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“There was no Plan B” – MAD Lions Elyoya on winning LEC and participating in MSI

Ellioya became LEC Champion in her debut season (Photo: Michal Konkol / Riot Games)

MAD Lions Last weekend, he won the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) Spring Playoffs 2021 Champion at Javier’Erioya’Prado Batara’s debut split.

Spain’s jungler got off to an extraordinary start in his young career, helping MAD overcome Fnatic, G2 and Rogue to become the fourth team to win the LEC, and his individual efforts split into him. Awarded the Rookie Award.

MAD represents Europe in Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) and will face LoL Championship Series (LCS) winner Cloud9 and LoL Pro League (LPL) and LoL Champions Korea (LCK) champions. I will.

Talk to Metro.co.uk, Elyoya reveals how MAD completed a miraculous comeback in the LEC final with Rogue, his rapid career progress, and his thoughts ahead of his first international tournament. ..

So you say you haven’t sunk yet, but how did you feel about winning that fifth game?

I’m still unaware of what I’ve done. When I called my brother, he said that you did it. Everyone here is very excited. I heard he was more excited than I was, it was strange.

You’re probably in shock, and that’s not surprising given the series. It must have been mentally exhausted.

It was really physically tired and all my muscles were hurt, but fortunately our osteopathy helped me so it was covered in that regard.

MAD Lions on stage in the LEC final

MAD Lions had to fight through five tough games in the final (Photo: Michal Konkol / Riot Games)

The series was so close that you had to fight back a lot from behind, so talk a little more. How could you keep bouncing back?

I think Rogue is a really solid team. It was hard and difficult to even get back to Game 3 as they were solid in all lanes and the way they played was really organized.

Game 5 was also pretty tough, but I think the midfield was still pretty good. So we could still find those engagements, those battles that ultimately gave us victory. If we can improve the early games and lanes, I think we will be a pretty strong team.

Speaking of early games, matching with Inspired must have been difficult.

I think Inspired is in the top three of the LEC junglers. I think he is really good. Also, against G2, I think he won the series himself against Jankov. But to us, I felt he didn’t show up.

Maybe that’s my impression, but I don’t think he had a great series, he disappeared in some games. Like Game 1, he was quite late. He is still one of the strongest junglers, for example in Game 5, he played the game better than I did. It was really nice to be able to play against him.

Elyoya pays great respect to his jungle opponents in the finals. (Photo: Michal Konkol / Riot Games)

Game 5 was pretty cruel at first, but did you guys continue to have hope despite being late? Especially because they have stopped all the momentum you have built up before.

I was trying to find a way back to the game. We always had that hope for Rogue, as we had already done it like in the quarterfinals.It was quite difficult [in game five], Their comp was really good, but we did it.

Game 2 must have been difficult too. The only time I returned to the game was the last loss, and the MAD remained 0-2. How focused and confident are you knowing that you had such a mountain to climb?

After Game 2, after feeling a little depressed, it turned out that everyone was a little sad. After coming back, I shouldn’t have lost the game. We were in a really good place to win it. At that moment, we had a team discussion about whether we could go home and spend a family vacation, or at least give the series everything we have. Think of everything we did before and that this was our moment. After the team talk, we felt good.

As for yourself, not only did you lift the LEC trophy, but you also won the split rookie. What does the award mean to you and how satisfied are you with your performance throughout the season?

I think we had a decent performance this year, but I don’t think we played very well or had some amazing moments. I think I can still push myself harder and play much better. But overall I’m at a decent level and I’m really excited to meet Koreans, Chinese, and those who go to MSI. I think it will be a really good learning experience.

Elyoya says the five-game LEC final was exhausted (Photo: Michal Konkol / Riot Games)

Of course, you will be playing against the world’s top league champions. This will be very valuable in your career.

It was all a learning experience for me this year. It was my first time playing LEC and my first time living outside my home country. Teaming up with four experienced players, everything was really new. I have already learned a lot throughout the year.

Much has been said about how much knowledge you have about the game before you play at LEC. I was playing in the second part of Spain just two years ago, how did you improve it quickly?

So there is no plan B. From the beginning I knew that the league was my passion and wanted to make it my career. I was playing in that second part and realized I didn’t do anything. My dream was just to lose time and not be able to live out of the league. So I stopped messing around with myself and told him to wake up already. Do whatever I had to do to improve my role and be the best.

You said this was your first time living outside Spain. Did your teammates help you settle down in another country? MAD always seems to be a lot of fun, but how well are you doing?

There is great group dynamics between MAD Lions players and staff (Photo: Michal Konkol / Riot Games)

Most of the time, it’s hard to live apart because you miss the hardest part, the people. Apart from that, I live in a really good building and MAD covers everything, so otherwise it feels pretty good.

And I couldn’t ask for a better teammate. I think we are in good harmony. I’m really happy to have a team like this. As you said, even if you lose, you can enjoy laughing and having fun … It may not be so much after the second game, but it was a little tilted, but before the third game I enjoyed it in the lobby. All right.

Finally, heading to MSI, what do you expect from the tournament? Are you going all the way, or are you mainly going to use it as an experience to learn and improve it?

Sure, it’s going to be a really big learning experience, but at least we’ll do our best to match other teams. I think there is a chance. But I think it will be a really good experience. Especially because my team didn’t get the best results at the last international event. They all dropped out in Play-Ins, even Armut, so this time I’ll have at least a better run and a better time.

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