Cloud9 has had a bit of a rocky start to its split. With player changes between roles, a bit of uncertainty after the first few weeks, many are questioning the ceiling of the team. However, after an impressive 2-1 week in Week 4, the glimmer of hope is there for fans. And out in front is Luca “Perkz” Percovic leading the team and showing why he is still one of the best western players. After their victory in Week 4 against CLG, we were able to catch up with Perkz.
Improving As They Go
When it was announced that Calvin “K1ng” Truong was replacing AD Carry Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen in Week 1 of the LCS, there were a lot of questions about how the team could perform without him. This resulted in a 4-5 first round robin and a lot of skepticism thrown, not only at the decision, but about Cloud9 overall. Now, with Zven back in the lineup, Perkz said that they are slowly improving their form.
“This week of scrims hasn’t been the best, but we’re learning a lot on what we need to improve,” Perkz said. “We’re basically building systems in place for the next international event.”
He also commented on Zven’s rejoining on the roster saying, “I’m happy he’s back playing with us.”
“I think now we’re just starting to get into the things that we want to build on from MSI with our main roster and that we’re also gonna play in Worlds,” Perkz said, keeping his eyes on the 2021 World Championships in China.
The Added Pressure – Where Perkz Sees Himself and the Team
With a name as synonymous with Perkz, whenever a team he is on struggles, fingers are pointed at the star mid-laner. For him especially, his play usually impacts the entire team.
“If a team is doing bad, I will just not look good, because my idea of League of Legends is that everybody should be on the same page, and we should be synced as a team. So it will be disrespectful of me to play differently,” Perkz said.
With the added pressure of the struggles in Summer, we asked Perkz what he’s been doing to keep in form. He responded by saying that he has been making himself more vocal on the team. Whether it’s bringing out picks such as the Nocturne Mid or the Renekton, he’s looking for ways to stay on top and in form compared to the other mid-laners in the league.
“I want to know what the meta champions are and how to beat those meta champions,” Perkz said.
In a meta with a wide variety of champions from assassins to mages, he’s doing his best to keep ahead of the variety. To do that, he has been playing a lot of solo queue as well as actively cooperating with the team by being more vocal in review and in preparation.
He also expressed optimism for Cloud9’s ability to improve with Zven back in the lineup. saying that communication is improving and will make this team better than what it was last split.
Even Esports Players Struggle at the Wheel
One of the other challenges for Perkz has been passing his driving test in America. While he has been driving successfully in Europe, this past week he had struggled in his driver’s test against the curb (literally).
When we asked him about that, he grinned and said, “It’s kind of cringe that I have to do a test again in America, because I have done it in Europe and I’ve driven a lot since. So it’s just like an extra struggle to do it again.”
Our Wrath is Swift
When asked about the fans, Perkz had one simple message to the fans: be positive because Cloud9 will be back.
“Just be patient, you know, because we won’t disappoint. We will deliver,” Perkz said. “We’re very close to being very good. All these peasants thinking we aren’t good. We’re going to smurf, our wrath will be swift.”
We are holding Perkz accountable for this and looking forward to seeing him play these next few weeks.