In the 2018 World Championship, the C9 team’s performance is the best result of the North American team in the World Championship. Let’s see that the future of this competition area is full of hope.
Licore, C9’s top singles player, has done very well in his first year of career. Let’s see how high-level new people North America can bring to us. Blaber, a wilderness player, came to the team only a few months before the start of the World Championship.
Finally, C9 has a young talent who is their assistant Zeyzal. Zeyzal replaced Smoothie in the summer of 2018, playing 17 games in 19 regular season games. Zeyzal’s experience in the second division is a key link in the reconstruction of C9.
Zeyzal did very well in his first year of professional competition, but he was not satisfied. There are still many goals to be achieved with C9 support.
Q: Thank you for your interview. How about after the World Cup?
Zeyzal: I’m fine. After coming back from the World Cup, I mainly calmed myself down, because we are going to Korea to train for next season. I also did some live broadcasts, and I haven’t been in line for a week recently.
Q: The last time you talked to us, you just narrowly beat Gambit and got out of the finals. Because the match was very tense and intense, do you think you can reach the top four in the world?
Zeyzal: Of course I didn’t expect to be in the top four. To be honest, I think it’s surprising that our group can get out of the line. We know that there are opportunities, but in particular, to compete for the first place in our team is something we never thought about.
Question: When is the turning point of C9 in this world championship? You seem to be getting stronger and stronger as the game goes on.
Zeyzal: I do think one day, we realize what’s wrong. The feeling is clear. You don’t do anything, the game loses slowly, and the atmosphere in the game is somewhat depressing. We intend to restart our morale and tidy up our playing style, play more relaxed and radical, so that the whole atmosphere will be alive, the effect is really good.
Q: How did you feel before the AFS game?
Zeyzal: I’m confident. I know that’s probably the best lot we’ve ever drawn. Their early rhythm is very slow, and sometimes we are very fierce. Although it was a 3-0 game, the game was pulled back and forth many times. The game was basically centered around the middle and lower routes. Jensen’s great advantage in the first set was very helpful to the next game.
It was an interesting game. In the second set, Sneaky took over the game, although our single road was very difficult. Jensen’s wonderful 2v5 in Dalong helped us win. It really felt like the team could win the game.
Q: Looking back at the Fnatic game, did they surprise you? Or do you think you’re not doing well enough?
Zeyzal: We didn’t perform well, but they were also excellent. We didn’t have a training match before the match because we didn’t perform well in the training match and we couldn’t win any team in the training match.
Question: Looking back now, will you have any different ways to change the results of the top four competitions?
Zeyzal: I’m not sure. I really doubt if it would be helpful if we tried harder to win in training matches, but I do think I put all my energy into training matches and the top four. Maybe if I use a rhythmic hero to open the game down the road, but that game is not planned by our team.
Q: From your point of view, what are the main differences between playing in North America and in international arenas?
Zeyzal: The main difference is that when you combine all your opponents’own methods in the international arena, the whole pattern changes very quickly. Playing in North America, the pattern changes very slowly and steadily in a direction you can foresee. In the international arena, I feel that new things will be found every day, which can change the overall pattern and the strength of the team.
Q: Of all the down-road combinations you have played in the World Championships, which one do you think is the most outstanding?
Zeyzal: RNG has a very strong future. They have a good command of the way down, know how to cooperate with the field and single road to gain advantages, through the way down to open the gap.
Q: Do you think your performance in the World Championships was the best in North American history?
Zeyzal: I think so. We played very well against RNG. Maybe they were the strongest team in the game, but we just had a head-on with them in the group match. We beat the LCK team in BO5, although they don’t seem to be the strongest team. I think our performance against Fnatic will be better and more obvious, but I still think we did well.
Q: Are you satisfied with your first year in the top flight?
Zeyzal: I’m satisfied with my first year, right. On the whole, they are satisfied, but not all of them are satisfied. I want to get more results, at least more dominant, and come to the World Championships with a stronger attitude, rather than slowly getting stronger in the World Championships.
Q: Do you think you are the best assistant in North America? If not, who do you think is ahead of you?
Zeyzal: I haven’t had any help from North America for a while, but I’d like to believe that I’m almost in that position. It’s hard to say before the season starts.
Q: Jensen recently joined Liquid. Can you share with us the internal information of C9 single?
Zeyzal: We’re starting with Nisqy and Goldenglue, just as Jensen and Goldenglue were competing for the starting position. I think they are all very good players and I’m very excited about what new tactics we can create as the lineup changes.
Q: Do you have any goals for the spring 2019?
Zeyzal: I want to win the LCS championship. It’s a shame that our former teammate beat us to win his first LCS championship after leaving C9. My goal was to win the championship.
Q: Thank you for your interview. Anyone else would like to thank or say that?
Zeyzal: I want to thank all the fans who have been supporting me and C9. All the staff of C9 make me very happy to be one of them.