I got a chance to interview Reapered about his success with C9 and what his thoughts were on NA’s performance this split and chances at the next Worlds this fall. The video was messed up (my apologies), but I have the audio included below because hearing Reapered’s laugh is great.
Here are a couple paraphrased questions and answers, but check the audio below for the full interview.
With some top teams struggling, how has C9 continued their legacy in doing so well?
“We have a lot of very experienced players, most of whom have been to worlds multiple times even. So we use that experience to focus on the topside to help Licorice, and we practice smart plays. Last year at worlds, I often said the same thing about how we needed to just play Maokai and have easy win conditions. But was sad to try and play that style, and didn’t really work out necessarily. This year, I was thinking about changing our practice and gameplay to prepare for worlds specifically.”
What are current things that C9 is working on? How are they practicing differently to prepare for worlds?
“Changed their style from having high baseline, easy win conditions to teams with more specific goals and win conditions. This allows players to work the map and champions in a specific way to give players amain goal and specific advantages that are planned ahead of time.”
And some of the other questions I ask:
Is the game plan largely decided by you or do the players have a lot of input?
What is it going to take for NA to be a better region? When is C9 going to be able to go farther than they do currently?
Does the fact that CLG and TSM, who are traditionally very successful, are struggling point to a more competitive and stronger region? Or are they just weaker and therefore the region is as well?
Any problems or thoughts on the meta as a coach?
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