I was first introduced to League of Legends in 2011 when I was just 11 years old.
After mastering the basics, I became an AD carry main, but after I started playing within a team, I switched to playing support. A team I was playing with at the time was in need of one and we ended up winning a couple of small tournaments, so I just decided to stick with it.
I enjoyed playing League in a competitive setting and, although I was telling myself that I’d stay in school, I knew that if the right opportunity came by I’d drop out and pursue an esports career in a heartbeat.
My main motivations to turn pro were that I always wanted to be the best, I enjoy competition a lot and I’ve always liked the idea of people looking up to me.
At first, when I started playing in high elo, with or against pro players, it felt kind of unreal to play against those guys that I looked up to and watched play on stage. They looked unreachable.
At the same time, I’m not proud of any of my solo queue achievements.
I reached rank 11 in season 7, but at that time a lot of players I don’t consider to be good were higher than I was or close to my rank. I don’t give a lot of importance to the ladder.
I wasn’t able to make Scouting Grounds last year. Missing the event in 2016 was really rough for me; seeing the exposure these players got and how it helped their career – when I believed I was just as good or maybe better than they were – was one of the worst feelings I’ve had.
I captured that feeling and used it as motivation and six months ago, I realised that I needed to focus on my professional esports ambitions full time. If there is to be a specific moment that I’ll end up looking back as a turning point, it’ll be that one.
When I received the invitation to Scouting Grounds 2017, I was relieved that all the work I had done in the last year was not wasted.
Making it in 2017 was the chance to make up for the disappointment of the previous year and I was extremely happy to finally be able to prove myself.
It was really refreshing to play among players that all wanted to improve and were open to receiving criticism; the Scouting Grounds environment was very comfortable.
The mid laner I played with, Palafox, definitely stood out to me. He had a really great attitude towards improving and was always asking for others’ opinions on what he should’ve done differently.
He stepped up when it mattered most, particularly in the finals where he had a lot of really clutch plays. He seemed to be able to play with a cool head under pressure.
Like Palafox, I considered players that played other roles to be friends… support mains, however, I marked as ‘rivals’.
On the first day of Scouting Grounds, even though I lost most my games, I felt like I played well individually, had good communication and was a solid teammate. I received positive feedback and felt that I was starting to get noticed.
I received some invaluable advice regarding tower dives, our team would always look for dives that were unnecessary where we could just zone them from the tower and then take it. It fundamentally changed the way I saw the game: kills are pretty much meaningless.
I was thrilled to be drafted by Clutch Gaming, but I didn’t really know what to think of them, with the organization being new to the NA LCS.
In 2018, I hope I can continue to prove myself as a solid player in the academy league and improve to reach LCS level.
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