Vizicsacsi says all of Europe needs a wakeup call after Rift Rivals.

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.

July 12, 2017
Mithy says the time is now for G2 Esports to improve.

Mithy: “We need to get things working again or we will not make it.”

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.

July 12, 2017
Loulex talked about his new role on Cloud9

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

July 11, 2017
Ryu compared the differences between Europe and North America in League of Legends.

Ryu: “When I was in Europe last year, I felt their macro was (better). But it’s worse now.”

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.

July 11, 2017
sOAZ says Fnatic's changing play style stems from a realization they couldn't rely on getting kills against the top teams.

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.

July 11, 2017
MikeYeung says playing without fear is vital to his improvement as a League of Legends player.

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.

July 10, 2017
Cloud9's Ray opens up about his recent self-deprecating Twitter posts.

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

July 10, 2017
Exileh says UOL matches up well with TSM

Exileh on TSM: “I think we can have a big edge on every part of the game.”

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

July 8, 2017
Samux says NA plays more standard while EU League of Legends teams have more surprises.

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.

July 7, 2017