Mid laner turned AD carry, Erik ‘Tabzz’ van Helvert will be Origen's AD carry heading into the 2017 EU LCS Spring Split and the veteran LCS player believes that he can be one of the league's top ADCs this season.
"I don't want to say I'm better or worse until I play on the stage where it really matters. If I keep working hard, I think I can be a top 5 ADC this split," he told Red Bull esports.
Since parting ways with Alliance in 2015, Tabzz has competed with a number of EU LCS and challenger teams but has failed to post memorable results. But Origen's newest AD carry refuses to fall victim to negativity.
"I felt retiring with my reputation in its current state would be a mistake I'd regret. That's why I'm back to prove my worth to both myself and the world," he said
Talking about his choice to switch from mid laner to AD carry early in his career, Tabzz said that the change helped skyrocket him to the top of the EU LCS when he joined Alliance. As Tabzz admits, though, he can't help to look back on what could have been.
"I liked playing mid because I could control the game and carry it myself," he said. "I don't regret switching since I am very happy with the way my career turned when I did. However, I do sometimes speculate wildly about how my career would have gone had I stayed a mid laner."
In recent months, the community has grown more vocal about their concerns over the state of AD carries. Tabzz is no exception, believing that changes made in recent patches have left bot lane in limbo heading into the 2017 competitive season.
"As a cumulative result of all [the past] changes, ADC transformed more into a supportive role that provides engage and focuses on staying alive, rather than making proactive, aggressive play," he observed. "Since the game is decided very early on in Season 7, the ADC often has very little influence on the outcome of the game."
Now, Tabzz heads into the 2017 Spring Split on an Origen team that saw massive changes in the offseason. The starting roster, which consists of Tabzz, Max "Satorius" Günther, Kim "Wisdom" Tae-wan, Yoo "NaeHyun" Nae-hyun, and Aleksi "Hiiva" Kaikkonen, has drawn its fair share of criticism, which Tabzz said helps him to stay focused on the task at hand.
"It makes me want to go and prove everybody wrong," said Tabzz about the negativity circulating. "I think a lot of our players are very underrated and I am confident we will exceed expectations greatly."
Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.