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Vizicsacsi explains why heavy defeats will help Splyce during Worlds

Published: 27/Sep/2019 1:22 Updated: 28/Sep/2019 0:16

by Isaac McIntyre


It was five years ago, in Autumn 2014, that Tamás ‘Vizicsacsi’ Kiss qualified for the EU LCS with the League of Legends World Championship. Now, half a decade after kicking off his LEC career, he has finally made it with Splyce.

This time, Vizicsacsi feels like he’s ready. Splyce have been fired through the furnace, battling against G2 Esports and Fnatic – two rosters he considers among the best in the world – and have emerged all the better for it. The team may have struggled to find their feet against Fnatic in particular, but those heavy defeats were major learning experiences, and the 26-year-old reckons they’re improving as they get ready for Worlds.

“I’m really happy to have finally achieved my goal that I have had ever since joining EU LCS five years ago,” the Splyce star told Dexerto ahead of the team’s Worlds bootcamp preparations.

“After we dropped out of playoffs against Rogue and went into a huge slump, I wasn’t too hopeful about the gauntlet, but during preparation weeks we managed to improve a lot.”

Riot GamesVizicsacsi finally achieved his international dream under the Splyce banner.

This is Splyce’s second international appearance. Last time they made it to the Riot Games year-end event they had a smoother ride, finishing second in EU LCS 2016 Spring. They were even a strong contender for Worlds, but they finished bottom of their group with a 1-5 record. The following two years were a barren period for the team as they failed to deliver on their promise, not even qualifying for Riot’s showpiece event in 2017 and 2018.

This time around, they’ve been on a rollercoaster that’s taken them from the lofty heights of third in the regular season, to a disappointing 5th-6th finish in the Summer postseason, that included a shock 3-0 crushing at the hands of Rogue.

There was even a time when Vizicsacsi thought he was going to suffer the pain of previous years and miss out again. On so many occasions he had come very close to booking his ticket to the biggest event on the League of Legends calendar, but he had always fallen short.

“It feels like Spring Split could have gone a lot better had we done a few things differently against Fnatic,” he said. “Then, as good as Summer started with the regular split, the playoffs were a big disappointment. At least we got to Worlds though.”

Riot GamesSplyce finished fourth and third in the LEC regular splits this year.

Now, the Hungarian star is just weeks away from playing his first matches at the international tournament. It may only be Play-Ins to start with, but he’s confident that Splyce have what it takes to qualify for the main event. 

Last Sunday evening they were drawn into a three-team pool with veteran Japanese representatives DetonatioN FocusMe and Argentian squad Isurus Gaming. With two wildcard region teams lined up as their challengers in the first stage of the tournament, Vizicsacsi is already beginning to believe groups are in Splyce’s future.

Anything less than that would be a failure.

“Getting into group stage is the minimum expectation, and I would love to be able to get out of groups as well,” he said of the LEC team’s ambitions.

“That will depend a lot on our preparation, and how good we will understand the patch (Worlds will be played on 9.19). Either way, I’m hopeful about it because I know our team can grow a lot in a short amount of time. Being in the top competition should enhance this growth even further.”

Splyce have also been handed a few lessons by some of the best recently. In their most recent series, where victory would have fired them straight through to the final 16 teams at Worlds, they were smacked around the Rift in a 3-0 loss against second-placed Fnatic.

Vizicsacsi is not about to lose confidence after losing to one of the best teams on the planet right now. Instead, he insists the constant battles against them can only make them stronger.

“How things are looking right now, G2 and Fnatic are on another level compared to other EU teams,” he conceded. “That said, the 3-0 we received from Fnatic in the gauntlet is definitely not representative of our strength.

“I’m sure we can do a lot better than that. We play the best if we can execute our plans consistently, and that exact consistency is what we will be looking for at Worlds.”

Riot GamesSplyce’s top laner believes LEC finalists Fnatic and G2 Esports are two of the Worlds favorites.

The two LEC powerhouses aren’t the only qualified teams that Vizicsacsi has experience of. After missing out on a place in Riot’s new European league, his former organization, Unicorns Of Love, earned their place at Worlds through Russia’s LCL competition. They’ve now been placed in Group A alongside Clutch Gaming and MAMMOTH.

For Splyce’s top laner, the fact that his old team – where he spent six EU LCS splits – will be playing in the international competition for the first time in their history is a special moment. That doesn’t mean he’ll be holding back if they meet on Summoner’s Rift.

“I’m happy for them,” he said. “They were my first team, and I definitely have some good memories of them. As long as we are not competing against each other, I will be rooting for them. If we cross paths though, there will be no mercy!”

Riot GamesVizicsacsi spent three years with the Unicorns of Love.

No matter what happens for Splyce in Berlin and beyond, Vizicsacsi already believes that the 2019 roster has risen above and beyond what they wanted to achieve. To be representing the LEC at a time when people are saying that Europe has become the best region in the world is something special. To bring something different to the table is an added bonus.

“If we look at the end result, that we are at Worlds, in this moment we can be happy for sure. However, I do think both splits could have gone better,” he said.

“We under performed at times, where we needed to play our best, so I’m a bit sad about the splits. Nonetheless, it was a good learning experience for all of us, and I hope it will, in the end, just enhance our upcoming Worlds performances.”

Splyce’s first competitive matches at the 2019 World Championship will begin with a battle against Isurus and DFM for a place in the Play-In playoffs. Once in the elimination bracket, they could face major region representatives like Clutch Gaming and DAMWON Gaming.

Worlds matches begin at the LEC Studio on October 2. The main Group Stage will begin 10 days later at the Verti Music Hall in Berlin. Follow all the action with our Worlds 2019 tournament hub.

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DAMWON players reveal which League champions they want Worlds skins for

Published: 31/Oct/2020 23:58 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 23:59

by Andrew Amos


DAMWON Gaming hadn’t even left the Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai after their League of Legends Worlds 2020 triumph before they were grilled on the biggest question of the year: what champions they’d choose for their commemorative in-game skins.

Every year in League of Legends, the World Champions get immortalized not only in history, but in-game. The five players on each team get to pick a champion they like to receive a skin in their team colors.

It’s a special memento for both the pros and fans alike. Players often spend their whole career chasing the dream of getting a Worlds skin, but few have actually received one.

FPX Worlds skins splash art
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2019 World Champions FunPlus Phoenix chose Gangplank, Lee Sin, Malphite, Vayne, and Thresh for their skins.

So, after DAMWON took down Suning in an exhilarating 3-1 final on October 31, the question on everyone’s lips in the post-game festivities was who the South Korean squad would choose for their own Worlds skins.

The Worlds 2020 champions want some more time to mull over their choices, but the preliminary results are in. In the post-game press conference, they all had a vague idea of who exactly they wanted.

For top laner Jang ‘Nuguri’ Ha-gwon, the choice was pretty easy: Kennen. The electric Yordle is by far his most recognisable champion, and he said the pick helped him lift the Summoner’s Cup.

Heo ‘Showmaker’ Su also had a straight-forward answer: Twisted Fate. However, the rest of the squad is undecided. Worlds 2020 MVP Kim ‘Canyon’ Geon-bu wants either Graves or Nidalee, two of his most popular champions.

The same goes for Cho ‘BeryL’ Geon-hee. He wants to pick either Leona ⁠— his most played champion in pro play ⁠— or Pantheon, the pick he devised that ultimately dominated the Worlds meta. Jang ‘Ghost’ Yong-jun is torn between three: Jhin, Ashe, or Caitlyn.

Pantheon in League of Legends
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Pantheon support rose to prominence thanks to DAMWON support BeryL.

Potential DAMWON Gaming Worlds 2020 skins

  • Nuguri: Kennen
  • Canyon: Graves or Nidalee
  • Showmaker: Twisted Fate
  • Ghost: Jhin, Ashe, or Caitlyn
  • BeryL: Leona or Pantheon

The Worlds 2020 champions will have some time to think about who exactly they want. The special in-game skins typically don’t get released for a few months, so players will have to wait until the middle of 2021 to get their hands on them.