Alex "Xpecial" Chu, Support of Team SoloMid, is the star of the 79th episode of my 'Grilled' interview series.
How good was Chaox as an AD in S2? How does he compare to Doublelift? What would Xpecial and Doublelift be like as a real botlane? What surprising detail does Xpecial reveal about his teams scrims against Royal Club? Which non-NA Supports are similar to Xpecial? What does he think of Genja?
Time line of topics
00:17 Did Chaox overrate himself?
01:42 How good was Chaox as an AD in S2?
02:48 The criticism that Chaox was too passive.
03:49 Does the Support have to be more aggressive if the AD is more passive?
05:18 Did the TSM 2012 botlane try to go even as a philosophy?
06:24 Is WildTurtle better than Chaox overall?
07:49 Comparing Doublelift to WildTurtle and Chaox.
09:17 How does WildTurtle compare mechanically to Doublelift?
10:23 Did playing with Doublelift in the All-star games give him a new appreciation for the Doublelift-Chauster botlane?
11:04 Has Doublelift's personality changed from his time being the student of Chauster?
11:55 What does Doublelift need from a Support?
14:17 What was Chaox's role in pick/ban and strategy?
15:18 Which was the most difficult botlanes for the 2012 TSM botlane to play?
17:24 If CLG hadn't gone to Korea would they have beaten TSM and won LANs?
18:38 Did he buy into any of CLG's stories of potential with their line-ups post S2 Worlds?
20:04 The line about TSM always losing to Asian teams.
21:27 Losing to Asian teams due to Reginald's aggressive playing style.
23:31 Did TheOddOne camp Reginald's lane too much at the S3WC?
25:11 Has Dyrus developed problems with choking just recently?
26:52 Reginald's personality as a leader.
28:54 How did the TSM botlane do in scrims and matches at the S3WC?
30:23 Is uzi the clear-cut best AD in the world?
31:31 What does Xpecial do for the other members of TSM?
32:30 Thoughts on Genja.
33:47 How does Genja succeed if his builds are sub-optimal?
34:24 Genja's positioning.
35:19 Who is the best botlane he's ever played?
36:04 Who is the most impressive Support he's ever played against?
36:53 Picking out Supports outside of NA who play similarly to Xpecial.
37:48 What did he think of Mata's failure at the S3WC?
39:04 Is MadLife really a level above other Supports?
40:22 Did Thresh coming around force Xpecial to be more aggressive?
42:20 The legend of Xpecial being capable of playing mid and top, possibly as good as players like Reginald and Dyrus.
44:24 Thoughts on Yellowstar as Support.
45:05 Hypothetical: what if Xpecial and Doublelift were a botlane for a year?
47:10 Hypothetical: Which dominant Asian AD would he like to partner with?
48:46 Hypothetical: is there an AD who doesn't have a good Support now, who Xpecial could make better?
50:14 Patoy (Dignitas)
51:40 LemonNation (Cloud9)
52:25 How were Cloud9 able to dominate NA without their laners being superstars?
53:30 Is laning not as important in NA?
54:25 Cloud9's potential problems playing all-star mids.
55:27 Does Xpecial think Europe was better than NA at S3WC?
57:20 Would TSM have won Group B?
58:26 Which was the best game of Xpecial's career?
59:52 Aliens come to Earth, kill all of TSM but Xpecial. They make him compose a LoL superteam of NA players he has never played with before.
1:03:16 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.