Riding the wave after a dream debut EU LCS spring split that culminated in the title won at Ahoy Rotterdam in front of thousands of fans, our League of Legends is now about to compete in its first intercontinental tournament, the Mid-Season Invitational, featuring six sides from several regions across the globe.
It is a much different competition from the EU LCS, and the varied play styles will allow for much greater diversity, which comes as a challenge to the teams as they need to prepare for two matches per day during the opening stage.
“The hard part is facing many different teams in quick succession and on top of that each team has different relations to the teams in their regions, which impacts their pick/ban priorities,” Joey “YoungBuck” Steltenpool, our team coach, argues. “It is hard to predict what teams are actually going to prioritize, but that also goes both ways.”
When discussing the team’s expectations for the tournament, the Dutchman sets the bar high as he believes the team will be able to build on the the momentum gained from the LCS success and make its mark in Shanghai: “We always like to aim high, and this will not be an exception. Our goal is to reach the final, and hopefully meet SKT there.”
Ah, SK Telecom T1. Without a doubt the favorites going into the event. But when questioned about the remaining opponents, YoungBuck is optimistic about G2’s chances: “We believe we are the favorites against the other teams, but it will be a very close fight between the second and the fifth place teams.”
With G2 going up against very experienced and mechanically skilled sides, one could think that the team will stay away from its traditional high-risk, high-reward maneuvers. However, YoungBuck insists that the players will stay true to their philosophy, so fans must get ready for more shock and awe tactics.
“We are G2 and G2 does what G2 does best, be G2,” he said.