Yesterday we had the opportunity to chat with the 1st place team in week 1 of the North American Regional Qualifier. If you missed it, you can read that here
Today, we wanted to switch it up a bit and talk to the 2 teams that really shook up the European bracket this past weekend. Those two teams were I I I I I and Worth Gaming. Both of these teams took down veteran teams that participated in the SMITE Launch Tournament and found their way all the way into the semi-finals before being knocked down into the consolation match for 3rd place.
We felt it was necessary to learn more about these teams and see what they did to prepare themselves for this new season and how they did what they did. So to start, we asked I I I I I a few questions and this is what they had to say:
I I I I I
Week 1 - 3rd Place
Team Roster and Positions:
Captain - Sanontry Questions: Are you sponsored?
Hunter - Sanontry
Support - Dirgius
Solo - Advert
Mid - Lloydyd
Jungle - iRaffer
Subs - aBROcalypse, NinjaDimi, F4LK3N
How long have you guys been a team?
The core of the team was made mid-autumn last year. Although we had multiple roster changes in the beginning, we managed to build a really strong bond between the remaining members.
The last few roster changes were Lloydy replacing aBROcalypse in mid lane and Sanontry switching roles from jungle to hunter, replacing F4LK3N, and recruiting iRaffer as a jungler. Apart from that, we feel like our team’s roster is one of the more stable ones in Europe.
What does your practice schedule look like?
We try to practice 5 days a week, not including Sunday’s EU tournament.
Due to IRL schedules, we end up practicing about 3 hours each day as a team, mostly scrimming other teams.
Your thoughts on your team's performance today. Where did you succeed and where could you improve on?
I'm really proud of my team's performance today, we played on our strong points in most of the games -- which finally lead to us breaking the top 4 curse!
Overall, I think we did really well, and we’ve identified some of our weaker points.
Who is the shot caller for the team?
We make calls as a team for objectives, Dirgius and Sanontry are usually the ones that make kill calls in teamfights.
Any last things you want to tell your current and future fans?
Big shoutout to all the fans!
It’s really humbling to see that people love to watch us play -- amazing when we get messages in game saying that they loved to watch us!
It’s extremely appreciated and humbling. We’ll do our best to keep this up! IIIII FIGHTING!!
Anything else you want to add that you think I missed?
Shoutouts to our players who aren't on the main roster anymore:
F4LK3N for being a BRO and stepping down when he felt he was underperforming, aBROcalypse who is now saving lives in Austria instead of playing SMITE,
and our beast ninja brother DIMI for being a great addition to the team as a substitute player.