Counter Logic Gaming’s 2021 League of Legends Championship Sequence Summer season Cut up has definitely had its ups and downs. The squad is 4-8 by way of its first 12 matches in summer season, with three of its wins coming two weekends in the past after discovering success with dive-centric champions like Vi and Lissandra. Nonetheless, in trying the identical fashion final weekend, CLG was found out, and misplaced all three of its video games. CLG is presently tied for eighth place within the LCS with FlyQuest with a 9-21 report.
Counter Logic Gaming assist Andy “Smoothie” Ta spoke to Inven International concerning the crew discovering its fashion, his present degree of play in context of his profession, and the significance of getting a participant who just isn’t afraid to be direct about suggestions for the sake of progress.
CLG’s summer season has been significantly better than its spring so far. A part of that is because of with the ability to be ready for the break up together with your full roster, however apart from that, what would you say the largest distinction is between the crew and its efficiency between spring and summer season?
I feel we have now at the least discovered an identification for ourselves as a crew. We’re taking part in to our strengths greater than our weaknesses and it has been working, particularly within the earlier week.
This week, we did not play very effectively individually in some video games. In opposition to Staff Liquid, we did not combat as aggressively as we normally do and it was fairly arduous for us to return again after falling behind in opposition to their crew composition. TL’s draft had quite a lot of beefy frontline guys and we knew that we might be in a extremely arduous spot if we fell behind in opposition to these champions. It is unlucky that we performed much less aggressively than we normally do.
Would you thoughts going a bit extra in-depth on what went fallacious within the execution?
These compositions we have now been taking part in are very high-execution comps. We’re having quite a lot of success with them in scrims. These comps snowball closely by taking benefits within the early sport and taking quite a lot of early sport fights, which is what we excelled at in our earlier week in addition to this entire week in follow.
Coming into this weekend, we had quite a lot of success with this technique, however I feel it is much more apparent. Groups predict it extra now and getting ready accordingly, however for us, we simply did not play as aggressively as we did in follow.
I feel the final two video games actually weren’t good representations of how we carry out and play in scrims. If we do not carry out effectively with these champions and drafts, it is actually arduous to return again from a deficit. It is extra about our personal execution and being actually aggressive, which we had been good at earlier than.
This weekend particularly has been powerful, however total, how is the crew morale with the higher efficiency in summer season?
Truthfully, the crew morale was fairly good heading into this week. We had quite a lot of success taking part in our personal fashion, as I stated. It felt actually good to place accentuations on our strengths fairly than practising stuff that we’re much less practiced on or much less good at. Our environment is fairly good to date for essentially the most half, and it all the time has been, even throughout the arduous occasions. Clearly, there’s nonetheless some stress.
We’re simply attempting to get as many wins as we are able to. For us, it is all about making it to the LCS Summer season Playoffs. If we get to playoffs and we deserve to position greater, then that is nice. Nonetheless, proper now, we’re struggling principally with ourselves, which is form of the way it’s been for us this whole break up. We’re our personal worst enemy. It is not the enemy crew. As soon as we repair these points, we’ll hopefully rack up some extra wins and cement ourselves right into a playoff place.
CLG is understood for having among the nicest gamers within the LCS on its roster. Is there a particular particular person who rallies the crew when down or stabilizes the crew when issues are nerve-racking?
Truthfully, everybody has their moments. I would say our crew is simply too optimistic, even. *laughs* We have now very nice guys on our groups, which is a blessing and a curse generally.
I do not assume it is unhealthy to have a ‘poisonous’ participant, per se, in your crew. Clearly, we might be harsher on folks generally, however I feel having some negativity or having one one who brings everybody right down to actuality is nice. Generally we have now that with some folks, however we’re all attempting to enhance as quick as we are able to. It has been a tough course of.
You’ve got all the time been sincere about your self all through your profession. Do you are feeling a duty to step into the position of being the ‘damaging’ participant on a crew that’s so optimistic?
I feel it is simply actually vital to be goal with your self and together with your teammates. For instance, what’s our crew’s power? Objectively, we’re fairly good at teamfighting for essentially the most half now. After the week the place we botched a teamfight in opposition to TSM, we had a giant speak and targeted on practising teamfighting for the entire subsequent week of follow. It was fairly profitable. We went 3-0 final week, and that was principally primarily based on teamfighting.
I feel being goal with ourselves, stating our strengths, and taking part in off of these strengths is the largest factor. You do not have to be poisonous to folks to grasp that, it is extra nearly being actual together with your teammates and your self.
An instance is with the ability to say issues like I do not wish to play this champion as a result of I am not good at it.’ or ‘I do not assume we must always play this champion as a result of I feel you’d carry more durable on this champion.’ to your teammates. Stuff like that helps so much. It is a roundabout method of avoiding toxicity whereas remaining productive.
Plainly individuals are divided on this subject material within the case of Dardoch and Dignitas, particularly relating to whether or not the participant or the group is extra accountable. As a former teammate of Dardoch’s, what are your ideas?
I do not actually know precisely what occurred. I feel generally he finally ends up going a bit of overboard.
I by no means had that many issues with him personally, however I can see how he would rub folks the fallacious method, for positive. I am not going to say something as a result of I do not know what occurred, however it should have been one thing fairly unhealthy.
You and your AD carry Jason “WildTurtle” Tran are two of the longest lively LCS gamers, however that is your first season taking part in collectively. What’s that been like?
It has been nice. He is most likely my finest buddy within the LCS, and we really stay collectively, too, in order that helps so much. I feel we have now a extremely related mind-set concerning the sport, so it is very easy for us to mess around one another’s strengths within the bot lane. I can actually belief him to hold the sport if we get forward.
We’re fairly sturdy particular person laners, although it hasn’t seemed like that in all of the video games on stage, sadly. Nonetheless, for essentially the most half, it has been fairly good. We have now acquired quite a lot of benefits in lane and it has been a extremely good expertise. We have realized so much from one another, for positive.
CLG is sort of universally thought of to be a crew that’s at the least higher than its present report signifies. How would you consider your personal degree of play in context of your profession?
I have been fairly proud of my degree of play this break up. Clearly, among the losses had been fairly unlucky. Within the first two weeks, I am not going to lie — I simply performed like sh*t. Nonetheless, from week 3 onward, it has been fairly good for me. I feel it helps so much to have champions I am snug with my teammates taking part in.
I feel quite a lot of occasions earlier within the season, it was actually arduous for me to play my champion in quite a lot of the crew compositions we had. For instance, I used to be taking part in Leona in a full poke composition, so I could not actually interact the best way I needed to as a result of we had been simply ready for poke to land, and generally, that does not occur.
Having simpler crew compositions to execute allows me to be extra decisive in my engages, and my teammates are able to again me up at a second’s discover. These items are fairly vital. I feel I am taking part in fairly effectively. I do not assume I am at my Cloud9 type from 2016, however I do not assume I am taking part in that badly.
The report sucks, however it’s what it’s. We’re attempting our greatest to get as many wins as we are able to and simply make it to the post-season at this level, however I do assume we’re so much higher than our report signifies.
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