ESL Interviews Monomaniacs eSports: NintendudeX
ESL's very own John 'J.p' sits down with Mono eSports NintendudeX and discusses Mono's cup win and future plans!
Hello Everyone! Our very own John 'J.p.' Perdicaro had the pleasure of interviewing NintendudeX from Monomanics eSports. This is his first interview for NESL, we hope you all enjoy it.
J.p: Please introduce yourself to those that may not know you!
Why hellooo thereee... I am NintendudeX, I currently play on the team Mono eSports alongside my wonderful team, and I have been playing League of Legends since closed beta, so I believe I've been playing around 18 months now... I haven't exactly "hit it big" as far as the competitive scene over this time, but have racked a few signature victories on some former teams, and I have close ties to many highly regarded teams (Curse Gaming, goose, etc.). I'm only 17 years old and have a blast playing League of Legends in my free time, and I've been playing the MOBA genre since I was little. Some of my fondest childhood memories come from playing pub DotA as a little 12 year old to the awe of those that didn't believe me. Heh Heh ^.^
You just won this week's Go4LoL cup - congratulations to you and your team. You won against A Picture of A Goose in getting to the finals; however, would you say that match was the hardest? If not, who was?
Thank you! And while goose was a difficult battle, I believe team VirginBRO was equally as difficult. This may be our fault for letting VGB give us so much of a problem, but goose was very difficult. They tried to bait out a Kassadin pick by taking Karthus, only to end up jungling it in the end, as we predicted. This left us with Ahri, who ParadoXical has been practicing night and day since her release. After early game was starting to look grim, we really pulled it back mid with a few clutch plays from MrParadoXical, Maroy, and myself. Midgame wasnt looking great either, but some clutch catches let us pick off karthus, vayne, and sona multiple times, which led to a Baron fight where we sealed the deal. Looking back, I guess goose was the more challenging game, but with a little more clutch play by team VGB at the end they could've really gave us trouble. But, really, it was a great team effort, and it felt great to see all 5 of us play well and in unison.
What would you say you would need to work on as a team, or even individually, in order to avoid close situations, i.e. your match versus VGB?
Hmm.. As a team, I think it's clear, our teamwork needs a reality check. We still don't have enough experience against the "big boys", i.e. CLG, TSM, Dignitas, others I haven't mentioned, those who have already made a name for themselves. However, this was not built on pure individual skill, but by dedication, practice, and repetition. Right now, we don't really practice much throughout the week, mostly due to our conflicting schedules, but I know for a fact we will rally behind this go4lol victory as a giant ego boost for events to come. The sponsors have been welcoming, our confidence is at an all time high, so I can honestly attest that all we need is more practice.
What are your future plans as a team? Do you plan on attending any competitive events in the future, given more practice?
Well, we obviously want to defend our go4lol title for one, and will continue to play in them to absolutely no end. We will probably also ask to scrim teams such as Goose, TSM, Dignitas, other solidified teams, and test our strength against them. I realize you can't win them all, and scrimmaging versus these teams may hurt our morale in terms of tough losses. However, I think a reality check for us by competing against these top teams is absolutely what we need. I have extreme confidence in my team after what i saw today, and I have big aspirations moving forward. Another thing I would love to note is that we are all 16 and 17 year olds, so we all can relate to one another and get along great. As for events we plan to attend, we would like to compete in future MLG, IEM, and possible IPL qualifiers, so we can test our true strength at a live event. A live event, for me at least, has always been a dream.
Does your team have any main goal(s) for the new year?
I think a goal for us would be to, as I said earlier, go to a LAN event together. Only knowing people over the internet is one thing, but getting to meet them and hang out with them in person is a whole other experience that would be unforgettable for all of us. Sure, hard work and stuff would be easy to say as an overall goal, but I think more important of a goal would be to all meet and play together at a LAN at an MLG-type event.
Well I hope all the best to you and your team in this year. Is there anything else you would like to say?
Thank you so much for the interview! And to close, I would like to thank my teammates MrParadoxical, our lovely AP.. Maroy, our top lane wonderboy.. Nothing12eal and my man Pixel3, who do an awesome job bot lane for us, as they carry our noobie jungler, me, NintendudeX.. and all of our subs that play / have played with us over the weeks... That goes for you especially, NemiSiS14 <3 Finally, thank you so much to Monomaniacs eSports for being so welcoming to us and allowing us to play under their name. This interview has been great, and we hope to make a huge splash in the competitive scene in 2012!
J.p., Tuesday, 01/03/12 00:51
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