Vizicsacsi on Rift Rivals: “I think this tournament has to be a wakeup call for all of the European teams.”
Following a difficult best-of-five series against Team SoloMid ending in an 3-0 loss for Unicorns of Love, Kiss “Vizicsacsi” Tamás spoke to Slingshot’s Kelsey Moser.
Over the course of Rift Rivals, G2 Esports, three-time European League of Legends Championship Series (EU LCS) champion, managed to win only a single game on the first day of group stage.
Loulex on jungling at Rift Rivals: “If every lane is pushing, then usually the game is pretty doomed.”
After a brief break from competing, ex-H2K and Schalke 04 jungler Jean-Victor “loulex” Burgevin recently joined Cloud9 as a positional coach
Phoenix1 narrowly failed to qualify for the Rift Rivals final. At the close of group stage, mid laner Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook talked to Slingshot’s Kelsey Moser (through an interpreter) about Phoenix1 finding a groove and a few differences between his time on H2K and his new NA team.
sOAZ: “It’s just harder against top teams to rely on getting kills, so it’s the main issue behind playing this Fnatic style.”
Although Fnatic didn’t appear in the final of Rift Rivals, it still took two wins against Phoenix1. Following Fnatic’s second victory, Paul “sOAZ” Boyer talked to Slingshot’s Kelsey Moser about some of the gaps in the team’s play, new head coach Dylan Falco, and Blitzcrank.
MikeYeung on his Rift Rivals transformation: “I’ve learned that the best way to play is to play without the fear of making a mistake.”
Phoenix1 jungler Mike “MikeYeung” Yeung’s impressive showing at Rift Rivals earned him the title of Group Stage MVP.
Ray on his recent Twitter posts: “It kind of felt like, instead of me carrying on the team, I was kind of being dragged along with the team.”
Jeon “Ray”Ji-won represented Cloud9 as its top laner for most of the Rift Rivals event. Despite falling out of the tournament with the worst record for a North American team, Cloud9 still had three impressive wins, and Ray showed off his own flavor of picks
Despite being the only team in the tournament to lose both games on the first day of Rift Rivals, Unicorns of Love persevered for a final score of 3-3 to represent Europe in the final
Samux on the difference between NA and EU: “They play really standard…in Europe, we like to surprise a bit more.”
After a miserable 0-2 performance on Day 1 of Rift Rivals, Unicorns of Love made adjustments in favor of more comfortable mid lane picks to turn the tides of Day 2.