Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone

For some reason, people have started to call me the “sensible adult” of the G2 team.

Those people haven’t seen me at a karaoke machine.

Have you ever seen a singer that can do both parts of a duet?

The male AND the female part?

I didn’t think so. It’s not even fair for any of my teammates whenever we go to karaoke.

They’re more into anime and things like that. Very boring.

Miky is the only one who comes close to challenging my singing ability. He prefers the emo songs, so it’s a little underappreciated to the general public, but I’m telling you: He can hit the big notes. I’ve seen him do opera and Disney songs. He has something for everyone.

I like Miky. I’m glad that we reunited in G2 Esports. It’s really as if nothing happened, and that goes for all the ex-Splyce guys. Kold, Sencux, Kobbe, Miky, and me – We didn’t part on bad terms at all.

He had a rough year at Misfits Gaming I think. They didn’t achieve as much as they should have with that lineup, but perhaps you can say the same for G2 Esports last year.

We made it to Worlds, and we got pretty far, but we could have done more.

Semi-finals is a new best for me, so I suppose I can’t complain too much. Before that, I had only played in the group stage with Splyce in 2016.

2016 feels so much worse for some reason.

Maybe it’s because I had been to America before, and I wasn’t in Korea prior to 2018 outside of boot camping in a hotel room at Seoul and going to the nearest 7 Eleven.

Worlds in Korea was so much better. Of course, it helped that G2 Esports made it to the semifinals, but even without that, I felt that the Korea trip was so much better than the America one in 2016.

Even so, I still think about that team sometimes, and really, I just hope everyone continues to succeed. Origen has had a good year so far, and I’m happy for Kold. Kobbe is also still going strong with Splyce.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to say the same for Sencux. People actually believe that he was one of the problems in his team this year, but I don’t think it could be further from the truth. In fact, it’s my opinion that he was the best on his team in almost every game. If your team isn’t winning, those performances don’t matter it seems.

But back to 2018 and G2.

This time around, my family was able to come with me. I think they enjoyed it, even if they were much less enthusiastic about the food than me. Thankfully, there is no shortage of burgers, pizzas, and meat in South Korea.

I got a lot of praise for my performance at that tournament – which is funny because I don’t think that it was my peak a player. I had a lot of attention and it was a very unique situation for me. But I suppose every World Championships is unique.

Before that, I was always just quietly trying to do my thing. I don’t think anyone regarded me a top-calibre player, and yet I was being voted in the top three All-Pro votes.

Perhaps it’s part of the regional pride that comes with this game. Even when people are supporting other European teams, when we played, we had the region behind us.

It was pretty special since we had a disastrous split before qualifying to Worlds.

We had lots of ups and downs, and the downs were where it did matter. Sometimes, that’s just how it goes. We all learned a lot from that.

I’ve learned a lot with this team. We’ve been through a lot of positive and negative experiences together, and I’m glad that I can use all of those experiences to help me in my career.

Before G2, I played in an all-Danish team prior to the LCS, and then a mostly Danish team in the LCS on Splyce. I knew most of the guys, and while I did learn and experience new things, I wasn’t ever completely out of my comfort zone.

We played in the way that we knew best, and eventually hit the wall and stagnated.

I joined G2 Esports and got to play with PerkZ, Hjarnan, Jankos, and Wadid. All of whom had either won a lot, played the game for much longer than me, or had experience in another region. Each of them had a new and unique viewpoint on the game, on the team, and on life in general.

It was a good environment to grow in. I believe it helped me become a better, well-rounded player.

Our roster is a little more…eccentric now. That’s a byproduct of us just getting along very well with each other.

We have a lot of crazy ideas – Caps is notorious for those – but we’re all very open-minded. And we’re all really versatile too. Game 2 of the Spring finals is a game that proves that.

Having crazy ideas doesn’t mean we’re not serious about the game. I think that’s something that fans can misinterpret sometimes.

If we play against SK Telecom T1 in game 5 at Worlds, we probably wouldn’t throw away a 10K gold lead like we did at times in the LEC. We’d be playing differently, according to the occasion.

We wouldn’t be trying things out like we would in regular season games. And if you can’t try things out on-stage, then where can you? Scrims?

We play on-stage the same as we do in scrims. A lot of teams struggle because they play with freedom in scrims but restrained on-stage. They second-guess themselves.

If you play how you practice, you can feel comfortable trying new things and adjusting to the situations you face in competitive play. Sometimes it gets a little tough with a lot of random things happening, but we’re learning how to control it better.

It’s one of many things that we could be better at. Which is why I think it’s a good thing that we didn’t go undefeated in the regular split. We might do it one day, but it’s not the ultimate goal anyway.

We’re a confident team, but over-confidence and complacency is our enemy.

The goal is to win the LEC and seriously compete at the international level. If we have to take a few losses in the regular season while experimenting to achieve that, then it’s all good in the end.

Losses hurt for a few hours, but when you achieve your goals as a team, the pain of that loss fades away.

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