What happened in your loss to H2K during Week 6?
We just got completely out-classed. We had some practice during the break up to this week, but we only just recently realized that what we were doing - how we were practicing in general - has been inefficient, or at least not as good as it could have been. I brought this up, and we tried to change things in how we approach practice, not only gameplay wise but in terms of our mindsets towards things. It helped a little bit, but it’s definitely something we’ll continue having to work on and I think this is the beginning. Like I said, against H2K we got completely out-classed, but at least that’s something we can learn from.
What is your view of where Fnatic goes between now and the end of the split?
Our goal has always been a long-term one for this roster, and we’re definitely thinking about Playoffs right now and what we can do to make practice the most efficient for long-term. We’re pretty much trying our best to improve as much as we can, and become better for Playoffs. Success for me would be going to MSI, but for now it’s getting Top 4.
What is one thing you wish people knew about your history as a professional League of Legends player?
For me, in my entire career the worst part was when I went to Worlds with SK Gaming in 2014 as a midlaner, because we had such high expectations. That was my rookie year, and I wasn’t that hyped to go to Worlds at first. It wasn’t the biggest deal for me, because in general I just wanted experience as a pro player and to grow as a person. But when we went to Worlds I actually had high hopes, and I realized that we were actually really good. I looked at my teammates - veterans on my team that were so hyped about being there and being able to experience all this, so it sort of made me hyped as well. But the thing about SK Gaming at the time was that the entire team was built around Svenskeren, and the two of us started bonding and becoming really good friends. We became a really strong mid-jungle duo, and of course the Svenskeren ban happened, so when we went into the first game against TSM with a substitute jungler we completely flunked. I started tilting, and I wish I had been more mentally prepared for it. The whole experience in general was a big regret for me, and I got a lot of flack from the community over something that wasn’t necessarily in my control.
How does being in the spotlight affect you?
Back before I was a coach I was definitely really affected by the community and my team’s expectations of me. But after being a coach for a year and seeing a different perspective of the whole thing I grew a lot as a person, and I gained a lot of self-confidence.
You transitioned from being a European midlaner to a North American coach, how did that happen?
Basically I was a midlaner in 2014, then I went to NA for a split as a midlaner as well and then I was sort of done with the whole thing. I went back to EU after that and played as an ADC and qualified for LCS with G2. At that point I realized that I wasn’t as happy as I had been the other times I qualified for the LCS, and playing was something I’d grown tired of. I’d had too many bad experiences and needed a break. That’s why I decided to go coaching. I then joined Dignitas as a coach and gained some experience, then moved to Immortals as their coach. Coaching those two teams was huge for me as a person, and it’s definitely been showing on my new team here.
If you could tell You-From-2014 one thing that you know now, what would it be?
The one thing I’d say is that if you’re constantly scared of failing, then you’re never going to succeed. You’re never going to do anything great if you’re scared of what people will say, so always try your best.
You’re never going to do anything great if you’re scared of what people will say, so always try your best.