Mithy: “I want everyone around me to become a better player through me and through themselves with my help.”

Photograph taken by: Michal Konkol / Riot Games
After a one-sided 2-0 from G2 against NiP, we had the chance to sit down with their Support Mithy to discuss the series, Rift Rivals, how patches impact teams and his personal style of teaching other players. Enjoy.
Congratulations on the 2:0. It has been a clean sweep. How do you feel after the games?

I expected it to be a little bit harder. I think NiP was just too bad today.

What do you think about the Baron at 20 minutes? That has been surprising.

To be honest we just messed up. We spent too many resources when we went for Infernal Drake and additionally they had a really good team to do Baron. We probably should have played more around Baron and force them to come to us. The whole macro part of how we set up the Infernal Drake and Baron situation was horrible and we got punished for it.

Let’s talk about the current Support meta. We have seen a few tanks these days. Especially Alistar who has been popular in EU. Why do you think he is so popular?

Alistar has his place in the current meta. There are some situations where he is really good, for example versus Kalista, and there are some situations where he feels very useless. I am experimenting with him right now and today I had a good series but the last time I played him I was really inting. We will see how it goes in the long run.

What do you think is the current go-to Support in EU?

That’s Tresh and I guess he’s followed by Braum. Every support champion has something he is good against. People are looking to pick Support later in the draft to have more impact on the game. I’m not quite sure actually. If Tresh is not available and Kalista is banned, because Kalista gives you the option to play whatever you want as a Support. Alongside Kalista you can play everything you can imagine and you always have that ultimate to jump in. When those two champions are out I am not really sure what to blind-pick myself.

G2 has obviously made a huge comeback from their rough start of the split. Rift Rivals was again a bit difficult. What has changed for the team since then?

Honestly? It’s the meta. It changed a lot. Also, our practice has changed. This week has been a tough one but overall, we are trying to use our practice more efficiently. We try to learn more from each game and try to go into every game with a purpose. Even though scrims didn’t go that well this week we learned a lot. We were able to determine what was going wrong and why. Then we talked things out and tried to figure out solutions. I am excited for the next week of scrims because I feel like we made another step in a positive direction.

Your hopes and expectations for the split are still to win the playoffs or do you feel that due to the fact that Fnatic is doing so well it is almost unrealistic?

We will win playoffs. Yes, we will win the whole thing.

Currently, G2 looks really good, Fnatic looks fantastic. Who do you think is going to be the third team that may represent EU at Worlds?

This is a difficult one. Honestly, I have no idea. There is a good chance that a big patch comes out. Maybe not 7.15 but 7.16 and there is also a good chance that this will happen right before playoffs like it did last time. You never know. Some patches Splyce is good and they can flex pick a lot of champions and play really weird things. H2k is usually a very consistent team but they tend to lose to teams that can surprise them more than Fnatic or G2 can. Unicorns of Love has a very specific style where they are strong in teamfights. In my opinion, the meta will decide a lot what team can adapt better and proceed to Worlds. In general, Fnatic and we are the teams that are most consistent with good adaptation of the meta but maybe even we will get surprised.

Do you think that it is generally an off thing that the changes to the meta can impact the strengths of a team that heavily? Especially when you compare this to traditional sports, where big rule changes to the games usually don’t happen. Is that a positive or a negative thing?

I also thought that the meta changes how a team works and that it can make a team extremely strong or extremely week very fast, but after being a pro for a long time and seeing how the best teams in the world handle different patches and different situations, I came to the realization that the teams who are good in the one patch and bad in the other are just bad teams in general. They are just lucky to perform well sometimes. All good teams stay good, no matter what the patch dictates because they have consistent style and a consistent macro game and therefore they can just learn the new champions and just put them into their standard way of playing and just adapt. Teams that play different styles get surprised by different metas but that is their fault for playing their style and not playing the game how it should be played.

You have been praised a lot for your ability to adapt to different situations whether it’s related to team environments or in-game things and also for your intelligence and game knowledge by various different players. Is that a quality that you value highly yourself?

Maybe? I mean, I am not going to praise myself or saying what I am good or what I am bad at. What I’ve been working on in the past few years is trying to become more constructive in the way I say and do things. I want everyone around me to become a better player through me and through themselves with my help. Sure, I know the game well, but so do a lot of other people and they help me the same way that I help them. What I feel I am quite good at is determining problems and finding fast solutions to those problems.

Is there anything you would like to say to your fans or to the G2 fans?

I hope you guys are having fun with the whole trash talk. There is some more coming for the Misfits series. It’s much fun so just feel free to come at me afterwards. I think it’s hilarious and we are just trying to make the whole league a little bit more fun for everyone.

Thank you very much for your time!

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.