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Pobelter on IMT's path to playoffs, thoughts on NA LCS team standings, and how the NA CS has evolved

By Mark Register
Mar 20, 2017
*Filmed after NA LCS Week 7

Q: Why are highly intelligent people like yourself attracted to League of Legends?

Gee, am I highly intelligent? I hope so. I don't know. I don't think there's anything in particular about it. It's just a game where--that requires a lot of thinking. It's a mental game. So I think that's why people who are smart would like League of Legends.

Q: Immortals went through a bit of a rough patch, but today, you had a great win. How did your team turn things around?

I think we just focused on what we made mistakes on last week. Didn't dwell on the fact that, you know, we lost to the lowest teams in the league or anything. We just focused on the game itself, what we can improve going forward, because all the games going up are really essential to win, if we want to secure a spot for playoffs. And I think that kind of approach worked really well. We took the game and our practice seriously, and we just played well on stage today.

Q: What team do you think is dominating?

I don't think there are any super dominant teams right now, actually. In the beginning of the split, but I would say C9 was definitely the strongest team, but recently it seems like teams have gotten a lot closer, actually, after the two-week break for IEM Katowice. A lot of teams improved a lot.

Q: How has the Challenger Series progressed since you were part of it?

Well, I guess back in the day it just was the amateur scene, and there wasn't a pro league or anything. So I actually kind of miss that home-like feel of it, where there weren't really static teams where, you know, players sign contracts for years. It was just kind of touch-and-go. You could play with who you wanted to on online tournaments. Everyone was way worse back then, so you could play the most random stuff. And yeah, it was like, if you don't like playing with someone, you can just play with someone else or, you know, you join a team and it was kind of the birth of League. So that was when all these new really good players started coming up and, you know, these days, there's still a lot of new young talent. But back then, it's, like, everything was new young talent: like, this player's so good, no, this player's so good, and you could see them just butt heads so often.

Q: Do you keep in touch with your non-League of Legends friends?

Do I keep in touch with my non-League of Legends--no, not really. Because the thing is, after high school, it's like some great scattering and, you know, people just go all over California, all over the country, to go to their college. And then, you know, they're making new friends and stuff like that, so it's actually pretty hard to keep in touch with old friends.

So I know that you had that hard decision of saying, "all right, I'm not gonna go down the traditional path. I'm gonna go through League of Legends. It turned out pretty well. Are you happy with it?

Yeah, I'm happy with my decision so far. Definitely. 

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Mark Register profile
Mark Register
Mark is the Editor-in-Chief @ Blitz Esports. He was the creator of Esports in a Nutshell, led production @ the Young Turks for 5 years, and in his other lifetimes won an Oscar, recorded albums (on Spotify), and most importantly spent a summer as a SeaWorld performer.
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