On September 9th, FlyQuest ended this season with a defeat against CLG in the second round of the NA LCS Regional Qualifier. However, FlyQuest is not a team to be ignored. Having a convincing win against Team Dignitas, FlyQuest put immense pressure on CLG. FlyQuest has proven that they not only have the skill set but also their endless determination.
In particular, 'WildTurtle' played a spectacular set of games. He played a clean and flawless game, showing off his robust mechanics. WildTurtle also demonstrated a more stable judgment and positioning than before. Although FlyQuest was defeated, WildTurtle still displayed his prowess and the potential to carry his team. I would like to believe that through the Gauntlet, WildTurtle has returned the favor to his fans by performing well.
WildTurtle is going to be visiting South Korea during the off-season for practice. As a veteran, it is going to be hard for WildTurtle to improve on a large scale. Nevertheless, we look forward to his performance next season.
¤ Even with the loss against CLG, you showed better performance than people expected. How do you feel after the Gauntlet?
I feel pretty satisfied with myself. After the end of the Gauntlet, I felt like I could have played a lot better and carry my teammates a lot more. Most of the games, I felt like I didn't perform as well as I did in the matches against Team Dignitas.
¤ What changed during the break time between the regular season and the Gauntlet? What have you guys been up to?
During the break, we trained extremely hard. I think this is the reason why we beat Team Dignitas. I believe we, as a team, were strong enough to beat CLG but I underperformed and my team didn't feel as confident. I still think that I could have played a bit better and maybe changed the outcome. I do believe we had the ability to beat CLG with all the practice we put in.
¤ You look like you are in better shape. What changed?
I personally put a lot of focus on communicating with my team. As an AD carry, it is crucial to ask/tell your teammates what you need from them (peel, cs, etc). I also ensured that I made as little mistakes as I can. I think CLG made a little bit too many mistakes. I recall I made 2 or 3 mistakes during the match against Team Dignitas. I definitely played my best against CLG even though I did make more mistakes than usual.
¤ There has been quite a fuss going around about your performance from some fans. When you see these messages, how do you react?
When I see people giving me a lot of fire for playing bad, it does hurts me slightly, but I do think about it as motivation. I would like to believe I'm not as bad as people make it out to be. I do try to improve myself whenever I see these messages.
¤ People say that you have amazing mechanics but stray a little on positioning and judgement. What are your thoughts on this?
I think my mechanics are still really good. I put a lot of focus into my decision making and positioning. I do try my best to play the game at a macro standpoint and making the right decisions for the most part.
¤ For three days in a row, the matches have been all best-of-five. Does it fatigue you out?
I didn't feel fatgued at all during the gauntlet. Scrims tire me out more than gauntlets actually. For scrims, you need to play 10 hours a day. Compared to scrims, the gauntlet is not that impactful on getting tired. You can't be a pro player and get tired after a lot of best of five games.
¤ If there is anything you want to change about yourself, what would it be?
If I could change anything about myself, it would have to be to have a stronger mentality. I think my mentality is a bit weaker than it was in the past. I wouldn't say I tilt easily but I think I just get nervous very easily. I was really nervous for the matches against CLG. I think it had to do with my 5 month break. I was very confident at the start. So....yes if there was one thing I would change, it would be my mentality.
¤ When the LCK holds Gauntlets, they have more break times and more time to practice comapred to that of the NA LCS. Do you think it would be necessary to have the same rule in the NA LCS?
I'm not necessarily sure which one is better, having a long break or a short break. For me, I would prefer a short break. The reasoning behind is if you're coming off from a win, you can keep running on that momentum and keep your streak going.
¤ What is your plan for the next season? What would you like to do?
I have no plans right now for the off season. I really don't know what I'm going to do. I'm planning to go to Korea for a little bit of solo-queue practice. After my trip to Korea, I will probably spend the rest of my time with my family and then train again when the new season starts.
¤ If you compare the solo-queue in NA and Korea, what do you think the differences are?
Korean solo-queue and NA solo-queue differ drastically. Korean players like to play around each other and work as a team. Always focusing on doing objectives and team fighting. When you don't work as a team, they get mad. NA players are usually doing their own random things most of the time. I think this is the biggest difference.
¤ Who would you like to meet in Korean Solo-queue?
I would like to meet all the LCK pros but, if I have to choose one, I would chooset 'Pray'. I really like the way he plays.
¤ Is there someone who you would want to play with in your team in Korean Solo-queue?
I would like to play with either 'GorillA' or 'Peanut'. Peanut is amazing on Lee Sin and I like his aggresive style. It would be nice to play with some Korean players such as GorillA and Peanut.
¤ Is there any activity you would like to do while you are in Korea?
All the times I've been to Korea, I haven't done any sightseeing. Because I usually play games all day with my friends, I didn't really have a chance to go out and see the beautiful things in Seoul, South Korea. Next time if I go there, I'll check out the clubs and the scenery.
¤ If you visit Korea, what food would you like to try first? Do you have any specific food in mind?
Sam-gyub-sal (Korean BBQ)
¤ Any last comment for the fans?
I wish that all the fans will continuously support and follow me. We will be a formittable team next season.