Ivn ‘Razork’ Martn is one of the best junglers on the entire continent. After winning the title in Spain with Giants, he decided to make the jump to the LEC, where he caused a sensation since his arrival. After a difficult spring, the Spaniard claims to be very confident and points optimistically to this new Split Of summerhis second with the orange organization.
Ask. At what point did you decide to go professional?
Response. I was always very clear that I wanted to dedicate myself to this, but it was when I was 15 years old, when I was hired by a substitute team and I was gaining experience, until at 16 they gave me the opportunity, I came on as a substitute in the Giants and they loaned me to Heretics. That year was the year that the second division was launched in Spain and that’s where my competitive life began. That year I was combining it with studies, but we won the second division and Penguins wanted to sign me, a first-class team, and it was impossible for me to combine.
Q. Of course it is difficult to reconcile, why how many hours do you dedicate to League of Legends every day?
R. Well, easily 10 hours a day. Taking into account that my day starts at 12 in the morning and we finish training at 7:30 p.m., plus I play on my own afterward… 10 hours easy, six days a week.
Q. And when you don’t play LoL what do you like to do?
I really like the card game Magicwhen I’m at home in Madrid I really like to play paddle tennis and… eat sushi (laughs).
Q. What is the hardest thing about being a professional player?
R. I have always been a person who has not had a hard time leaving home, because I have been abroad since I was 16, but I know that it is getting harder and harder for me to return to Spain, get used to the area , leave again… that is very hard for me when it comes to competing, dealing with pressure, many eyes on you, many negative comments that you do not have to pay attention to… you have to endure stress that If you don’t know how to carry it, it can happen to you and lead to misery. The process of a professional player is also quite hard, although the public does not see it, you have to be 100% focused every day on improving in a game as volatile as LoL, which is not a game that you can learn from a book. , but it changes every game.
Q. As you say, knowing how to deal with pressure is key in this world, and we have heard you other times say that you are mentally strong. What is your formula?
I consider myself a very emotional player, and that is a very strong and weak point at the same time. If I feel like it, it shows, but if I’m really not comfortable, it will show both outside and inside the game. I deal with the pressure well, you end up getting used to it, people are going to talk about you and many times in a negative way and, although you end up making those comments, many times they can affect you.
P. How was the jump to the professional world for you? Moving, living with the team… how did it affect you?
When I was 16 years old I went to live in Malaga, with the Giants team. I can’t say that it was something that marked me, because we were all friends, we all got along very well. For me it was like a fantasy, as if I was going on an excursion with the school, but doing what I liked. We were in a flat in Malaga, next to the beach… and we didn’t win everything, but things were going well, so it was a very positive experience for me. The fact of leaving home also makes you mature, I arrived there with a very little English and I learned by talking with my classmates. You have no choice but to learn and mature.
Q. You’ve been playing LoL since season 1… Do you still like the game?
A. I know I still like it, but it’s a game that I either really like or hate, and that varies a lot during the year. Whenever I’m burned out from LoL, in the off-season Above all, I try to download any other game and forget about it, only to return to it later with more hunger. I usually let my LoL accounts go down, and then I have the motivation to go back up to Rank 1.
Q. What are your competitive goals? Do you see yourself playing outside of Europe?
R. My goal obviously, to win Worlds in what anyone dreams of, but first my goal is to win the LEC, which would mean going to Worlds, and playing a good role there, playing against Asian teams, which I have not played yet. And well, at the moment I am very comfortable in Fnatic, I have a three-year contract and leaving is not something that I consider today.
Q. The LEC recently announced the return of the public to the stageDo you like this, do you like that there are people in the games?
R. I like to compete in front of people, in a stage again… I really want to, with the pandemic, that hasn’t been experienced for a long time. Playing in front of five thousand people… it’s a tremendous adrenaline rush. I think that both for me and for my team it is positive.
Q. You’ve been competitive for many years, do you have a favorite moment as a professional?
A. Whenever I’m asked this, Ekko vs. G2, Fiddlesticks vs. MAD Lions, and Gragas vs. Origen come to mind.
Q. Let’s go now with your jump to the LEC, how does Misfits contact you, did you have more offers…?
R. Misfits contacted Milica and Denyk yam at the same time, so that the three of us could go to the LEC. I didn’t get any more offers, it was either stay with the Giants or go up with the Misfits, there was no middle ground. Milica got the Vitality offer too and went there, while Denyk and I went to the LEC together.
Q. What would you say is the main difference between playing in the LEC and playing in the Super League? Besides the level jump, of course.
R. We at Giants were a group of friends, we were joking all the time and on top of that we won everything, so it was all very nice. I came to the LEC and the discipline and professionalism is different. I speak from my experience, for me it was a stick of reality. In LEC people are going to do their job and that’s it, it doesn’t matter if you’re friends or not, but I was a bit shocked by the reality that I had lived through.
Q. How was the Fnatic call for you?
I had many offers, my contract was running out… value all of them and obviously the one from Fnatic was the best. They also tell me that they are going to bring Humanoid, with Upset and Hyli in bot…. I just don’t think about it.
Q. How do you see yourself facing this Split?
I see myself in myself peak trustworthy I am going to play with nothing to lose, I think that last Split I did not have a bad Split, but during the regular season I played below my means and now I’m going to play how I know how to play. I’m going to work like a bastard, I want to win and get to the World Cups. I have changed my routine and I consider this Split it’s going to be a great Split..
P. What player with whom you have shared a team that have surprised you the most?
R. Febiven and Denyk are the two that have surprised me the most and the most important to me. The work ethic that Febiven taught me in the two Splits that I was with him was incredible, and with Denyk, well, I’ve spent a lot of time… in Giants, we both went up to LEC together… too much time.
P. And finally, if you could go back, would you change something about your career?
R. If I’m honest, no. I consider that if something has happened to me in life it has been because of my decision, and by that decision you learn. I don’t regret anything and I won’t change anything either, they are all experiences to learn from and you have to move forward. My past experiences are who I am today.