We realize that we have received a lot of backlash from the community for the fact that we made a conscious decision to take a break following our championship win in Rotterdam and we wanted to take a moment of your time to explain the reasoning behind this decision and hopefully add some clarity to the situation.
For the record, while our players did post some unfortunately worded tweets following a devastating defeat against SK Telecom T1 yesterday, it is not our intention that this statement serves as an excuse for poor play, but rather an explanation as to why we allowed our players to take a break when they did.
Following a rigorous Spring Split with practice, scrims and official games for 10+ hours a day, 6 days a week for 3 months straight, it was important for the mental state of our players to be allowed to take some time away from the game, visit their families and reset for MSI and the following Summer Split. While staying in our gaming house in Berlin as a unit could have offered some team practice, the quality of that practice would not have done anything to help improve our team play leading up towards MSI and the level of teams attending here. Planning a bootcamp in China / Asia before MSI proved difficult, due to the VISA application process and the uncertainty of knowing whether we’d qualify or not.
Between the final day in Rotterdam and the start of the summer split the team have 23 days. 12 of those are before MSI, so spending that time practicing against Challenger level teams would have been detrimental towards our level of play for MSI, leading into to the Summer Split and the ultimate challenge; the World Championship.
Yes, players did go home on break, but they all kept their mechanics on par by practicing individually before heading to Shanghai. There simply weren’t any LCS level scrim partners in Europe ready to practice against and staying in Berlin would’ve been a very poor use of time.
Instead we allowed our players to take some time off, see their families and go to MSI re-energized and with high motivation to do good. Obviously our results throughout the first two days of MSI didn’t attest to that fact, but rest assured that we will do everything in our power to come back stronger as the group stage progresses. We had a couple of days of good scrim results here in Shanghai before Day 1 and we hope that level of play translates into our upcoming games.
We are greatly honored to be representing our region at this tournament and we are doing our best to improve each game, and make our fans and Europe proud despite the hard difficulty of making it through.