TSM’s new jungler Maurice “Amazing” Stückenschneider has arrived at the gaming house almost a week ago and fit right in with the rest of the team. He has decided to host an AMA (Ask me Anything) on Reddit yesterday to give some insight about himself, the transition from EU to NA and his view on the other players. Here is what he had to say about the various topics.
Q: How did you begin playing LoL? Have you ever felt attraction towards other games?
Amazing: I was introduced by my younger brother, i obviously have felt attraction to other games, you make it sound like i would be cheatin on League if i admit it ;D
Q: Where do you see yourself in a year from now?
Amazing: No clue, time will tell. Hopefully playing league and being a bigger figure than i am now, and a more accomplished esports athlete with world stage accolades.
Q: Would you consider changing your name to Azing, so that you could be called TSM Azing and it would be the best thing ever?
Amazing: Thought about it already, wont happen doe
Q: How did the move to NA affect your relationship with your GF so far? Is she fine with it or did you have arguments about you going over there?
Amazing: time will tell, we had no arguments.
Q: Who is your favorite basketball team, and since you’re in the US now, will you eventually go to an actual live event? 😀
Amazing: LA Lakers, sadly Kobe isnt what he used to be ;C will have to see, if Kobe tryhards next season, imma try to get tickets!
Q: Just wanted to ask what your favorite music is and if you are super hyped for NA LCS?
Amazing: Favorite Music: Childish Gambino and CHVRCHES, followed em both on twitter, and ofc i am hyped 😀
About other players:
Q: If TSM were not to have gotten such a fine catch in you, who was their next prospect?
Amazing: This is awkward………..Xmithie rip
Q: Which jungler do you want to play against the most in the LCS ?
Amazing: Meteos obviously, he is considered the best western jungler by many, gotta see it for myself.
Q: Which NA LCS player do you think will be the most satisfying to successfully gank?
Amazing: Brokenshard on his red buff ofc
Q: How do you think you’ll matchup with the junglers in na, especially meteos?
Amazing: I will do fairly fine, i think that meteos is a step above all, but i am used to playing top notch junglers in Diamond/Jankos/Svenskeren and even Impaler being pretty high up there.
Q: How do you think your playstyle compared to the Oddone’s will change the way TSM plays?
Amazing: I think the aggression is gonna rise, the pace of the game will increase and therefore the action will go up.
Q: Upvote if possible, but as a fan of both Copenhagen Wolves and forg1ven, i would like from you to hear your crystal clear opinion about a lot of things, for example expectations and performance from your former team, how forg1ven is as a person and if he is supposedly ‘toxic’ to his team etc.
Amazing: Good question. Forgiven has been a really really eager person, but he may be a bit overzealous, which shows in his style of arguing and trying to bring points forward. He adapted a lot towards the end of the split, toxicity was only an issue for me in the beginning of the split, he really tried to hard to improve in that department. He is one of the hardest working players out there, so he earned my respect, he really wanted to make the team he was in the best team it could be, but people didnt follow up, and didnt work as hard as he did, therefore creating a gap in individual skill level. I expected to become top 4 that split, but we didnt manage to, and it is not due to Forg1vens “toxicity”.
Q: Hey amazing ive had your lolking saved since early S2. It was good to finally play against you GL in NALCS. Oh and a question who do you think is the best jungler outside of professional play? Thanks.
Amazing: Dont really know, i think whiteknight/k0u/amin may be the best junglers outside of LCS.
About the transition to NA / the differences between EU and NA:
Q: How did your parents react about your going to L.A ?
Amazing: They were really happy and sad at the same time obviously, since i am leaving home for good, but they support my choice and help me out whereever they can.
Q: how does it feel moving from EU to NA? And what will you miss from EU?
Amazing: It feels odd to me, but the US seems a whole lot more relaxed, but i can only speak for the West Coast ofc, i will miss my family and friends, its really hard to leave em behind, but you gotta do what you gotta do to fulfill your dreams and pursue your career.
Q: Are you gonna miss skjoz? And if so how much on a scale of 1-10.
Amazing: i got phreak now, worth the trade
Q: What is the first restaurant you’re looking forward to eating at in the states?
Amazing: KoreanBBQ was good to eat already, and i didnt really look forward to anything tbh, food is good in germany as well.
Q: How do you feel about NA soloq in comparison to EUW, are there many differences?
Amazing: NA soloQ decides itself at baron, every damn game. Players are usually a tad less aware, than in EU soloQ. Mid lanes have less impact, Bot lanes shine however in NA soloQ.
Q: What do you think are the major differences in NA and EU scene?
Amazing: NA organisations are more willing to go the extra mile to improve their players, they really try to invest into infrastructure and allow players to build their fan base way more handily than EU teams/orgs.
Q: How have your daily routines changed since joining TSM and moving to NA?
Amazing: getting up at 8 am atm, which is 7 hours before i usually got up, going outside more, more social activity etc. etc.
Q: Do you think that jungler talent in NA is that small? The last two newly LCS-recruited junglers were Germans .. also, if a region had the playerbase of EU and the recently forming and improving infrastructure (aka $$$) of NA, would it have a better shot at world domination?
Amazing: I can’t say too much about the jungle talent in NA, but i guess its safer for an organisation to settle for proven talent amongst the lines of LCS when it comes to the jungle position, as shotcalling/pressuring/rotations/timings/timers etc. all are usually seens as less important in the challenger scene than it is in LCS. Probably, but i can’t tell, i do not see EU players as that much better as their NA counterparts, it is just that they usually are more serious about the matter, and dont troll around as much. (SoloQ)
Q: Were you worried about leaving your home? What do you like about being here in the USA. How much different is it compared to were you lived before? (As far as gaming goes).
Amazing: I was hella worried, because its such a big step, and i actually despise flying for a longer time, and i obviously left a lot behind, friends, family, my old life basically. USA is just really different but at the same time kinda familiar, cant really explain it, i like all of it though.
Q: What do you think the EU scene lacks compared to the other regions?
Amazing: The balls to kick members when they are supposed to be kicked, people are waaaaaay too kind in EU and rather stay 5th-8th and in LCS than to try to go for the extra mile by gettin new members in.
About his new team, TSM:
Q: Who have you had the easiest time hanging out with so far in the TSM house?
Q: How does the atmosphere in the TSM house compare to the one in the Wolves house?
Amazing: Better, the fun is way higher, and we are waaaaay more equal in personalities, everyone is really cheerful!
Q: With you joining Team SoloMid, replacing TheOddOne you have some big shoes to fill. Especially since TSM finished 2nd last split and are eager to take 1st place. Going to worlds seems to be the minimum. Do you feel any weight on your shoulders? Or does that just makes you more focussed than ever?
Amazing: I feel the weight, but i have always been a fan of pressure, pressure keeps you focused and helps you try harder than usual.
Q: What do you think you can bring to the team that oddone didn’t have?
Amazing: Body size!
Q: What are your expectations for this split for TSM, based off of scrims so far? (if you have played enough) are there any players in particular that you look forward to facing?
Amazing: Gonna do well, just gonna have to sort out a lot of stuff in order to be the best team we can be.
Q: How has American life been for you so far? do you like it better than germany? and how is the rest of the team treating you?
Amazing: Pretty good, team is chill, everyone is helpin out wherever they can, i enjoy it.
Q: Why is everyone calling you morris -.-
Amazing: CUZ OF BJERGERSEN. Cant pronounce my name bg wp
Q: When do you plan on burning down the house?
Amazing: Wait till i try to cook :^ )
Q: What is the difference between working with TSM AND CW? How do the two teams compare?
Amazing: TSM is generally more skilled in their laning phase, the initiatives for roams are bigger. Everyone actually helps trying to improve the teamplay, and noone takes himself out of teamdiscussions on TSM.
Q: How have scrims been going and duoq with other players, do you feel your play style will suit the team and how do you think you will fare vs C9 this split.
Amazing: Cant tell anything about scrims, DuoQ is usually really fun, and they went well with Dyrude – Jailstorm.
Q: What do you think TSM needs to do to become a serious contender for Worlds?
Friendly member of the community: Beat Koreans
Amazing: Beat off to Koreans
Q: How much has TheOddOne helped you fit in at TSM so far?
Amazing: He helps me setting up everything, and takes care of me
Q: Who’s your favorite champion beside Lee Sin ?
Amazing: I am not sure, i actually have a lot of love for Thresh, really fun champ!
Q: Do you fear Lee Sin getting banned away from you every single game? Or do you feel more than confident on the other top-tier junglers?
Amazing: No i do not fear it tbh, i can perform equally well on eve/elise/khazix.
Q: What do you about the current state of Ryze, Pantheon, and Braum?
Amazing: Ryze: no waveclear, bad in laneswaps, good in 1 v 1s however. Panth: no outplay potential, overall just a really odd champ with no fun ingredients. Braum: Probably good, he is permabanned in soloQ however.
Q: Which unorthodox jungler would you like to play?
Amazing: Mobi boot rammus for funzies
That was all the man had to say. It has been a light, but very entertaining AMA, thank you “Morris”. If you want more, feel free to check out our other recent AMA sum-ups: CLG Doublelift, C9 Lemonnation, CLG Link, TSM Reginald
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