Interview with Zyrhoes: the Summer Split and Our Performance
Thu 5th Jul 2018 - 8:48pm
The Summer Split is coming to a close and it has been a difficult one for Team Dignitas. While they still remain a top EU team for sure, their performance has slipped slightly since the spring. We caught up with our star midlaner and captain, Joakim "Zyrhoes" Vergren, to talk about the SPL, Team Dignitas' performance, the recent changes to Smite, and what he'd like to see for its future.
What were your impressions of the Summer Split? Have the recent changes made it more enjoyable than the Spring Split?
Zyrhoes: I feel like the end of Spring Split meta looks very much like the current one we see now. Although support mages are being played more often now, which makes the games a bit more annoying and boring to play.
What have some of the highlights of the split been for you?
Zyrhoes: There haven't really been any highlights for us. We've played incredibly poorly this split.
Which set do you think Team Dignitas performed the best in? Why?
Zyrhoes: Probably our first set against Rival. We played at the same standard as we did last split. After that set, we started slipping.
Early on, you guys lost to NRG. What do you think were the main reasons for that?
Zyrhoes: Just poor performance from us honestly. We'd lose to any SPL team if we play like that.
Do you think you guys deserved to reach LAN this split?
Zyrhoes: No. We've had unacceptable performances this split and it has cost us a top 2 spot.
Do you think the meta right now promotes good, competitive games?
Zyrhoes: Yes, definitely. There's so many different comps you can run in this meta. On top of that, there's still some "OP" picks that can almost singlehandedly carry games if played correctly which makes the drafting phase really interesting. When the current top teams face off against each other, I would expect some really good games.
If you could change one thing right now, what would it be?
Zyrhoes: Remove sustain mages.
Do you think Chernobog will have success at LAN?
Zyrhoes: Yes. He has a good early game. He has a 70% steroid which also makes him a hypercarry lategame. He also has a global ult that can have a big impact on the game. With his kit, I would assume he'll be one of the top picked ADCs.
What’s been the most impactful god that’s been introduced recently?
Zyrhoes: I'd have to say Achilles, even though he's not as dominant anymore since all the nerfs he's received. But as soon as he was available for play in the SPL, he's been played and banned a lot.
What kind of gods would you like to see introduced to make the game more competitive?
Zyrhoes: As for me, I would like to see more mobile mages with a high skillcap. Also, if they could revert Thoth dash to work as it used to pre-5.6 patch, that'd be sweet too.
Any shoutouts at the end?
Zyrhoes: Shoutout to all the people out there that still support us after this straight out bad split from us. Hopefully we can turn it around for the most important Fall Split. And as always, a special shoutout to Yvonne.