As we enter the third week of the EU Challenger Series, our LoL team stands on a 2-2 record. The two defeats against Origen in the inaugural week are starting to fade in the rear-view mirror, and the players are getting to know each other better, now that they are living together inside Gamers2’s mansion, in Madrid.
After two great displays against LowLandLions last week, our team is getting ready for the double-header against Reason Gaming, one of the toughest teams in the league. We caught up with our AD Carry, Mohammad “Jebus” Tokhi, to find out how their preparations are going and what living inside a gaming house has been like.
After a 0-2 start to the season, you won the two matches against LLL. What happened in the first games?
We weren’t prepared for the first games versus Origen. We didn’t scrim for some days due to travelling and housing issues, and that resulted in a messy pick and ban. We didn’t have a plan going up against Origen as we did against LLL. They brought out some unexpected champions, we basically gave them everything they wanted and let them throw everything at us. They showed how well they play around the map and they make very few mistakes. They just played better than us.
Are things finally starting to click for you guys? How long do you think it will take for the team to reach its peak?
Things are starting to click for us, even though there is still a lot of room for improvement. The team won’t reach its peak for a while, maybe once/if we get in LCS. Improving as a team is far easier when you are all in the same house talking about what went wrong and what you can improve on, hopefully leading up to the playoffs we are going to improve a lot.
Gilius recently said that he could see this team reaching LCS. Do you share his opinion?
Getting into LCS with this team is definitely doable, I think we are looking alright so far in the Challenger Series apart from the first two games. This team has potential, and I think we can go a long distance if we keep practicing, keep analyzing our games and just work on team/individual mistakes.
Did you expect to secure a spot in the Challenger Series, considering how new the team was going into the qualifier?
I wasn’t entirely confident considering we were in bracket with the old Gamers2 roster. They were a really good team, and we had only played together for 1,5 months, if it wasn’t for the fact that we had two blue side games the outcome could have been different as we were way stronger on the blue side at the time.
In a recent interview, Hiiva said that, while you have good mechanics, you do not know how to play the game. Is this something you are working on?
Yeah, working on my game knowledge is my number one priority right now. My mechanics take me far in soloq, but in important games I need to think strategically. Playing around the map and not getting caught, backing accordingly, I’ve got a lot to work on. But it’s a good thing that I know what to improve on.
This week, you will be up against Reason Gaming. What is your opinion about this team?
I think RG will be our hardest opponent after Origen. They nearly took a game away from Origen, so it’s safe to say they shouldn’t be underestimated. Three of their members have been in LCS and are well experienced because of this. They have played well in the Challenger Series thus far, so you can expect some exciting games!
What is your opinion about the new champion, Bard?
I don’t know much about the new champion, but I’m certain Hiiva is excited and thinks it’s going to be broken. I mostly focus on the patch we play tournaments on, and I don’t pay much attention to new champions or buffs/nerfs before they hit the live patch.
What do you think about the gaming house? How is everyone getting along?
The gaming house is amazing, everyone is getting along fine. It makes things easier as well after scrims or tournaments because when you can talk thoroughly about things it causes less frustration. The aspect of doing other things than playing LoL with your team-mates is also good since getting to know each other helps a lot.
Can you describe us your playstyle?
My playstyle is different from other ADCs, I like to stand in the front most of the time with a thought process of outplaying my enemies and showing them no respect. It’s risky more than it is efficient. I die a lot for a marksman.
Do you learn a lot from players like Krepo, with whom you have duoed a lot recently?
Jebusdriver, yeah. I enjoy playing with Krepo, he has taught me a lot about the laning phase and about the game in general. It is obvious though, he is the most experienced support player in Europe, not biased at all.
How is the synergy between you and Hiiva?
The synergy between us is good, even though we still have to work on it. It’s a bit strange having to play with such an aggressive support, though, we are both trying to be playmakers, which can result in terrible plays and overaggression. We still need to find that balance, and once we have it we will do really well.
Can you tell us how you spend your free time?
I spend a lot of my free time playing soloq or duoing with Hiiva. Other than that I relax with my team-mates, play pool or something like that. And then I keep in touch with my friends over Teamspeak or Skype.