After a shaky first game, they cleaned up more each game and completed the series lossless. Though they did prove to be a level above the emerging regions, Xmithie told Upcomer after the win that Liquid have more to fix if they intend to take down the Korean and Chinese superstars on SK Telecom T1 and Invictus Gaming.
The road to Taipei will be tough, but Xmithie exhibited confidence in himself and his team to transfer their scrims to the stage and secure their ticket to the final event.
Xmithie: Well, we were just going to bootcamp and we weren’t really focused on who we were playing against. For play-ins, we didn’t really worry about it much, but we also didn’t get overconfident or anything. I think we just wanted to focus on ourselves rather than how we should play against them, or play against their pace. And that was kind of the problem in the first two games, we faltered a lot because of that.
It’s not really about what champions they were playing, but about what their strategy was. They played around their jungle pretty well, and they collapsed pretty well. So their playstyle is just different than pretty much any team we played against so we were caught off guard. And they’re really good at getting picks in the jungle, so we got picked a lot. And a few throws, but it worked out.
I think there’s a little bit of merit to that. They’re kind of correct in that, but they’re wrong at the same time. Even in the Spring Finals, we didn’t play that well in the early game to mid game. And that still showed here since they were really aggressive most of the time. But once mid game happens, it usually goes better because we are playing as a team pretty well.
I mean yeah I could see it, haha. Compared to the other teams, people might think we’re the underdogs, which I think we are. But I mean, when I was on CLG, we were also the underdogs and we made it to the Finals, so.
Match notifications, latest esports news, and more. Get the Upcomer app now.
Well since we were in bootcamp, we played a lot of international teams. And we played pretty well, but it’s just up to us to get the results on the actual stage. But I do think we have a shot at winning the whole thing.
I think on paper our team looks really, really strong. You know, all of the accomplishments on our team are really great. But it’s just up to our team cohesion and how we transfer our practice into the stage. I always say the biggest setback for any NA team is usually you do really well in practice and then it’s just really hard to actually transfer it to the stage. So I think that’s what we’re focused on.
Well we always have a friendly rivalry, I even went out with [Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski] for a night when he was in NA. And we had fun just trash talking each other, just saying, “My team will beat your team!” But we’re both just dog junglers so it’s just up to our team for who wins, haha.
May the better dog win!
Another finals appearance would be the best, especially for me because the feeling before was pretty great. So even though we lost, I learned a lot. So hopefully, if we win this, or get to finals, we will just learn a lot and then transfer it locally for the Summer Split.
Yeah, I think it was actually really hilarious. Everyone else [other than those TL fans] was really quiet. Then even after the game, they were the ones yelling. Then during the draft phase, Jensen was laughing so hard in his seat because those guys were hilarious. They just kept screaming “Let’s go Liquid!” Every ten seconds. We’re all used to hearing TSM chants every game, so that was the first time just only hearing them for Team Liquid, so that was pretty cool.