Another week has passed, and not much has changed at the top of the standings in EU LCS. After suffering only their second loss of the season against Vitality, our team returned to winning ways by defeating table-toppers H2k Gaming in a nerve-racking match that included great team fights and an epic Baron steal. It was a return to a more familiar territory for our team, with a composition that included Malphite and Braum – the latter of which had been banned by Vitality. Still, Mateusz “Kikis” Szkudlarek rejects the notion that the team is a one-trick pony.
“It is silly to say things like that. Every win is important, so it is obvious that we are going to use our best strategies and strongest champions for the current week and patch,” he says. “And if our opponents not only wish to let us pick the same champions but also set us up to do so, we will make use of the situation.”
As such, Kikis refused to justify the loss to Vitality with the absence of Braum. For him, the poorly thought up 2vs4 team fight in the botlane around the 18-minute mark turned the game on its head, and it all went downhill from there. “We had a 2k gold lead at one point, but then we lost the grip on the game, we got caught, lost a few turrets and let the opponents’ carries get fed. The game was over just like that,” he explains. “One turn of events completely changed the flow of the game, and with the composition Vitality had it was hard to come back.”
Six weeks into the season, it is hard, if not impossible, to put a ceiling on what the team can do. Kikis reckons that G2 has exceeded not only the expectations of the scene but also his own as good synergy is hard to accomplish in a newly-built roster, featuring two imports without previous EU LCS experience.
“There is not a secret, just hard work,” he noted. “We have skilled and smart players and a great coach. We want to use this to its potential. I expected us to be good, but I actually did not expect that we would be working together so well right from the start.”
As weeks go by, Kikis, who switched from the Jungle to the top lane at the start of the season to make room for Kang-yoon “Trick” Kim, is getting more comfortable with his new position, which is reflected in his stats and his increasingly influential role during matches. Still, the Polish veteran rates himself just “a decent top laner”. “There is still room for massive improvements. I am not satisfied with my play and I will work hard to get better,” he said, before heaping praise on Trick, one of the breakthrough stars in EU LCS. “I think he is the best jungler in Europe right now. He is an exceptional player. I am impressed.“