Steeelback: "I don’t feel happy. We didn’t deserve to win today, Giants were the better team. They were winning the second game and they would’ve won it as well."
by Darius Matuschak / @DariusExMachina
Photograph by: Michal Konkol / Riot Games
After one of the most debatable referee decisions in EU LCS' history, we got to talk to Vitality's ADC Steeelback about the decision, Vitality's performance in the EU LCS so far and the expectations the team has set for themselves.
Congratulations for the win. How do you feel right now?
I don’t feel happy. We didn’t deserve to win today, Giants were the better team. They were winning the second game and they would’ve won it as well. At the end of the day we had to ask for a remake though, we couldn’t see the Orianna ball and the game was unplayable at that point. Giants couldn’t see it as well. So we had to remake and managed to win the two following games. I’m happy we managed to bounce back, but I’m unhappy about the way we played the first two games and the way we won this series.
What went wrong in the first two games? So in the first loss and the game that was remade.
I think the first two games were hard for us because we had problems in the Jungle. KhaZix did a route we didn’t expect, he got an early kill on our Jungler at blue buff and then just snowballed from there. At that point our Jungler was level 3, he was level 6 so it was so hard to play from there. The first game was pretty much the same.
Picture the scene: You lost the first game, you barely managed to avoid losing the second one due to the remake. What do you do as a team in that situation, knowing that you almost lost the series right there and then?
Everyone was feeling down of course, but everyone also knew we had to play, everyone knew we had to show that we were going to fight and win! So we looked at the mistakes we made in the previous games and adapted the draft too. They were prioritizing Shen a lot and picked up Nautilus which we weren’t sure how to play against that so we decided to adapt. The morale went up after the first win and then we won the second game pretty much from the draft.
You guys are still fourth in your group but you got your second win, which is really important in the fight against relegation. Origen still have their game ahead of them, how do you feel about the placement of Vitality right now?
In scrims we’re actually doing good, but when it comes to playing on stage, it doesn’t reflect what we manage to do in scrims. We felt really lost while playing on stage. But if we manage to fix this issue and manage to perform how we’re currently performing in scrims, we still can become third in our group! We can beat Splyce! So I’m looking forward to that match and I hope we can fix our problems until then.
A lot of people had high hopes for Vitality coming into the split, with you, GBM and Hachani joining the squad, but you didn’t quite deliver on these expectations. Do you still think that it was the correct decision to join Vitality rather than a different team?
For me personally, I definitely made the right decision. I think Vitality is a really good organisation to play for, I’m happy being here. It’s just that the results aren’t there yet, but the team and I will make sure that we will improve, that we will get better. It’s just a matter of time, I’m still really happy that I joined Vitality.
This might be a bit too early to say, but do you expect to stay with Vitality after the split is over?
Yes definitely. I want to start building something and stay with a certain team rather than change teams again. I want to have a stable roster, I think it’s more important than ever to have a stable team. I expect to stay with Vitality for next split.
Are you guys looking at pulling a Splyce 2.0 by massively improving in the Summer Split and treating Spring Split as a way to form a set roster?
For sure, I have this exact example in mind actually when looking at our own team. It’s funny that you mention it (laughs). I think having a stable team is important and as long as everyone is looking to improve and the team chemistry is fine, everything will be fine. We have good players, we just need to work as a team and have confidence. Once we’ve reached this point, we’ll be a really strong team.
What do you think of AOD’s performance so far?
I mean AOD is a new player, even though he used to play in Challenger two years ago, he’s still new to the stage. Djoko is also new but he got more time to improve and to get used to the stage, whereas AOD is still struggling a bit for now. Nonetheless, he has the right mindset and he will improve, I’m certain of that.
How happy are you with your own performance so far?
I think I still can play better, but it’s really hard to shine as an ADC in a losing team. This Meta is really about how much pressure your Jungle can create in the Botlane, so if your Jungler isn’t winning, you have to give up a lot of CS and it’s really hard for the Botlane to come back. I’m okay with my performance, but I also know I still must improve my play.
What is your team chemistry like at the moment?
It got way better in the last two weeks. We got a lot of confidence from scrims, before we were loosing a lot of scrims but now we’re winning quite a few of them, against some really good teams as well. I think it’s getting better and better, we just need to translate this to the stage. I hope this win today will also give us more confidence going into our next games.
Is there anything you’d like to add?
I’d like to thank all the fans that are supporting us. But I also want to say that I feel really sorry for Giants, for me they won this series. I feel sorry for them, I really do.
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