My Battle Scar

Cody Sun

*This article was created from a Q&A interview*

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that this was my first year as a professional in the NA LCS.

After such a hard-fought Summer Split and the World Championship, it’s a relief to finally relax and reflect.

Like so many other aspiring young players, I have always looked to the World Championship as a source of inspiration.

Yet, in the space of a year, I was playing against all of these AD Carries that I had looked up when I was just a Challenger player. Even the opportunity to face this calibre of opposition in scrims, or even solo queue, felt like a privilege.

The ADC talent that attends the World Championship rarely makes any big mistakes. Playing against them on stage, I just wanted to prove to myself that I could play my own game; that I wasn’t scared or intimidated by these world-renowned players.

Sometimes I just need to remind myself that this was my first year as a professional in the NA LCS.

After such a hard-fought Summer Split and the World Championship, it’s a relief to finally relax and reflect.

Like so many other aspiring young players, I have always looked to the World Championship as a source of inspiration.

Yet, in the space of a year, I was playing against all of these AD Carries that I had looked up when I was just a Challenger player. Even the opportunity to face this calibre of opposition in scrims, or even solo queue, felt like a privilege.

The ADC talent that attends the World Championship rarely makes any big mistakes. Playing against them on stage, I just wanted to prove to myself that I could play my own game; that I wasn’t scared or intimidated by these world-renowned players.

Every game feels really tense to play, even if there are no kills, because you can feel that both teams are constantly looking for openings to break open the game.

When that opening presents itself, you have to take your chance and deliver under the pressure.

My first World Championship experience is likely to be remembered for a moment where I let the pressure get the better of me: my ‘tristsec’ against Fnatic.

I had farmed up well, so I knew that I was strong enough to make a play, I just needed to wait for the opening.

In the end, the moment was thrust upon me. I felt really pressured to get something back for my team, a kill or two just to slow their advance.

I saw the play in my mind so vividly, I knew that I could one-shot Caps’ Cassio and then escape with the reset. The execution, however…

Under the strain of the moment, my fingers didn’t follow the script I had envisaged. I meant to use my ultimate on Cassio, but lost my rhythm.

Looking back at it now, at least I can see the humour in it – it was honestly a hilariously bad play.

I can only attribute it to the pressure of the moment. I tried to make a hero play on the Worlds stage, but it resulted in disaster because perhaps, I just wasn’t ready.

I choked, but I’m not going to let that stop me from making plays and taking my chance in the future.

It’s a battle scar that I’ll wear proudly and next time, I will be ready.

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