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Player Spotlight: Caps

Fnatic’s midlaner Rasmus "Caps" Winther has seen his fair share of different professional League of Legends competitions. After first starting in the European Challenger series he then moved to the Turkish Champions League for the 2016 Summer Split, which he ultimately won with his team Dark Passage. The next stop for Caps was the EU LCS, which he joined for the 2017 Spring Split. Since joining Fnatic the team has had a rough split, but they are hopeful moving forward into the Playoffs.

What does it mean to you to make it into the Quarterfinals?

In the first weeks we were expecting to go into the Playoffs, but then Roccat became super good all of a sudden. Even last week I thought G2 would win against them so I wasn’t sure. It was only in our final series that I realized we have to play to keep going. It was weird, I didn’t know how to feel. Winning felt good, but also weird. Everything was different, it wasn’t how it used to be. There’s a lot of pressure, but I really want to win.


How was your first split in the EU LCS?

It’s been a lot of up and down. I think coming into the split we were really confident we would be a top team, and we were playing to improve. We were thinking that we didn’t only want to compete in Europe, but internationally as well. Then in the middle of the split we realized we had some problems, we weren’t able to play an insanely perfect game. So we made some changes, but still had problems so we made more changes. At that point we had to accept we weren’t playing the perfect game, but we still wanted to play good enough to beat other European teams at least. There’s a lot of mistakes that I see a lot here in Europe, I don’t know about internationally, and we’re trying to capitalize off of them and get ahead from that. We’re just playing hoping our opponent will make a mistake.


What are your thoughts on facing H2K this weekend?

They’re kind of the same as G2 and Misfits when it comes to the style they play, and I think that style is really easy to punish, like Roccat did against G2. If we can mirror what Roccat did then I think it will be easier wins.  

How do you feel going up against Fnatic’s previous midlaner, Febiven?

I don’t think of him so much as “the guy that was in Fnatic before me”, he’s just another midlaner. He’s good, but I personally think Perkz is better. We just recently played against Perkz and it was fine. I didn’t play that well in that series, but I don’t think I will have any problems going up against Febiven. Of course I want to show that it was a good decision to go with me as Fnatic’s midlaner instead of Febiven, and of course I want to show that Fnatic is successful without him as well, but I try not to think about it that much.

I really want to go to MSI and get some international experience, and going there would also mean we won in Europe, and that would be insane.

Rasmus "Caps" Winther

Fnatic has lots of veteran players, how has being around them helped you?

They know a lot, they have a lot of experience both when it comes to having hard splits, like losing a lot, and when it comes to in-game knowledge. They just know a lot that I don’t know yet, and they teach me a lot about the game. They’ve prepared me to come into games, just in general.


How would you rate Rekkles in Jesiz against the other botlanes in Europe?

I think it’s pretty difficult to rate people, because obviously the team that’s in first place is going to be one of the best in every lane. It’s also difficult because you don’t know what they offer to their team, you only see their performance. Maybe they’re super talkative to their team, and maybe they teach the rest of their team to be better. So when I haven’t worked with any of the other botlanes myself it’s really hard to rate them. But obviously I think they’re capable of winning lanes when they have to, and capable of pushing leads. They’re good, but I don’t know if the other botlanes are good.


How important would it be for Fnatic to make it past the Quarterfinals?

Right now we have just been taking it one week at a time. I think coming into the Quarterfinals it would be huge to take down H2K, because they’re considered to be really good. I want to win the whole thing, so if we do end up losing it makes no difference to me if it’s in Quarters or Semis. There’s only one winner, and that’s who wins the finals.

Fnatic's first match of the 2017 Spring Playoffs will be against H2K on Sunday, April 9th at 17:00 CEST on watch.lolesports.com.