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When you think of dominant Western bot lanes, probably the first pair to come to mind is Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez. The new TSM bot lane, formerly of G2, are part of the newest set of EU imports to NA, joined by Fabian “Febiven” Diepstraten to Clutch Gaming and Tristan “PowerofEvil” Schrage to OpTic Gaming. Both Zven and Mithy have their sights set on conquering NA as they had done EU, and finally getting a taste of international success.
Amanda Stevens: You both have been on the very dominant G2 roster for quite some time. What made you want to leave that roster? Was it just the stability of franchising?
Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez: One of the reasons why I left Europe was because we were so dominant. There was nothing else for me to achieve. I felt like getting out of my comfort zone and also having a chance to join a team like TSM was the best opportunity I could get.
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen: Even though we were dominant in the EU LCS, we never really left a mark on the international stage; MSI and Worlds. Even though we made the MSI finals, it wasn’t very pretty. Even though [TSM] didn’t have much better results at Worlds I think together this year with TSM, a great org with great player, we are in our honeymoon phase and we’re going to do great things together.
I don’t think NA is not better or worse than EU but I do think they are pretty far ahead in the organization department. Their organizations are very serious and ahead of EU orgs I think. At least some of them are. I think this year is going to be good for us.
Amanda Stevens: Mithy, what was the hardest part for you about leaving Europe and coming to America? Was there anything holding you back from that decision?
Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez: No. I was convinced I wanted to go to America because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone; I was getting too comfortable in Europe winning everything. The only thing that was holding me back from going to America was Zven, but that won’t he here.
Amanda Stevens: For you, Zven, is there an ADC you’re most excited to face off against in the botlane?
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen: I’m not really afraid nor excited about playing against anyone either. I think both Doublelift and Sneaky are great players, so I’m looking forward to playing against them but I’m not afraid or excited.
Amanda Stevens: For Zven again, what do you think of the current state of the runes as they pertain to your role(ADC)?
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen: I think right now, the runes for ADC, there are two runes right now. One of them is Press The Attack for auto attackers and the other one is for spellcasters: Arcane Comet. The meta is really strong right now for long range spell-casters like MF, Varus, Ezreal because of the runes. They are very spell-casting favoured as in no more Fervor or Warlords. They are much more long range poke meta in the bot lane because of Arcane Comet or Press The Attack.
Amanda Stevens: What are you guys liking about America so far? What do you think of LA?
Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez: The weather is nice. It’s 2PM right now and I got here at 10PM yesterday. I haven’t had much time here to enjoy LA but the little I’ve seen which is pretty much in the taxi going from one place to another, the weather is the only thing I’ve noticed a lot and everything looks just like the movies.
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen: I think the weather is also nice. I’ve been here before for events like IEM San Jose. I was here a few more days than Mithy. I’ve been out with the guys to restaurants to get some food. It’s cool. It’s nice to be around here and the guys are cool; showing me around everywhere.
Amanda Stevens: At any point, where you guys considering any other org/s, or leaving G2, were you thinking “if we leave G2, we have to move to the other #1 Western team in TSM”?
Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez: For the most part, TSM was super impressed in us and we were super impressed in them, so we mostly had to figure out a deal that worked for both of us and we weren’t too interested in looking at other options.
Amanda Stevens: What do you think about your rune options as a support at the moment?
Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez: Honestly, I haven’t been playing much at all. I’ve been taking this opportunity to take a rest and get some motivation back and just be able to enjoy time with friends and family before I completely shut them off for a year. That was my plan in this offseason and I haven’t had a chance to look at the runes yet.
Amanda Stevens: For Zven, what do you do to decompress and recharge?
Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen: I play solo queue a lot. Even though it’s off-season, I still play a lot. I’ve recently moved to the NA server. I still have love for the game so I don’t mind playing a lot. I’ve hung out with my friends and family before I leave for a whole year. Friends, family and League.
Amanda Stevens: Do you play another other games, or is it League and no other games?
Alfonso “Mithy” Rodriguez: I’ve been playing a little bit of Counter-Strike, but it hasn’t gone over 20 hours. I touched it a little bit early because one of my friends was playing it. But for the most part, I don’t have any other games and it’s just League all night.