Broxah about playing in the Korean SoloQ: “Koreans play really serious but they’re insanely huge tilters as well.”

After a very dominant win against Misfits, we had the chance to talk to Fnatic’s jungler Broxah about him playing against Maxlore again, the team’s trip to Korea and Korean SoloQ.

Congratulations on the win! How do you feel right now?

I’m really happy. We obviously had pretty big expectations, but we never saw Misfits play with Maxlore, so we didn’t exactly know what to expect from the team. But I think we played really clean and there aren’t a lot of things I could complain about. Feels nice.

How did it feel to play against Maxlore again after he transferred to Misfits?

I played a bit more careful than usual. I already know his playstyle but we didn’t know whether he changed it to fit the team or maybe Misfits changed their playstyle a bit to fit him, so I played a bit more passive than usual.

You guys went to Korea! It was your first time in Korea as well, what did this experience feel like to you?

It was really cool! When we all are in Berlin, we’re only really together when we play, not so much in our time off. But when we go traveling we get closer, we turn into friends rather than colleagues you know? On top of that, we also got to play in the Korean SoloQ. It was a lot of fun to play against teams from NA, Taiwan, Korea and China as well.

Any particular names that you really enjoyed playing against?

Hmm not really, it was just interesting to play against different playstyles. China and Korea play a lot different from what we’re used to.

In what aspects?

Well, the biggest difference, in general, is that in Korean SoloQ everyone plays extremely aggressive and the game is usually decided in four to five minutes. So junglers adapt to this too: They want to get things going and try to play a lot more aggressive than the players we’re used to around here.

Is that something you managed to improve whilst playing SoloQ?

It was pretty fun because I just play super aggressive myself. But in Korea, I needed to watch out for others doing the same thing to me (laughs) I constantly had to check whether someone was invading my jungle.

Other pros from EU and NA have commented that one of the major differences between Western and Korean SoloQ is that in Western SoloQs 50% of the time people play really serious but during the other 50% don’t play seriously at all. In the Korean SoloQ however, people play like they’re playing a professional game at all times. Did you have a similar experience?

Yes and no. The thing is that at first, the Koreans play really serious. But they’re insanely huge tilters as well. If someone dies in a 1v1 once or twice, they basically want to afk. He doesn’t want to play the game anymore. Whereas back here you usually at least still try to get carried. But when a Korean falls behind in the Korean SoloQ, they just want to run it down mid and skip to the next game.

So in Korean SoloQ everyone plays insanely aggressive and tilts really hard. But the biggest difference is that their mechanics are ridiculous as well. Like, even when we started to ladder, the players we were up against had mechanics like someone from the top of the European Challenger ladder. So if you don’t play extremely well mechanically yourself, you’re going to die.

Did the fact that you guys had to scrim with MrRallez instead of Rekkles have any impact on your scrim situation?

It had a bit of an impact since the two have a bit of a different champion pool. They’re essentially similar but they have different champions that they personally prefer to play. But for me, it was completely fine since I used to play with Hannes (MrRallez) on the Fnatic Academy team and actually shared a room with him as well.

The win against Misfits was convincing, to say the least. After this win, what are your goals for this split?

Obviously, we want to win as much as we can and we want to go to Worlds. Our end goal is to show that we’re one of the best teams in Europe and our ambitions are really high in that regard. We’re going to work hard and hopefully going to reach it.

Anything you’d like to say to the Fnatic fans?

Thank you for all the support and hopefully, we’ll be able to reward you with our performance this split.

Thank you very much for your time!
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Darius Matuschak

Darius is an esports journalist trying to nurture esports culture whenever possible. He got into esports while finishing his Bachelor in Journalism, and has been a regular EU LCS attendee since January 2017.

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