Probably no one expected this level of success for Rogue after the Spring Split. Even the members of the team themselves could have hardly expected to go from a 50% win rate in Spring, to a 13-5 record in Summer and a top position in the league. Not to mention becoming the first team to qualify for Worlds 2020.
Even after a strong regular season, where Rogue defeated Fnatic both times, the playoff result was less than great. RGE dropped 0:3 against Fnatic in the Winners’ semi-final. However, after a disappointing loss, Rogue came back stronger to defeat 3:0 the second-best team of the Summer Split, MAD Lions.
The next team in their path is G2 Esports. Rogue so far lost both games against the Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez Santiago’s team this split. After their promotion to the world championship, cybersport managed to talk to Kacper “Inspired” Słoma, Rogue’s jungler. The 18-year-old Polish player discussed the regular season, playoff opponents, and who he thinks is the best jungler.
You managed to advance to the world championship — was the minimum goal for this split achieved?
Definitely yes, it was getting a Worlds spot that was our minimum goal. Failure to qualify for the World Cup would be a huge disappointment for me.
You were only fifth in the previous split — what made you suddenly become the best formation in the LEC?
We often lacked stability during the Spring Split. We had some games that we performed very well, but there were also incredibly poor games. Now the level of our games is very stable, we know our tasks well, and we are playing correctly around our victory conditions. I think it all came with experience as this is our third split in the LEC. Stress during games is no longer felt at all.
You’ve beaten every formation in the top European league, except for G2 Esports. What is the cause of your losing streak against the world runners-up?
Caps makes a huge difference. G2’s midlaner is very unpredictable and makes risky decisions that no other player would make. It is very difficult to predict what he will do in any given situation. We do not like to face the G2 playstyle.
However, in the last game, we performed pretty well in the early game and we were well prepared, but we just didn’t manage to finish the game that we should have won. For this reason, in my opinion, they will be the toughest opponent in the playoffs, but they are not unbeatable.
Do you think G2 is even stronger than MAD Lions, which finished second?
After all, I would say that the G2 is stronger. MAD Lions is a very aggressive team, but if we don’t make too many mistakes and just play our stable League of Legends then we win. I have the impression that G2 is good at a fast, aggressive game, but when the game is slow, they can also rotate very well around the map. For this reason, it is the world runners-up that are a much more difficult opponent for us.
How would you rate this split in terms of your individual performance, are you satisfied with your results?
I was by far the best jungler in the regular season this split. I guess a lot of people didn’t notice it. For me, it doesn’t really matter if people think I’m the best, since I know I’m the best myself.
Does it have any special significance to you that you managed to get ahead of both Jankos and Selfmade during the split?
It doesn’t really matter much to me, I’m just trying to be a better player all the time. I have the impression that I’ve been the strongest for quite a long time, but I couldn’t prove it, because we were often consumed by pressure in games and we were losing more important games.
Now, however, it seems to me that I have a lot of experience, so I play much better under pressure and we do not get lost in official games anymore. I can tell that we look the same playing official matches as we do playing scrims now.
I am curious about one thing — many teams have passed on Aphelios, and you still choose him quite often. Do you think it is still a top tier champion or is it just a comfortable pick for you?
People react too much to the nerfs and buffs of certain characters. Caitlyn, who got 2 AD and some movement speed, suddenly got back into favor. This means she was also very strong before the buff, but no one tried her. Aphelios, who was slightly nerfed and everyone left him, was the same Aphelios, and it seems to me that he is still a very strong hero.
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