by Darius Matuschak / @DariusExMachina
Photograph by: Michal Konkol / Riot Games
After an important win against Fnatic, we sat down with Splyce’s Midlaner Sencux to talk about the series against Fnatic, the matchup against Caps and Splyce’s state as a team right now.
Hi Sencux, thank you very much for your time! How did you experience this series against Fnatic?
Well the first game was very one sided, while the other two games were very long. I’m just really happy we managed to grab a win, grab the points and that all that time wasn’t put to waste.
What do you think of the drafts, in the last two games specifically? Did they end up making the difference?
In the first game our draft was definitely a huge reason for our loss. In the second game their draft was a a lot weaker than ours, because despite the nerfs, LeBlanc doesn’t really get oustcaled and Malzahar just isn’t that good of a Midlane champion. In the third game the drafts were pretty even, both teams could’ve won and it came down to which team would perform better. We got a lot of free picks around Midlane, despite us failing to execute the dive down Botlane. They made a few too many mistakes in Midlane after laning phase, which we could benefit from.
When you’re that far into the game, how do you keep up in terms of concentration, how do you keep on making the correct calls as a team?
We play this game every day for god knows how many hours, so it really isn’t that much of a difference when it happens on stage. To be fair, it was really warm today and I was starting to sweat quite a bit, so that was a bit annoying (laughs). Of course you are pretty tired after the game is over, but during the series you don’t really feel the exhaustion.
Were you personally happy with your performance?
There still is a lot of stuff we need to improve, there are some obvious weaknesses that other teams know to exploit. In the first game, we didn’t utilize our champions correctly and got the picks we needed to snowball and pressure the lanes. That’s why we changed our drafts significantly in the second and third game, but we still need to learn to play other strategies. Our mistakes were more team-based rather than individual errors.
How did you experience the matchup against Caps? A lot of EU fans are really hyped about him, calling him “Mini-Faker” even.
I think he’s really good, but Fnatic is playing pretty much the same style every game at the moment. They focus on snowballing him and then grab the win from there, but when this doesn’t happen Fnatic falls apart. He’s a really talented player but there’s also a lot of stuff he still has to learn, which is normal given that he’s a rookie.
So do you think Fnatic should change the way they approach a series?
Right now the meta really supports this playstyle, focusing around Midlane is the correct decision 9 out of 10 times. But when the Meta changes to something like last split, where you have a lot of waveclear Mages like Azir or Viktor, it could hurt them quite a bit. You can see why they brought in Broxah though, he really focuses on getting Caps ahead as well.
Are you impressed with Broxah’s performance so far?
I mean… He really styled on me (laughs). They were times when I was overextending though. I’m a player who’s known for sitting under the turret and just farming away, which is a playstyle I don’t like myself. When I came out of Challenger, I was always focusing on winning my own lane and didn’t care for the rest of the game in general. I’m trying to back to that playstyle to an extent, try to play a bit more aggressive and Broxah just pounced on that. His Lee Sin is really good!
Last split Splyce played really well, you guys managed to secure second place and grab a spot at Worlds. Now you seem to be struggling and find yourself in the middle of the league. Are you happy with your position as a team or would you like to try and regain that top spot in EU LCS?
We’re not that happy with our current performance, especially when compared to last split. We really want to try and get ourselves a trophy, but at the moment we make too many mistakes, even when it comes to things we used to be good at! For example, we used to be really good at late game 1-3-1s, but now we’re struggling even in that area. We’re trying to work on this and get back on track to become a top team in EU LCS.
Why do you think these mistakes happen in comparison to last split?
It’s hard to say. It sounds so easy when you have the same five guys coming back together and play the game like they used to, but sometimes the Meta shifts can have a great impact as well. I think that’s probably the main reason right now.
Is it maybe due to the fact that some of the newcomers, like Nuclear and Chei, Hans Sama and KaKao or Caps and Broxah are just really strong and somewhat managed to catch you guys by surprise?
No, not really. Our biggest enemy right now is ourselves. In scrims we play really well, even manage to win the early game at times, but as soon as we get on stage, everything falls apart. The Misfits game was a perfect example of this, we had no real plan for the game and just waited to lose pretty much.
Anything you’d like to say to your fans?
I want to say thank you to everyone who supports us and thank you to our sponsors. Also a huge thank you to all Danish fans that showed up in the arena today, there were quite a few of them and that’s always great to see.
Thanks for the interview!
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