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LiNk 'Grilled'

 Austin "LiNk" Shin, Mid laner of Counter Logic Gaming, is the star of the 88th episode of my 'Grilled' interview series.

Was it solely the CLG offer that tempted LiNk into becoming an LCS player?  What were his expectations for joining the famed CLG name?  How does he evaluate his own play in terms of being a serious threat?  How does he characterise the thinking of other mids like  Froggen,  Hai,  Mancloud,  Reginald,  Alex Ich and  Faker?  Has he always been an analytical player?



Time line of topics

00:09 Intro

00:18 What changed to allow Link to become a pro?

02:21 Would he have joined LCS with Vulcun anyway, or was it purely the CLG offer that persuaded him?

03:42 Was he aware of the expectations due to him being the most hyped amateur player ever?

05:17 What has held Link back?

06:25 Expectations upon joining CLG.

09:13 Was he reluctant to make demands of what he needed as a player?

11:01 How close is he to being a serious threat every game?

12:37 Does Link have to be one of the best mids in the world for CLG to be one of the best teams in the world?

14:18 Thoughts on bigfatlp's jungling.

15:57 A jungler-mid combo that is realistic as a reference goal for bigfatlp-link.

17:51 Thoughts on the progression of the Vulcun players.

19:26 Comparing himself to Mancloud, within the context of CLG Black/Vulcun.

20:49 Is Mancloud the best midlaner in NA?

22:06 The perception that mid lane is weaker in NA than some of the other regions.

23:38 Evaluating his champion pool within CLG.

26:15 What is HotshotGG so good at regarding playing tanks?

26:50 What went wrong with BloodWater's trial for CLG in late 2012?

27:53 Chauster as mastermind.

31:20 Chauster's problems as a shot-caller.

35:51 Thoughts on the "potential" era of CLG.

39:16 Hypothetically, what if Voyboy was to play mid lane?

43:31 Link as an analytical player.

46:41 How analytical are other pros?

49:42 Other players who are unique thinkers.

52:05 Examples of how Alex Ich and Faker approach the game.

56:39 Does mid have more of an impact on the game than any other position?

59:01 Hypothetical: Link must pick an Asian player as an equivalent of every current member of CLG, including himself.

1:01:14 Final words/Outro.

Grilled is an interview series presented by Duncan -Thorin- Shields, former editor in chief at Team Acer. Each episode of the series is an in-depth interview with an eSports competitor or community figure, past or present.

Categories: Grilled

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Metal Fish
I don't want to sound like a jerk or anything, but this would have been a lot more interesting if it had been released at the time it was recorded. When I saw "link grilled" I was looking forward to hearing link's opinion on having aphro back, their new jungler, and bjergerson being tsm's new mid. When I realized this was recorded while jiji was still on CLG I was a little disapointed.


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