Jan 8 2017 - 3:51 pm

Santorin: "I'm confident in being the best jungler"

I had the opportunity to speak with Santorin about his new team and his plans for 2017.
Contributing Writer
Former Team SoloMid player and current professional jungler for Gold Coin United, Lucas "Santorin" Tao Kilmer Larsen, took some time to speak with me about his League of Legends career and his new team. 

Why did you sign with Gold Coin United?
Santorin: "I signed with Gold Coin United because the infrastructure and the players showed that they're willing to do what it takes to make it into the LCS. Through talking to the organization, I quickly realized that it'd be a place I can thrive and improve as a player, regardless of playing in the challenger scene or not." 
How do you feel about your chances to make the LCS with this squad?
Santorin: "I think our chances of making the LCS are very high. Right now, I am confident in us definitely being the number one team in the American challenger scene, but we still have to prove ourselves, and once we've done that, we can start discussing our chances of making the LCS."
How far do you believe you've progressed as a player since your rookie year?
Santorin: "I think, through TSM, I gained a lot of experience and knowledge that I never had before, but I didn't use that to my advantage while being on TSM, hence I feel like I have improved a ton since then. When we parted ways, I took some time figuring out what type of player I wanted to be and I decided that the player I was on TSM was not the guy I wanted to be anymore. I wanted to go back to the Coast days where I was one of the carries and leaders. I have been the shot-caller and leader on every single team after I parted ways with TSM and I feel way more comfortable and confident in myself now when I finally have taken a more important role as a leader."
What are your current strengths as a player, and what is your role on Gold Coin United?
Santorin: "My current strengths are experience, leadership and play. I'm confident in being the best jungler heading into the Challenger scene and my roles on the team include being the shot-caller and leader. I am confident in winning all mid and late-games against every other challenger team through experience and macro oriented plays, so I think we have a very good shot at winning the challenger scene."
What is your opinion about the current jungle meta? Does it fit your personal playing style?
Santorin: "I think this meta fits me well. I've always loved assassination and skirmish champions like Lee Sin and Rengar, so I am very happy with how the meta is, as of now. I like to be one of the guys who is able to carry games, so it's nice having a meta where champions fits that style. I think the jungle right now is in a very good spot, but I would like if they made more junglers strong, since right now, heading into the 10 ban system, junglers might very well be banned out and there will be a very limited champion pool that I will actually get to play."
Are there any players you really look up to and study? If so, what makes them so good?
Santorin: "I don't think there's any player that I really 'look up to,' but I definitely watch a lot of players, and from the jungle, I mainly watch Peanut. I admire a lot of pros for having as good careers as some have had, and I want to grow into being one of those players."
There are a lot of experienced veterans on the roster and on the coaching staff. Who are you the most excited to be working with and why?
Santorin: "I don't think there's a person in particular that I am more excited to work with. I am always super excited to work with new people and learn from their different perspectives and apply that to my own perspective, as well as helping them out with the same. Having a lot of veterans on the team makes it a lot easier since our mindsets are all very experienced in the way we think. We all want to make it back into the LCS and we're all putting in 100 percent effort to make sure we get there."
This roster seems like it's made of two halves. There's the English speaking portion in the top and jungle, and the Korean-speaking portion in the mid and bot lanes. How will the shot-calling and communication work for this team?
Santorin: "Having Koreans on the team has been an issue in my past due to the language barrier, but this team has Koreans who understand English and can speak it as well, so it's not that big of an issue for this team. In terms of communication, we all have responsibilities of what we have to talk about every single game and we all have to be vocal in our own way. I am the main shot-caller, but everyone participates and makes calls."
Which teams or players in the Challenger scene, other than GCU, do you think will be dangerous?
Santorin: "I think the two teams that might be dangerous besides us would be Tempo Storm and eUnited. I think Freeze is a very strong player on Tempo Storm and I think he will do very well. For eUnited, they have experienced players as well, like Gilius and Fox, so there's definitely going to be competition."
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions. Are there any closing statements, shoutouts or plugs you'd like to make?
Santorin: "I would like to thank all of my fans for the continued support and I hope they will all have open arms for my new team and the players. I am hungry to make it back into the LCS and I will do anything possible to make it happen." 

What do you think about Santorin and his new team? Let us know on Twitter @GAMURScom or in the comments.

Interview and article by Nathan "Naitdawgg" Butcher.

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Feb 18 2017 - 7:14 pm

Splyce and Fnatic Go 4-3: EU LCS Week 5 Day 3 Recap

The fifth week of the EU LCS featured matches between Splyce vs. ROCCAT and Fnatic vs. Origen.
Photo Credit: Riot Games
GAMURS Editor and Head of CoD Content

(4-3) Splyce 2-0 ROCCAT (0-7)

The first game of the series started out in the typical EU farm-fest fashion, until around 10 minutes when ROCCAT nabbed first blood, but ended up losing every member to Splyce. This broke open the game, as ROCCAT moved to take dragon while Splyce started sieging turrets. ROCCAT, however, was able to take down two turrets soon after Splyce took down three. The game then resorted back to a farm-fest, with two dragons and two kills being the only events that took place over the course of the next 12 minutes. At around 30 minutes, Splyce took Baron and two ROCCAT member’s lives. Soon after, Splyce moved towards ROCCAT’s base and then took down their towers, inhibitors and nexus with ease.

The second game started in the typical fashion until around nine minutes, when Jonas "Trashy" Andersen found a solo kill for first blood on Kim "Wadid" Bae-in. This set the outline for the game, as there were many picks and small skirmishes throughout the game. Most of these skirmishes went in favor of Splyce, with Trashy taking many of the kills. With their massive kill, gold and item advantage, Splyce moved to take down objectives. They were able to take down nine towers, two dragons, one Baron, three inhibitors and a nexus, while ROCCAT only mustered up a tower and a dragon in that same timeframe.

(4-3) Fnatic 2-0 Origen (0-6)

The first game was a rout in favor of Fnatic. With ADC Martin "Rekkles" Larsson getting first blood, he never looked back. On Jhin, Rekkles ended the game 10/0/7. However, the rest of his team helped him out by giving first tower gold at seven minutes and constantly giving him lane pressure. Origen was consistently being out-rotated and outplayed until around 21 minutes, when they were able to take a Baron off of a three-for-two trade in favor of Origen. While they were able to siege three towers, kills were unable to be found. Fnatic stalled out the game until they took their own Baron at 33 minutes and then was able to end the game soon afterwards.

The second game was much like the first in terms of Fnatic dominating, but Origen had even less fight in them this time around. With Mads "Broxah" Brock-Pedersen getting the first three kills of the game, Fnatic had little in their way as they consistently pushed lanes and tried to force fights. Origen was only able to kill six members of Fnatic the entire game, whereas Fnatic earned 12 kills, 10 towers, two inhibitors, two dragons and a Baron.

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Today - 7:25 pm

Schalke Further Show Their Dominance: EU CS Week 3 Recap

The heavily hyped up EU CS played it's third week of competition, and the table is starting to take shape.
Contributing Writer

The European Challenger Series is filled with talented players who were on display this week, with some teams winning their first games and others still having yet to lose one. Fnatic Academy took on FC Schalke 04 while using a substitute top laner, Millenium played Team Kinguin, and Paris Saint-Germain took on Misfits Academy to close out the day. Here's how it all went down.

(1-0-2) Fnatic Academy 0-2 FC Schalke 04 (3-0-0)

Fnatic got off to a strong start through their substitute top laner Benjamin "Zhergoth" Sánchez, but Schalke responded quickly by taking First Tower and grabbing the gold lead. The teams kept fairly even due to their similar team compositions, but the game turned as Fnatic chose a poor team fight that Schalke cleaned up to further cement their lead. Schalke took the game by the horns from there and systematically took down objectives to win the first game.

Daniel "Dan" Hockley, Fnatic's jungler, got bullied hard in the early part of the second game as Jean-Victor "loulex" Burgevin took his red buff with no reply. Dan then tried to gank the top lane, but was forced to burn his flash top after Lennart "Smittyj" Warkus turned the gank around. Fnatic attempted to take First Blood in a bot lane dive, but due to the Shen ultimate and the roam by Taliyah, Schalke took two kills and lost none. Despite one drake taken by Fnatic, Schalke had a perfect game going at 15 minutes being up nine kills and four turrets. Fnatic had an abysmal showing, as Schalke wholly dismantled them and controlled the game. Because of the massive advantage Schalke had, Fnatic surrendered the game at the 22-minute mark.

(1-1-1) Millenium 1-1 Team Kinguin (1-1-1)

Millenium grabbed the early lead when a fight in the bot lane went very close and Moon "Steal" Geon-yeong was close enough to make the fight a three-on-two and get two kills for his team. Soon after, another fight in the bot lane broke out, but this time it was a teleport by Marcin "IceBeasto" Lebuda that turned the fight for Kinguin and they took three kills for one. Yet another fight took place bot lane after Millenium grabbed the turret, with Steal taking two more kills for the French side. Millenium took a while to close the game, but they did so in commanding fashion to take the game one victory.

In the second match, Millenium took another slim early lead with Team Kinguin fighting back for control of the game. Kinguin stayed in the game and took the lead away from Millenium, however, as they took kills and pushed down turrets. Kinguin did not let their lead go to waste and they took the game two victory to tie up the series and take a point.

(0-1-2) Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Misfits Academy (1-1-1)

PSG started off the game with fantastic macro play, taking four turrets before Misfits managed to take one and earning control over the map and a gold lead. Despite their impressive start, PSG allowed Misfits back into the game and lost their lead. Misfits would eventually win the game after punishing PSG for multiple mistakes.

PSG began the game on the front-foot again, taking a kill and turret advantage over Misfits equating to a 3k gold lead. PSG continued to win fights, but looked as if they would take the game slow at first and go for a late win. Due to their success in team fights and picks, however, PSG took the Baron and accelerated the pace of the game to take their first win the EU CS and tie the series.

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