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Player Spotlight: Exileh

All eyes have been on the Unicorns of Love since they won IEM Oakland 2016 and were able to carry that success into the 2017 Spring Split where they remain undefeated. A large part of that success is thanks to their midlaner, Fabian "Exileh" Schubert, whose fancy footwork on Ryze has Realm Warped the team to victory on multiple occasions. We sat down with the 19-year-old from Germany and asked about his thoughts on the team since he joined them during the 2016 Summer Split.

What are your personal goals for the Spring Split?

Right now my biggest goal is to make it to MSI, which I think as a team is easily something we can do if we play the game correctly. That’s what I’m aiming for.  Right now, we’re the best team in Europe other than G2, and I’m super convinced we can make it to MSI if we keep playing like this.


When you were coming up as a player, who did you look up to?

I mostly looked up to Ryu back when he was in Europe.  I feel like he played a really controlled style of midlane, and didn’t mess up too much in terms of trades or matchups, and he was always playing his matchups correctly. I respect him a lot as a player, and I look up to him. 


Who do you look up to now?

The two midlaners I look up to the most are both in Korea: Crown and Faker.  Those two are strong at playing matchups really well, and I watch all their games and try to get as much intel as I can. The most important thing that you learn from watching videos of better midlaners is basically how to play matchups and how to position, and what your job in teamfights is with certain champions.  

What has been the most, and least, satisfying moments in your career?

The best - and worst - experience has to be our first loss against Schalke 04 when I got stomped in midlane against Fox in our first game.  I got stomped pretty hard, and it was an emotional experience for me, because I wanted to become the best after that and became motivated to never let that happen again. Basically, what Fox did to me I want to do to every other midlaner.
 

How does your stage performance compare to how you play in SoloQ or scrims?

I struggle with tilting in SoloQ, I tend to have a bad mentality when I play SoloQ and I need to focus on winning instead. I play a lot more confident in scrims, and play certain matchups way more aggressively so that when I win a matchup I win it harder.  I think this is a really good point, and I just need to play more on stage so that I have the same feeling on stage that I do in scrims. This is one of the main ways I can perform better in the future.
 

If you could tell the world anything regarding you or your team, what would it be?

Something a lot of people miss about me is that I played competitively two seasons ago, and I don’t think I performed well at all. When I view my overall midlane career I think I played as an instinct-player back then, which is a terrible way to play because you’re not making the right choices. Overall as a team - with Sheepy, Vizicsacsi, and Hylissang especially - we’ve put a lot of work into it, they make me good as a player. They deserve credit for when I play good now.

Sheepy, Vizicsacsi, and Hylissang especially - they deserve credit for when I play good now.

Fabian "Exileh" Schubert

Unicorns of Love take on the only other undefeated team, G2 eSports, on Thursday, February 16th at 17:00 CET on watch.lolesports.com.