Xerxe talks IMT visa issues: "I don't think people are aware of how little time we had to practice."

Source: Immortals


Throughout the first half of the 2021 League of Legends Championship Series Spring Split, Immortals is currently in sole possession of 7th place with a 4-5 record. IMT is currently one spot removed from post-season qualification, but one win behind the likes of Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid - both teams IMT defeated - isn't so bad considering the Immortals LCS roster was only able to come together a few days before the start of the Spring Split due to multiple visa issues. 


During the first round robin of the 2021 LCS Spring Split, Immortals jungler Andrei "Xerxe" Dragomir spoke to Inven Global about Immortals' current form and fighting through visa issues to join IMT with support Mitchell "Destiny" Shaw and head coach Andre "Guilhoto" Guilhoto after an arduous 2020 season on Origen. 



Xerxe, Immortals has had some wins against strong teams but has also lost to some lower-placed teams. What does this say about the team's current ceiling and consistency?


The highs are really high, but the lows are really, really low. *laughs* We are a newer team since we didn't get to play together in the LCS Lock In. The level of play we are showcasing now is actually much better than I was expecting considering the small amount of time we have been playing together on this roster.


I'm really happy with our progress and the performances we've shown so far, and I think it's normal for us to have inconsistent games right now. What matters to me is not how we start, but if we can make a deep run into the post-season by the end of the Spring Split.



Since Immortals was hamstrung by visa issues in the first week of the Lock In, IMT Academy started in week 2 so you guys could practice before the start of the Spring Split. When exactly did you arrive in Los Angeles, and how helpful was the extra time you got to practice?


I arrived exactly one month ago during the LCS Lock In, and when I arrived, I was watching Immortals Academy play in our place. Our AD carry Quin "Raes" Korebrits had arrived one day before me, so since our whole roster wasn't there yet, the organization thought it would be beneficial for both teams to let IMT Academy start in our place.


Raes and I played solo queue for about a week, and then we started playing games as a team using IMT Academy support Joseph "Joey" Haslemann since Destiny had not yet arrived. Destiny arrived at the end of January, so we started practicing with our full roster then, which was very little time before the start of the LCS Spring Split. I don't think people are aware of how little time we had to practice. We've been together for almost no time compared to the other LCS teams.



Destiny told me part of his appeal for joining IMT was getting to play with you again because he felt you weren't allowed to play to your full potential on Origen. Would you agree with this, and if so, how?


I totally agree with Destiny. Last year he and I were not able to showcase much of what we can actually do as players. There were a lot of things that went wrong in Origen, and some people considered us the worst members of the team.


This year is a great chance for redemption for both me and Destiny. We can actually show that we are much better than what we were able to show on OG last year. I'm so freaking motivated to get the chance to be able to play and compete, and I think Destiny shares that mentality.




Were you able to learn anything from playing on Origen in 2020?


For sure, it definitely helped me grow not just as a player, but outside of the game as an individual, too. I feel like I gained so much experience from not knowing how to deal with certain situations, and now I recognize how to deal with these situations and not let them escalate into a worse situation.


It was a really terrible year for me. It was much worse than every other year I've played professionally, but I always think there's something to take away and learn to not repeat for the future.



Is there anything you'd like to say the IMT fans?


Keep an eye on us. There is a lot we have to show this year.

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