Andrei "Odoamne" Pascu has seen H2k-Gaming's run as a team from the beginning. In 2014, he helped H2K earn its place in the EU LCS and has been a central part of the team ever since. In an interview with Team Dignitas' Esterien, Odoamne spoke of the state of H2K and his personal role on the new roster.
"I don't have this sort of ego or vision of myself being superior to others in or out of the game just because of the fact that I've been here longer than them," Odoamne said.
"I don't feel like I have more responsibilities, but being the backbone of the team is a thing that motivates me a lot. The sort of consistency I have is something I take pride in and is the main thing I'm looking forward to keep displaying."
Odoamne saw a clear difference between H2K's Season 5 roster and their roster in Season 6. "I think Season 5's H2K was more of a rookie team," he said. "Most of us were just playing in the LCS for the first time, so we didn't have high expectations of performing really well." When it came to Season 6, though, the team expected more from themselves.
"Season 6's H2K was a far more serious team with superior players than the previous version of H2K, and our goal was to win everything we could."
After disappointing spring and summer splits in the eyes of Odoamne — despite relatively strong results — and a series of internal issues leading up to the 2016 World Championship, H2K went through a major roster overhaul. AD carry Konstantinos-Napoleon "FORG1VEN" Tzortziou and mid laner Yoo "Ryu" Sang-ook left the team alongside alternate AD carry Aleš "Freeze" Kněžínek, and support Oskar "VandeR" Bogdan moved to a substitute role.
"After Worlds ended I wanted to keep playing at the highest level and I wanted to achieve even more than I did the previous years," Odoamne said. "I was open to any offers, not necessarily looking to stay with H2K, but in the end I decided to stay in H2K."
Heading into 2017, H2K is fielding three new players after re-signing jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski alongside Odoamne in November. Korean duo Sin "Nuclear" Jeong-hyeon and Choi "Chei" Sun-ho will be taking over bottom lane, with Fabian "Febiven" Diepstraten returning to mid lane — he last played with the team in January 2015, a nearly two-year absence.
"It should be an interesting year for H2K," said Odoamne, "I'm pretty confident that we can match what we did in the previous years with H2K."
Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.