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Contractz places himself among all the junglers in North America

Slingshot’s Andrew Kim talked to Cloud9’s Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia during Week 2 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series

Andrew Kim: Congratulations on the commanding 2-0 victory. How was the team atmosphere afterwards?

Juan “Contractz” Arturo Garcia: So far the atmosphere has been really good at times. Sometimes it can get bad, but definitely after a win, we’re all super cheerful and it’s good.

AK: Your name has been mentioned by fans and analysts in the context of being one of the NA junglers that are making names for themselves. Are you happy about that?

JAG: Definitely I’m not satisfied yet. It’s only been two weeks into the LCS. I’ve only played on two Challenger splits. I definitely do want more, but it’s also really nice to have all these really high expectations for myself from all these fans and analysts, and it feels really nice.

AK: Do you find that the current meta fits your play style very well?

JAG: I definitely do think that’s a big part of why I’m doing really well right now because I play a lot of aggressive type, carry oriented junglers, and that’s exactly what the meta is right now.

AK: You also had a lot of attention going into the split, based on the fact that you’re an up and coming jungler supposed to fill Meteos’ (William Hartman) shoes. Did you have any pressure knowing that people will be judging you and comparing you to past iterations of Cloud9?

JAG: Yeah, for sure. Whenever you’re going to be replacing a big player that’s been super good for the past three seasons, you’re definitely going to have a lot of expectations coming into the split. Pressure wise, I think I definitely did have a little bit of pressure on myself, a little bit of nerves going into the split, but I think I can now wash most of those nerves away, because it’s already been two weeks of the LCS, and I’m feeling pretty confident.

AK: Cloud9 has a really happy atmosphere it seems. How are you acclimating to the team? Were there any awkward points during your transition into the team?

JAG: There wasn’t any awkward points when I was transitioning. It’s super family oriented. Everyone’s super nice and cheerful. Troll at times, which is really funny. It’s overall just a really good environment, atmosphere to be in.

AK: How do you find the input and analysis from the Korean coaching staff? Do you find that the experience with them is different?

JAG: I’ve actually never experienced coaching before. I’ve played on two Challenger teams, C9C and Ember, and Ember, our coaching staff wasn’t very good I’d say, and in C9C we had Thinkcard, which was really helpful, but we never had a real coach. Coming onto the main C9 team, having all this support staff is really really helpful for me, and it’s the first time I experienced it. Sometimes there are points where I don’t agree with what’s being said, but most of the time, a lot of the time, it’s really helping me improve as a player.

AK: As one of the newer players in the LCS, what are your personal goals for the spring split?

JAG: I think for this split I’m just looking to make finals, win finals, and look to be one of the best junglers in NA.

AK: In the midst of a lot of rookie junglers getting the spotlight, do you think that you’re at least equal or better than some of the other names being mentioned with yours?

JAG: I think I’m for sure equal. I don’t know about better, but I think over time I can prove that I can be one of the best in NA.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games