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True Sight 015 – Are Longzhu Gaming Korea’s Second-Best Team? with Emily Rand

Emily Rand, staff writer for theScore eSports, joins me totells the story of Longzhu Gaming’s Spring split to date, including their 9-man roster.

Timestamps

  • 1:25 How are Longzhu using their large roster?
  • 3:03 How well has Longzhu been performing?
  • 5:25 Have there been play style differences between Longzhu’s two “lines”?
  • 8:15 Who have been Longzhu’s standout performers?
  • 10:33 How might Fury’s arrival affect Longzhu’s play style?
  • 13:13 Who has been the better Top laner, Expession or Flame?
  • 16:26 Are Longzhu the second-best team in Korea?
  • 19:04 Complete LCK gold spent percentage difference standings.
  • 20:07 Which two players need to step up for Longzhu to climb the standings in the second half?

Music by Bradley Rains

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True Sight 014 – Snake Team Profile with Froskurinn

Froskurinn, LPL color caster, breaks down LPL gatekeepers Snake Esports.

Timestamps

  • 1:19 Snake’s historical team identity as team fighters.
  • 2:05 Changes in Snake’s play style.
  • 2:51 How Snake’s roster changes have affected the team.
  • 5:09 Coordination issues between TANK and Flandre?
  • 6:47 Froskuinn debunks/explains the LPL “team-fight-all-the-time” stereotype.
  • 8:26 LPL’s innovation of Tower-killing ADC item builds in 2015.
  • 9:22 Snake’s “weird history” with lane swaps.
  • 10:36 Martin as a weak point, LPL decision-making, and Martin’s “creative” itemization.
  • 13:28 How does Snake play different with Martin compared to KRYST4L?
  • 15:25 Snake’s ceiling in 2016: roster changes needed?
  • 16:17 Issues with Snake’s drafting.
  • 17:30 Is Snake at risk of falling into the bottom half of the standings? And discussion of some of their competition from other teams.

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True Sight 013 – “How High is NRG’s Ceiling in 2016?” with Naser “Empyre” Al’Naqi

I ask Naser “Empyre” Al-Naqi, Head Analyst for NRG Esports, “How high is NRG’s ceiling in 2016?”

Timestamps

  • 0:46 NRG’s preseason boot camp in Korea
  • 2:11 Empyre’s experiences of NRG’s offseason from the inside
  • 5:22 What is NRG’s ceiling in 2016? What are the team’s goals for the year?
  • 6:20 “I think we can become one of the best teams in North America.”
  • 6:57 Charlie Lipsie no longer with NRG: how has it affected NRG’s preparation?
  • 7:48 What kind of team is NRG going to be, strategically?
  • 9:15 What is the meta looking like from scrims so far? “Every [team] is trying out different things every day.”
  • 10:35 GBM: How is he adapting to NA, and where does he rank among NA Mids?
  • 13:55 “GBM excels in the team fight… He’s a huge, huge carry threat.”
  • 16:28 What should fans expect from Moon?
  • 17:29 What are the biggest strengths of Moon’s game?
  • 19:10 How well will Moon and KonKwon react to the pressure of playing on the LCS stage?
  • 21:05 Why did NRG stick with KonKwon over other available North American Support players?
  • 22:52 How well is communication working? Is there a language barrier?

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True Sight 012 – “How did Dignitas go about building their 2016 LCS roster?” with InnerFlame

I ask Joe “InnerFlame” Elouassi, manager of Team Dignitas, “How did Dignitas go about building their 2016 LCS roster?”

Timestamps

  • 1:24 InnerFlame’s role in building the Dignitas roster
  • 2:13 Is Dignitas’s approach to their roster influenced more by budget or philosophy?
  • 4:12 Comparing SmittyJ and Kirei joining DIG to Huni and Reignover joining Fnatic
  • 5:30 Why did Dignitas hold on to KiWiKiD and Shiphtur?
  • 6:38 Maintaining the personality and identity of a team
  • 7:47 The importance of having a hunger to win: “I don’t want a player who’s just happy taking his LCS pay check.”
  • 8:16 What type of players are Kirei and Smitty? Aggressive, fun to watch
  • 9:09 How much does each player’s play style factor into building a roster? “It’s easier to teach an aggressive player to be passive than a passive player to be aggressive.”
  • 11:08 Scouting players by spectating solo queue
  • 11:42 “Nobody gets carried to success”
  • 12:22 Why has Apollo received so little credit or praise for his contributions to Team Impulse?
  • 13:34 InnerFlame’s goals for Dignitas in 2016: “I’ll be disappointed with Top 5. Anything under that is not an option.”

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True Sight 011 – “What is LGD like when they’re off the Rift?” with Jenny “Reira” Lee

I ask Jenny “Reira” Lee, LGD Gaming’s Global Media Manager, “What is LGD like when they’re off the Rift?”

Timestamps

  • 1:31 Memorable moments from the World Championships
  • 2:29 The living situation for all of the teams in Paris
  • 4:07 Cross-team relationships both in China and at Worlds
  • 6:56 Korean players from different regions getting “really friendly” at Worlds
  • 9:32 Personalities of LGD team members
  • 9:50 imp uses Chanel moisturizer and wears $1,000 shirts!?
  • 10:58 How TBQ handles community criticism
  • 13:07 Pyl’s personality (team captain)
  • 14:36 Flame’s personality (“princess Flame”)
  • 16:02 Acorn’s personality (the older brother)
  • 18:33 GODV’s personality (the joker)
  • 20:58 Challenges in the relationships between the Chinese and Korean players, team communication during games
  • 23:26 Preparation for IEM San Jose, and the team’s goals and expectations
  • 26:24 Pressure on LGD to win the tournament

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