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G2 Esports’ Carlos ’ocelote’ Rodríguez on the Challenges of Competing at Worlds 2020 During a Global Pandemic

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The League of Legends World Championships are in full swing having made its strategy to the championship quarterfinal bracket. Eight groups fought their means out of the group phases to ensure that an opportunity at successful what’s broadly thought-about essentially the most prestigious championship in esports. Carlos “ocelote” Rodríguez, proprietor of Spanish group G2 Esports, is standing by as his personal crew prepares for its knock-out championship bracket match in opposition to Gen.G. Throughout this intermission, Rodriguez discovered a while to speak with The Esports Observer, sharing his ideas concerning the total Worlds vibe and what G2 has carried out to arrange–from quarantine to competitors.

“Two weeks. Man, they bought there early and needed to quarantine. I felt for them. This was laborious for a few of them to undergo,” Rodrigueuz mentioned. “A few of them did higher than others, I believe Wunder [G2 player Martin Hansen] loved it, nevertheless it at all times boils right down to the character of every of them. Wunder likes to be by himself, no one pissing him off, whereas the others aren’t like that. They want individuals round, and who can blame them? This was laborious, however they’re superb.”

This 12 months, Worlds is being performed in Shanghai, China, and groups had been made to come back to the nation, some a full month earlier than, and quarantine with a view to compete. Rodriguez made certain to have each instrument accessible with a view to assist his crew not simply make it previous quarantine, however nonetheless be capable to compete–your complete goal for being there.

“The very best we will do is to make sure that the infrastructure is in place,” he mentioned. “We made certain we had the power to buy issues on-line. So if we would have liked weights for coaching or no matter within the room, or whether or not we would have liked further objects from an infrastructure perspective, we had been ready to handle it.”

One other avenue that Rodriguez and firm made certain that the workers and gamers may journey on was that of offering on-line assist in the type of medical professionals, in the event that they had been wanted throughout this considerably troublesome time.

“At the side of the web stuff, our group is at all times in contact with psychologists and sports activities efficiency consultants. A few of them are from Pink Bull, who has a lot expertise in competitors having educated plenty of athletes from the states and Austria,” defined Rodriguez. “Now we have a deal with on this and have been planning for this for some time, In addition to the truth that we do wish to have enjoyable with social media and stuff, we do take our job very critically. I be sure that in moments like this, the gamers have each instrument inside their attain with a view to maneuver by means of these couple of weeks. This was the primary time these guys have carried out one thing like this.”

Realizing this was troublesome for all of the groups and their gamers, Rodriguez notes that Riot Games, the writer behind the occasion, has made a monumental effort to get the occasion off the bottom as the corporate may have merely canceled it as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was virtually an insurmountable problem to construct a event like this in occasions like this,” he mentioned. “Riot has carried out a extremely good job. I don’t suppose many publishers on the market have the balls to placed on what Riot has put collectively–particularly in China. I can’t even think about the sum of money Riot has most likely spent in placing these Worlds collectively. 

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And in talking concerning the sum of money being spent by Riot with a view to even have the occasion, Rodriguez notes that some groups, like these in North America, could also be spending cash solely to get knocked out early within the event. He’d wish to see the area get a bit of higher.

“Sadly we crushed Group Liquid’s goals by beating them within the first sport of the day, however then once more by shedding to Suning, which put them out of the event,” Rodriguez mentioned. “I believe there may be plenty of unhealthy to be mentioned about North America. I believe the area is relative to final 12 months or possibly even a bit of worse or possibly the identical, however I’ll say that area does have plenty of coronary heart.”

Nevertheless, as a lot as Rodriguez has his personal opinions of different League of Legends areas, proper now he’s absolutely centered on G2.

“We fucking suck in teams. We’re simply so unhealthy. We’re not a crew that cheeses, we’re not a crew that throws, we’re a crew that’s imagined to be higher,” he mentioned.”However, we do play the sport our means and we wish to restrict check so much.”

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Nevertheless, in all honesty, Rodriguez will take the development as they did final 12 months at Worlds the place the crew made it to the grand finals after ending second in teams.

“All in all, we must be glad we bought by means of. If you happen to advised me earlier than the group part, that we may and would end second by signing a chunk of paper, I’d signal that paper with blood. We is probably not within the prime 5 popping out of teams, however we’re actually good at adapting and a crew that’s prepared that regardless of the crew we play subsequent goes to do. We’re prepared for this subsequent matchup.”

G2 will tackle Gen.G in a League of Legends World Championship quarterfinal match which takes place at three a.m. PST on Oct. 18, 2020.

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