Congrats to FNC for making it as the 1st seed of Group D and bringing pride to EU. Bwipo tells us exactly how he got to where he is and where the motivation for his performance comes from.
Hello, nice to meet you I am Bwipo from Fnatic, here to interview with Score =)
Q: You beat the 2 top laners of IG today, how do you feel think about them?
I have a lot of respect for the 2 top laners, ever since MSI I was hoping they would make it. TheShy is a player I always looked up to, he was very strong mechanically in the laning phase and it’s something I really want to replicate as well. So being able to go toe-to-toe was very satisfactory and I’m very happy I got to do that. I think he got the best of me in the matchup and there’s room to improve, but so far I am satisfied with what I was able to show.
Q: This is your first time at Worlds and your performance is quite consistent. Is this what you expected? How do you keep a good mindset?
I think my consistency is very much thanks to the match I had with RNG at MSI. I learned that I was very inconsistent as a player and I needed to be able to step up. Playing against Letme taught me a lot about how to play a poor matchup in a more consistent way to end the lane evenly. Having that experience, I dedicate that Ornn game to Letme because it was something we as a team always joked about how if Letme was playing he would have went even in this matchup and we would have a much better game. It was really amazing how he was able to neutralize every matchup I was playing against him regardless of how good it was for me or how many times Caps was roaming to my lane. I felt very disappointed with my performance after that RNG and being able to show the world I can be consistent and bringing it home is a very great feeling for me. I feel like I expected to be able to do this thanks to the experience I gained from RNG in the semis.
Q: Before Worlds you said in an interview that you were going to win all 3 games against RNG if you are more disciplined, more practiced. Now at Worlds, do you still think so?
I was talking about the MSI games, specifically because we had the early game advantage but our midgame was very poor. Right now, after watching RNG play, I still think they are a very strong team, and I think we will have to have very strong early game to be able to beat them. I think it’s very possible we would take some games from RNG, I think 3-0 would be very unreasonable to say, I think it would definitely be an exciting series that hopefully we would take to Game 5.
Q: Broxah said you have a more aggressive playstyle compared to sOAZ. How does your playstyle differ from his?
I think our playstyle is different in the sense that I always want to contest when I can. Rather than back off, I would step forward more often. Even in the games I noticed I was doing this, it was in situations I felt like he was giving me the edge, I would step forward to initiate a trade or try and look for vision or anything. I think getting information for the team is very useful to have a feeling of the enemy laner playing against you. When this changes, you can often times you can accurately judge where the enemy jungler is and this is very valuable information for the team. The biggest difference is I like stepping forward, I like fighting so I look to fight.
Q: How are scrim times split between you and sOAZ?
Right now we play evenly.
Q: You have 2 days until you match against EDG, are you confident going against them?
I think EDG is a very similar team to IG in the sense that they have a very strong toplaner like Ray and they like to make sure he is comfortable in the matchup and is able to gain an advantage. I think Scout is a very good midlaner but I would give the edge to Rookie. I think Caps playing against Scout would be a very fun lane to watch as Scout is a very strong player. The botlane is also very similar in the sense that they will pick scaling champs and get to the late game to make plays. I think overall EDG have very similar tendencies to IG, as long as we should the same type of discipline in the early game, we should be able to have a strong midgame showing and hopefully take some games off of EDG.
Q: Rekkles said in an interview that his playoff beard gave him a buff, do you think it works?
I tried to grow a mustache for EU LCS because I lost a bet. So maybe there’s some truth to that
Q: How do you feel when every year NA imports EU players but you still maintain a strong region.
It feels good that we can pull talent out of nowhere and have a good showing at Worlds. We have 2 Western teams that made it out which is we are all happy about. We only lost 1 game against G2 this entire year so if we get matched up against them, we’re taking them out in the playoffs.
Q: If FNC makes it to the final, which team do you think you have to play against?
I think it would be either KT or RNG. It’s hard to say but personally, I would like to have a rematch against Letme.
Q: What would you like to say to Letme?
I am very respectful and I am very grateful for the matches I got to play against him. I learned a lot from him and I’m trying to improve my performance by adapting his style. Hopefully we can have a good match later with him and look forward to playing against him.
Q: Are there any words you would like to say to your Fans?
Thank you very much. We have always been saying we want to win Worlds and want to show that we can. I feel like the fans are actually supporting us this Worlds and giving us the hope and support and believe we can do it. I want to thank them a lot and I am very grateful the fans believe in us and our skill and hopefully we can show that off this Worlds. Maybe in the finals, maybe in the semifinals, I felt like at MSI we failed the fans but I hope even if we lose we are able to take whichever team we are against to game 5 and show that we are definite contenders to win.
Interviewer: Yunming Chen @Gypsophila1123
Transcribed by: Benson Cheng @1337sn1per