"A little bit of trashtalk is nothing really, but if you start getting racist and stuff then it’s not good at all."
Copyright: ESL | Helena Kristiansson
You’ve been at the top of the pub scene for awhile and you’ve been teamless since Vega/ML, do you think you’ll find something soon?
Well, for now, I’m just playing pubs and grinding. I’m gonna try my best and hopefully I’ll find a chance to play in a good team again. That’s my mindset at the moment.
iNSaNiA has praised you as a really easy carry player to work with, and you’ve stood in for Alliance at a few events now, are you comfortable in this position as virtually a sub player?
As long as they need me, yeah I am. They’re all really good people and players so it feels really easy to play for them. If they need me, then yeah, I’m just happy to keep doing it.
Speaking of pubs, what’s your opinion on controversy surrounding matchmaking and trashtalk in high MMR games?
For matchmaking, I would say that you can improve it by giving players the option to choose between queuing longer for better and higher rank games, and queuing for less time and getting worse/lower rank games. I think that would make matchmaking much better.
What about the trashtalk and racism that’s been going on?
I’m not really sure. I think everyone gets mad in pubs but when you’re a pro and you’re representing your team and stuff, you should at least try to restrict yourself from racism and stuff. A little bit of trashtalk is nothing really, but if you start getting racist and stuff then it’s not good at all.
Let’s talk a bit about the current Greek stack that’s constantly in the qualifiers, SexyAF. Have they invited you to join them before?
Yeah, they’ve reached out to me but I have the chance to play with Alliance now and I’m also trying to find something new. If we make the Greek stack again, I just feel like we’ll be the same as before and just do the same thing again. I feel like I wanna try something new myself so yeah.
People haven’t really talked about the impact of the patch on the safelane. Do you think there are any significant changes to the safelane and how it’s played from 7.22?
As far as I understand, the Position 5 heroes might be getting greedier so your own hero might be less of a carry than before. I’m not sure though, I will have to play more and see.
You’ve played a lot of Sven and Troll at this event, what’s so strong about them, in your opinion?
They’re both really good laners which lets you get more versatile supports. This means you can get supports that are better at teamfighting later in the game. They also feel like heroes that can be carries anyway so you kind of get a 2-for-1 where they’re both good in the lane and the early game, and you also get good supports and carries.
Drow’s been nerfed quite heavily, it seems. They even changed it so that the proc damage from her ult is affected by additional armour. Do you think she will remain viable in the meta?
I think she’s just become a later pick, honestly. She might be a 4th or last pick now when you pick it against something like Morphling or Terrorblade because they have high base armour. The hero is still the same, it’s just that it’s bad against heroes that buy armour items like Shiva’s and AC so it’ll stay a good hero against carries with high base armour.
Alright, thanks for the interview.