Dyrus: "I am not a fan of the reworked version of Jax at all"
Sun 5th Feb 2012 - 11:08pm
This week I was fortunate enough to have the chance to catch up with US League of Legends titan and full time member of Team Epik Gamer, Marcus “Dyrus” Hill. Dyrus is one of the biggest names in the League of Legends scene and his straight-talking, relaxed attitude has netted him thousands of fans.
Despite his self-confessed ability to perpetually finish second in tournaments, Dyrus took the gold medal as a part of Team CDE at the 2011 World Cyber Games finals in Busan, South Korea. He is currently staying with the members of Team Solo Mid at their US gaming house where he spared time to answer a few questions for us.
Hi Dyrus, to start us off, 2011 was a huge year for league of legends, what was your personal highlight of the past year?
Dyrus: Well I really enjoyed owning people with singed at Dreamhack, but I think my highlight of this year was probably MLG providence where I did the “Flannel” interview with Travis. Aside from that I personally don’t really feel like I made that many big plays this year.
The infamous aforementioned "Flannel" interview from MLG providence, Dyrus demonstrates the blunt honesty and relaxed attitude he is known for.
What is your history of competitive gaming and how did you break into the competitive league of legends scene?
Dyrus: I played many different games at a high level but never really went pro at anything until league of legends, I played from closed beta but my big breakthrough moment was Dreamhack 2010,that was when I really became known.
You went over to Korea as a part of Team Chicks Dig ELO to compete in the WCG finals, how did you find the experience of being in Korea, the home of eSports, as a competitor?
Dyrus: I really enjoyed being in Korea, it was a great experience that I won’t forget but I felt like the competition itself at the WCG was lacking and in my opinion many of the teams were a little too easy to beat, obviously excluding Team Dignitas. It was a good tournament but ideally I would have liked the overall level of difficulty to have been a bit higher.
How do you think “Chicks Dig ELO” would do as a team competing in standard events such as an MLG for example?
Dyrus: If CDE competed as a team full time I feel very few teams would realistically be able to rival us, it may even be bad for the competitive scene as there would be very little competition.
Dyrus (Second right) and the rest of Team CDE at the 2011 WCG League of legends Final.
Now that League of Legends has been acquired by the Korean gaming network Ongamenet and there are more tournaments happening out there, do you have any plans or ambitions to return and compete?
Dyrus: To be honest it doesn’t matter too much to me where the competitions are held, I will attend any tournament that I am given the opportunity to compete in regardless of location.
You are a featured streamer over on solomid.net and your stream regularly pulls thousands of viewers .What is it about you that you think keeps people tuning into your stream again and again?
Dyrus: I am not really sure what it is about me that people like, I think I just act stupid and some people must really enjoy that although I can’t really explain why haha.
On your stream you come across as a pretty relaxed and easy going guy, do the nerves get to you before a big event like WCG busan, or do you find it easy to stay relaxed?
Dyrus: In big tournaments I just like to try and have a really good time, I try to use the adrenaline and momentum that I build up in games to cancel out the nerves, that really seems to help me get through tense situations.
You have been staying with the Team Solo Mid guys at their team house for a while now, how has that experience been for you?
Dyrus: I get on very well with the TSM guys so it has been a lot of fun so far, staying in this environment has been a great opportunity both socially and in terms of practice.
So I want to talk to you briefly about some changes to a champion that is very close to your heart, I know you played a lot of Jax in closed beta , what is your verdict on the new Jax?
Dyrus: I am not a fan of the reworked version of Jax at all, I personally think that Riot should just revert him back to how he was originally.
Dyrus previously enjoyed playing Jax especially during beta and the early days of the game
Between the start and end of 2011 a lot changed in the LoL scene, there was huge growth and many new tournaments picked the game up, do you have any predictions for how the scene may look by the end of 2012?
Dyrus: I honestly have no clue, I don’t think that is something anyone can realistically predict at this point.
What advice would you give to players that aspire to break into the competitive league of legends scene?
Dyrus: Just keep practicing a lot, follow the pros and keep up with the current meta. Continue watching streams and don’t be afraid to just directly copy what the pros are doing at a particular point in time.
So to finish up, what is the next major event you will be competing in?
Dyrus: I believe my next event will be the IPL SXSW All-Star show match in Texas.
Well best of luck for SXSW and the rest of 2012, thanks so much for your time!
Dyrus: No problem, thanks!
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