by Darius Matuschak / @DariusExMachina
Photograph by: Michal Konkol/Riot Games
PowerOfEvil is back with a vengeance: The German Midlaner and his team are currently rocking the second place in Group A, with decisive 2-0 wins against the likes of Fnatic and Splyce. We asked him about Misfits’ strength, being subbed off whilst being on Origen and whether he’s the best iteration of himself we have seen to date.
First of all: Congratulations on your win against Splyce! Another 2-0 against a strong team, with both games being very clean as well. How strong do you think Misfits are right now?
Well in our group we’re on a deserved second place, right behind G2. If you look at all EU LCS teams, we haven’t faced either UOL or H2K yet, and I’d rate them both pretty highly. I think we’re a strong team within the Top 4 and I’m really excited to play against UOL and H2K.
How do you think are you guys going to perform against these two teams in particular? Are you favoured or unfavoured against them?
Unicorns have a really unique playstyle, they always win teamfights, even the seemingly bad ones. So it’s going to be pretty difficult to face them in that regard. H2K on the other hand play really calculated and the botlane improved a lot lately. I think both series are going to be pretty close, both series will go to three matches. I think both of them are slightly favoured against us, partly due to them having a more manifested infrastructure as well.
Let’s talk a bit about your performance: I recently did an interview with Perkz and he rated you as one of the top 3 Midlaners in EU right now. A lot of people on reddit and twitter have mentioned that they are really impressed by Exileh however, even rate him as one of the best Midlaners. What do you think about that?
I’d place him in the Top 4. He’s got a champion pool that fit the meta for a while and his team plays a lot of comps that really help him, like a Ivern-Shen combo that enables him perfectly. He has really good games, but sometimes, even when UOL wins, he makes some big mistakes, so I don’t think he’s that consistent.
In general, I think the two of us are really close. At the end of the day it’s a team game though, so you can’t always perfectly spot the difference between two players, but our skill level is pretty similar. He’s really mechanically gifted as well.
It seems like there are three levels when it comes to EU LCS team strength right now: High-Tier with UOL, G2, Misfits and H2K, Middle-Tier with Fnatic, Vitality and Splyce, and finally Low-Tier with Giants, Roccat and Origen. It seems like whenever a team plays against a team that is within a different tier, it’s basically a stomp. Why do you think this difference seems so noticeable, and is it going to change over the split?
I’m sure that every team, no matter where you rate them, is going to grow a lot. It’s still pretty early in the split, a lot of new players still have to adapt to their new environment. Roccat and Giants could easily take games from the Middle-Tier teams and if you give them one or two weeks, they’ll be Middle-Tier teams themselves.
Fnatic and Splyce similarly can still improve a lot as well and could compete for Top 4 down the line, turn into High-Tier teams as well. Fnatic just changed their jungler as well, so I’m really looking forward to Broxah is going to perform. Really curious about how he’s going to do in LCS.
What did you think of the change from Amazing to Broxah?
I don’t have any insight why he got subbed off or whether there was any specific reason, but it might be done to motivate Amazing. I'm just looking forward to see Broxah prove that he deserves the spot and I am sure he can.
Well you’ve been in a similar situation yourself, with being subbed off whilst playing for Origen, how did that impact you as a player?
Well since it was planned from the beginning that I’d eventually get subbed off at times, I didn’t really mind it for the most part. I was able to learn a lot from xPeke, communication-wise, map awareness-wise, so I gained a lot of knowledge due to this.
On the other hand, sometimes you disagree with the decision, which can be pretty frustrating. You think that you should play, but it’s a team decision of course. That can negatively impact your mentality in all honesty. Let’s say you rate your performance as quite good and you still get subbed off - that can be a huge hit to your confidence!
Luckily it’s not the case for me anymore and I’m quite happy at Misfits, they way we’re performing as a team. I’m also doing really good, so that’s nice.
A lot of people would agree with that latter statement! Do you think that your performance right now is the best performance we’ve seen from PowerOfEvil in general?
I think my performance right now is pretty similar to when I played for Unicorns of Love. But I didn’t have the game knowledge back then, I really did learn a lot whilst at Origen. Even though it obviously was a really bad season, but I was able to learn so much, that I now bring so much more to Misfits than I did to UOL.
Last week you had an amazing moment on Corki where you really popped off. A lot of people watching went nuts seeing you chase your opponents over what must’ve been half of the map really. That’s not the stuff you normally see in LCS, did you just follow your instincts?
Well it all started with a really good engage by Hans Sama again: He caught the Zed, we kill him and I want to keep going, so I package in and at that point it was basically my whole team that shouted “Just go ham! Just go ham! You have Mikael’s!!” KaKao just shouted “GoGoGoGoGo!!” the entire time, so I just went in and killed them both. It was super fun, a really great play as well and rewatching it was fantastic too.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I hope I was able to convince you that I’m not the same as in 2016 anymore! I improved a lot, even though the last season was pretty bad for me. But right now I’m really happy about my performance, really happy with my team. I have a lot of trust in my teammates, so credits to them as well and I hope you guys support them too.
Thanks for the interview!