Shortly after reigning TCL spring split champions, Istanbul Wildcats lost their second Group B match against MAD Lions in the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational, their head coach Barış Mete “Robogod” Sevinç met with the media for a press conference interview to talk about his team’s results including their recent match.
Additionally, he took a general view on IW’s run thus far in MSI, how his team fares against the best such as DWG KIA and Royal Never Give Up, his thoughts on facing İrfan Berk “Armut” Tükek and what positives he can take away despite falling short in both opening matches.
The Wildcats currently sit in the last place beneath MAD Lions, paiN Gaming of the CBLoL, and PSG Talon of the PCS. They will play their next match against PSG Talon tomorrow at 11 a.m. PST/6 p.m. GMT
The media’s questions are written in bold font, whereas Robogod’s answers are written in a standard font.
Armut and his team’s international experience
Media: How do you feel about AD Carry Anil “HolyPhoenix” Işık’s first international experience [at the 2021 Mid-Season Invitational] and how has he adapted?
Robogod: HolyPhoenix is actually super motivated since this is his first international tournament, but not only is he motivated, the team is as well. However, since we are not used to being in an international environment, we could get over-excited at times and that has reflected in our performance, so we hope to fix them.
Media:How was it for you to play against Armut?
Robogod: It was actually really fun to play against him. Even talking and spending time with him has been a really positive experience. I’ve known him for a long time, for four years basically in the Turkish region, and every time we meet I feel happy pretty much. I also hope that he succeeds in the rest of the tournament as well.
Robogod on facing PaiN Gaming
Media:Your first match was against paiN Gaming. How did you feel about the match and what did you think about the Brazilian team?
Robogod: I think that if paiN Gaming were in TCL, they would struggle to make playoffs. I think our team is better individually but what they had as an advantage was that they had international experience, which explains why they were ahead of us in the first game. It is easy though to say these kinds of things so I hope to prove my words in the second match by beating them and show our true power.
Media:What lessons did you learn from your match against paiN? How will you adapt for the rematch?
Robogod: We will first study the [draft] compositions and try to adapt for the next match. We believe that we are in a better place and we will prepare for the rematch accordingly.
Another thing is that scrim performances doesn’t always reflect the main stage performance. Some champions are super strong in scrims but they don’t give the same value during official matches, so that also switches things up a bit for us but we will prepare accordingly.
Robogod on facing MAD Lions
Media:The team blind-picked Nocturne in the draft against MAD Lions. What was the idea or plan behind this going into the game?
Robogod: Actually, Nocturne isn’t that bad of a blind pick. On the blue side, the better blind picks for the top lane are Gnar and Renekton. Since Gnar was banned, we decided to play Nocturne at top lane and it’s not really a bad blind pick. Since most top lane players aren’t used to playing against Nocturne, your top laner can actually play a really easy matchup since your opponent is not well prepared for him compared to other champions, so that’s why we picked Nocturne.
Media:Although your team lost your first two games, they both happened in close affairs. What are some positives, if you can share, about your team looking forward to the next set of games?
Robogod: What we learned is that we are actually a good team and we synergize really well. I always say that the team you’re playing against isn’t important. What’s important is how you play. We’re not playing bad at all. We feel like we’re playing great and we will try to bring that same energy for the next games as well and build upon that. We really believe in ourselves. Faith is pretty much what we got out of these games and we believe we can improve and become better.
How IW measures up to the world’s best
Media:You are in one of the biggest tournaments organized by Riot Games. You will play against the best teams from all across the regions. Which teams and regions do you think are the most challenging?
Robogod: I feel like the Korean (DWG KIA) and Chinese (Royal Never Give Up) representatives are ahead of the pack and stronger than the other regions, but for third place, I will probably place MAD Lions. They synergize with each other really well.
Media:How do you see your level compared to RNG and DWG KIA?
Robogod: Well, first things first, I really believe that RNG and DWG are better than the rest of the teams. Their regions are super strong and in turn, the players are super strong individually as well, but that doesn’t mean that they can win every single match. Because in this meta, since it is really open to surprises, any team can win even against the strongest teams.
Nobody should disrespect even the weakest of teams because in this meta, once a player gets a lead, they can pretty much win the game by themselves. So even though I think DWG and RNG are super powerful, they are not unbeatable.