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Player Spotlight: Broxah

Over the years Fnatic has produced some of the most renowned names in competitive League of Legends. On his way to becoming the next is their Danish jungler, Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen. In the span of one split he’s moved from SoloQ, to a Challenger team, to the EU LCS stage, and now he finds himself a week away from playing in the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg.

How do you feel about your series against H2K?

I’m not really sure what happened to be honest. Coming into the series we didn’t know what to expect, because in the past we’d struggled a lot. The last three or four series in the LCS we played pretty well, we played a new style that worked well for us. But we didn’t know what to expect from H2K, so we just agreed to keep playing our style and try to overcome our nerves to be aggressive and go ham so hopefully they won’t know what’s happening to them.


Were you expecting to win 3-0 then?

No we weren’t. Obviously we were hoping to win, but I don’t think anybody expected us to win.  I think the feeling coming into the games was so different compared to all the other LCS games I’ve played. This was the first time we were the underdogs for real, because obviously we were the underdogs against G2 but not in the same fashion. Everyone expected us to lose against H2K, and that made the experience so different. It felt like there was no pressure, everyone expected us to lose so we could only upset.


What changed in the Fnatic lineup to lead to this turnaround?

We decided to make a change overall a few weeks ago. Back then, we swapped to a completely different style than we were all used to and preferred. We played extremely passive and basically just waited to scale into late game, we didn’t really have any tools in the game. Now, on the other hand, we make sure we have the right tools and we make sure to do something early in the game. Of course scaling is nice to have but we don’t want to sit back and just wait for them to end the game. So it was more of a team decision, and it’s going pretty well for us.


How does it feel to make it to the Semifinals during your first split in the LCS?

For me everything is still really crazy. When I joined the Fnatic Academy team back in November I hadn’t played a single Challenger Series game or anything, I was coming straight out of SoloQ. Then it all went really quickly, after my first Challenger series I was promoted to the LCS out of nowhere. Now we’re here about to play in the Semifinals, so everything has been moving really fast but it’s also been really amazing.

I hope we can reach the Finals, and even win and go to MSI, that would be insane.

Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen

How do you feel about your upcoming series against G2?

It’s really hard to say what will happen in the series against them, especially after what happened against H2K. Obviously we wouldn’t mind another 3-0, but I don’t know if that’s realistic to aim for. We’re just going to focus on playing our game, playing the way we want to, and if we stick to that I think we have a decent chance at beating them.


What would it mean to you to be in the Finals?

It would be really amazing. Already going to Hamburg and playing in a huge stadium is going to be completely crazy, something I’ve never done before, so for me everything from here is going to be pretty sick.


How is the mood on the team right now?

Right now the atmosphere on the team is really really good, maybe the best it’s been this split. We’re having fun together, there isn’t much negativity. We’re just hanging out together, having fun, playing our game, and hopefully we can make that work and get further in the Playoffs.

Fnatic face G2 in the first day of Semifinals on Saturday, April 15th at 17:00 CEST on watch.lolesports.com.