Benjamin “LOD” deMunck chats with Nick “DiscoSheep” Geracie following Team Dignitas’ 2-1 victory over Echo Fox on Week 3, Day 3 of the 2017 NALCS Summer Split.
0:00 – Introduction
0:24 – Roster Changes
1:42 – Developing Synergy with BIG
2:29 – Ironing Out Communications
3:14 – Dignitas Infrastructure
3:46 – Relationship w/Coach Cop
4:27 – Reaching New Limits
6:27 – Dignitas for Worlds?
7:04 – Closing Words
Through three weeks of regular season play, Dignitas is 5-1 and tied for 1st place in the 2017 NALCS Summer Split. Since replacing Alex “Xpecial” Chu and Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun with Terry “Big” Chuong and Lee “Shrimp” Byeong-hoon, respectively, the team has clicked like never before.
“We just needed some stronger voices in our team,” said LOD, “Pretty much everyone on the team in the last iteration of the roster was was extremely quiet.”
Dignitas is firing on all cylinders, and improvements in communication seem to be a big part of that. Further synergy has been developed between the North American residents on the roster and the Korean imports, namely star Top Laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-ho.
“Ssumday has worked incredibly hard to improve his English,” said LOD, “He’s only been here for six months learning English and I feel like he can understand pretty much anything we say to him and he’s able to get his point across all the time now.”
“I can’t imagine, like, how hard it’d be to learn a language.”
When talking about developing synergy with his new support, BIG, LOD pointed to the importance of being able to keep things easy going with one’s laning partner.
“We’re both able to like…give eachother sh*t, and that’s really important for a bot lane, you know? If it’s like, really awkward when mistakes are made and no one wants to call each other out on it, you never progress…we’re willing to talk about anything that went wrong.”
Dignitas has had previous dominant starts to an NALCS split, but the sheer talent this roster possesses exceeds any previous iteration. Guided by David “Cop” Roberson’s steady hand and creative draft phases, this could very well be the best Dignitas team ever.
“My expectation for myself is to be #1,” said LOD, “I think anyone who wants to fight for Worlds has to set the bar high.”
“We should be first. We should be aiming to go to Worlds.”
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