After suffering a loss to his former team Astralis, EXCEL’s new mid-laner Nukeduck talked with us in a post-match interview. After 5 splits with the same organization, Nukeduck changed teams and found a new home with the British esports organisation. We wanted to know how he’s been settling in with EXCEL, as well as his thoughts on the team’s performance so far.
Written below is the transcript of Nukeduck‘s interview. Bold font goes for our questions, while standard font is for Nukeduck’s answers.
After 5 splits of representing essentially the same organization, with first Origen, then rebranding to Astralis, you’re now on a new team with EXCEL. How has joining the new organization been so far?
It’s been good. I’ve worked with different people a lot, but I like the people I’m working with here in EXCEL, so it’s been feeling good so far. I know many of the staff from working with them in the past, so it’s been good.
Aside from you, Denyk is also another new player to the roster. How have you two been getting along with your new teammates so far, as well as each other?
It’s been alright. I’m getting along with all the guys, as well as Denyk. I would say I have no problem. We do have some in-game problems that we’re trying to work on, and it isn’t always easy. But as for getting along, I think everyone’s getting along well.
It’s good that you mentioned that there were some in-game problems that needed to be resolved. Yesterday, you suffered a loss against Rogue, which is one of the strongest teams in the league right now. Today, you lost again to Astralis, your former organization. What issues do you think need to be resolved to start picking up wins?
I think there’s a lot of things. We have some individual problems that we need to solve. I think we also need to get a little bit better at playing in official matches, because we just played scrims, and it’s a little bit different. We need to play smart always, because we always just kinda go for fights, and usually just win through kills.
So we’ve just kinda gotten used to that as a team, and we need to get used to playing those slow games, even though it sounds weird because you should practice as you play on the official, but it’s never like that sadly. So everyone has something they need to solve and get more used to that playstyle.
Would you say that the issues you mentioned are your biggest takeaways from your game yesterday against Rogue?
Yeah. I think against Rogue, it was of course a hard game. What I took away from this game wasn’t much, just that they’re pretty much one step ahead of us. It’s hard to pinpoint what we did wrong against them specifically. Obviously, we drafted a comp that needed to go for fights, and then what we’ve been usually used to is the enemy mid laner just dies, and we can take over the game. But Larssen was playing really well and respectfully, so he wasn’t me any lead. From there we were not sure what to do, because they were building leads elsewhere. And it was the same thing as we’re more used to a bloody game, and they didn’t give it to us, and we didn’t create it as well of course. So then we were kinda lost I would say.
Finally, a more general question, what can we expect from you both as an individual player, and as a player for EXCEL?
I think it depends on some key factors over here. I want to help the team and help with the shot-calling in EXCEL. But it’s a little bit hard because it’s the same kind of thing where the scrims are a bit different. I don’t get as good calls I would say on official games so far. For myself, I’m just expecting to play well individually, and my goal is to stay high in challenger, and practice all the meta champs,