On the 10th of June at the NA LCS stadium, UC Irvine defeated Columbia College 3-0 and claimed the College Championships.
With most people expecting a 3-1 or 3-2 score on either side, UCI came out of the gates with immaculate marco gameplay. Pre orchestrating favorable jungle matchups, the early game for all 3 games was already in the hands of UCI.
Up against the 3rd highest ranked player in North America (Julien), Descraton was not shaking. Performing phenomenally on Zoe, Descraton demonstrated why Zoe should be banned in high levels of competitive play.
After UCI’s spectacular performance, InvenGlobal sat down with, arguably the series MVP, Descraton. Let’s see what he has to say about Zoe, Julien, and his future career as a League pro.
¤ How do you feel about your games today?
They felt really good. I definitely outperformed myself. Probably my best performance yet. We really gave it to them today. I think I showed that soloq rating isn’t everything. There is much more to the game than how to play by yourself.
¤ From the broadcast, I saw your family supporting you in the crowd. Have they always been that supportive of you playing games professionally?
At first, they didn’t really like the idea of me playing games. It is pretty much the same story for every other gamer. Towards the end of high school, my parents let me pursue what I really wanted to do. Knowing that I have the full support of my family, it drove me to perform this well today.
¤ What does this win mean for your League of Legends career? Are you planning on investing even more and applying for Academy?
There is only one thing I have in mind. First and foremost, I want to finish school and get my degree. Hence, I want to stick with collegiate for now. After that, I will definitely be looking for opportunities to try the professional scene out.
¤ Let’s talk a bit about the games today. Your Zoe was amazing, to say the least. Did you know your Zoe was going to be this impactful in today’s games?
I think I was pretty confident in that I would be able to get a lead and poke people out with Zoe. I believe Zoe is extremely oppressive if she gets even a little bit of a lead. Although we didn’t show too much Zoe in this tournament, I think it just made it even better. When we picked her up at the very end, Columbia was unprepared for it.
¤ During the games, it was prevalent that your team focused the early game around oppressing the enemy jungler. Counter Jungling and putting the enemy behind. Was this pre-orchestrated or something that you as a team realized you could do during the series?
It was planned out. We knew that their jungler was not completely comfortable playing the role. We realized that if we force a better jungle matchup, we could let YOUNGBIN do whatever he wanted to do.
¤ How do you feel winning the College Championships and holding the Championship Cup?
I feel amazing right now. I am super happy that we won. Honestly, the whole experience has been nothing short of spectacular and one of a kind. I think this is something I can constantly look forward to and keep participating in the future.
¤ Where you ever nervous during the 2nd and 3rd game thinking “Holy crap we might actually win this”?
It was definitely in the back of my head when I thought “Oh, we can win. We are almost there.”. But at the same time what helped a lot was staying focused on the game. Taking the games one at a time. I didn’t let the idea of victory, rush us or anything.
¤ Were you expecting this level of domination of 3-0? Or were you expecting more along the lines of 3-1 or 3-2?
We were expecting more of a 3-1. However, we did practice against them in scrims and that went well for us so. It was not too surprising that we went 3-0 but regardless was really nice.
¤ What were your thoughts on the matchup against Julien? To my knowledge, he is ranked 3rd on Challenger. In addition, were you also nervous/excited to prove that you were the better mid laner?
To be honest, it was definitely a little bit scary to go up against Julien. He is incredibly high ranked on the Challenger ladder. At the same time we felt that if we banned out his champion pool, I could just take over the mid lane. Afterward, we can just snowball the rest of the map.
¤ Do you guys have anything in mind to celebrate this amazing win?
We would love to celebrate, but it might have to wait. Due to us being in school and UCI having a quarter system, some of our players have to study for finals tomorrow and for the rest of the week.
¤ Lastly, is there anything you want to say to your fans, friends, and players/teams you have faced so far?
First, I would like to thank everyone who came out to support us. All of UCI and UCI Esports that wanted to help us out. It was just incredible to see so many fans rooting for us. I would also like to thank my family. Them coming all the way down to support me, it means a lot to me. Finally, to all the teams we have played, I just like to say I think we are a dominant team. We don’t plan on letting go of the Championships next year either. Come prepared or be scared.