In light of another rough start to a split, Team Liquid once again shuffled its League of Legends roster last week in further attempts to find the perfect permutation for growth and success. One of the more interesting roster moves was the acquisition of Rami “Inori” Charagh. Emily Rand caught up with the former Phoenix1 jungler to talk about his recent move and first appearance under the Team Liquid banner.
Emily Rand: How do you feel about your first games on Team Liquid?
Rami “Inori” Charagh: I definitely think the team has improved a lot. Obviously, losing sucks and it doesn’t feel good to lose, but I’m actually pretty happy because I’ve already seen a lot of progression and improvement from the team since I got here. I have high hopes that the team will improve a lot over the split.
ER: The beginning of your professional career was with Phoenix1, and the P1/TSM series became an iconic performance for you. How did it feel to leave the team where you first made a name for yourself?
RC: It was actually really hard. I didn’t know how hard it would be until it actually happened. I saw the goodbye video and the announcement video and it hit me so hard. It was super emotional. I was kind of lying to myself saying, “I’m OK, I’m OK,” but then I saw all the goodbyes. They were kind of like my family, and it was really hard. But it’s gotten better. I’m here on a new team and hopefully I can make them my new family.
ER: What were the circumstances that surrounded your decision to go to Team Liquid specifically?
RC: On P1, they had a lot of issues and because of the circumstances, I wasn’t going to be able to start anymore. I had a bit of a hard time on P1 during last split. I was subbed out a lot for Meteos (William Hartman), and it really affected my confidence a lot. I knew I was a better player than that and how I was performing onstage was really kind of pathetic. I just wanted a new start on another team, a team where I can play my own style and play confidently, which is the most important thing for me.
ER: Your jungling style is very different from Reignover (Kim Ui-jin). How do you think that’s going to fit in with this Team Liquid squad?
RC: I think this team has been through a lot of roster changes so it doesn’t really have an identity yet. But I feel like if I can come in and lead the charge, bring in a full aggressive style, I can help give the team an identity as well. Reignover is an awesome jungler, and I don’t think losing is his fault. When the team loses, it’s everyone’s fault. Hopefully I can bring in a new style and we can work on understanding each other.
ER: What are your personal goals as a player this split?
RC: I just want to play like my old self, like when I first started on P1. That was the happiest I was in my life. I kind of changed my style a lot and I didn’t feel as much confidence as before. Hopefully by the end of all of this I can just be a more confident player for myself.
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