While Maria “Sakuya” Creveling's decision to join Chilean LoL team Kaos Latin Gamers may have taken fans by surprise, the former Renegades player told Slingshot esports' Alexandre “DrPuppet” Weber that she's always wanted to compete in South America.
Sakuya, formerly known as Remilia, made waves when she became the first female LoL player to compete in the NA LCS. She joined Renegades as their support player, but stepped down three weeks into the 2016 NA LCS Spring Split due to anxiety issues. She was then replaced on the team by Nicholas “Hakuho” Surgent and subsequently took a break from the competitive scene.
"I wanted to get away from what people associated my old name with. I’ve grown a whole lot since I left the LCS and I’m pretty much a different person now," Sakuya told Slingshot esports. "It’s just something I love doing and I knew I wanted to continue [playing competitively] after I solved a lot of my personal issues."
Sakuya attributed her relationship with her partner Revy as a primary factor in wanting to compete out of South America instead of returning to the NA CS.
"I wanted to play closer to Revy, which is why I turned down pretty decent NA CS offers. I could have stayed and made more in NA but it’s just not where my heart was," she said. "Originally I wanted to find a team in Brazil, but there weren’t any orgs I trusted, or it was for a position (sub, analyst, etc.) that I didn’t feel comfortable taking."
The support player then goes on to describe how comfortable she is with her new organization and that despite the pay drop, she feels confident in her decision.
"The actual org is amazing. The pay is okay (it’s not NA ofc), and the people feel like family. All of my teammates are people I could hang out with outside of League, which is what really draws me to a team," she said. "I feel confident I made the right choice."
The interview wraps up with her input on where the Latin American/Brazilian LoL scenes lie in relation to the more dominant regions, saying she wants to help her team "solidify the basics of macro play."
"Standard laning has put wildcard regions on equal footing with some of the bigger regions," Sakuya said. "A lot of past defeats for wildcard were at the hands of macro based snowballing, even in old worlds you could see teams like paiN holding their own in standard laning. Now that people are getting better mechanically in these smaller regions, they can compete with major ones.
"You see Albus Nox outplaying G2 and CLG, INTZ taking a game from EDG. The mechanics are there and the macro is lagging behind just a little. I hope I can help the LATAM scene solidify the basics of macro play, which will help our chances at IWC."
Olivia Da Silva is a news editor at theScore esports. She likes piña coladas, getting caught in the rain and dank no-scopes. You're eligible for free high fives if you follow her on Twitter.