The victory of Cloud9 on TSM on the first day of the third week of 2019 LCS Spring Split was the best game of the young North American season. The old NA kings fought back and forth in a 45-minute showdown. The game stayed close, with TSM managing to stay a half step above Cloud9 as the late game progressed.
Once the game scored 30 minutes, the superior execution in team combat changed the fate of Cloud9, highlighted by Eric's "Licorice" debut Ritchie on Sylas. Licorice was the first player in the LCS to unlock Sylas, and made all the difference to C9. The stolen fulcrum is the result of Søren "Bjergsen" Lissandra of Bjerg, Andy "Smoothie" Ta & # 39; s Zilean and Sergen "Broken Blade" Çelik & # 39; s Sion turned the tide for Cloud9 while every fight was balanced on the wire of a knife.
Licorice sat down with Inven Global to discuss the choice of Sylas, Cloud9's new Mid Laner Yasin "Nisqy" Dincer, and her first impressions of her second season.
We are here with Licorice after an exciting victory over TSM. How important was this victory in terms of your division's program?
At this moment, every victory is very important to us. The loss against Counter Logic Gaming was unexpected, so after this, we want to show that we are still one of the first two teams in North America. Every game really counts.
The highlight of this game was your choice of Sylas, which was the first time we saw the champion in NA. How long have you been practicing it?
I played for last week, and maybe a little bit in the queue alone. I honestly did not think I would play Sylas today, but the draft phase went completely differently than I thought it would.
I think Sylas is a really fun champion to play. There is a lot of potential for outplay and games based on reaction times you can do.
What do you think of the draft of the optimal conditions for Sylas?
TSM had so many goals that were precious to steal. I've probably stolen the Lucian ultra more than I should have because of Lissandra's madness, Sion and Zilean are in the team fights at the end. The main factor is whether it is worth taking the final skills that the enemy champions possess.
You have taken Kleptomancy in the lane against Sion. Can you explain your rune choices on Sylas?
Yes, it's just a team match against teams, so I took Kleptomancy like you would in any other similar match, so I could get a lot of gold in advance. I went to the configuration of the runes as safe as possible with Kleptomancy, so I solved Second with Second Wind and Revitalize. I only hit it for gold, and it's pretty much like the lane.
Sylas was played this week in the LEC. Have you seen any of those games before taking it out on the stage?
Not exactly. I only saw pieces and pieces of the games, but I know they lost everyone. Personally, I thought the plectrum was really strong, so I was good at getting it out.
We have seen players build Sylas both AP and Tank so far. You've opted for more APs, but do you think there are situations in which going for tankiness is better?
Honestly, I did not play enough to know that, but I like the build I went today. I first created Hextech Protobelt-01 and then I finished my CDR as fast as possible, so I focused on creating AP. That build looks really good.
When we interviewed your Mid Laner, Nisqy, he said that you both go very well and work together with the flex picks. Will we see Cloud9 extract Sylas in the middle lane soon?
You never know.
We'll keep an eye out for that. Nisqy has changed the way the team plays since joining Cloud9
Nisqy has been around for a while, but he does not always know exactly what he wants to do in the game. Experienced veterans always know what they want to do, and sometimes it's not the right thing for your team's style, and it can be difficult to regulate. However, Nisqy is very open. In any way we want to play, it will always do its best. I think he is a really good player and a great adaptation for the team so far.
Veterans are often more determined in their ways because the way they have played has guaranteed them success for longer. Now that you're in the second year of your career, how did you set up your game?
I think I'm much more confident this year, which is both good and bad. I noticed that if I'm not nervous before a game, then I tend not to play as well. Last year, I was having the opposite problem and I was too nervous before the games sometimes. It's something I'm trying to solve. Beyond that, everything seems more natural in general.
Strong beginner years are often followed by second-year collapses. Does it come to mind?
Not exactly. I have a really excellent gameday routine that I have dealt with, and I have been doing it since the start of 2018 NA LCS Summer Split. It worked really well for me so far, and I'm going to keep up with this. I'm not worried about the second year of crisis. I think I will do very well again.
From your point of view, how did Broken Blade work in his debut with LCS so far?
I met Broken Blade at All-Stars. He looks like a good boy, I really like him. I looked at a bit of TSM: Legends and he seems very suited to the atmosphere of TSM. Also, he is not afraid to make stage performances on stage, which I really like to see.
People often go the other way and play too shyly on stage in their first division, but he always wants to kill his lane opponent on the stage. This is something I respect a lot.
Do you think we will see changes in the upper lane goal on the new patch?
The goal of the upper lane is pretty crazy right now. There are many different strategies you can play. Huni has just played the role of Spectthief's Edge Kleptomancy Zilean where he does not cultivate, for example. I think we'll have to wait and see what he attacks.
Thanks for the interview, Licorice. Do you have any personal goals for 2019?
I really want to win LCS. We could not win LCS last year, but I think we can do it with our current team.