Curse's Elementz talks about Season 2 Championships, Season 3, and Team House
by Alan LaFleur September 6, 2012 @ 03:09am
Elementz however did tell me just how much the 3rd/4th place match meant to them and now I'm sure they are longing even more.
"Third place is everything we are shooting for," said Elementz. "We wanted 1st, 2nd or 3rd because you get to enter the season 3 tournament. That is what this whole thing is for, it is absolutely everything. Also, you get to goto the season 2 championship which is a huge deal. It is the biggest tournament in eSports, maybe ever. To have those two things wrapped up in one thing is incredible!"
As one of the more popular support players in the game, I asked him if the Season 3 Salaries were even more important for the players that are not a popular personality.
"I think it really does [mean that much more]," explained Elementz. "Who doesn't want to get to play video games. Riot wants people to make a career in eSports. They want people making the plunge into competitive gaming."
The next season's caliber of competition is going to be incredibly strong, with the very best teams from around the world battling for the top spot.
"This is going to be a really strong competition," explained Elementz. "Any team can take it, I know that is really cliche but it is the truth. Of all the top teams to go, they are all equal in skill level and have a month to train beforehand. The teams can really amount to anything in that time and any team could take 1st, 2nd, or 3rd. We could see TSM get last place. I know it is probably unlikely but it is something that can happen. They could get knocked out early by a Korean team or SK could sweep them off their feet, anything can happen."
Looking back at the MLG Summer Arena, Cop and Elementz were pretty nervous to face Azubu Blaze and Cpt Jack since he is idolized in South Korea but after playing them it seems like the team came to a confident conclusion.
"We played them and it wasn't like they were bad or anything," said Elementz. "However, they weren't as good as we thought they were. We kept up in lane and we actually got kills on them. We are just as good if not better I think."
A lot of the success that Team Curse has come by lately could possibly be traced back to their team house. However, to many in the community their team house comes across as an episode of Big Brother with all the cameras around the house. For any gamer, having to deal with cameras all around you, especially in your own home could very well be frustrating at times.
"I think it is kind of annoying," mentioned Elementz. "I don't think we need a house cam on us at all. It is just eight dudes in a room playing video games. I can see it at like the parties or if we do something during the day, we record it, but that is what the video guy is for. He cuts it all, makes it look good, he catches all the good stuff and not like a choppy live stream. I don't know, I don't see the point of a camera guy and live stream."
Elementz then told us that even though he doesn't like it, he'll continue to suck it up because he feels the team house has been very good for the team.
"I think [the team house] absolutely was [a big factor in recent success]," explained Elementz. "I was pretty skeptical about team houses before but now it really does show that you can scrim easier and if you want to be a top team I honestly think this is the way you have to go."
With Season 3 coming up, and Riot looking to completely reshape eSports, players from around the world are all looking to become pros themselves to achieve the ultimate dream job. Elementz left with a word of advice for aspiring competitive League of Legends players.
"Find friends in solo queue that are equal in skill to you," explained Elementz. "Play with those friends, start making teams and start building team chemistry and work your way up from there. This is a team game, you will hit a skill cap, and then it will be about your team more than the individual."
Solid advice from one of the best support players in the game.
We gave Elementz a chance to thank those that make it all possible for him to be a professional gamer:
"I would like to thank: Logitech, Teamspeak, and Gunnar. They are great sponsors that make all this possible. Also, thank you to our fans, we love you so much!"
All is not lost for Team Curse and the Season 3 Championship Series. They still have a chance to work their way into the remaining five spots.
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