Interview with AL.eu Veggie: "I still think m5 was the better team that day except they were too afraid to dive."Thu 28th Jun 2012 - 4:37pm Category: League of Legends
I was lucky enough to grab an interview with Fryderyk "Veggie" Koziol, Jungler for the newly formed AL.eu team and formerly of team name exHCL. Veggie along with his team recently participated in the Dreamhack tournament and the European Challenger Circuit Poland, playing against several of Europe's best teams.
In this interview we talk about the recent team performance of AL.eu, Veggie explains where he thinks AL.eu went wrong in their play, his plans for the future and his general opinion on the current game. Read on to share Veggie's thoughts!
Tell us a little more about you Veggie?
Veggie: Hi, my name is Fryderyk Kozioł(Fredrick Koziol), I’m 21 and am currently studying telecommunications and electronics in Warsaw. I also play for AL.EU(former exHCL).
You were previously known as exHCL, what prompted you to join AbsoluteLegends?
Veggie: We played under the exHCL tag (ex due to leaving the polish gaming HCL) for quite some time, we wanted to wait for an important achievement before joining a new organization. I guess the timing was great because right before dreamhack the old AL team joined curse and they were looking for a replacement.
In the recent European Challenger Circuit, your team unfortunately narrowly missed out on a qualifying spot in the first round. What did you take away from this tourney in terms of strategies/improving your chances?
Veggie: For one thing: CLG.EU is still definintely a better team than us atm. In both games (the first one was replayed due to server problems) we got pretty much dominated from the beginning. We didn’t play the 2nd qualifier due to severe internal problems which I hope will be amended by the time this interview is published. To me it still seems that we haven’t shown the top of our possibilities in any tournament yet, to improve our chances we just have to finally bring our A game to the table.
You also recently played your first LAN tournament at Dreamhack, what do you think the main differences are between online events and offline events?
Veggie: Personally, I prefer offline events to online ones. It’s much more exciting and I believe there is more room for upsets (I think everyone likes unexpected results). For us, the main difference was pregame setting. For example the day we got to Sweden, we got told the wrong hotel name and had to sleep on the floor the day before our games. With only 2 hours of sleep we were very tired(though I still think this wasn’t the main reason we lost 2 games in the group stage).
What are your future objectives?
Veggie: I think that there is 1 future objective for us: a bootcamp before the ECC event in Warsaw, which I hope will greatly increase our teamplay and coordination. Depending on the outcome of the Warsaw event we'll think about more objectives then.
How do you think League of Legends as a game could expand?
Veggie: I think that Riot knows what they’re doing, I’ll go along whatever they think is best for the game (except for removing the jungle :D)
Is there any particular champion or strategy you dislike?
Veggie: I really dislike the strategy CLG.EU pulled off vs. m5 in the groupstage of dreamhack. By just defending their towers, the viewers experienced a game during which for about 20 min nothing happened, m5 took 3 uncontested barons in a row. It just seemed like a farmfest with no proper conclusion. I still think m5 was the better team that day except they were too afraid to dive.
You can change one thing in the game, what is it?
I would somehow change the babysit top meta. My style of play isn’t a typical babysitter so I don’t do my job that well these days.
Thanks for the interview Veggie, any shoutouts or last thoughts to share?
Veggie: As a last thought: we defiantly could have won the game vs. CLG in the groupstage if we had practiced properly before the event (exams, school, euro etc). For some reason we didn’t use shen’s splitpush potential and instead tried to force teamfights by baron during which we were severely outplayed.
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