ggChronicle’s MonteCristo recently chatted with CLG.EU’s new Jungler, Snoopeh. You can find his extremely informative stream at http://www.own3d.tv/#/live/112350 and check out his active Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/snoopeh.lol.
[box]MonteCristo: Do you want to tell us about yourself a little bit? What did you do before you became a pro player?[/box]
Snoopeh: I studied at university in computer science and business management. I got an honors degree after four years.
I’ve been gaming since I was six years old, since I had a computer.
Before I got into League of Legends, I was playing EVE Online fanatically for six and a half years. League of Legends is actually the first time that I’ve played the MOBA genre; I didn’t play Warcraft III, HoN, DotA or anything.
[box]MonteCristo: What prompted your switch from SK to CLG.EU? What were the factors that came into play when you made this decision?[/box]
When it came time to progress to Season Two, with the much bigger prize funds, I wanted a more serious approach to practicing.
Snoopeh: First of all, there’s nothing wrong with the guys in SK. I met them in China, Germany and New York, and they’re a great bunch of guys. There were some rough patches that led to Wickd leaving, but overall my experience in SK was good.
When it came time to progress to Season Two, with the much bigger prize funds, I wanted a more serious approach to practicing. I wanted to take on a new team, and I found similar attitudes in players like Froggen, Krepo and Yellowpete. They were similar to myself and their attitudes towards next season.
[box]MonteCristo: What is that attitude?[/box]
Snoopeh: You’re not going anywhere unless you put in the effort. Everyone is eager to scrim at least four to five hours a day. That’s a goal that we’ve set for ourselves for the entire Season.
[box]MonteCristo: And that’s not a sentiment that you found in SK?[/box]
Snoopeh: Recently it’s gotten a lot better, but overall there was kind of a lax attitude towards training.
Snoopeh Straps In
[box]MonteCristo: What do you hope to accomplish in Season Two as we look forward to upcoming tournaments?[/box]
Snoopeh: We had hoped to place in the top two in Kiev, so that we could attend the IEM Finals in Hannover, so that we could get a good chunk of Circuit Points. But that kind of got shot in the knee a little bit.
In Europe, there hasn’t been a clear list of tournaments that will give you Circuit Points, yet. There are supposed to be sixteen tournaments in Europe before September, but we don’t know when they are or where they are. Whereas in America, you know that there’s IPL, MLG, stuff like that. We’re a bit in the dark about which tournaments that we’re going to be going to.
We’re going to practice, practice, practice and scrim against as many teams as possible.
[box]MonteCristo: You guys aren’t barred from competing in MLG, are you?[/box]
Snoopeh: We were last year. I know that Riot’s trying to stick to regionals and not endorse European teams traveling over.
But there was also an IPL tournament held in the UK for Starcraft II, so it’ll be interesting to see what becomes of that.
[box]MonteCristo: Let’s move away from your team and talk about the current Jungle. Which champions do you think are the strongest Junglers at the moment, and which do you prefer to play?[/box]
Snoopeh: When you consider Junglers, every champion is situational. There is no “best” Jungler. For example, when Nocturne could clear Wraiths instantly and his fear was longer, you still wouldn’t say that he was the best Jungler even though it was popular opinion. It’s all situational, and you have to fit the team comp around it.
The flavor of the month right now is Skarner and Maokai. Which one do I favor? I’d say Maokai.
[box]MonteCristo: I’ve seen you play a lot of Amumu in the past. What do you think about him currently?[/box]
Snoopeh: I do like Amumu, and I think I’m one of the only top Junglers that still likes him.
There are still some AoE comps that fit around him very well, but he’s harder to place overall on a team. Blitzcrank and Amumu are probably the most fun Junglers for me to play, though I don’t get to play them very much competitively.
[box]MonteCristo: Since you’re talking about how each Jungler is situational and you’re playing a lot of Maokai these days, what situations would you pick Maokai in? When you’re going into picks and bans, what will cause you to pick Maokai?[/box]
Snoopeh: Maokai’s one of the bigger counters to AoE comps because of his 20% damage reduction on his ultimate. He also brings a lot of CC to the field.
If you’re against Karthus, for example, you can CC him with your snare or your knock-back/slow, and if he does get into the team then you can drop your ultimate. He’s very good against Kennen and Morgana, especially if you have some sustain like with a Soraka on your team.
[box]MonteCristo: Going back to when you were first start learning the Jungle, which skills did you have to work on the most?[/box]
Snoopeh: The biggest thing is being efficient. Don’t spend too long ganking, don’t spend too long farming. There’s a fine balance. Right now, things are leaning more towards farming than ganking because of the new Jungle, especially in levels one through six. That’s why Skarner is popular right now, because he doesn’t need to gank before level six, and then he gets a strong ultimate.
[box]MonteCristo: What are the top three things that Junglers can do to improve their game?[/box]
Oftentimes, if an enemy team doesn’t have CV, they will spam Vision Wards. If you get an early Oracle’s, it screws over their Support.
Snoopeh: Most important is your map awareness. As soon as the enemy Jungler shows anywhere on the map, you should know what you can do. If they show up Top, you can take their Wraiths or you could set up for Dragon. Maximize your time in the Jungle, and if you can screw him over, then screw him over. Knowing where people are, knowing how the lanes are pushed, and if they’re going to push so you can be the most efficient.
Second, when you’re ganking, don’t spend ten minutes ganking. If you can do a camp first if you’re waiting for a lane to push then do it, don’t just sit in a bush for a few minutes. That way you’re only waiting for ten seconds.
Another one: buy an early Oracle’s, especially if the enemy team doesn’t have CV. They are very dependent on vision through Wards. Oftentimes, if an enemy team doesn’t have CV, they will spam Vision Wards. If you get an early Oracle’s, it screws over their Support.
[box]MonteCristo: You think that Oracle’s is a better choice than Pink Warding the River?[/box]
Snoopeh: Yup. Definitely. You’re not guaranteed to get the Ward in the right place, and you might not see their Ward. If they don’t have a CV, buy an Oracle’s, 100%. I’m doing it all of the time in solo queue right now.
[box]MonteCristo: When do you purchase an Oracle’s? Around the eight minute mark you should have enough gold, right?[/box]
Snoopeh: Yes. You get your Gold/5 item first, then you get your Boots, then a Ward, and then you get an Oracle’s. You’re looking at about 7 to 8 minutes.
|Snoopeh, Formerly of SK|
[box]MonteCristo: Now that you’re at the professional level, what do you feel that you still have to improve on?[/box]
Snoopeh: Right now, people just play flavor of the month champions, like Skarner and Maokai. You have to try and find something unique.
For example, a lot of Eastern European teams have picked up Jungle Shyvana again. She doesn’t offer CC, but she can just stay in the Jungle. You can pick a second AD Top Lane and have a tanky Shyvana. Her base stats are just phenomenal.
I’ve also been trying AD Jungle or Karthus Jungle. My favorite right now is running Vayne in the Jungle.
[box]MonteCristo: Could you give us some tips on running Karthus and Vayne in the Jungle?[/box]
If you get the chance, first pick Vayne and you’ll have the versatility where you can run her Top against a Riven or Tryndamere and win the lane easily, or you run her in the Jungle.
Snoopeh: Traditionally in the Jungle you just stand there, auto-attack, chug your Health Potion and Smite the creep. It’s not the most effective way to play with squishy champions. If you’re Vayne, take Condemn and use it on the biggest creep to pin it against the wall, and then kite it. Buy Boots and kite.
Also, Vayne isn’t really that good in lane. If you go Bottom, for example, you’re probably not going to go too offensive because she’ll get destroyed by Nunu and Caitlyn. If you get the chance, first pick Vayne and you’ll have the versatility where you can run her Top against a Riven or Tryndamere and win the lane easily, or you run her in the Jungle.
[box]MonteCristo: It’s interesting that with the new Jungle that we’re seeing even more mind games than we did before. It’s exciting.[/box]
Snoopeh: Especially with Karthus, I think. If you first pick Mid Karthus in solo queue it’s suicide since they’ll tear you apart with LeBlanc or Xerath. I’ll first pick Karthus and they’ll pick a hard counter like LeBlanc, but then I’ll just go Jungle while our team takes Ryze or another counter to play Mid.
[box]MonteCristo: Is there anything that you want to say to your fans and the people who watch your stream?[/box]
Snoopeh: Thanks for your continued support, and please check out my Facebook for any updates on me.
[box]MonteCristo: Thanks a lot, man.[/box]
Snoopeh: No problem, see you later.
About the Author (Author Profile)Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles covers the League of Legends eSports scene as an editorialist, interviewer, video analyst, caster, and tournament producer. He hails from the Warcraft 3 scene, where he coached/managed Verge Gaming and served as one of the principal English-language casters. In what little spare time he has, he enjoys practicing Muay Thai, reading, and savoring the best beer and cocktails.
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