Lyon Gaming's AD Carry, Seiya talks about the South American scene, his team's performance and more
Fri 6th Dec 2013 - 5:03pm: League of Legends
Ali 'Seiya' Bracamontes is the AD Carry for Lyon Gaming, he and his team recently played in the World Cyber Games in China. We discussed about the Latin American scene, his opinion on Asian teams, his team's performance and opinion in SoloQueue.
You’ve been officially with Lyon Gaming since April, How has that been experience for you? What can you highlight about your teammates?
Seiya: Until now it has been a very pleasant experience. Playing in big competitive events it’s something that I would’ve never imagined but it’s a sensation memorable, hard to describe. My teammates besides being really good in the game, are also critic and aspire for more, they’re always looking to improve individually and as a team, furthermore they’re really good people that I enjoy living with.
Nice, recently you guys played in the WCG (World Cyber Games). How was that experience for you and the team?
Seiya: Competing in such a big international event is just amazing. Playing against teams from all around the world is a memorable experience, and is incredible to think that the players and teams that you watched compete in tourneys and streams months/years ago are now in the enemy team and it’s your turn to play against them. We’ll definitely learn a lot from this experience that will serve us for competitions that are to come.
In the WCG you guys played against one of the best teams in Asia, such as WE (World Elite) and CJ Entus Blaze. What is your opinion after facing them? What was the team’s mentality in the moment you knew you were going to face them after finishing 4-0 in the group stage?
Seiya: They are really good teams and everyone knows that. When we went to the event we went with the mentality of winning it all, and we knew that to do it we had to face the highest level teams like them. When you’re playing against them you realize that they’ve a really peculiar playstyle that only high level teams have that we weren’t used to. We feel that we can learn a lot from these games.
You talk about learning, now that you’ve faced against global gauge AD Carries, such as Emperor and WeiXiao. What do you think about them as rivals, and what did you learn about them?
Seiya: I think they’re really good plays, but I think in matter of talent and individual capacity we and other players are in the same level as the member of the highest level teams. The true difference it’s in decision-making, strategy and teamwork, and not individual talent.
Changing the subject a little bit, let’s talk about the South American Scene, Who do you think are the strongest teams at the moment? And why?
Seiya: When talking about South American scene referring to the regions of LAN, LAS and Brazil, I would say that the strongest teams are Arenales, Isurus Gaming, CNB, paiN, Dash9 and Lyon, without specific order. Simply because I watched and played against them.
If we talk about a global scene, is there any player or team that you would like to face against?
Seiya: I would like to face SKTT1 2 (actual world champions) and KT Rolster Bullets, simply because they’re my favorite teams.
Previously you mentioned the individual talent of the players of Lyon Gaming, adding to this; What do you think about the actual state of the Challengers in LAN and Solo Queue in general?
Seiya: I think that SoloQ is generally too “troll”, a few people take it seriously, it’s good to play it to practice mechanics and improve individual talent, independently of the outcome of the game. Having the etiquette of “challenger” doesn’t make a player good, but anyways I do admit that I’ve seen really good plays in LAN’s SoloQ.
Continuing in the talk about individual talent, let’s talk about your AD Carry position, which leads us to this question, what was the impact that patch 3.14 had in the bottom lane?
Seiya: Honestly I practically haven’t played anything in the patch 3.14, as in the WCG we played in the patch 3.13, we were practicing in same that patch in Riot’s tourney server. I’m recently coming back home after WCG, so as I said before, my actual knowledge of the recent changes in the game is pretty low.
Changing the subject, according to your opinion as a professional player; What is the state of the League of Legends scene and e-Sports in general in South America at the moment?
Seiya: I think that there are teams and players with a lot of talent, however, the lack of tourneys/leagues and support from sponsors makes so there can’t be fully dedicated teams to the game with a gaming house and salaries like in the other regions.
Any advice that you can give to those people who want to become professional players?
Seiya: Enjoy the game and have fun. Practice hard but don’t stress yourself. If you don’t enjoy the game then is pretty hard to improve.
This concludes the interview, any shout-outs?
Seiya: Thanks to all our followers, we thank you the support and trust and I promise that we will be going for more!