The 2017 LCS spring split has quickly become the split of the rookie jungler. Names that a few months ago would have been met with quizzical looks, are now sitting atop many ranking lists. Over in the NA LCS, Contractz has been a driving force in C9’s quest for number 1 and Akaadian is a shining star amongst a pretty drab looking Echo Fox. Over this past week one further name has stepped into the light here in Europe, and he is Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen. We talked to him about how he feels stepping up into the LCS, what he thinks of Fnatic’s chances and where he fits into the gameplan.
How did you start playing for Fnatic?
Last summer I graduated and decided to take a year off to attempt to go pro. I grinded Solo Queue for a couple of months and ended up being contacted by Nico, who I’ve known for 3-4 years. He told me, that he wanted to build a Challenger team around Klaj, Kikis and me, so he could personally work with me and help me grow as a player. We both believed that if I worked hard enough, I could potentially get a chance on the LCS team at some point, so I became a part of Fnatic.
Have you already been practicing with the Fnatic lineup?
I’ve played with the main team for some days now, and I think it’s going really well. The style is a bit different, since on the Challenger team Klaj is the shotcaller and he usually makes the calls in mid/late-game, whereas now it’s more of a team effort. It didn’t take long for me to get used to this style though, and we’re improving a lot as a team.
How is it having both FNA and FNC under one organisation?
Having two teams under the same organisation is super beneficial, since the teams can practice against each other and discuss different picks/ideas. Apart from that it’s possible to keep certain tactics secret, as it can be tried out in our in-house scrims to see if it’s worth playing in CS/LCS or not. I don’t really see any downsides, it’s positive for both teams.
Why do you think Amazingx has been underperforming this split?
It’s pretty hard to tell why things haven’t been working out. Amazing is the type of person that works really hard and does whatever he can to make his team succeed. To be fair, I think it mostly comes down to not having proper synergy with some of the other players on the team. If you’re not on the same page, it’s really hard to make things work. The last months I’ve both been talking a lot to him and jungled against countless of times in scrims, and there’s no doubt in my mind, that he is a great jungler. If you don’t play extremely smart, there is a high chance that he will punish you hard and use the lead to give advantages to his teammates. He has taught me a lot, and I hope I can showcase that when I play on stage.
Amazing has taught me a lot, and I hope I can showcase that when I play on stage
Where do you think you excel as a jungler?
I have a pretty good understanding of early game, which helps me play a very aggressive jungle style. My goal is to put a lot of pressure and help out my team, as it can open up for options to roam or looking for objectives. I am an aggressive jungler and I really like being able to play assassin-style junglers. It allows me to play the exact style I like and consider myself best at.
FNC have had a poor start to the split, what do you think you can do to change that?
I’m coming in with a very open mindset, being able to play the exact way the team needs me to. The game is being played a lot around Caps, and therefore I think our synergy can be quite helpful. If we can work well together and continue working hard to improve, I think the chances of us doing great in the two upcoming LCS weeks are really high.
Who do you have the most synergy with on FNC?
Caps for sure. We’re both danish, and we’ve played a lot together in the past already. Since we’re both rookies, we’re the ones who learn the most and therefore have to work the hardest to make everything work out. We also have the same idea of how early game should be played and how we can transition our leads in midlane into the sidelanes.
You face Vitality today, what’s your gameplan going into this week and the cross-group weeks?
My plan is to avoid getting affected by being on stage. I want to be able to play the exact same way as in scrims, which means being aggressive and trying to punish the enemy team in early game. If I follow through on all my plans without hesitation, I believe I can put up a good performance in LCS. For me it doesn’t matter if it’s cross-group games or not. The preparation is the same regardless, and since it’s my first time being in the LCS, I will do everything in my power to make use of the chance that has been given to me.
I will do everything in my power to make use of the chance that has been given to me
Broxah joins Fnatic as their new jungler and will be facing off against Vitality today at approximately 20:00 CET. EU LCS begins tonight at 17:00 CET on watch.lolesports.com.