On the 3rd of October(KST), Day 3 of the '2018 League of Legends World Championship Play-In Group Stage' took place. Winning against 'KaBum! e-Sports' and 'DetonatioN FocusMe', Cloud9 ended the day 2-0, finishing 1st in their group. As Cloud9's substitute jungler, Svenskeren has been watching, analyzing, and providing valuable feedback to his team from the coaching booth, while waiting for his moment to play on the big stage.
After Cloud9's match against DFM, we spoke with C9 Svenskeren.
Are you satisfied with your team's performance so far?
Coming into the tournament, we were shaky. I think Blaber was a bit nervous, too -- he didn't play like his usual self on stage, compared to scrims, that is.
Although it wasn't clean, I'm still really happy our team was able to win, so I can't complain too much.
You guys finished 1st in your group. How do you predict your team will do moving on to the Knockout Stage?
I think we would be one of the better teams. It'll be pretty interesting if G2 goes 2nd in their group because that would mean we'd have to face them for our spot in Worlds. It would be a pretty hard matchup.
If we end up going against some of the weaker teams, we should be able to make it to the main Worlds stage.
Cloud9's teamfighting prowess is really impressive. It feels like you're making up for your mistakes in macro with strong teamfights. Who's making the calls?
In the comms, everyone talks a lot. In the bot lane, Sneaky often talks to calm the team down. When the team isn't playing proactively, Sneaky says things such as: "It's okay guys, we can win this." He gets the team to rally together, to become more unified.
Our toplaner also talks to find the most optimal place to teamfight.
What kind of feedback have you been giving to Blaber?
Like I said before, he's been playing nervous. He's also been telling us that he was nervous. I'm making sure that in the future, he plays on stage as he does in scrims. His strength as a player is about being bold and taking any fight that he sees. On stage, however, he was hesitant.
Does Blaber seem nervous outside of the game as well?
On the first day, yes. He's been getting better.
How does it feel seeing your own team perform from outside the stage?
It's really stressful when you're not in-game. Some may say that I have it easy not playing, but the fact that you can't do anything while seeing your team make a lot of mistakes is sometimes really frustrating. You can't tell them what to do. I tell myself, "we shouldn't be making these mistakes, guys."
Were there moments where you just wanted to jump in and play?
In our game against the Japanese team, DFM, they were repeatedly killing Jensen, but our team didn't have an answer to it. Nobody knew what to do. The enemy team was getting a lot of advantages from that, and it was really hard to watch.
Lastly, do you have words of encouragement to give your team?
I think my team is doing great. If we keep improving, we can become a lot better.
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