by Darius Matuschak / @DariusExMachina
Photograph by: Michal Konkol / Riot Games
After the very, very close game of Unicorns of Love vs G2 we sat down with UOL’s Midlaner Exileh to talk about the game, its final moments and IEM.
Hi Exileh. First of all, thank you very much for taking your time to talk to us after such a devastatingly close loss to G2. How did you experience the series?
Game one was just a stomp, it was just a super sloppy game from us. Me and Toplane didn’t do well and G2 just snowballed from our mistakes. The second game went well, except for the end obviously (sighs).
What were the final moments like in the second game?
Basically everyone was just shouting “Nexus! Nexus!”. But no matter how close we got, a loss is a loss. The scoreboard doesn’t care. Obviously we’re disappointed. We could’ve just waited it out in all honesty. From what we discussed right after the game, we had the idea of letting someone push together with Tahm down bot and pressure with three people from the top at the same time, or alternatively try and come in from three angles even. But we made the call of just going for the nexus and everyone thought it was a good idea. Just one more hit and it would’ve been a great play, but it didn’t come to be.
How do you personally feel right now?
It always sucks to lose. Obviously. But it’s part of the game, you have to accept it and move on.
How did you experience the matchup against Perkz?
I’m struggling against Orianna in general at the moment, I need to watch more replays and learn more about the matchup. Game two went pretty well, but Perkz was playing really good nonetheless.
Is there anything you’ve learned already from the loss?
We honestly didn’t learn that much in comparison to our scrim losses. Obviously it stings a lot more when we lose on stage, but we’ll have to watch the replays, go over our mistakes and then work on the problems we see.
What’s your plan for the next weeks?
We’re focusing on IEM Katowice now where we'll be playing against Kongdoo Masters first. If we manage to beat Kongdoo, we’ll hopefully get a rematch against G2, so I’m pretty excited for that. We’ll definitely try and get our revenge. Losses always motivate me, you don’t want to have this feeling of leaving the stage as the losing team. We’re going to train hard and beat G2 at IEM.
What are your plans for facing Misfits?
As long as we have a good draft, we should win against Misfits. Our scrim record against them is extremely positive, so I’d say we’re favoured against them. PowerOfEvil is playing really well at the moment though, he seems a lot more motivated than before. It’s nice to see that he isn’t burnt out after the season at Origen, some players are struggling with situations like his. I too will train a lot harder over the course of the next days, so I hope for a good match against him and the rest of Misfits.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I’m thankful for everyone who’s supporting us both on- and offline. Knowing that you have people behind your back, despite losing like today, always feels good.
Thank you very much for your time!
Editor’s note: It is standard practice that you only get an interview with a player from the winning team. Despite this, Romain Bigeard came into the press room right after the loss and asked if anyone wanted an interview, with Exileh showing up as well. This is the first time this has happened to me this split, and I’d like to thank Exileh and Romain for having the courage and talking to us despite the loss.
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