Henrik "Froggen" Hansen, the mid laner for Evil Geniuses,is the star of the 34th episode of my 'Grilled' interview series.
What is the mid lane match-up like for Froggen against Alex Ich (Gambit) and RapidStar (Frost)? Does EG's playing style not suit the S3 meta? Does he think back on the AZUBU Champions Summer final loss to Frost much? What was it like being around former idol bigfatlp in CLG? Under what circumstances did Froggen play matches in Frost? Who will be the best NA team one year from now?
Time line of topics:
00:23 Since Froggen wasn't well known before CLG.EU, how did he come out of nowhere to become an elite player?
01:33 When did he know CLG.EU's lineup was really good?
02:41 Being one of the few top teams not to have changed lineup in a long time, how close have they come to changing players?
04:26 What does his team gain from keeping the same lineup?
05:29 Comparing Gambit's less social approach to keeping the team together to EG's of living in team houses together etc.
06:40 Playing the same opponents again and again, like Gambit, does it become games within games strategically?
07:48 Sometimes when he faces the same opponent can it be more standard, with both knowing each other's strengths and weaknesses?
08:32 What is the mid lane matchup like for Froggen vs. Alex Ich?
09:32 His perspective on people saying Europe has the best mids.
10:24 What are the pros and cons of having the mid player be the focal point/star of the team?
11:19 How does he compare being the focal point of the enemy's bans, meaning he doesn't get his favourite champions, as opposed to equally skilled players who can use their best champion a lot of the time?
12:45 Does he feel like he is scrutinised more for his play, since the perception from fans and his opponents is that he has to carry EG?
14:00 What is his matchup vs. RapidStar of Frost like?
15:03 Which is the team that gives Froggen the most trouble at his position?
15:52 How well does he think his team has done at mixing up their famed late-game style with early aggression etc.?
17:04 Is it the case that the current meta doesn't suit EG's style?
17:52 Does he ever think back on the Azubu The Champions Summer final loss to Frost?
19:42 Which teams stand out in LoL history as the undisputed best teams of their eras?
23:06 How are Gambit able to be so consistent in their tournament placings?
24:25 As a former fan of bigfatlp was it at all weird to be in the sister team of CLG.NA and spend time around him?
25:26 If Gambit went to Korea for an extended period of time would playing there influence or change their style?
27:04 What did he make of TPA before they won S2?
27:55 Who will be the best NA team in one year from now?
29:16 Why is Dignitas successful now?
30:51 How are things decided in EG? Is there one leader? Is it a democracy?
32:17 As a Dane, why does he think the Nordic countries not producing a lot of elite LoL players, compared to games like CS and Quake in the past?
33:42 Thoughts on other mid players, first of all: SSONG (NaJin Sword)
35:01 Ambition (CJ Entus Blaze)
36:23 Is Doublelift overhyped or is the hype justified?
37:52 In an ideal scenario, which would Froggen prefer: always playing against teams with mid as one of their strongest positions or playing teams where mid is their weakest position?
39:05 Aliens come to Earth, kill the rest of EG and tell Froggen he must assemble a team of Earth players to fight aliens in LoL for the fate of Earth. Who does he pick to join him?