Zhu "Quan" Yongquan, formerly known as TBQ, has played for LGD Gaming since October of 2013. This spring, he transferred to Oh My God following heavy criticism from fans over LGD's elimination in the group stage of the 2015 World Championship. Quan talked to theScore esports about how he sees his own style of play and how he has transitioned from LGD to OMG.
When I looked at your solo queue account last year, you played a lot of AD carries in addition to your most-played jungle picks. What benefit do you get from practicing ADC as a jungler?
I used to play AD carry, so that’s why I can play it. Secondly, I want to experience how my teammate sees the game. I need to be able to put myself in their position to do my job better.
I noticed over the past years, you’ve given up a lot of jungle camps to mid laners. Why are you willing to sacrifice more farm than other junglers?
If my can teammate can get further ahead in the game, I am happy as a jungler to sacrifice some of my resources.
I've noticed that when you play Lee Sin, you're more active around the map. What is it about Lee Sin that allows you to be more effective?
I’m more comfortable with Lee Sin. He’s very aggressive. If I can get into the enemy’s jungle, I can take a lot of pressure from my teammates and put it on the enemy. If I give farm to teammates, I still can farm in my opponents’ jungle with Lee Sin.
You played a great deal of your career with Chen "pyl" Bo. How is it adjusting to playing without him on OMG?
Maybe because of my personality, it was easy for me to adjust to my new team. I think pyl is a very good communicator and easy to get along with. My teammates are also pretty easy to communicate with and pretty open-minded.
I’m a bit curious as to why you call pyl your son even though he is older than you.
We are really close friends ever since I started my professional career. He also calls me his son.
Both you and OMG are looking for redemption this year. Do you think this has helped you adjust to the new team more easily?
Yeah, I think OMG and I are in the same position. I think I can prove myself here.
In the group interview after Yu "Cool" Jiajun returned to OMG, you said that you and Cool share shotcalling responsibilities. How are your responsibilities distributed?
My calls are more designed to lead the team to get into position, to take an advantage and start fights. Cool is more in charge of stabilizing the team and operating when we’re split up.
Aside from communication, do you think there are stylistic differences between Cool and OMG's other mid laner Xie "icon" Tianyu?
Cool is more stable, which is better for the team. icon is more aggressive in individual play. Based on the current patch, I think teamwork is more valuable than an aggressive mid laner. This may change as the patch changes though.
LGD Gaming didn’t perform well at the recent World Championship, and you received a lot of blame for their performance. What do you think were the biggest reasons your team didn’t get out of Group D?
Maybe at that time, the whole team was a little overconfident. We weren’t that familiar with the patch, but we still believed we could win, so we just lost completely. Perhaps it was a little bit more my fault than the others, so this is why I received a lot of the blame.
When you made your announcement that you were leaving LGD Gaming, you seemed to indicate that you would take a break from competing. What made you decide to come back to the LPL so soon?
After leaving LGD, I was thinking every day. I thought I still had the goal and opportunity to fight. That’s why I still wanted to play in the LPL. OMG sent me an invitation to try out and then join, so I ended up here.
Do you have any final comments for your English-speaking fans?
Do I have English-speaking fans? If I do, I want to thank them for liking me. I never thought I would have English-speaking fans because I recently received a lot of criticism in China, so I feel happy to hear this.
Kelsey Moser is a staff writer for theScore esports. You can follow her on Twitter.