Before the LEC 2019 season starts, let’s hear what Caps has in stored for a new year of challenge, what role his father played in his trasition from Fnatic to G2 Esports, and that he hope to win LEC 2019 36–0 but also preparing for the worst.
First of all we want to congratulate Caps on winning the “Solo King” trophy in recently closed 2018 All Star Event, how does winning the trophy mean to you?
Caps: I always wanted to go to All-Star Event to play the 1v1 tournament and win it. So I was very happy to achieve that goal. At the same time though, because the atmosphere was more relaxed and due to the set-up people didn’t practice that much. So it was more fun rather than try-hard, but it’s fine because I like some fun!
Who did you predict to run into in the 1v1 final? Were you surprised that it’s Pabu?
Caps:Looking at the bracket, I thought it would be either Faker or Rookie. Uzi was on my side so he wouldn’t make the final of course! So I was surprised that it was Pabu. He definitely came prepared and it really worked out for him.
You tweeted that you lost and then got the trophy back, did you mean lost as in you lost track of the trophy’s whereabouts, or lost as in you lost a 1v1 to someone afterwards? Can you explain it in details?
Caps:I lost it in the airport, well actually it did not arrive with my luggage and was probably held back since it maybe looked a little fishy. So, when I came back to Denmark I suddenly found myself without a trophy. After a few emails and phone calls I got it back when I traveled to Berlin to bootcamp with G2. So all is well.
I did practice some matchups against Perkz and Wunder but didn’t lose the trophy to them. I can’t disclose the match results though.
(Wunder in background: I WON)
Arriving in this ASE, Caps was already wearing the G2 tag before your IGN. Many people are very interested in how you joined G2, have you ever had any doubts or hesitations during the process? If you had, who or what gave you the confidence to make the final decision?
Caps:Fnatic informed me that G2 was interested so I wrote a bit with the players and the owners to figure out how G2 operates and what their goals are for the season and beyond. On paper it felt like a really strong roster. Out of all my options this team felt like it would have the highest ceiling. A lot of people advised me to be careful since this was a very risky adventure. At the same time, I wanted to reach the furthest I could possibly go, so I was willing to take the risk. I think the biggest ‘confidence-changer’ for me was talking to my new teammates.
To make you coming to G2 a reality, Perkz willingly sacrificed his “lane kingdom” and moved to bot lane for next year? What’s your thought on him doing all these just to get you?
Caps:Obviously I’m very honored since Luka is a really good mid-laner. I’m positive he can be a great bot-laner, so I’m not too worried. I saw during our bootcamp scrims that Mikyx and Perkz are starting with a strong foundation, but they need to work on a lot of things and it will take a bit of time to get there. Perkz does have a HUGE advantage though because he can play non-AD champs (former mid champs) really well, so once he gets comfortable on traditional ADC’s it will be a bit unfair for other bots laners.
We have seen a voice in community saying that next year we might see you and Perkz swap roles very often in game, is this possible?
Caps:Anything is possible of course, but we will have to see.
EU region did well at worlds, Caps also achieved great accomplishments. The image of your father cheering you on even after you lost the game moved league fans all over the world, how did your father comfort you when you meet him after game? Is it much more easier to deal with match loss with family than alone?
Caps:I didn’t see my father until I was in the bus to leave the venue. I was completely exhausted after a very long tournament and very long day but he tried to cheer me up. We went to his room and talked a bit, I can’t say if it’s easier or not to necessarily deal with a loss with people around since you mostly want to process it yourself. It is definitely MUCH more fun to share victories with family and friends around.
Does your father understand what’s going on when he watches you playing on stage?
Caps:Yes and also no. He will know whether we are winning or losing and can see if something big happens. He’s not at the professional level of understanding yet but he’s definitely knows who’s winning or losing, and that’s enough!
How did he think of your transfer this season? Is he involved in your career decision making?
Caps:He really liked Fnatic and was very comfortable with the staff there and also the results we were getting. But at the same time he supports me no matter what.. Like any father he will always be skeptical of change, it was the same thing as when I joined FNC initially and Dark Passage before that. He just wants me to be happy! Right now we just got back to Berlin and he traveled with me to get to know the team and staff here.
Have you watched Perkz playing AD yet? How high do you think he currently is in terms of AD ranking in EU?
Caps:I think it’s so hard to rank people right before a split since there’s no games going on and nothing to base yourself on. But I have full trust in my teammates, which is why I joined G2, so I will just rank all of them 1st in their role!
How high can he achieve if he really tries his hardest?
Caps:Obviously we will all have to try our hardest, as we have always done. Now we want to not only match our past results but go further, and I’m confident we eventually will.
Who do you get along with the best in G2?
Caps:I’m still getting to know everyone better, and so far it’s been very fun. We have played and talked a lot, but we definitely need to learn a few more things about each other. I guess I’m a bit closer to Perkz since we talked some past seasons to discuss matchups and we were big rivals.
Now that EU is franchised, how do you think the newly formed G2 will do next year? What’s your personal goal next year?
Caps:Obviously with a roster of this caliber we all want to win EU and have a 36–0 year. At the same time having such high expectations are really bad in my opinion. We had this in FNC, at the start of both spring and summer, where we pressured ourselves a bit too much with high expectations.
Honestly, I hope for the best and prepare for the worst as a habit. But I’m confident we can overcome any obstacle. The best way to put it would be I have high goals and low expectations. In the end it doesn’t matter what we do as long as we are ready and strong for playoffs.
You have a rather large fanbase in China now, do you have anything to say to them?
Caps:I was very surprised when I came to China at how many Caps fans there actually are. I’m super honored and I want to thank all of them for their support. I hope you all are happy with my choice, or at least keep cheering me on, I will try my hardest to keep you as fans.