FlyQuest are quickly spiralling out of playoff contention, with two more losses to CLG and 100 Thieves solidifying them at the bottom of the pack. In order to climb back up again, the Spring Split semifinalists will need to step up their game considerably.
The first step to the team’s redemption was bringing support Kim "Wadid" Bae-in onto the LCS stage. He had been sidelined due to visa issues, and while the team still dropped both its games with him in the starting lineup, things are looking up.
We spoke with Wadid following the team’s first game of Week Four to discuss how he feels to be back on stage, Rift Rivals, and NA solo queue.
Wadid: Actually, when I played on stage today, I didn’t feel like I was excited or nervous or anything. I was just really comfortable. I didn’t feel any pressure at all as well, so it was really easy to play the game.
Normally when I’m back or when I’m on stage I get excited and my heart is beating. Right now, it’s like, “Hmm. I can actually think more, a lot,” and I could actually play the game. I’m pretty fine-ish about today’s game.
It’s more like, I’m more controlled I guess. We prepared this week pretty well as well, so I was pretty confident in my team and myself as well.
Oh yeah. Even though I couldn’t play because of visa issues, I still played with them and we synergize really well, so I felt really great. I feel like I’m meant to be here, to fill up their weaknesses. I can be their strong point.
I think, more than weaknesses, I think synergy is more important and I feel really comfortable. It’s really easy to work with them, and that’s the most important part. I’m playing well as a player, so that’s why I feel really comfortable.
More team-wise, I think I’m bringing some rotation ideas. I think I’m just bringing some good ideas to the team -- that’s how I feel. Also they are listening a lot, and they know how to play. They are all veterans, so it was really easy to work with them. We are actually really easy to work with together, so I’m feeling good.
I felt the same, or similar, when I was on G2, so it’s similar to when I hit my career high. I feel like we can win something.
I think we just didn’t pull off our practice. We were practicing pretty well, but we just couldn’t execute it really well on stage. We just need to work harder. I’m not sure what the main problem is, but I feel like when I’m playing, I can fill up the weaknesses.
It’s like 50-50. Stage games are not looking great, [compared to] our scrims, at least when I’m playing. When I watched the past games, when JayJ was playing, it was like one or two mistakes. It was really basic, so I felt really bad. This game, it felt like we didn’t rotate really well around our win condition. I’m not sure. We just need to work harder.
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I feel like we are all good friends, including our Academy team, and when we are working together, it also feels really good. Everyone is not tilting or something. It’s like, “Oh yeah, we have to do this,” and then someone brings up a good idea, everyone listens. It’s really good if you’re on the same page. Always. I think that’s the most important part of the team. That’s the most part of it. I feel really comfortable, it’s really easy to work with them, and I’m performing well as well, about myself, so those it’s those three things.
My teams were really great to be honest. Everyone was really good. I think it was just an issue with the synergy. There’s something you cannot explain. If you see it on paper, it looks good, but if it doesn’t have synergy, it does not age well. That’s why I feel really comfortable and confident in myself and my team.
I’m not sure about the others, but at least for me an JayJ, we are always talking together and we are working together as a team. We’re not only just fighting for a spot. We’re more like working for the team together because we all want to win. We all want to work for our team. I feel good. I don’t feel stressed or something.
I feel like I’m playing with [Petter "Hjarnan" Freyschuss] again, which means it’s really easy to work with him because he’s just really good at basics. That means I don’t have to take care of the basics, so that’s a big thing. That’s a really big thing. We are always on the same page, and we are always working together. It’s just so easy, like, my ADC is WildTurtle.
I think they are similar, but Jason is more aggressive. I’m not saying Hjarnan is not aggressive, but still more aggressive. Sometimes it’s not good to be really aggressive, so we should be controlling it, but I still like it. I feel like we can win every single bot lane in LCS. That’s how confident I am right now as a duo.
I think definitely it is in EU’s favor because they were beating NA since last Rift Rivals. I’m not sure. Maybe this time it’s different, but I would say it’s six to four in Europe’s favor. I still cheer for both regions. Even though I’m in NA, I’m from Europe, but I’m still in NA. They picked me up, so it’s like, “Both are winners! Winner is on my side!”
I think it’s really combined. It’s really hard to explain. They have more cool ideas that are actually working out, and their solo queue is a bit better as well to practice. Those two things.
Yeah, I think so. It’s really not productive. It’s really hard to get a productive game in NA solo queue. First, because of the server. I don’t know why we are having 60, 70 ping. Second, I feel like everyone in high elo, they don’t want to be a pro player. They just want to be streamers. That’s a big difference between Korean solo queue and EU solo queue. I mean, EU has a lot of people, and they have better ping because of different servers -- they have EU West and EU Northeast. It’s those things.
Yeah, I think so. Still, they’re working on Academy and Scouting Grounds, so that’s good, but I think they really need to split the server and get better ping for us. I think it’s actually huge. It’s not that big of a gap, but I think NA solo queue is worse.
I think both systems have good things and bad things, so I think it’s just region difference. They are Europe, they have so many countries combined, so they kind of need to do that. For here, we are just having a second team, so I think it’s fine for both.
Actually, let’s be honest. The LA lifestyle is so much better than Berlin, at least for me. That’s how I feel. It’s good to live here. My life is a bit better.