The pressure is starting to mount as teams prepare to battle it out for their place at the Community Shield DGC Qualifier where just eight teams will compete for the chance at securing themselves a spot at the 2017 Digital Gaming Championships!
With the Sapphire Showdown set to commence tonight, Telkom Gaming caught up with the Sapphire Do-or-Die Proving Grounds’ victorious team, and newcomers to the local League of Legends scene, SH Properties of ELITE REBEL ALLIANCE for their take on the competition and their expectations moving forward.
Telkom Gaming (TG): First off, congratulations on the win! What were your expectations coming into the cup?
Liam “Lémøn” Smith: Thanks for taking an interest in my team and our win. We came into the cup very confident on a win. We may be a new team but we are all very capable players.
We may have had a bit of a rocky start in the first game but every game we have played since then has seen constant improvement.
TG: I notice you didn’t compete in any of the previous cups, is there a particular reason for this?
Smith: The reason we didn’t compete in any other tournaments is because, like I said, we are a new team and we are more focused on climbing up to DGC through the divisions but we saw the opportunity of the community shield and we took it.
TG: What are your expectations for the Showdown?
Smith: I think going into the showdown we have a good chance of winning we are a new team with a new play style and I personally think if we play well we can really compete with the best teams. We have been practising hard for the showdown and trying to find a play style which counters the common play style in South African teams, which is group and team fight.
TG: Which match-up do you most look forward to in the Showdown and why?
Smith: The game I’m personally excited for is RyL BABOON SQUAD but I know the rest of my team is excited to play against RyL Royalty. I think we will end up playing against Royalty if we make it through.
TG: Finally, what are your thoughts on the new cup process that allows teams a chance to qualify for DGC without having to progress through the divisions?
Smith: I think the new cup system is good it helps new teams get to DGC without the grind of the division system so it adds incentive to work hard at the start of the year.
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