After the series, I had a little chat with a couple of members from each team to see how their confidence levels were going into the game and to get a general vibe from them on how they were feeling after.
Beckwin: "Unfortunately, The KT-Ls fell to Upstanding Citizens 2-3. Your team put up an extremely close fight. What were you feeling going into the series? Anything you wish you could’ve done differently?"
Lakefu: “It was such a closer series! I think our biggest disadvantage was the fact we didn’t really know what we needed to work on because we hadn’t lost before. So we just kept on doing what we were always doing, and the Upstanding Citizens managed to play a game style that we hadn’t fought before and that made them end up with the series win. I think if we had the chance to fight them again we would be able to study what we need to work on better and be able to defeat them.”
Tatskichu: “I honestly didn’t think we’d get this far. When I saw 4th place got a prize I was excited. Somehow we clicked together as a team and got really far. It was seriously unreal for me and I still can’t believe we came in 2nd. I wish we could have gotten more practice the final week, we could not get everyone together, we still did alright.”
Beckwin: “Congratulations on winning Season 1 of the Celebrity Clash League. You gave us a great series taking us to game 5. The KT-Ls were viewed as an unbeatable team throughout the league, what were you thinking heading into the series against them?”
Mewnfare: “Honestly didn’t expect to win, was trying to take 1 game at the very least. But something clicked with our team and suddenly everything was working. I also have been improving a lot on my shot-calling, and it all came together with perfect timing for the team to win it all!”
Coffee: “I knew just how strong Leonblack and Liam were but I feel like we overlooked the rest of their team in week one. And they sort of made us look silly. Kagirii freaking obliterated us with orbs and Tatskichu had her way with me but didn’t even buy me dinner first. LAKEFU IS THE MVP OF THE WHOLE SEASON and we didn’t even have a strategy for her. We were unprepared. Going into week 2 - I knew we were improving. But we still had to come from behind. We reverse swept Easy Money. Week 3 - same deal. Reverse swept Down to Dongle. So we knew we liked playing from behind. We’re the underdog and we understood that. We like the pressure of being down and having something to prove. We harnessed that power and dominated tonight. I can’t even begin to tell you the obstacles we have overcome this past month. Australia ping, me traveling for work and playing on a laptop, Aullora disconnecting, me disconnecting, headsets dying, mice dying, west coast servers, Turk being… well, Turk. Have I told you I love Turk by the way? The only fitting end to this Cinderella story was for my team to win tonight just in time for me to catch my train back to LA. And that’s exactly what happened. And we did. And I did.”
These were phenomenal games to watch and I implore anyone who did not see them live to watch them on the HeroesHearth Youtube. The decision to ban Liam’s Yrel I think was essential in Upstanding Citizens’ plan to take the win. Although Liam is an exceptional player it seemed to mix things up on him and forcing him off a clear comfort pick allowed Upstanding Citizens to draft more comfortably in their favor. I stated previously in my Top 3 Players to Watch for the finals that The KT-Ls were very dependent on their cool and collected frontline players, throwing a wrench into that forces them to adapt.
There were several players I wanted to highlight throughout these games. Kagirii, I think a lot of people slept on Kagirii, myself included, the beginning week or two of the CCL. She showed us she was here to fight and make a name for herself. She was without a doubt one of the most consistent players throughout the league. Lakefu has been an exceptional support player throughout the entire league, and it makes sense why she was voted this season’s MVP. Many teams seemed to sleep on her I think due to the fact she was primarily playing Auriel, which was seen as overpowered, but regardless of her hero, she was always on top of her game. Leonblack and Liam, the dynamic duo, were so terrifyingly strong together throughout the entire league. Even with Liam’s favorite goat banned he was still scaringly in sync with Leonblack and the rest of his team. Leonblack continued to show us that it didn’t matter what tanks were banned out, he was comfortable playing whatever he wanted. Lastly, I want to highlight Coffee. A player that I, unfortunately, haven’t gotten to talk about as much as I’d like. For those unaware, Coffee played the finals on not only a hero that is not his normal pick, Greymane, but he also played it on wifi, on a laptop while almost missing his train home. Despite moments where he was unsure of his play, he played very well throughout this series and made his train on time. Kudos to you.
Unfortunately, this marks the end of season one of the Celebrity Clash League. Don’t be sad though! Keep your eyes peeled for information about season two, excepted to come in April or May. Most likely May.
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