The young leading laner discussed his growth from the LCS Lock In, discovering from Zven and Perkz, and bringing pressure onto himself with garbage talk.

When it was revealed that European superstar Perkz was crossing the Atlantic to sign up with the LCS, the buzz surrounding Cloud9’s 2021 League of Legends roster reached brand-new levels of intensity. It only made good sense because C9 had actually acquired one of the most effective Western players of all-time.

As the weeks went by, however, all eyes actually began to move towards another brand-new gamer on the group when fans got used to seeing Perkz because child blue jersey: C9’s new leading laner, Fudge.

With an entire tournament’s worth of experience under his belt from the 2021 LCS Lock In, Fudge talked with Dot Esports about what he’s discovered up until now in The United States and Canada, what it’s been like playing alongside players like Zven and Perkz, and why he likes utilizing garbage talk to motivate himself to constantly improve.

Although Fudge lit up the NA Academy scene as the finest top laner in the league last year, the LCS is a clear step up from what he’s used to. There are plenty of things that a budding new star must find out prior to diving headfirst into the deep end or else they risk sinking to the bottom of the skill pool.

During the LCS Lock In, C9 played 17 video games through the group stage and playoffs, which is almost the equivalent of a whole split’s worth of matches. He also played in series against Ssumday and Alphari, which ended up being a genuine test of strength for the 18-year-old.

Even though C9 ended up losing in the finals, the tournament offered the best setting for Fudge to get practice versus the competitors and to discover more about himself and what he needs to alter to stay up to date with the remainder of the league’s finest.

Fudge, for instance, stated he’s started to improve on his capability to deal with his colleagues to help him get ahead in the leading lane. He raised 100 Thieves as an example and how Closer and Damonte both messed around Ssumday truly well throughout their series.

” I believe that something I didn’t concentrate on before the tournament or prior to those video games was that I can utilize my teammates to assist me also, and not just me one-vs-oneing,” Fudge told Dot Esports. “Leading lane isn’t just one-vs-one, even though it’s sort of the narrative.”

It’s easy to fall under the mentality that top is an island, however believing like that can limit how much you can grow your synergy and coordination with your teammates. By leaning more on his skilled colleagues like young star jungler Blaber, Fudge must have the ability to reach his full potential as a part of one of the very best rosters in the LCS.

Speaking of his super star teammates, Fudge explained how his teammates have actually helped him improve his video game through difficult leadership. He praised his star AD bring Zven, for example, for being an incredibly excellent leader on the group– a fact that actually surprised him a bit when he joined the group.

” I think it hasn’t really been spoken about, how good of a leader [Zven] is,” Fudge said. “I believe Perkz and Zven lead the group and they have very concise concepts on how to play the game. They aren’t scared of informing you that you ruined, which I think is excellent for enhancement. And it’s sort of like a European thing nearly, where they simply tell you what you’re doing badly, straight to your face– which is great.”

Fudge also addressed all the garbage talk he did prior to the LCS Lock In, stating that he did this to intentionally push himself and to place higher expectations on his play. His actions did backfire a bit when he and C9 lost video games and faltered during the tournament, however even then, he took everything in stride.

” I seem like a lot of the general public comments are sort of lacking in actual, positive criticism,” Fudge stated. “And I deliberately brought the pressure upon myself by shit-talking people before the whole competition, which I think was actually an excellent thing. I believe it brought a lot more attention, plus I believe it put more expectations on me to act upon myself to really play well.”

In the end, these expectations– whether they’re from him, his colleagues, or the general fan base– ought to assist motivate this group to lift the LCS trophy by the end of the season. In truth, Fudge believes that “if [C9 doesn’t] win, [he believes] it’s similar to a total failure.”

Many of the cards have fallen right for Fudge up until now. He has an excellent company behind him with an excellent training staff and some of the very best teammates any brand-new LCS player might ask for. Now, the ball remains in his court. He should show to himself and everybody else that he deserves a few of the buzz that C9 have coming their way too.