Reaching My Goal

Marek Brazda
I was playing in the Czech Republic for a long time, and the Czech Republic basically isn’t very good in terms of competition.

I wanted to move to the next level. Long story short, I went to Turkey, then to Poland, and then I got an LEC offer. That’s how I ended up here.

My eyes were on the LEC – the EU LCS – even when I was in the Czech Republic in 2016; it has been my goal from the very start.

2018 was a pretty successful year for me. A year ago, I was playing on eSuba in the Czech league, so nothing really interesting but I worked my way to the top and we made it into the EU Masters, though we didn’t have any success there.

That was a big disappointment for me, and after that, I really wanted to find myself a different team. Thankfully, by that point, I had been noticed, partly thanks to EU Masters. I didn’t play many games, but I think my performance in that tournament was part of the reason that Dark Passage picked me up.

During my time outside of the LEC, I played for Millenium and Dark Passage with Hatchy as my coach. We enjoyed some pretty big success in Turkey; when we came into the team they were in last place, and by the end, we’d reached the semi-finals.

When Hatchy was offered a move to Illuminar Gaming in Poland, he asked me to follow him. I decided to take a chance and went to Poland with him.

I feel like I’ve improved overall in the last half a year with him as my coach. My macro play was always pretty bad, so that’s where I’ve improved the most. The game is way different now to how it was half a year ago, so it’s hard to remember exactly what you learned and how you played compared to the present – you just feel like a better player than you used to be.

That said, I can’t even remember most of my first day in the LEC.

The LEC is a big step up. Right now, we’re grinding through practice, playing for near enough the whole day and scrimming six-to-seven hours. That definitely wasn’t the case in the regional leagues.

Thankfully, I don’t think the pressure of the stage has affected me too much. Perhaps, as a rookie, people thought it would take some time for me to overcome the pressure, but I honestly don’t feel it. If anything, the pressure I feel comes from everywhere but the stage.

The day before the LEC, I basically spend my day thinking about the next game, stressing and obsessing over it.

I worry about losing – I always have – because I worry that I’ll let myself, my teammates and my fans down. I’m not saying that I think I am letting them down, but it’s something I worry about going into every game.

I think there’s a general belief that rookies don’t talk all that much, or that they communicate badly. That is definitely not true in my case.

I’m not the shot-caller, but I have no problem communicating with my team. I’m constantly trying to feed as much information as I can because that is what a mid laner should do.

In the regional leagues, I was probably talking a little too much. I felt like I had to guide my team at that level. Now, in the LEC, the players are at a much higher level, so I don’t feel like I have to try and micromanage them. It makes life much easier for me.

Instead of microing the different players on my team, now I can focus a bit more on my own game, and just give the necessary information to my team – Vizicsacsi really helps with that; he communicates very well in-game.

Overall, although communication is important, I would say that the key thing a player needs to make it to the LEC is individual skill.

It’s what it’s all about at the start. It’s what people notice first about a player. You can learn how to communicate really fast, but if you don’t have the individual skill, it’s going to be really hard for you.

Reaching the LEC has been my goal from the start, so now that I’m here, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.

Image Credit: eSuba, Playzone & Riot Games

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