Immortals fans were disappointed when the organization announced Andrei “Xerxe” Dragomir, Quin “Raes” Korebrits and Mitchell “Destiny” Shaw would be unable to play due to visa issues. However, Immortals brought in some of their own academy players to show they can compete with the best no matter the circumstances. Following their win against Dignitas, Stropse caught up with rookie mid laner David “Insanity” Chale and Academy AD Carry Yuri “Keith” Jew.
Celebrating Their First Win
Following a disappointing loss to Evil Geniuses, Immortals rallied their spirits and put on an impressive performance against Dignitas.
When asked about shaking off the loss, Insanity explained that they were focused on the next match.
“I think that all of us don’t think it’s very like healthy to dwell on what already happened,” he said. “We just have to focus on the next game and show them what we’re really made of because I think the game before that was somewhat of a fluke, honestly.
Keith also felt similar despite being a substitute player. He reflected on his play with support Joseph “Joey” Haslemann; despite being in academy, they were off to prove they were one of the best bot-lanes of the Lock In tournament.
“As long as we show steady growth and a good attitude, I think we’ll become one of the better bot lanes in the league.
Picking Their Champions
The Dignitas versus Immortals game showed a mixture of both competitive and unconventional picks.
Keith this game played Kai’sa – a champion with a 100% pick or ban rate in competitive play, and he made an impressive showing. However, the surprise of the composition was Insanity on the Viktor. Viktor has a low pick rate, but Insanity showed off why he should be played.
“I think he feels really strong into the right matchups or into the right comps,” he said. “I think this game specifically, honestly, I was just able to freeze a wave and then we were able to punish him [Max “Soligo” Soong] for making a pretty like, small mistake that has a lot of impact on the game.”
Talking About The Team – Players, Coaches and Academy
Perhaps one of the biggest roster moves for Immortals was bringing over coach André “Guilhoto” Pereira Guilhoto from the LEC to the LCS. Having previously coached Schalke 04 and Origen, he brings a wealth of experience to the field, a trait Insanity noted.
“He’s thinking about the team as a whole, not just himself,” said Insanity, “And I think that he is by far the best coach I’ve ever worked with.”
Keith also expanded on Guilhoto’s coaching role and philosophy, saying, “I think he just always has the right insight, whenever we’re scrimming, and as well as I think he just brings a really, really good … third party perspective about the game, and especially even he even is really knowledgeable about every single role in the game.”
When asked about the team, Keith was very optimistic about Immortals in the Lock In, but also for the future. As a longtime player, he discussed how the usage of Academy players in the Lock In could be beneficial to the main team.
“If the IMT Academy, or at least our academy players, can continue in LCS, that’d be good for the LCS team because then we could actually bring good practice to the main team,” said Keith.
We’ll have to see where these dynamic players take this powerhouse team next.