Interview with Team Solomid's Chaox
Sun 26th Feb 2012 - 4:35pm
Shan ‘Chaox’ Huang has been one of the biggest names in League of Legends for a long time. His team, Team SoloMid, have been in the top 3 teams in both seasons, with one of the most consistent track records so far.
This team and chaox have gathered much of their attention through intense tourney wins and a tendency towards community interaction through writing guides and even a 80+ Champion marathon!
This interview will attempt to get a small glimpse at the man behind the 2400 ELO guides and delve into why TSM have remained so consistent, what makes TSM who they are and how can everyone learn from them.
Thanks for your time Chaox, I know this is a very busy time for you and i appreciate the chance to talk to you. Your team has consistently outperformed almost every team on the circuits and you yourself have proven to be a force to be reckoned with.
What do you think has pushed your teams play so far over the heads of the majority of your competition?
Chaox: If I had to choose one single thing, it would be our gaming house. We all live together here and that has kicked team chemistry and practice up a notch.
In a game where team drama can run rampant how does TSM manage to keep solid performances while in the spotlight?
Chaox: We're all bros; we get mad at each-other and argue. In the end, we all put our lives on hold to make TSM the best team it can be come Season 2.
You write a lot of guides and even went as far as doing a marathon of all the available characters. Is your preferred method of learning reading guides and analysis? How do you improve and work on your game play?
Chaox: I used to learn a lot from watching streams and reading guides. At this point, I'm more focused on team strategies and keeping the team on the same page rather than learning champions or mastering mechanics.
What kind of practice hours do TSM normally run?
Chaox: Our practice schedule is pretty set... Scrim EU-W during early afternoon and NA at night.
What do you think contributes the most to a productive practice environment and what can ruin one?
Chaox: Clear communication, and the lack of.
There are alot of up-and-coming teams, especially on the EU side. Do you predict any shift in the competitive scene with such a huge influx of new blood?
Chaox: M5 is a new team that has honestly taken the competitive scene by storm, as Season 2 approaches there will be less and less space for shifts, although it's certainly possible.
2011 was an eventful year for eSports and an eventful year for TSM. What were the most important events for TSM in 2011?
Chaox:Dreamhack (Season 1) was the biggest and most important tournament of 2011.
Where do you see eSports going in 2012 and where do you see TSM by the end of 2012?
Chaox: E-sports will grow exponentially, and TSM will be a part of that growth. I see TSM being one of the favorites contending for Season 2.
You play a myriad of characters but are there any particular unorthodox lanes that you are currently enjoying running?
Chaox:I like running Karthus/Soraka bot... Double global farm lane.
LoL is a huge time sink but when you do get some free time, what are your other preferred passtimes?
Chaox: Going to the gym, reading manga and generally messing around with my teamates
Thanks for your time and it was awesome to chat with you! Do you have any shout-outs?
Chaox: Shoutout to solomid.net for making my pro-gaming aspirations come true!
Thanks to Chaox for his time and Team Dignitas for hosting my article.
Until next time.