An interview with Infamous Legion, a professional Vainglory team
After the first-ever Vainglory World Championships, we managed to get Infamous Legion here for a quick interview. We talked not only about their views on Worlds but also about who each player is. While reading, you’ll get your own view of each player, but we’ll be sure to also tell you what the writers at EZL think of Infamous Legion. Huge credit go out to physiX – a journalist here at EZL – for the interview.
What made you choose your in-game name? Is there any meaning behind it? Do you use nicknames when addressing each other?
spaghetti: At the time I was creating my Vainglory account, I happened to be eating Spaghetti. So obviously I made my in-game name spaghetti. If you want to get specific, spaghetti originates from the food item spaghetti. We use a mixture of both real names and nicknames when we talk. Most of the time, people call me “spag” for short.
Quatervois: I made Quatervois my in-game name because the word has a deep meaning. Quatervois means the making of an important decision/crossroads in life. I strongly relate to this word because when playing competitive eSports in Asia, especially Singapore, it is hard to get somewhere, due to the emphasis on education and certificates in the society. Choosing to take the path I did and to be part of professional eSports was a huge risk and an important decision in my life, which is why I picked Quatervois as my ign. Also the pronunciation is Quarter-vwa and that sounds pretty awesome! My nickname when communicating is “Firm” because it was old in-game name.
deftQ: I chose DeftQ as my in-game name because I found the word “deft” super cool. I add the Q at the end because the name IGN Deft was already taken. I was also previously known as EyeOfSeraph, but changed it because Firm said it was too long and hard to pronounce; I imagined shout casters having trouble yelling EyeOfSeraph during a game so I changed it. My nickname is Fish because my name sounds like Fish in Chinese (Jing Yu)
How do you each personally contribute to Infamous Legion? For example: in a game, who leads the team in battle? Who calls the drafts?
spaghetti: We don’t have a specific leader, since we all kinda call the decisions for each other.
Quatervois: I am mainly in charge of the draft phase and shot calling is usually done by the roam player which is me.
deftQ: Quatervois is in charge of the draft as he has better knowledge of the heroes, Quatervois is also the one who leads the team in battle as he is the roamer.
As students, how do you manage your time between school, studying, and playing? Do you encounter any difficulties with respect to academics? What career do you intend to take up in the future?
spaghetti: I am still in the lower secondary so my academics aren’t that hard. I do not encounter any difficulties. I am not sure of my ambition in the future.
Quatervois: As a student, I don’t really manage my time well, but to pass my exams I do all my work and studying in school and play when I’m home. I will then go on long study hours right before big exams so I can promote (promote — move on to the next grade in high school). I find difficulty doing well in my languages. I wanna do professional eSports as my future career.
deftQ: I don’t study at home and mainly just play Vainglory. I had to play in the Vainglory Worlds right after my exams, and unfortunately I did not have as much time to train like other players. I am not sure of what career I will take up in the future, I’ll just go with the flow .
How did you discover Vainglory? How did you end up in your current team and how has your life changed since becoming a pro gamer? What are your plans for the future as a professional gamer?
spaghetti: I was introduced to Vainglory through my older brother who asked me to try the game out. We were switching around rosters in Infamous, then we found Fish (DeftQ) by Firms (Quatervois) recommendation. My life has not changed much, since I played a lot of games to begin with before playing Vainglory. I hopefully plan to be a fully professional gamer and hope to be acquired by some organization I guess.
Quatervois: I was introduced to Vainglory by my school friend and played all day and strive to be the best at the game, hopped a few guilds, ended up in infamous spectre. I then partnered up with spag (Spaghetti) due to some conflicts within our own teams and we did well together. My life changed for the better after becoming a pro player as the feelings of doing well at something is indescribably awesome. My plan is to try and continue gaming and hopefully do well at future world stages.
deftQ: I found Vainglory while I was searching for a mobile MOBA game on my iPad. Quatervois got me in Infamous Legion and spaghetti also agreed to it. My parents did not want me to play games last time as they thought I was addicted to gaming, now they approve me playing Vainglory. Hopefully I can participate in future world stages and do well.
I’m sure your family, friends, and classmates have found out one way or another about your position in Vainglory as pro gamers. How have they reacted when they found out? Are there any people in the community (excluding your teammates) whom you’ve met and are now good, reliable friends, or have helped you out in real life?
spaghetti: All my family, friends, and classmates reacted pretty surprised. Yes I’ve met a lot of people in Vainglory of which many are now my best friends.
Quatervois: My family disapproves, friends are shocked, classmates don’t know. There are a lot of people who have helped me or the team out, shout out to my bros InFiniteRiDEr, Iangryoudie, Bluexidy and Rubbermonkey for helping us train before worlds.
deftQ: When my relatives found out I went to worlds, they were delighted and supported me. I met a lot of players which are now my friends, some of which include Blackxidy and Celestial. I met them in real life a couple of times and they are really awesome!
With the limelight as pro players, there’s bound to be fans! Who are the funniest, cutest, weirdest, or most notable fans you’ve met?
spaghetti: UYENDEE is an awesome fan I met at worlds! She’s the marketing director for Vainglory and I first met her when she commented on my stream. She kept saying she was my biggest fan and I was like “Wutttt!”
Quatervois: Ceoscah from TPHX was actually supporting Infamous Legion at Worlds, and I feel honored to meet her as she’s an awesome friend I made.
deftQ: There was a fan called OVERLOADED in Twitter and she drew all three members in INLN in anime style. It looks amazing and I hope more fans will do this!
From the video played at Worlds, you mentioned a place where Vainglory players gather to play. Could you elaborate? Where else does your team play together?
spaghetti: We used to play in Project Mob which was a dedicated LAN café for Vainglory which has since been shut down due to some issues. My team usually comes to my house to play and other areas such as Starbucks.
Quatervois: Spaghettis house is the best, though it is very untidy.
What do you think makes your team unique? During Worlds, you mentioned your team being fluid with regard to roles. Could you elaborate more on how it presents an advantage to your team?
spaghetti: We are unique as we can play all roles and switch around.
Quatervois: We can all play all roles and thus our draft will be very unpredictable. So that way people cant assume that kestrel or celeste will be going lane thus get caught by surprise. We can play all the heroes in the game as a team combined, and we decide who plays which heroes the best and he or she will practice the hero.
In the Tesseract League, your team had complete domination, but the competition was much tougher at Worlds. Moreover, your team is one of the youngest to take the stage in the competitive scene, with an average age of 16. How did each of you adjust to the jump in skill and intensity? Considering your experiences at Worlds, where you played against SNOW Avalanche and TSM, what have you learned? Have you changed anything in the way you play Vainglory?
spaghetti: We have learned that it is a big world out there.
Quatervois: The competition at worlds was definitely at a whole new level, especially since we don’t meet any Koshkas in SEA and thus we were caught off guard, but we will take the priceless experience and come back again the following year, hopefully to win it all.
deftQ: We learnt that Koshka is overpowered and should be a pick or ban hero. Koshka does insane damage and has insane jungle clear speed, allowing her to invade enemy jungle and rotate super quickly . We should have played more early aggression heroes to secure the early win.
I’m sure your preparation during Worlds was quite intense. How do you improve specific skills or other areas of your game? Do you try to focus on one area at a time, and work through a list of objectives over a training session? Or do you prefer to train more generally, focusing on everything at once?
spaghetti: We mostly just train. (This was actually his whole answer.)
Quatervois: We solo q against each other to train our game mechanics, we practice draft and pocket comps in scrims and we practiced making less and less mistakes in ranked matches.
deftQ: We kept ranking and perfecting our draft. We also have scrims with KFC ( KFC is a team made up of all Vainglorious Gold players).
In Infamous Legion’s streams, all of you have a good sense of humor and tend to joke around a fair bit. Are there any times where it hasn’t been like this? What hardships have you faced/are facing in Vainglory as pro players and as a team?
spaghetti: Yes, we didn’t joke around when we lost at worlds.
Quatervois: As a team we faced many losses due to stupid reasons such as experimenting comps in finals of a series. We also have certain conflicts with each other due to our individual pride but after each argument, we grew closer as a team, and as brothers.
deftQ: We had some arguments which were not related to Vainglory but we manage to pull through and form a stronger bond between us.
You’ve played in the SEA server, as well as the NA and EA servers. What are your opinions regarding the playstyles and metas in these servers, both similarities and differences?
spaghetti: The SEA server is a lot more late game, compared to the NA and EA servers. There is way more aggression in EA and NA. I didn’t play much in the NA server so I don’t really have a strong grasp.
Quatervois: NA and EA server focuses more on rotations early to mid game whereas SEA teams have superior team fighting mechanics due to the long drawn out games. EU players are strong with their vision control on the map and late game heroes.
deftQ: On the NA and EA servers, players are way more aggressive early game and try to secure the early game win on the enemies, while on the SEA server players focus on late game heroes and play a less aggressive early game.
Concluding this interview with Infamous Legion, here are some ending views from the journalism department at EZL:
physiX: One is the face of Infamous, another is the head, and the last one is the body.
Skillz4Killz: Spaghetti is hilarious, Quatervois is very nice and cool, and Deft is amazing.
VoloVG: Spaghetti made me laugh like crazy, Quatervois is so inspirational, and Deft is just cool, calm, and collected.
spaghetti: “The Jester”
- Streams and jokes around frequently
- Unbelievable with Skye and her mechanics
- A mixture of humor and skill
Quatervois: “The Brains”
- Calm, cool, and collected
- Creates crazy good builds
- Very analytical and thoughtful
- He can make the SEA meta or break it
deftQ: “The Skill”
- Can use champs to their full potential
- Was unbelievably good with Kestrel way before her hitbox buff