by Darius Matuschak / @DariusExMachina
Photograph by: Michal Konkol/Riot Games
In his very first game as Fnatics starting Jungler, Broxah was put to the test: On one of his signature champions Lee Sin he managed to make some fantastic plays, even putting the veteran Midlaner GBM in his place. We talked to the Rookie about the differences between the Fnatic Challenger team and the main team, about the Jungler situation at Fnatic and his relationship with Amazing.
Hi Broxah, thanks a lot for taking your time to talk to us. So, how does it feel to get your first win on the big EU LCS stage?
It feels really good. At first, I was really excited and nervous and I kinda was throughout the whole series to be honest. But after the first minutes it was a lot easier to control. Just had to get into the game, get used to the pressure and just play my game.
Did your team help you transition to the big stage?
Yeah they helped a lot. We have three veterans on our team and they helped me a lot today and the days beforehand. We also have a lot of staff supporting me, like a sports psychologist. A lot of people have been helping me prepare for today and I’m really glad they did.
What was the transition like, going from the Fnatic Academy team to the main team?
The first days it was… I wouldn’t say difficult, but I certainly had to get used to the new environment. On the Fnatic Academy team you scrim teams that are a bit weaker than the teams you scrim on Fnatic, and we also have Klaj who’s doing all the shotcalling. On the big team however, it’s more of a team-effort, everyone’s calling shots.
So on the Academy team you have a true captain, a leader if you will?
Yeah, in mid to late game Klaj basically takes over and we just listen to the calls he’s making. On Fnatic it’s pretty much everyone doing the shots, usually though it’s the person who’s strongest in that game and knows how to carry.
What is the team atmosphere like in comparison to the Challenger team?
I’d say it’s a bit more serious. On the Challenger team we kinda troll each other all the time (laughs). We’ve been playing together for three months or so, so we know each other really well and therefore have a lot more fun whilst trolling and stuff. This kind of relationship might happen on this team too, but of course it’ll take some time to build the same kind of relationship. I’m still getting to know all the players and the staff, but so far it’s been a really fun and interesting experience.
That’s good to hear of course! On the other hand, I got to talk to Amazing last week and he seemed really happy with his situation, had some really positive things to say about Fnatic and the people behind it. Then the news broke that he’d get subbed off and you had to step in very suddenly, how did that feel?
It came as a bit of a surprise to me as well. But obviously it was a huge chance, so I’m not going to say no to this opportunity to play on LCS. So on one hand I feel a bit sorry about Amazing but I’m also very grateful for the opportunity.
What is the situation at Fnatic now: Was this a one-time chance at proving yourself and you hope to remain the main jungler, or are you and Amazing going to swap a lot when it comes to playing on the big stage?
I’m going to play Jungle for the LCS team for this and the next week. After that, the other players and coaches will make a decision and see who they want to continue working with. They’ll look at how I perform in scrims and on stage over the next weeks and then the decision will be made.
For your first game on stage, you certainly managed to perform really well. In terms of champion picks, were you satisfied with what you got, or are there still any picks in your locker you want to unleash on the big stage?
Obviously I still have a lot more champions I want to show off! But Ivern and Lee Sin are picks I really don’t mind showing off as well. I was known for playing Lee Sin, so being able to play one of my comfort picks during my first game felt really nice for sure.
You had a really huge moment, when you side-stepped the Cassiopeia Ult! You were playing against GBM as well, a Midlane veteran in his own right, and you still managed to get the better end off it. How did that made you feel?
It felt really really good! My heart was pumping so much! It was such a great moment for me. I’m happy that I was able to show some of my abilities in that moment.
When I got to talk to Jankos, he mentioned that Jungle right now is the most important role in the game. Do you feel the same way and does it add to the pressure of being a rookie?
It didn’t really add any pressure for me. But I do think that Jungle is the hardest role to learn competitively. Playing SoloQ and competitively are two completely different games as a Jungler, so that’s a bit of a challenge to overcome. But I already played on the Challenger team for a few months, got to play with and against Amazing, who helped me out greatly as well. I learned a lot over the past couple of months.
How’s your relationship with Amazing in general?
My relationship with him is pretty good. We’ve been talking about a lot of picks, discussing the jungle, the meta etc. He’s been really helpful! Whenever there was something I was in doubt with or we had a game where he destroyed me, he was always ready to talk to me and help me understand what I did wrong.
That’s nice to hear. So, you’re Danish... How come you’re not playing for Splyce then? (laughs)
Well I mean Trashy is pretty good, so I can’t really blame them for that choice! (laughs)
A very diplomatic answer! Anything you’d like to say to the Fnatic fans who are going to look up to you and might be a bit doubtful as well?
I just want to say thanks for all the support! When it was announced that I’d be the starting jungler, I got so many messages, the vast majority of which were full of positivity. So many people congratulated me, the fans of Fnatic have been super supportive as well. It just makes me happy, I appreciate that a lot.
Thank you very much for your time and best of luck on the big stage!
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