George "HotshotGG" Georgallidis, the Top laner of Counter Logic Gaming, is the star of the 43rd episode of my 'Grilled' interview series.
How does HotshotGG respond to public criticisms of his own level of play and his team's perceived lack of dedication, in comparison to the Asian teams? What are his thoughts on the Doublelift- Chauster bottom lane they had in Season 2? Where does CLG stack up in terms of getting ahead of the curve and using surprise tactics? How important does he consider mastery of champions?
Time line of topics:
00:16 Did it seem easy during the early days, when CLG was on top?
01:23 Public criticisms that HotshotGG and CLG aren't motivated or serious enough, in comparison to Asians.
02:41 What was the influence of Asian teams on the period after CLG's time on top?
04:32 CLG falling between the poles of the Asians and the top NA teams, able to compete with the Asians but losing to TSM at home.
06:28 Where does he seem himself now, amongst Top laners, and what has the trajectory since the early days?
08:28 What are people not seeing about hotshot's play?
09:53 Comparing him to the other top lane players in terms of approach and objectives within the team.
12:51 CLG's star power over the years allowing them a lot of directions to go in, how does he weigh up their choices in this sense?
15:40 Was having a really strong bot lane one of the more successful approaches in S2?
18:03 What made Doublelift and Chauster at bottom lane unique in the world?
19:32 How justified are the expectations of CLG fans on the team being one of the best in the world?
23:21 Does CLG have a problem with closing the deal and winning when it matters?
24:52 The idea of having the shot caller and its value.
28:19 The balance between the go-to playbook and crazy trick/surprise strategies.
31:24 The problems with progressing the NA scene in terms of practice.
36:03 The concept of mastering 3-4 champions.
38:53 CLG's aptitude at getting ahead of the metagame.
43:27 How comparable are NA players to Korean players in terms of skill?
46:37 Hotshot must pick a Top laner to play for his life and the lives of his family, who have been taken hostage by the Mafia. Who would he trust with his life?
48:02 Final words/outro.