Interview with NoDice Gaming's Marksman Viagrapancakes
With the NDG-Curse Academy playoff series looming, we sat down with NDG’s marksman Jordan “Viagrapancakes” Batchelder to see how he felt about his team’s performance over the NESL Pro Series season and their chances to bring it back in the playoffs. From roster changes to a hardcore practice schedule, he feels that several recent changes have given them a “very real chance of victory” against the Curse Academy titans.
Q: So first off, I obviously have to ask: how did you come up with your name?
A: When the creation of my name was underway, I had been sitting down to a nice plate of pancakes whilst discussing viagra with a friend of mine.
Q: NDG has been plagued with roster changes. How has that affected the team, and do you think that the roster is finally stable?
A: I feel as though they [roster changes] have affected us in a positive way. Although we still have some kinks to work out as a group, we’re all individually capable of competing at a high level. Each of us needs to increase our macro game knowledge if we wish to advance into a potential LCS position.
Q: You bring up the LCS. Is that a summer split dream, or something to aspire to for season five?
A: I do not know the answer to that. I’m sure we would all love to get things rolling as soon as possible. If a summer split dream can be achieved, I am confident we would strive for it.
Q: In terms of NDG’s NESL Pro Series season, it’s been pretty rough in terms of picking up wins. Why do you think it’s been like that, and do you think that these issues have been patched up for the playoffs?
A: I know that our win/loss ratio is not up to NDG standards because we have undergone some roster changes and we have had very little practice together in comparison to the other participating teams. All of the games we played pre-playoffs were before any analysis or coaching had really sunk in. Basically we were noobs, and just not comfortable with each other.
Q: So is NDG just scrimmaging a lot to practice for playoffs then? What is NDG’s practice schedule like to get that synergy going?
A: We play together at least six days a week for five hours and an additional hour of break time together. We also duo queue to get synergy for bot lane and top/jungle and mid/jungle. We scrim as often as they are available.
Q: In terms of the playoffs themselves, NDG’s first set is against Curse Academy. They’re definitely one of the stronger challenger teams out there: how is that affecting NDG? Do you have special plans for them?
A: We have been studying their champion pools and how they like to play the game and what they prioritize, and are constructing strategies to have a very real chance of victory against them. There is no intimidation as far as I can tell, but I can only speak for myself in that regard.
Q: Alright, do you have anything you’d like to add?
A: I’d like to thank my viewers, my girlfriend, and my parents for being behind me every step of the way, and of course NDG for all of the support.
The NDG-Curse Academy series was held at 7:30 PM PST April 18th, but you can catch the vod at TwitchTV, and stay tuned for the rest of the NESL Pro Series playoffs and finals in the near future, starting tonight at 5:30 PM PST!