This week, the focus in EU LCS has been turned to the Mid Lane. As Riot publishes a series of articles, videos and guides about this role, in which Europe has always been very well represented, we sat down with Luka “PerkZ” Perković and picked his brain his performances in the Summer Split so far and the team’s tendency to struggle in the early game.
Over the last weeks, the community has delved into the debate over PerkZ’s numbers this Split, which are slightly lower than those from Spring Split – his first in LCS. But that does not seem to worry the Croatian, who rejects notions of a dip in form or difficulties to adapt to the new meta.
“Last Split, my role was to carry games together with Trick,” he recalls. “This Split, it revolves more around our botlane, so I do not participate in that many skirmishes, I play with the pressure that I put or get. I have no struggles with the meta, although I have played overaggressive sometimes and got punished for it. I will try to tone it down in the next games.”
In many games this Split, the team has found itself at disadvantageous situations early on after struggling in the opening 10-15 minutes. Against Unicorns of Love, the team was able to come from behind and get an emphatic victory, but the plan is avoid giving up early leads to prevent games from snowballing out of control.
“I think we have just played recklessly and made dumb mistakes in early game, which has made us fall behind from time to time,” he said. “Once we fix that, we should be a lot stronger.”
Week 3 was marked by a change to our starting roster as Ki “Expect” Dae-han took over the top lane after Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek stepped down from the lineup. Perkz is happy that his teammate gave a good account of himself against H2k and UOL, and he believes that there is a lot more to come from the Korean.
“I think Expect played very well last week,” the Croatian reckons. “He had not had much time to scrim before, and with more and more scrim time he is improving really fast in every area. The main difference between Kikis and him was that, after three weeks of constant scrimming, everyone knew exactly what to do and our calls were clearer. But Expect has improved a lot in terms of communication and macro game, and I honestly think he is doing a really good job and working hard towards being the best player he can be.”