Coach position! You can follow him at @mtnhrmt

 

Edited by Will Kelly – @willokelly. Images from flickr – Riot Esports. 

Korea Bootcamp Journal – day 3 to 9: xPeke taking the HotshotGG legs to a whole new level

The Jetlag from the 36 hour travelling chaos took a little longer to wear off than we would have liked. Soaz was the only one who seemed to instantly find a decent sleeping schedule while everyone else struggled quite a bit. On one occasion, Niels only managed to sleep for one hour, and on another Amazing dozed off during champ select.

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Making noodles and yawning

However the most important thing was that our practice and scrimming schedule was fully underway. The first few days took a bit adjusting and here’s what xPeke had to say: “We just started two days of scrims, first day went from bad to good and it slowly got better. The second day was a lot better but we are still thinking about the first day and we need to figure out what we want to play since there is a lot in the meta available right now.”

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xPeke taking the HotshotGG legs to a whole new level

The meta has been somewhat problematic for all teams approaching the World championships. Between the revival of the toplane juggernauts, the changes to base stats and the monster that Mordekaiser has become, there is an air of uncertainty in everyone’s preparation. There has been two new patches to consider and the tournament will be played on 5.18. However, the biggest problem is that it is impossible to tell who and what will be played by the time we get to Paris.

This means that a lot of analysis and brain power is required to carefully plan for next month. The good news for us was the arrival of Hermit, who flew in to Korea last Thursday. This is a really strong addition to the bootcamp and will give us a better chance of showing up. We asked Hermit for his views on the bootcamp so far:

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The pensive analyst pose

“Since arriving in Korea, we’ve been able to sample all the differing metagames of China, Korea, NA an Taiwan. We’re learning a lot, and the focus of the team has been relearning and fortifying of the basics. The most important area of improvement is adjusting to the faster pace of Eastern teams, so everyone is finding Soloqueue a valuable resource.”

Talking of Korean soloqueue, it’s often crazy as it is spectacular! Everyone here is slowly climbing the ranks and are having a lot of fun in the process. Now that we have better computers, the plan is to start streaming a few more games so hopefully we can share some of our experiences and trauma with you.

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Amazing playing Soloqueue, Soaz doesn’t dare look

After a long week of practice, we finally decided to go out and experience some amazing nightlife in the world famous Gangnam district of Seoul. We first went to a nice restaurant and tried a variety of different food and drinks, and finished up in a bar where we drank away some of the bootcamp stress!

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Getting up and ready for the night out
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Maurice learns from Xpeke, Soaz’s work was done for the night
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Sometimes the best made plans are made outside… apparently
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Practice or not, we all got fed
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To drink or not to drink… that wasn’t really a question

But after the fun and games were over, once again it’s back to our bootcamp objectives: to practice, work hard and get ready for Worlds.

Edited by Will Kelly – @willokelly

Korea Bootcamp Journal – Day 1 & 2 – Travel and Arrival

As mentioned on Facebook and Twitter yesterday, we are doing a journal of our bootcamp and here is the first post!

Day 1

The day started fairly normally, well perhaps earlier than some of us would have liked. Everyone was up and ready by 12 in time for the taxi to take us to the airport.

Our first stop was Istanbul, which lead to a 6 hour layover at the airport. Not much to say here apart from desperately trying to find somewhere to eat as everything was closing for the evening and then waiting around until the next flight.

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Mithy Travels prepared
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Some people dislike airports, others really hate them

Then started the even longer journey to Seoul where nobody slept except for the last 2 hours. Fun times!

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All in all, day 1 was pretty uneventful!

Day 2

At last, we arrived in Seoul! It’s a very beautiful place, it was just hard to appreciate its beauty after travelling for 20 hours and sleeping for a tenth of that time. We had one last final hurdle before getting to the gaming house, a 1.30h taxi ride!

But it was all worth it. We got the house and it’s a lot better than we could have hoped for, with plenty of space for everyone and a really nice gaming room set up.

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Gaming room with a view

A few of the guys went out for some food and the rest stayed to catch up on the last 24 hours. It’s been a pretty quiet evening and uneventful past 36 hours but we’re glad to be here now.

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A clean and tidy kitchen. Let’s see how long that lasts for

Practice will start tomorrow and so will the hard work.

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xPeke reconnecting after a day and a half out

We’ll keep you all posted!

Edited by Will Kelly – @willokelly.

Gamekit – who they are and how it works.

Hey there!

We’d like to take this opportunity to tell you more about Gamekit so you can see the great benefits of using their site. You can also watch a video explaining more about what they do here: Gamekit.com Video

In simple terms, Gamekit is a social media site for gaming and esports. There is a ton if interesting content you can find, along with forums, fan pages and the option to interact with other Gamekit users.

Then comes their amazing points system. Through the most simple of interactions such as logging into the site to posting comments on people’s pages, you can earn points. These can then be used to buy games, in game currency such as riot points and you can even donate some of these points on individuals or organisations. There is also a point ranking ladder, which gives additional points to whoever gets to the top.

Finally, both the organisation and the players have accounts on Gamekit. You can navigate through Gamekit.com to easily find us.

We are excited to be working with Gamekit as we believe that they are focused on giving back to the community.

Check them out here: gamekit.com/Origen

 

Edited by Will Kelly – @willokelly. Images from flickr – Riot Esports. 

Origen going to Korea to Bootcamp!

We are delighted to announce that we will be attending a bootcamp in Korea. After a long season of hard work and dedication from the players, we managed to overcome a series of unfavourable odds to clinch the third European spot for Worlds.

Being the last seed in our region means that we are likely to be drawn against some of the toughest teams in League of Legends. We have no intention of showing up for worlds just to play; our intention is fight for every game and push ourselves as hard as possible. Getting out of group stages will be no easy feat, so we took the logical step to go to Korea to start practicing now.

The players are really pumped despite the long season. We had a short break this week with Amazing and Mithy going home for a few days, and sOAZ, xPeke and Niels staying in the gaming house. We still continued to scrim but took some time to breathe between the Play-off finals and the gauntlet before travelling to Korea.

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Peke tearing up the howling abyss during some downtime

The hard work now begins all over again. We have about a month to prepare for Worlds and we decided to go to bootcamp to practice with the best teams to give the guys the best chance possible of succeeding in October. We will be flying out next week and will then get started straight away.

In the meantime, we caught up with some of the players to ask them a few questions about how they felt about the bootcamp.

Amazing

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Are you anticipating yet another shift in the jungle this season for worlds that you will want to practice during scrims?

Definitely, carry Junglers have shown to be more than effective once again with the likes of Elise, Lee, Kha’Zix and Rek’Sai gaining popularity recently. I see this trend continuing, and I anticipate to be on carry roles just like last year around Worlds.

What Jungler would you like to face during scrims?

I would definitely like to face Clearlove during scrims. He was quite mediocre last season but has turned it up with EDG this year and is potentially the best Jungler in the world. I want to test his greatness.

How effective do you think bootcamps are?

I think bootcamps are extremely effective if you have them in the right environment and the right mind-set. You shouldn’t come in to beat teams from other regions, you should come in and focus on what they are doing better than you and how you can learn their domestically specific strategies, picks and playstyles; just as they’ll learn from you.

Niels

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How do you feel about going to Korea for the first time?

Think it’s going to be exciting if we get to scrim good Korean teams, and will be fun to see how good they are and how they play. It will also be an experience traveling to Korea.

What botlane would you most like to duo lane against?

I don’t really care that much about 2v2 laning but it would be fun to play vs the best bot lanes, like SKT or LGD.

What AD carries do you think will be strongest at worlds considering the recent patches and meta?

I honestly don’t know, I think we might see a big swing in AD picks. I think picks like Ashe, Twitch, Sivir, Kalista may be important but it could also just be the usual champs and maybe even Mordekaiser.

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What do you think the bootcamp will help the most with?

It will be great to improve both individually and as a team. During bootcamp, the training environment is much better as everyone plays a lot more and improves mechanically. Discussing games as a team and preparing strategy also becomes more meaningful as you have a short term goal: improve for Worlds.

What advice would you give to players who are attending a bootcamp for the first time?

Enjoy the experience! It’s really exhausting but really fun at the same time.

sOAZ

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What is the one area you would be looking to improve the most during that time?

I’m probably going to look to improve on trying to master more champions than just Lulu & Gangplank lel!

What do you think the team will be focusing on the most during scrims?

I think we are going to still focus on communication, how we give information, how to react to it the best we can and things like that.

We will keep you updated with the bootcamp and feel free to ask us questions below.

 

Edited by Will Kelly – @willokelly. Images from flickr – Riot Esports. 

“I think Fnatic have a chance to make it to the world finals” interview with Soaz by Origen

Following a busy year starting in the challenger series, reaching a dream play-off finals against Fnatic and ending in a gruelling gauntlet, we caught up with our toplaner, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer, to discuss both his and Origen’s year so far.

Thinking back to when you left Fnatic, how easy or hard was it to move to Origen?

It wasn’t actually that difficult. The new season was very close to starting after I left Fnatic so I didn’t have that many choices. Also, I pretty much knew the Origen team. We weren’t sure who the ADC was going to be, either Tabzz or Niels, but I knew it was going to be a good team, so I had the choice between finding a new organization and probably missing the spring split or joining Origen.

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Last split at Fnatic before joining Origen

Did you ever doubt your decision or even start thinking that you might not qualify for LCS before the spring split started?

No I never really thought about it. I was just concentrated on the games, same as if it was the LCS. You think about qualifying, but otherwise you try not to think about doubting or questioning yourself as much as possible. You just focus on the games and try to practice.

So you then end up in the challenger series. How was the transition from playing with the best in Europe to emerging teams?

There wasn’t actually a huge difference. As we were a new team, even if we had good players, our level like all other new teams started from scratch. We had different individual levels, but as the meta back then was also very much focused on teamplay, there wasn’t actually a huge difference.

And how did you find the formation of Origen as a team, such as putting in a new structure?

It was a bit hard to being with as with a new team and a new structure, there weren’t necessarily the same resources as in a more stable organization. Therefore it required a lot of patience. At the start, xPeke looked after quite a bit of the company structure, as he still does so if we’ve got any concerns we can always ask him, but still as a small organisation it’s a case of being more patient if we need anything.

So you join Origen and end up in Tenerife. What was the lifestyle like compared to Berlin and the LCS?

It wasn’t necessarily more relaxing, we were quite far away from everything around us, similar to now in Berlin, but life wasn’t that much more different apart from there as more sun!

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Origen’s early days, under the baking sun

Looking back at the challenger series finals, did it feel as important and as nerve racking as other finals?

It was more stressful to qualify for LCS than anything else! During the series, we had some matches that were honestly more stressful than it was playing against Fnatic in the play-off finals. Against, Fnatic, we were the underdogs and nobody really expected us to perform, whereas in challenger everyone expected us to win which adds more pressure.

How was it getting back into the LCS?

We call came into the season with different goals, and obviously the team’s objective was to try to qualify for the play-offs. My personal objective was to play in the finals which we ended up doing vs Fnatic which made it even better. We lost but it was very close. I was kind of happy. We were happy that it was so close vs Fnatic but as it 3-2 we were still a bit upset that we didn’t win. But getting back into the LCS was fine, no problems.

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Standing proud and ready for Fnatic

And how do you feel that Origen performed throughout the season?

We performed well. When we started the split, the community, be it on Twitter or Reddit didn’t necessarily think that we’d finish top two. People had us down as a top four or top five team. Basically more of a middle team than a top one. So overall I’m happy that we exceeded expectations.

How did it feel then being back in the LCS but with a different team?

It was actually really pleasant to play in a new team as you get to meet new people and learn how to play and live with them. I really enjoy that side of things, learning how they play, the different styles and mentalities they bring to the team, making the whole environment very refreshing. So to begin with it’s really pleasant and then eventually once you know how everyone works then five or six months later it became the norm for me. I learnt a lot from playing with new players.

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New team, new mentality, new style

What are your thoughts on Fnatic? 

They are a better team since getting Rekkles back. I think they are a really good team, they also have difficulties like every other team, their strength is that that they don’t need to win a certain lane like TSM. So if Bjergsen has an off day, as the play-maker and shot caller, if he falls behind, the whole team does. However looking at Fnatic, they have a really strong top, mid and bot lane so they have a much easier time

Do you think Fnatic have a good chance at worlds?

They will pass groups and then it depends. I think Fnatic have a chance to make it to the world finals , 50/50 in semis but I don’t think they will win the tournament. It’s a bit like before worlds every team is starting from scratch and then it’s the team that can adapt the most to the new meta and patches.

With the new patch 5.16, how do you think this will affect the game during worlds?

Top lane won’t change much, we might see a bit of Fiora. The bot lane will change with Mordekaiser. Jungle might change a bit but otherwise not too much.

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Soaz planning ahead (art by Sandpenguin)

Do you think we will see Mordekaiser at worlds?

I think he will be OP if he isn’t nerfed beforehand.

How optimistic are you going into worlds?

Again, it depends, really depends on the group stages. With our seed, we’re probably going to end up against two huge teams so it will be really hard as we need a top two finish.

What do you plan on doing  for your break after worlds?

I’m not really sure what I’m going to be doing as I don’t know what our schedule is, but I want to go back and spend time with my family in France.

Any messages for the fans?

Thank you for all your support once again throughout the season.

 

Posted by Will Kelly – @willokelly. Images from flickr – Riot Esports. Art by Sandpenguin.