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Player Spotlight: Nukeduck

Team Vitality’s Norwegian Midlaner/Support, Erlend "Nukeduck" Våtevik Holm, is one of the longest standing LCS players, having started during Season 3 on Lemondogs, whom he went to Worlds with. Since then he has played on Ninjas in Pyjamas, ROCCAT, and now Vitality. An unlikely move during Week 4 of the 2017 Spring Split saw Nukeduck switch into the Support role after the former Support, Hachani, was benched. We caught up with the now two-role player to see how his transition has gone.

Where do you rank Team Vitality against the other teams in the EU LCS right now?

We’re maybe a tier 3 team.  Versus the best teams we struggle, but against the tier 2 teams we can win.  We ended up losing 2-1 against both H2K and Fnatic, so I think we will win against any bottom tier team pretty easily - like Roccat or Giants in the cross group, then Origen again back in our group. We just have to try and pick up some wins against the other teams, hopefully things go a bit more in our favor.

What’s the goal for Vitality?

We have to go to Playoffs. But first, we’re sitting at 1 win, Splyce has 2, and Origen has 0.  We just need to go to Playoffs and do it from there, and the way we do that is by picking up some wins to move ahead of Splyce.  Overall I think our goal should be to do as well as we can.


How has the adjustment to Support been for you?

I don’t know the Support matchups that well, and I didn’t have Zyra runes for example. I can play it good enough, I know for the most part what I’m supposed to be doing.  I’ve played League for a very long time and I’ve watched a lot of replays, so I know what every role should be doing.  I just don’t know the really small details - like trading interactions or really specific matchups.  But overall in the big picture, I know what I’m supposed to be doing.

How do you prepare for a team that uses a sub?

The preparation is mostly the same, like we knew how Fnatic Academy played and we knew how Fnatic played, so it wasn’t that different with Broxah. The preparation for them was a bit odd though because Caps can play everything, so when Camille can go mid it gets more annoying for the drafting.  Normally, you can give them Camille first and then counter-pick it top, but you can’t give Fnatic Camille because they will flex it. So that was the most annoying part, anything else is just normal.

With players speaking three different native languages, is communication an issue for Team Vitality?

In scrims we all speak the same language, but some people - like our sub GBM or coach Irean - sit together because they speak the same language, Korean. The rest of us, AoD, Steeelback, me, Cabochard, and Djoko usually sit together as five.  But our French players, they go play ping pong and they speak French, but in the game it’s all good. I’m close with them, but I just like to play a lot, so normally I’m not doing much other than playing the game anyway.

What do your friends and family think of your career as an LCS player now?

They are big supporters now.  I got a text from dad right after our game this week, he wrote to me “it’s impressive that you guys played close with Fnatic even though you just switched to Support”. That’s a good representation of how they feel, my friends and family are very supportive.  I have three brothers, and they all understand the game pretty well.  Two of them are Diamond, and I can tell my dad a bit about the game too, so it’s nice.

Team Vitality will face off against Misfits on Friday, February 17th at 17:00 CET on watch.lolesports.com