Slingshot’s Andrew Kim talked to Team Liquid’s Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer during Week 2 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series.
Andrew Kim: The last series against Phoenix1 seemed to have a large impact on you. Did you feel a lot of responsibility for the result of that match?
Greyson “Goldenglue” Gilmer: Even through the whole Game 1 and Game 2, I just felt really bad because, basically, my weaknesses as a player have been exploited really hard. I’ve been working really hard to get rid of them, but you can just see the stark difference in play between my games versus TSM and my games versus P1. So I was just trying to recoup and recover in the game, and we managed to make some plays in Game 2. I just felt really responsible because they exploited old weaknesses I had.
AK: What are some of the things that Team Liquid to work on as a whole to turn around in the season for more success?
GG: I think we’re way better than we showed today. I think I had a really bad day, but also we didn’t play well as team at all. I think the most important thing that we need to do is just turn on the pressure hard in scrims and we need to match that in game like it is and practice, and really really put on the pressure. That’s what I think we’ve planned to do.
AK: Despite some of the disappointments right now this is only Week 2 with many more to come. How are you and the team taking the results in terms of planning?
GG: We’re all obviously really sad about the losses, but we all know that it doesn’t really matter too much because we’re confident that we’ll be able to make playoffs, and all that matters is how we do in the playoffs. I think we’re just more upset about how we’re playing, and we just want to be able to play well on stage, and then be able to get that really good stage practice together, so we’re ready for playoffs. So I think that’s the big thing that we’re sad about.
AK: I wanted to ask you about the drafting in Game 2 as you banned Jayce and Kled in the second round of bans. Why did you choose to ban those two?
GG: The reason we banned Jayce and Kled was because we didn’t think Maokai would be good enough with their comp, we didn’t think they’d have enough damage. So we wanted to ban the damage top laners, but then the early game didn’t go well for us, and then they did enough damage that it didn’t matter.
AK: You’ve been part of many different teams, and I’m sure being in a bad spot isn’t new for you or something that gets to you easily. Over the course of your career, what are some of the things that you find helps you stay grounded and not get swept up?
GG: I’m pretty good at not getting swept up when we win. I’m pretty good at just staying calm and just realizing that it’s not that big of a deal. But I usually take losses pretty heavy because I think that it helps me improve a lot. It’s just frustrating when we lose and then the next game I make the same mistakes and we lose again, and that’s super frustrating to me. So, if you step back and just like, take a breather or something it helps just realize, it’s just a game. I mean, it does matter because this is the life choice I made, and I don’t think it’s not a big deal. I think it’s a really big deal, but in the grand scheme of things, you know, shit happens.
AK: Given your long career, have you experienced any pain that happened as a result of your pro gaming life, and if not what are you doing to prevent injury?
GG: I don’t really have any wrist pains because I’ve been in sports my whole life, and I work out so my wrists are strong enough where I don’t have any pain. Yeah, I have no problems.
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