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Jankos: "We're a new team, we shouldn't feel the pressure of working in the shadow of the earlier G2"

Marcin Jankowski has found a moment for us in the frenzy of the new season to answer a couple of questions about his old and new teams, about the Polish scene, and about which of the other two Poles in the LCS is currently better.

It’s been over a year since we had a chance to talk. Back then, playing for H2k, you were about to start competing with Fnatic for the third place in the playoffs. Today, after three splits, you are in a completely different place. So, let’s start with this: Do you regret that you didn’t leave H2K earlier?

Hi! No, of course I don’t. I think that H2K had potential, but something just went wrong. We didn’t manage to qualify for Worlds, or even reach the top 3 during the playoffs. But I don’t regret anything–we did everything we could, the rest doesn’t matter.

Jankos G2

G2 has had some great years, but not much remains of the award-winning roster. Do you think that fans should expect the same competitive level from the team, or an even higher one, after it’s been totally rebuilt?

G2 has won the EU LCS for the last two years. It’s hard to say if our team is capable of accomplishing something similar. At the moment, we’re focusing on training sessions – they’ll show our potential. The line-up is looking good, but is it better than the previous one? I don’t know. We’re a new team, we shouldn’t feel the pressure of working in the shadow of the earlier G2.

Do you like the challenge of trying to extend the winning streak, or would you rather start from scratch? Does it feel motivating or is that kind of pressure stressful?

We’re starting from scratch :) Of course, G2’s earlier successes are very motivating, but I’m trying not to think about them, so I don’t feel additional pressure.

In public, outside of the game, you and Perkz seem to be getting on together very well. Are you well suited for each other on the same side of the Rift, too?

Yes, absolutely. Me and Luka are hard at work to make “Jerkz” the best duo-mid in Europe.

Jerkz

You seem to have a similar sense of humor and you’ve engaged in some banter together – has that had any impact? For instance, has that kind of a relationship helped you win a place on the team in any way?

I don’t think so. The banter is an old story, it allowed us to have a few laughs on Twitter. My place on the team has more to do with my skills. Besides, we used to play duoQ with Perkz, so we knew what to expect.

Based on your impressions and experience playing with both of them, who do you think suits your game better – Febiven or Perkz? As far as team play is concerned, what’s the biggest difference between them?

I think that would be Perkz. The biggest difference is that Perkz is very clear about what he needs in the game, so I know when I can do my own thing. With Febi, it was usually me who needed to do the dirty work.

What element of the game or your life, or which person from H2K, do you miss – or you think you’ll miss – the most?

Febi. We got along well and thanks to him we always had a lot of fun :) And I’ll miss my ex-coach, Prolly. During those two years, we’ve grown really close.

If you could take someone from H2K or G2 from the previous season to this year’s G2, would you take the opportunity, or do you rather have confidence in your new roster?

I’m sure that our roster has a lot of potential. I’d probably think about taking Prolly because we worked together really well.

I’d like to play in the NA in the future, but it’s not the time yet.

Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski

Many claim that you would develop more across the Atlantic. You’ve expressed an interest in offers from NA teams a couple of times – why haven’t you taken up any of them this season?

For one reason – I still want to win. I’d like to play in the NA in the future, but it’s not the time yet.

We’ll see two Poles playing support in the coming period of the most important European league. Vander was considered better so far – do you think it’s still the case? Is Jactroll already on the same level? Does he have a chance to be in the future? Or perhaps you can’t see him doing that at all? 

It’s hard to say after just one week of the LCS. My buddy Vander played ADC for a while, instead of support, and he did pretty well :D We’ll have to wait and see. For now it’s Vander > Jactroll.

Judging by the rosters, which team has a bigger chance of achieving the ultimate success in the league in the near future – Vitality or Schalke – and why? 

Definitely Schalke. The reason is simple – a better line-up. At the moment, Schalke has an excellent coaching staff, plus a very good balance between veteran players and newcomers.

G2 post game

How do you think the top of the league will look in the upcoming split?

Here’s how I see it, excluding G2:

  1. Fnatic
  2. Misfits 
  3. Schalke 04

Putting gameplay matters aside for a moment, what do you think about the structural changes that are taking place in the European and American leagues? Which system do you like more?

I very much like the lack of groups. Now each match is significant. BO1 is a bit of a pain in the ass, but I definitely prefer BO1 without groups to BO3 with two groups.

If you had full control over it, how would you organize these leagues in your own way? Starting with the most important European professional competitions and ending with the leagues for those who aspire to professional status. 

The LCS has returned this year to regular BO1 matches and one table, which is OK. People won’t get bored with matches between the weakest teams. As for the amateur league, I have no idea what I would change. Maybe instead of the Challenger Series, there could be the usual tournaments, just like in 2013? Winning teams from such tournaments would have a chance to fight for a place in the LCS.

G2 stage

And what do you think about the development of the Polish scene? Do you think everything is going in the right direction? What would you change here?

So far we’re going in the right direction, but there aren’t enough good Polish teams. Most of our young talents are tempted by the prospect of earning more money in Spain or Turkey, so many young people are leaving. I’m not sure if that’s good for the level of our game. Unfortunately, we can’t change it. Unless more organizations start investing in e-sports.

As a more experienced pro, what would you recommend young esports novices should do in 2018, taking into account what we know about next-year games – would you advise them to stay in Poland and build local structures or go abroad (to Spain or Turkey, for instance) so they can try to make a place for themselves in those countries’ competitions?

I recommend staying in the country and looking for teams that have aspirations to play in the LCS. For starters, you could also have a shot in Turkey or Spain, and then find a typical European team. It all depends on whether your goal is to be winning at the highest European level, or if you’re satisfied with playing in the Turkish or Spanish league.

Staying on the subject of the Polish scene, some time ago a poll was carried out by the community to choose the best Polish players. What do you think about such initiatives? Did you check the results?

Unfortunately, I had no idea there was such a poll and I didn’t check the results. Such surveys aren’t always reliable compared to actual rankings, but I’m sure it was interesting.

Who would be in your ranking? You’re not allowed to choose yourself.

T: IceBeasto
J: Tabasko
M: Sebek/Selfie
A: Woolite
S: Vander

From among the Polish players who have not yet been in the LCS, who do you think has the potential to join the league before the end of the 2018 season?

At the moment, I can’t really name anyone because I don’t follow the Polish scene very closely, but I wish everyone good luck! As you can see, everything is possible – just look at Jactroll :)

Finally, it remains for me to congratulate you on your last split and on taking part in the All-Star games, and to wish you success throughout the year. Would you like to say something to our readers? 

First of all, I’d like to thank you for your support and for voting for me before the All-Star event. Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to get there and fight with the best. I’ll try to prove that I can stand on the podium.

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