Nothing comes for free. You have to work for everything.
That is something that my parents instilled in me from a very young age. I enrolled in mixed martial arts during high-school, and I trained up to 10 times a week.
I learned how to work hard, and how to take care of my body and my mind.
I played video games during that time. DOTA at first, with League of Legends coming later. My first Czech LANs were on teams with Patrik and Humanoid as teammates.
One time, we drove 300 kilometres to attend one of them – we even brought all of our PCs – just to be told that we couldn’t play because of a glitch in the online sign-up system.
Those were the days…
We can look back now and laugh, but it shows how far all of us have come. Patrik joined the LEC in 2018, Humanoid a year later, and finally, me!
But it wasn’t an easy journey.
One of the many life lessons that I learned from reading The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi was: If you are going somewhere, trust yourself that you will succeed, but do have something to which you can fall back on.
That – and my parents – is why I decided to prioritize my studies over any prospect of a professional gaming career for a long time.
I studied business and management, and that took precedence. Even while I was competing in amateur and semi-pro events in the Czech scene.
When exams came around, I took a month-long pause and played very minimally. It was difficult to focus on playing League when, in the back of my mind, I knew what I really should be doing. Studying.
There was simply no way that I could commit to full-time play and a gaming house with studies on my mind.
I did play for a few teams from home. It was during those periods that I realized I had some potential to be a good player. I was able to match or beat players that were 100% dedicated to the game when I myself wasn’t.
That convinced me to give League of Legends my full attention once my studies ended.
My first experience wasn’t great – I joined Millenium alongside Humanoid before the organization disbanded their League of Legends division shortly after.
Still, that didn’t break my spirit, and soon enough Vodafone GIANTS signed me up.
That also wasn’t easy at first, because GIANTS was like a moving train, and I was replacing Mystiques, who’s a good support player. I focused on catching up and helping the team in whatever way that I could.
Everyone at GIANTS helped me out. Mystiques had been their shotcaller, and they all wanted the same from me. We had long discussions about how we all saw the game so that I could adapt to them, build trust, and get the team firing.
It was a difficult period for all of us. MAD Lions were dominating the LVP back then, and we didn’t have the time to adjust and adapt if we wanted to compete with them. Despite our best efforts, we always ended up second best to them.
In 2019, it clicked.
To this day, I believe we should have won the 2019 EU Masters Summer split. There wasn’t much difference between us and BIG, but they took it on the day.
I built a good friendship with Razork during my time with GIANTS. His aggressive playstyle is always something I’ve admired, and we always tested our limits in scrims, which made it much more enjoyable to play together. That, along with his friendly nature in general, made him a great teammate.
I’m very happy to be playing in the LEC with him on my side in Misfits. When they asked me about prospective junglers for the roster, he was the first one that came to my mind.
In fact, once I knew that he would be part of the roster with me, it sealed the deal with Misfits. I had other offers, but with this roster, I was very happy to join them.
I’ve known about Dan Dan for a while and only heard good things, while Febiven is Febiven. He’s been unlucky for a couple of seasons, but he still has the ability to be a top player.
A lot of people thought Bvoy was a coinflip too, but I genuinely believe he is a top 3 AD Carry in Europe. It’s a much better lineup than people thought it was.
Even with that belief, I don’t think any of us expected to have such a great start to the season. I know we can’t let it get to our heads, but the results have been very promising and has given us a good platform to build from.
Win-or-lose, we want to focus on how we convert our practice into good performances on the stage, and what we can learn from every game.
Like I said, nothing comes for free, and we’re putting in the work to capitalize on our early success.
I know many fans and viewers were surprised at the roster we came into 2020 with, but I hope our early performances have won some of them over. I promise if you choose to follow us we will do everything to ensure that you keep cheering for us!
Editors Note: This article was produced before the widespread outbreak of COVID-19 and the subsequent temporary suspension of the LEC.
Image Credit: Riot Games, Denyk
Adel Chouadria assisted with the creation of this article