Anyway, here are some highlights from the 2 hour+ show, shamelessly focusing on the juicy bits.
Suffering on NRG
“What did I do in America? The guys didn’t want keep track of summoners, so I did all the summoner spell checking. The guys didn’t want to initiate so I did the initiating. The guy on the team who was the worst at English was scrambling to get things done somehow.”
On Jin Air, he focused on farming and carrying in team fights. In America, he had to focus on initiating, doing all of the summoner spell checks when people asked (constantly copy/pasting in chat), keeping track of jungle pathing, calling teleport plays, and all sorts of detailed shot calling/advice depending on the situation. One day he was trying to do all that while farming, and he didn’t even notice his HP getting chunked off mid.
GBM had the 2nd least deaths when playing in Korea, and he went up to most deaths in NA LCS, because no one wanted to initiate. Style wise, top lane disliked initiating, and the jungler was very concerned with self-preservation. Jungle actually had the 2nd least deaths, despite the team being in last place. He couldn’t understand it.
NRG didn’t understand things from a player perspective, and GBM thinks all teams need an ex-player in the front office. The owner of NRG just picked the players willy nilly. After Spring Split, he came to GBM and asked “Who do you want to cut? I’ll construct the team you want around you. How about Santorin and Kiwikid?” GBM replied they absolutely shouldn’t bring them on. “Already contracted.” Similar promises were given after Summer, but the team just disappeared ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Storytime: They’re trying to scrim, but there’s someone behind GBM playing Overwatch ladder. Someone “good at Zyra.” They’re in pick bans, talking through their options, Viktor, Shen, etc, and out of nowhere he hears “MERCY DOWN! MERCY DOWN!” He looks behind him and this gorilla (Winston) is smacking shit around.
GBM said he doesn’t dislike Kiwikid, he actually likes him a lot as a person. Just that it was iffy to work with him professionally.
“Kiwikid was at least decent at Alistair, though it was kinda half-half, a lottery.”
Santorin is a really nice kid, and GBM feels bad for him because he struggled to make any progress. The team even brought on a psychologist to help him out and set incremental goals for improvement. That actually helped him to get better, and GBM was proud of it. Alas, it was too late in the season to help NRG. Still, GBM would be willing to play with Santorin again. Kiwikid, not so much.
NA ladder is garbage
“Solo-queue there is garbage. It’s not an environment where you can practice.”
Description of NA ladder: No one surrenders in NA, they just group up and fight, and the guys with better mechanics win. That’s all. To paraphrase: “There’s a guy called Goldenglue who hit #1, who played on TL, he’s really bad. If you get #1 on Korea, you have this aura around you, no matter who it is.”
Storytime 2: He had given up on laddering toward the end of Summer Split because the situation was so bleak. The team wasn’t motivated at all and it didn’t seem like there was a point. He would just put Game of Thrones on one monitor, play LoL on the other, AND alt-tab to play Maple Story. He hit 300 points Master anyway.
Advice from Impact
GBM went to NA LCS because he wanted to take advantage of the weak scene. However, Impact gave him some advice: it’s not the Koreans who are important, it’s the Americans who are the most important. The gap between Koreans isn’t going to change, but the difference between the American players is like that between D5 and Challenger on Korea. GBM doubted that the difference could actually be that big, but once he got there...
Shameless IMT gossip
GBM heard somewhere IMT was ruined toward the end of the season because of Overwatch.
This sounded smart but I don’t know if it means anything
TSM is a team where the mid and ADC control the Jungle and support, not the other way around. That’s why they have a ceiling in the end. (This show was recorded between weeks 1 & 2 of Worlds)
GBM’s dream team
When asked to make a select five players to make his ideal squad to win Worlds, GBM picked Smeb, Peanut, Rookie, Pray, and Mata. He included himself as a sub, citing his excellent dishwashing and massage skills.
People he said nice(?) things about:
Hai: In relation to talking about perhaps becoming a multi-position player himself, GBM credited Hai for being someone who was excellent at taking care of his team, despite his poor laning as a mid.
Bjerg: Bjergsen was really bad in Spring, so GBM considered TSM a free win that split. But in summer, Bjerg came back as a totally different person.
Darshan: Darshan is good, smart player. Watching him split push stubbornly is like watching Shy. Normally you mind-game the top laner to use his TP or not, but he just keeps pushing.
Huhi: Huhi knows how to use Aurelion Sol perfectly, how to deal damage and how to get out. His laning is really weak but good at teamfights, he felt he could dodge his skills and crush him no matter what he played.
Blank: GBM said Blank was good, but the fit was poor. He would have been better with an defensive mid like Kuro or Easyhoon, rather than faker.
Bengi: Bengi is still really good. When you play him you realize he’s a really intelligent guy. GBM suspects there must be an out-of-game reason if he’s not playing.
Jensen: GBM faced Jensen a lot in mid, and thinks he’s a lunatic, but in a way he likes. If he was the C9 jungler, he thinks he could channel Jensen’s aggression well and cover for him (this was one of his many shameless pitches to other pro teams. “Impact, I’ll see you soon!”).
Rookie: As mentioned above, GBM put Rookie as the mid for his dream team. GBM learned the most from Rookie and Faker as pros. Even though Rookie didn’t get to worlds this year, GBM thinks he’s extremely good.