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Spica Talks Jungle Meta, Relationship with SwordArt, Pictionary Skills

League of Legends player Mingyi “Spica” Lu, jungler with TSM, competes during day three, week five of the 2021 LCS Summer Split on July 4, 2021 at the LCS Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by: Tina Jo/Riot Games via ESPAT)

TSM has been on a tear in the Summer Split. Holding sole possession of second place, the team is looking like heavy favorites to claim the title. One player who has been getting the most praise is young jungler Mingyi “Spica” Lu, who has been one of, if not the best junglers in the league. We caught up with Spica after their win against the Golden Guardians.

A Meta For Spica

Following an MSI trend of picks such as Rumble and Morgana, AP junglers and heavy skirmishers are the meta call with champions such as Diana and Xin Zhao showing a prominence in competitive play. Spica pulled out the Diana in the win, which he was pretty happy about. But ultimately, he explained that junglers that enable lanes are the correct move.

“I’m pretty happy with the meta,” Spica said. “I mean, it’s a lot better than last split, where it’s just Hecarim and Udyr. Like, that was just insanely boring.”

But he also mentioned that TSM FTX has been taking some risks such as putting star mid-laner Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage away from champions such as the Orianna and onto champions like Lee Sin and Viego but allowing more avenues for experimentation and new strategies for playoffs.

A general view of League of Legends team TSM competing in their match on day one, week six of the 2021 LCS Summer Split on July 9, 2021 at the LCS Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by: Oshin Tudayan/Riot Games via ESPAT)

“As playoffs approach, we’re gonna be able to come to a more common understanding of how we want to play the game, and we’ll look a lot better, I think,” Spica said.

He also explained that by doing this, the team could also see some slips in their game play. But Spica explained that he’s not worried about that at all.

“Sometimes you make a mistake in draft, sometimes you play really poorly, you might have a bad day,” Spica said. “So I think that it’s really important for the players to just have a good mindset where you know, it’s just one game, we made a mistake, just focus on what we’ve been practicing and just play our game and just be confident in ourselves.”

TSM In The Summer

TSM has proved it can be a title contender this summer, going 12-6 in the first six weeks in the regular season. Now, as it eyes Worlds, its members talk about how they have improved from the past till now. Spica, the lone member of the 2020 TSM roster that stumbled at Worlds, talked about how he has been improving as an active voice on the team’s roster.

League of Legends players from TSM take a bow during day two, week five of the 2021 LCS Summer Split on July 3, 2021 at the LCS Studios in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by: Tina Jo/Riot Games via ESPAT)

“I think I’ve taken a much more bigger portion of communication in general,” Spica said in reflection from his performance from last split where TSM ended in third.

But he also added that the time on stage has really provided great practice, saying, “We were in a bubble, couldn’t really do anything. So I guess it just wasn’t very exciting for me.”

He also added that being able to get out of quarantine and do other activities outside of League has really helped him improve as a player.

Bonding With The Team’s Newest Member

One of the biggest stories of the offseason was the acquisition of Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh, but with most teams, it does take some time to bond. Luckily for Spica, a sharing of a common language in Mandarin made bonding a lot easier with the star support.

“I think that I can definitely relate to him a lot more when we’re just speaking Mandarin. And I think he has a lot of good mindsets about the game. I think that’s why he was really successful in the LPL,” Spica said.

TSM Plays Pictionary Too

In the most comical of content, TSM released a video to its YouTube channel of them playing League of Legends Pictionary. Spica, admittedly, struggled in the game but laughed thinking about it. 

“I feel like it’s kind of logical,” Spica said. “But then you know, when you look back at the video, it was actually pretty bad. So that’s something I think I can definitely improve on.”

He also said that he’d love to see a rematch eventually and even potentially challenge other teams to more games like it in the future.

To The Fans

Finally, when asked what he’d say to the fans, Spica said “I definitely have faith that we can level up and just have cleaner games for the fans.”

TSM has three weeks of games left as it heads into the final stretch of the regular season.

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