My experiences with OG and LCS
It all started once I got the opportunity to tryout for Origen, I was an inexperienced rookie who had no previous cs/lcs experience. I will put it out there that I didn't perform all too well in the tryout stages. This was during around 3rd and 4th weeks of LCS, when they looked for an emergency replacement. I got told that there was a possibility of them flying me over to practice with the team or potentially be there to assist Peke with learning his new role (which obviously I didn't want).
In the end OG decided to stick with peke, this decision was most likely because Peke brought a shot calling factor to the team and knew lane assignments quite well. I respected their decision, because I saw how the team was playing with Peke and honestly I had a lot of hope in them.
Few weeks later OG contacts me again and asks to tryout with them again. This was most likely a desperate move considering how downhill the team started to go in recent weeks. I played a few sets of scrims with the team and next day I'm told that I'm flying over! Never been more excited in my life honestly it's like a dream come true, I'm extremely motivated and ready to turn this split around.
I flew over 1 day before the start of Week 7 of LCS, we had a big set of scrims before the games. It honestly didn't go too well so I wasn't too confident going into our matches vs s04/ROC. We are driving to the LCS studio, I still can't believe this is happening I'm playing alongside legendary players which I respect. Anyways we arrive at the studio and everyone was motivated to win. Game starts, I'm still massively inexperienced so I'm uncertain about rotations on the map. Honestly don't remember the game whatsoever because I was so nervous, but I remember us stalling to azir/sivir late game spikes and making a comeback. Game 2: I don't even remember I just remember cancelling a lot of autos and fumbling in few fights. Anyways we lose and draw out the series but the morale of the team isn't too bad. Second day of week 7 begins, we win 2-0 vs Roccat I was quite happy about the win but my weaknesses clearly showed. Still have so many things to work on and excited to work on it! So I thought...
We have saturday off so we began practising again on Sunday. Honestly not gonna deny that I was playing insanely poorly this week, not sure what happened to me but I was making really stupid mistakes all the time. I want to give a shout out to Soaz specifically for helping me understand lane assignments and helping me improve my macro game. It was around this week that the coach started to put in Peke more and more. Every time I under performed or the team was down in morale. The knight in shining armor Peke stepped in, me being left in the shadows.
Week 8 begins we have our big game vs Giants. I'm starting for some reason even though I have been playing poorly the whole week. Guess my pride stopped me from stepping back and asking Peke to play. The game was a complete disaster vs Giants we fail to follow the game plans and do stupid stuff all the time. The lack of Peke clearly showed that game. Next day they decide to put Peke in vs Fnatic, the team obviously had a way better macro game and were able to force a tie.
As the weeks go on they are putting in Peke to play more and more. While in my opinion I was improving my macro game and lane assignments due to Soaz's teachings. My mechanics started to slack since I was trying to learn lane assignments, rotations and overall map play. So at the end of the day what was I there for? Since Peke played just as well as me and still had only slightly worse mechanics, while also bringing the shot calling into the picture. It was obvious that the team will be going with Peke the next few weeks.
Week 9 didn't go too well 0-4. Relegation time! The team decided to fully focus on playing with peke and so we headed into the boot camp. Desperate move to try and change the environment of the team, most likely to try and increase the morale of the team. There were hints of improvement but from my perspective only a few people in the team were motivated. Hence the poor scrim results and playing way way better on stage.
I'm glad OG was able to pull through in the promotion tournament and secure the spot in the LCS. I'm extremely thankful to Alvar and Paco in particular for giving me the opportunity to play for the team. Special thanks to Soaz for helping me understand the game at a higher level, and everyone else on the team for being extremely nice to me. Honestly I got thrown into the deep end and sadly didn't meet the expectations, but to see so many fans sending me messages cheering me on, sending me heartwarming messages always puts a smile on my face. Thank you guys so much I really mean it! :)