Rami "Inori" Charagh may be splitting time in the jungle with William "Meteos" Hartman now, but sharing the role that was once his alone has become a learning experience, he says.
Inori sat down with The Nexus Podcast and to talk about the situation with Phoenix1 and his personal journey during his break from the team.
On the subject of leaving and returning to a situation where he was no longer a guaranteed starter, he admitted he was a little distraught.
"Yeah I think it’s not so much the environment here, it’s mostly my situation. It’s like, it was hard for me to… I just really wanted to play, and I just didn’t see myself in a sub/starter jungle situation so it was just hard for me to accept it, but now I’ve come to terms with it, and accepted it as the way to go, and I should just make the best of what I have right now." he told The Nexus podcast.
"And I realize more as I was watching Meteos play that I can learn a lot from him so I’m happy that I get the opportunity to try and learn as much as I can from Meteos and improve as much as I can as a player."
When discussing his initial reaction to being benched for Meteos, Inori cut right to the point. "It’s definitely it’s a bittersweet feeling when you see your team succeed without you, and it was just hard for me to kind of accept it," he said.
"I felt like I wanted myself to be more important on the team and roster situation. I just wanted to feel an 'oh, they need me' kind of thing but then I realized they don’t need me and I was like… it wasn’t that I was bad, but they brought in someone who was so good at communication and whose skill was so good for how little he played, and they didn’t really need me in a sense."
Inori's break from the team came with a lot of free time for self-reflection. Aside from spending time with his mother, he said he binged on sports documentaries, taking to heart some hard lessons learned by pro athletes in traditional sports.
"I just watched some Netflix ones and I really liked them because they showed where they failed and I felt like I was going through similar situations that applied, because they're both competitions in a sense and you go through the same struggles, and I saw [Allen Iverson’s] struggles and how he coped through his struggles and how he got through it," he said.
"I learned a lot from watching them, and it sounds kind of silly, but I saw a lot of stuff that could apply to my situation. I learned especially being humble, no matter how good you are, is the most important thing, because you never know what could happen next and just staying humble can keep you on a good level of your mental state."
Gabriel Zoltan-Johan is a News Editor at theScore esports and the head analyst for the University of Toronto League of Legends team. His (public) musings can be found on his Twitter.