Team ROCCAT were the European team with the most hit-or-miss potential within their ranks. Spearheaded by early-game powerhouse Jonas "Memento" Elmarghichi and veteran top laner Kim "Profit" Jun-hyung, the team enjoyed the LCS experience like no other squad had before them. Their early playoff exit was ground for hope — who knows what damage they can do with more practice and an opportunity for more fun experiences?
After the Spring Split, Memento and Norskeren wanted to improve so they came to Korea. So all three of us bootcamped and try-harded. We didn't have a scrim partner, so we just played hard, went together shopping, eating.
We spoke with Profit (separately), and Memento and Tore "Norskeren" Hoel Eilertsen (at the same time) about ROCCAT’s fantastic adventures… sort of. Jin "Blanc" Seong-min may not have been part of the boot camp, but he also had a few things to add on his own.
Korean food exploration times
Like any trip worth mentioning, the visitors had the pleasure of sampling local delicacies — some of them being rather difficult to find in Europe. And, as is customary, people may occasionally task a random symbol generator, usually on phone, to determine who pays the entire tab. All one has to do is to choose a symbol and wish that they would not be chosen. Alas, for Team ROCCAT, things took an extremely ridiculous turn.
Profit: So, when we go to dinner, we play a game and the loser pays for all the food, you know? We always do this. In this game, you choose a character, and Memento and Norskeren always chose the chicken, but the chicken always lost. So they'd always pay and they thought that the game was rigged, that it was not random, that the chicken would always lose.
Yeah, at one point we were going to beat up Profit, because he never paid, you know? [laugh] I was like, "Profit, you haven't paid for a week now. If you don't pay tomorrow, I swear, we'll beat you up."
Memento: Oh, yeah, I never had luck in that game. It was rigged for sure. I would always become the chicken. I would even talk to Profit and be like, "Hey, try it again, let's see if the chicken becomes you." I got hard scammed, but Norskeren got scammed more, he paid a lot more.
Norskeren: I was questioning it too, because I was losing every time but I didn't complain about the game being rigged, I thought I was just unlucky but it ended up being rigged from the start.
Memento: The thing is, you need to understand that the only guy who didn't pay was the one who created the game, and that's Profit, so obviously it was rigged. [laughs]
Norskeren: We ended up changing games in the end. I think the Google one is fairer, I hope it's not rigged. But it became fairer in the end, I think Profit had to pay a couple of times.
Memento: Yeah, at one point we were going to beat up Profit, because he never paid, you know? [laughs] I was like, "Profit, you haven't paid for a week now. If you don't pay tomorrow, I swear, we'll beat you up." [laughs] "We're going to steal your money and you'll pay, one way or another." [laughs] I think he ended up paying once in the end.
I ask Memento how many times he’s had to pay, especially given Profit’s previous assertion.
Memento: Oh my god, it was too many, I lost count. All I know is that he did not pay. [Norskeren laughs].
Norskeren: I don't think he knew the game was rigged, so I don't think he was ripping us off on purpose. Maybe he knew it.
I thank you, Memento, for paying for all the food. [laugh] He's rich, I think. It’s that Schalke money.
Memento: We just like to believe he's not that bad of a person. But maybe he is, we have no idea. [laughs]
Profit: I thank you, Memento, for paying for all the food. [laughs] He's rich, I think. It’s that Schalke money. [Memento played in FC Schalke 04 Esports during the 2017 summer split. — Ed.]
[Upon hearing that Profit was actually baffled that the chicken symbol was drawn over and over]
Memento: What do you mean, he was baffled?! [Norskeren laughs] It was obviously planned!
Profit: I ordered even more food [when I was not paying]. [I'd also say:] "Hey, it's okay, I pay for your coffee," but coffee is so cheap. Delicious food.
Memento: Sometimes, after we pay for dinner, we try to balance it. We're like: "Hey, man, we'll pay the taxi home, we'll pay the Starbucks." The Starbucks would cost W 20,000 altogether, even less maybe.
What didn’t help ROCCAT’s cause, when they went out to eat, was Memento’s vegetarian food habits — in a country full of meaty delights, with fried chicken being rather trendy there. When combined with lack of luck, the following harrowing tale was only waiting to unfold — somewhere, in South Korea.
Blanc: I know that Memento doesn't eat meat, but in Korea, almost all of our food has meat. They couldn't find food.
Memento is obsessed with not eating animals. He talked us into going to a vegan restaurant in the middle of a Korean sea.
Profit: We were in Seoul and every day we'd just find new food so we were always walking around, looking to find restaurants. Now, Memento is vegetarian, but in Korea we have a lot of pork and beef food.
Norskeren: Memento is obsessed with not eating animals. He talked us into going to a vegan restaurant in the middle of a Korean sea. We had to take a taxi there, it was really far. It was really good food, I was honestly surprised. It tasted like it was meat. But then, we played the game. I thought, maybe, I could win this time, but then I lost and I was so sad. Then Memento paid with my card because I was low-key crying. He gets the receipt, and he's like "Oh my God! You don't want to see how much you paid." [Memento laughs] As I found out, it was quite expensive.
Memento: It was quality over quantity. That's all. If you want to become a better human being, then be vegan. [laughs]
The Korean boot camp was not only fun and games, but even the serious part — the climb — involved ‘fun and games’ of sorts. A ‘hide and seek’ of sorts featured prominently there. So did cheese.
Norskeren: [The food part] was the most fun part going to Korea again, there wasn't anything else that was special. It doesn't matter if you don't get Challenger. Only Memento got Challenger despite being stuck in Diamond II so many days and us making fun of him. [laughs] But I was the one being hard-stuck in Master, and you were playing with Profit.
Memento: Profit kept inting, man, we kept losing. I was trying to do it with Blanc, but oh my god, it was so garbage... I ended up avoiding Blanc from the LoL client, so I just played alone. [laughs]
Profit kept inting, man, we kept losing. I was trying to do it with Blanc, but oh my god, it was so garbage... I ended up avoiding Blanc from the LoL client, so I just played alone. [laugh]
Blanc: I wanted to meet them when they came, but unfortunately I was really sick when they did. I had to stay at home for a long time.
Norskeren: I remember Memento waking up at 7 p.m., tweeting out that he went to 7-Eleven and bought some tuna, ate that for breakfast and he just kept playing solo queue. I think he grinded the low-Elo players when he was playing at night, that's how he got Challenger. [laughs]
Memento: Norskeren and I played duo at night once and we tried to level 1 cheese every game and we won so many games. The enemy team would always surrender. And then, once we faced the same players and they knew we were going to invade, they destroyed us. They countered our invade. [laughs] So after that Norskeren went to sleep and I grinded solo queue.
Norskeren: Maybe, the next time I go there, I'll only play at night. Then, I'll get the low elo players, and maybe I'll find a good duo queue [partner]. Maybe not Memento.
Memento: That's our playstyle. Our team has to play around it: Level 1 invade, or /ff.
Profit: [Assessing his teammates’ rank before their departure from Korea] Memento's solo rank is good. He got Challenger before he came back to EU. And Norskeren’s is so-so, I think. He's not that good of a solo queue player. [Laughs] This meta is a jungle-carry meta, and Memento makes [a lot of good things happen] in the early game, so his solo rank was good. In Spring, he made Rank 2 or Rank 1 [in Europe.] But Norskeren made it to Master.
Blanc: I played a lot of solo queue [in Korea] because when I'm in EU, I miss Korean solo queue. I got Challenger. After that, I met with friends and played other games for two weeks.
But the best games of them all were: Elo rollercoaster with Blanc, and… some decibel and flame-throwing contests with Profit, name it as you may.
Memento: The thing about Blanc was so insane. One day, I was looking at his profile and he was like Master 150 LP. Then the next day, I look at his profile and he's Diamond I and 0 LP. [everybody laughs] And then the third day, Master, 50 LP. Fourth day, Diamond I, 5 LP. He was so inconsistent. But at the time, he said he was really sick.
Blanc: I played League of Legends at home, and I duo'd with Memento. I'm so sorry, but I was sick, my condition was bad, so I inted. After this, Memento felt bad, and he still tells me about it. He really wanted to get Challenger. Memento is angry.
When I listened to Memento and Profit duo queue, they were always fighting. If they make one mistake, they'll talk about it the entire game. They are super toxic to each other and flame each other back-and-forth. [laugh]
Norskeren: When I listened to Memento and Profit duo queue, they were always fighting. If they make one mistake, they'll talk about it the entire game. They are super toxic to each other and flame each other back-and-forth. [laughs] I never knew who was inting the most. I would play my own game, listen to music and hear in the background, "Why do you do this, you could've been here!" They were so loud, it was kind of funny.
Memento: Profit is one hell of a player to duo with. I try to avoid him; I only try to duo with him when he's in a good mood. [Laughs]
Profit: Mostly we try-harded, because in Spring Split, we thought we were bad. I needed to get more healthy. Professional players sit down and play the game, but they don't have good mental and physical health. So I wanted to focus more on that, go out, exercise with the team. Now, we're better friends and trust each other more.
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The experience (brotherly flaming included, as is customary when Profit and Memento are involved) helped Team ROCCAT go off to a flying start, as they were all dying for some LCS action (especially Profit, whose two-month vacation was ‘too much’ in his opinion). If you want to see what is next for them, tune in to the EU LCS as they take on Unicorns of Love and Fnatic starting Jul. 13 at 18:00 CET.
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