in2LOL Interviews Edward
posted by R4iltracer, 112 days agoGenerally, support players have a hard time keeping their kill/death statistics positive, but that's definitely not the case with Edward 'Edward' Abgaryan, formerly known as 'GoSu Pepper', who happens to be the support of Gambit Gaming, the former Moscow Five.
Getting to know the player
Born on May 1st, 1994, the 18 year old Armenian League of Legends player lives in the city of Omsk, one of the biggest Russian cities with over a million residents. He lives with his parents and brother, who happens to be a 21 year old League of Legends player.
His journey in eSports began with CounterStrike, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft. He first encountered League of Legends when some of his friends introduced him to the game. Even though he initially refused to listen to them, two weeks later an advertisment on a website convinced him download the game and he started playing it straight away.
He has been playing LoL since the NA Open Beta, with the nickname ImmortalRus. It didn't take him too long to also join the European server where he played as Rotten Pepper. He changed his name to GoSu Pepper only before season 2 began and is now known as Edward. Since there were not many high elo Russian players, he focused mainly on his solo queue matchmaking and reached 2400 elo in season one. In season two he reached nearly 2800 elo. He is currently 2100 elo at the end of pre-season 3.
He has played with aAa and some smaller Russian teams before meeting 'Alex Ich', who would then invite him to join the team where he currently plays. After joining, Edward would also invite his friend 'DiamondProx', leading to the completion of the roster that was then going to be known as Empire.
His time is spent between LoL and his university studies, currently in his first year, which doesn't leave much time left for hobbies. Nevertheless, he still managed to spare some time to answer a few questions for us.
Why would he change his name?
We started off by asking him something simple, but yet quite curious and probably something that everyone, who has been following him and his matches until now, would like to know.
The question was directed toward his new name, Edward, and to why he would change his nickname.
Stop asking me that question!
He shaked us off pretty instantly, telling us to stop asking him such a question again. It is likely that many people have already asked him that question, and he might have changed his name without any particular reason behind it, afterall.
Opinions on Azubu and the Korean Teams, but also on American Teams
After such a curious question, we decided to get down to something a bit more serious and more directly related to his League of Legends performances. We asked him if there was any secret behind their strategies in defeating the Azubu powerhouse teams. His answer was surprisingly simple: they didn't use any sort of secret tactics or strategies, but they actually faced the Azubu teams with their standard ways and without the use of any particular plan.
Among our questions, we also asked if he noticed any difference between playing against Azubu Blaze and Azubu Frost. He told us that both Azubu teams' playstyles are different: Azubu Blaze plays more aggresively, while Azubu Frost plays more passively. He also added that he had an easier time winning against Azubu Blaze. When we asked how it felt beating such powerful opponents, he made it clear that he somehow wasn't shocked at all, but he was, nonetheless, extremely pleased about the outcome.
Strangely enough, I was not surprised that we defeated them. I was happy about it though, very happy!
We've also inquired about what he thinks of the impression that Korean Teams are stronger than the European Teams and if Gambit Gaming would prove this to be wrong. He still confirmed that Asian teams, in general, are stronger, because they set goals and train at least three times more than what Gambit Gaming are doing right now. Additionally, he believes that Korean teams victories were achieved because most of the Europeans underestimated their abilities and strategies.
We were wondering about his opinion toward not only the Korean teams, but also toward the American teams and the answer was as follows:
Ironically, just as in any discipline North America is the weakest, but it does not mean that they cannot play well. It just means that they do not have the will to win!
Let's find out more about his gamestyle and his approach toward the games
We moved on by asking about potential runes and masteries configurations for the new Season 3 supports. His reply was once again more simple than we thought. He explained there's no need for anything specific or complicated for the support champions you may pick on bot lane. Instead, as he stated, it is all about outsmarting the enemy by using your brain. He has also confirmed he's using the same runes and masteries for both melee and ranged and said with confidence that, no matter what type of runes and masteries he uses, be it mid or jungle settings, he can always win bot lane.
We've seen plenty of professional support players trying to get a bit of Ability Power, so they can contribute in dealing damage for their team. We asked Edward if it's smart for supports to get kills from time to time and to actually build some AP items. His reply to our question consisted of a few key points: as a support you barely get the chance to build any AP as you need to keep an item slot free, so you can always have wards for you and your team. Also, a support has to put priority on items such as Aegis, Locket and Shurelya. The fact that a support may get a kill during a game doesn't hinder the team, nor does it make it any weaker.
Edward has also stated that the best support is the one that knows how to play the most and the one that is capable of performing the best with its current team setup. Neverthless, Edward's said that he likes all kind of supports, but mostly prefers to play Lux, Sona and Nunu. Ironically, we asked him why he seems to always have more kills than his AD Carry and his reply was straight forward:
The better player gets the greatest number of kills ;D
We figured we would also ask about the bruiser meta
Season 3 has provided us with plenty of matches displaying champions who are tanky damage dealers with strong and efficient gap closing skill, more often known as Bruisers. Gambit Gaming has also used this sort of approach by placing bruiser champions in both solo lanes. From what Edward told us, it seems that all the bruisers tend to build Warmog's and the only way to beat them is to also build Warmog's, which may be why Azubu couldn't defeat them, since they stacked armor instead.
Guesses and Hunches on Season 3 LCS Qualifiers
Furthermore, the Season 3 EU Championship Series Qualifiers aired this weekend so we didn't miss the chance of asking him which teams he expected to make it into the S3 Series together with them. His picks were: mousesports, Millenium, DragonBorns, GIANTS! and
MeetYourMakers. We wanted to also inquire about his opinion toward the various teams which participated at IEM, but Edward prefered not giving any sort of evaluation, since he dislikes rating other teams.
What will he end up doing in the future?
Anyone would be curious to know what these professional players will end up doing in the future and that is why we took the liberty to ask what he thinks he'll end up doing in 5 years. Edward took a rather casual approach to this question, telling us that if he's not still playing League of Legends he'll be playing some other game, or simply something completely out of the eSports.
in2LOL thanks GG Edward for taking time out of his busy day for this interview and we're happy to find out that Gambit Gaming is going to have a gaming house most likely situated in Germany! What do you think of his answers? Post your thoughts in the comment section below!
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