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Stunt on being transferred to Phoenix1 and adapting to a new team mid-split

Slingshot’s Andrew Kim caught up with Phoenix1’s new support William “Stunt” Chen during Week 7 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series.

Andrew Kim: Congratulations on the win. On the last game it seemed like you took a really long time in closing out the game. What’s the reasoning behind the win after taking all three inhibitors?

William “Stunt” Chen: So their team comp was Sivir Anivia, which is heavy wave clear, and they can send Sivir to one lane to wave clear and then Anivia to the other. Nautilus is actually heavy wave clear and can wave clear against Kled, too. So at the beginning when we got our first Baron, we didn’t pressure three lanes at the same time and we didn’t constantly rotate people to random lanes to try to make them confused, and they had to react to us because they have to react to us crashing waves. So the first Baron we didn’t do that; we kinda just grouped five one wave, and we were just like, oh wait we can’t do that. They just wave clear. If we did that one (at the beginning), we actually could have closed out the game earlier but since we came up with that strategy on the second Baron, and then on the third Baron we’re like ok, now this is what we’re going to do. But at that point Sivir and Anivia were maxed out items and were touching the wave and the wave’s dying. It was difficult.

AK: My understanding is that you were part of Team Liquid Academy, then a sub for Team Dignitas, and now the support for Phoenix1. Moving through three different teams, has there been any trouble transitioning from a Challenger to an LCS team and then performing on stage?

WC: I don’t get nervous on stage because I just play a lot of League of Legends, so it’s pretty much playing another game for me. Maybe I’m more aware because I had caffeine before or something. In terms of transferring teams, I don’t know, I’m pretty chill about esports and everything. I’m not too rushed or anything. I’m happy to see a bunch of teams’ atmospheres and different team structures and meet a whole bunch of Challenger and LCS players. I made a lot of friends during that time and I think I’m on good terms with all my old teammates, and we had a good time together.

AK: You had very impressive performances today barely dying two or three times. Did you have a good feeling going into today’s games?

WC: I think I match up pretty well against FlyQuest because when we were on TLA, we scrimmed C9C all the time, and C9C is now FlyQuest, so I kind of understand what they’re looking to do. Don’t let them snowball early, and you have to be careful for cheese all the time. They have multiple players that like to come up with creative things and you kind of have to think of all of them and don’t even give them a chance to even have the option. In terms of not dying that much today, I think actually the Nami game I could’ve had no deaths but I miss-played a lot of the times, didn’t use Flash for two of my deaths, and I didn’t use Exhaust either. I think I could have ended some of the fights earlier. I built an item I didn’t build in a while, Mikael’s Crucible, the range got reduced by a lot it felt like, so I never got to use that item and I felt like if I used Flash, Exhaust, Mikael’s properly the game could have ended earlier. I was kind of disappointed in myself at the end there.

AK: Are you currently in P1’s gaming house and practicing with them?

WC: Yeah.

AK: When did you move in exactly?

WC: So at the beginning of this week, a day before the trade deadline, I got a call from the DIG owner and he’s just like, “Yeah, we decided that trading you to P1 would be good for you and us, and we hope that this will help your career,” and I was like, “OK, cool.” Then they said, “OK, we’re moving you out today and we’re going to be scrimming you tonight.” It was a little bit rushed for me but at the same time it kind of needs to be that way so I have as much time as possible to practice with the new team.

AK: When you were told that you were going to be moved to a new team, did you find it to be disappointing or was it not really bothersome?

WC: Honestly I’m winging life so I don’t care. Whatever happens, happens. Just make the best of it.

AK: Now that you’re in the NA LCS with P1, I want to ask what support player in the LCS right now are you most wary of?

WC: I think, even though they’re at the bottom of the standings, I think Hakuho (Nickolas Surgent) puts down the most lane pressure out of any support that I played with. When I was in Challenger, my rivals were Hakuho and (Vincent “Biofrost” Wang) and now I think those two plus (Andy “Smoothie” Ta) play laning phase the best.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games