At a press conference ahead of the 2016 LoL All-Star Event in Barcelona, H2k-Gaming jungler Marcin "Jankos" Jankowski and Fnatic toplaner Paul "sOAZ" Boyer spoke about their thoughts on the new patch and the roster changes shaking the LoL world.
Taking place as the event does in roster-shuffle season, Jankos commented on his team's switch-up, with former Fnatic player Fabien "Febiven" Diepstraten taking Yoo "Ryu" Sang-wook's spot in mid lane.
"I mean, I think we will be fine without Ryu, I think Fabian is a hard working person as well and in the end, it's not about having fun and being a funny team. In the end, it's about winning and playing good," the 21-year-old Pole said.
"So I think Fabian can match Ryu, I do think Ryu was better, but I do think Fabian is more consistent and with [Neil "pr0lly" Hammad] as a coach I think he can grow as a player even more than he was on Fnatic. So I'm really confident we can have good results."
While orgs and managers are locking horns over the fates of players in back rooms, sOAZ — who recently made his own jump to Fnatic from Origen — said he's just eager to test his might against the best players in the biz at the All-Stars' 1v1 tournament.
"It will be fun to play against Smeb for example, or Impact — any top laner will be fun to play 1v1 against," he said.
Given the new patch, much of the conference focused on game balance. Asked whether there were any champions they would nerf into the ground, Jankos spoke out against a champion he — and many solo-queuers — feel is still overpowered.
"I think maybe Syndra, because I just don't like when an enemy mid lane can one-shot me pretty much all of the time, so it's really annoying," he said. "She's been around since whatever now, like there was meta where she was useless and that was really nice, but lately she has been super OP again."
Even in a patch supposedly geared towards Assassins, sOAZ said he feels tanks will still be useful and ultimately champion choices depend on the team and the top laner's hero pool.
"It depends on the nerf, but I think they are still gonna be valuable and if we see carries it's gonna totally more depend on the team and more on the top laner what he can play on," he said.
The 1v1 event began at 1:10 PM ET, with Origen's Enrique "xPeke" Cedeno Martinez facing off against Counter Logic Gaming's Zaqueri "Aphromoo" Black.
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