There are few players in Spanish eSports history as relevant as Alfonso "Mithy" Aguirre. Two LCS championships, an Intel Extreme Masters, runner-up to SKTelecom T1 on the MSI, and the semifinals of a LoL World Championship are just a few of his many milestones.
Member of the G2 Esports team, Mithy is on the path -judging by his stellar performance at the MSI- to become one of the best supports in the world. He's determined to achieve it, claiming victories on the World Championship and taking down anyone that dares face his team. Not even the koreans are safe.
We've had the opportunity to sit down and talk with him after his last international performance at the MSI. This are his thoughts:
How was the experience at the MSI? Which were the highs and lows of the event?
All things considered, the experience was good. But, to be honest, it was pretty stressful. Ironically, I think my bad performance in the last World Championship helped me deal better with being under pressure. In retrospective, it was helpful.
You've mentioned, from time to time, that the european audience doesn't seem to support your team as much as you'd like: do you feel there's been a change of mind after the tournament?
I don't know. I think we just haven't played enough in front of the european audience after the MSI, but I'm hoping it will change for the better, I think it should.
Was there any team that caught your attention at the MSI?
GBM and WE were pretty surprising. In part, due to our lack of practice against them. Their playstyle is very different to ours. SKT is a very stable, very strong team. But you already know what to expect from them, unlike these two teams... At least right at the beggining. It didn't take us long to figure out what their strategy was.
Do you feel SKT is unbeatable on a Best of 5 series?
If you don't think so already... do you believe Perkz will become better than Faker at some point in his career?
Many players, in different sports all around the world, have the chance to become legends. Most of them just don't get there because it's a tough road that requires you to make sacrifices. It doesn't depend on me or anyone else. If Perkz is to become the best in the world, it's entirely on his shoulders.
Who's the best support, right now, in the world?
I haven't had the chance to play against the best supports of each region, but based on what I've seen so far, it's pretty obvious to me that Wolf is the most complete of them all.
Who's the most talented player at G2? And the smartest?
How is this even a question? It's pretty damn clear the answer is me. In both cases (laughs).
How would you define your evolution as a player between the World Championship semifinals and now?
When I played at that moment, I was lucky enough to use the characters I play best. Tank supports with the potential to do good plays. So, in the eyes of the audience, I was doing very well. But right now I'm 2 or 3 times better than I was back then.
What's the funniest, or weirdest for that matter, anecdote that you've had with your teammates?
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Are you following the Spanish domestic competition? If so, what's your impression of it? And in terms of broadcasting?
I'm not watching the domestic tournaments, but if Gilius can go to the Superliga Orange and steamroll everyone, then things must be pretty rough.
What do you think about Intel Extreme Masters dropping support of League of Legends?
I'm not concerned in the slightest. I know Riot will have some other plan in mind, like Rift Rivals. I totally understand IEM's decision to stop supporting LoL. Truth be told, Riot wasn't helping a ton to ensure things were running smoothly. We had to play online despite being in a LAN.
We've recently learned of the new Rift Rivals tournament. Europe will play against NA. Which team is the strongest in North America? What do you think will happen at the event?
I think this tournamens is primarily for the fans. From what I've heard, it'll be played on a new patch, and the games will be on a BO1 series. It'll be a clown fiesta.
Do you think any of the teams, from the regular season, will be able to challenge you in Group A?
There are some strong teams, but I've no idea how strong will they actually be once playoffs come around.
Of all the players you've known in the LCS EU, with whom have you kept a better relationship, barring players from G2 and Origen?
Nukeduck, Vander, Krepo, Deficio, Rekkles...
Is it easier to flirt when you are a professional player at G2?
I don't know... It's easy to find people that wants to be in touch with you because you're a pro... but it's a road that leads nowhere. Eventually you figure out that it's better to be alone than around people that have hidden interests. But, to be honest, it also depends on what do you expect of it.
Some pundits, in the sector, believe the only way to improve the level of a team is by facing the best teams in the world. Do you think the lack of international tournaments, and being limited to Europe, is a roadblock to your growth?
If, hypothetically speaking, G2 was competing at the LCK… which position do you think you would currently rank in?
It's hard to tell. It'd depend on the time available to practice against other korean teams. Either we'd adapt or we'd lag behind. It's difficult to say, really...
What are your dreams and ambitions right now? Where do you think you'll be in 5 years?
I want people to look back, think about the best players in Europe, and find myself among them. In 5 years, hopefully, I'll still be playing... but if it's not the case, I hope to be doing something related to eSports, somewhere where I feel appreciated.
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