UK League Chat (Ep. 32) – Barrage & NA vs EU – ft. Surza

Welcome to UK League Chat, a podcast focused on the UK League of Legends scene. Listen in to get the views of experts from the scene, from Esports journalists to the players themselves, on tournaments such as the NLC and UKLC.

This episode sees Lee and Tom joined by Barrage Esports head coach Surza, who joined the UK org after stints in NA Academy and amateur scene.

Surza explains the issues with academy/amateur leagues in North America as the three dive into the key differences in roster building, talent development and look into what could be done to fix it.

Also covered is the current split with Barrage; their qualifying for playoffs with one of the smallest budgets and eventual 5th/6th place finish.

Timestamps:
00:00:00 – Introduction
00:00:42 – How Surza got into coaching without playing competitively
00:02:26 – Did Surza plan to coach in Europe rather than NA?
00:06:39 – Current path for upcoming NA players and what could be changed
00:11:37 – Why did Surza join Barrage?
00:13:14 – Could more NA players try to make a name in EU?
00:16:40 – Roster building issues in NA
00:19:31 – 100 Thieve Next
00:21:14 – Could an NA org try running an ERL team?
00:24:20 – NLC Group A vs Group B strength
00:28:23 – What had Barrage worked on before playoffs?
00:30:28 – Syndra priority
00:32:22 – Flipper’s performance vs Godsent (Skarner & Ivern)
00:34:33 – Could Riddle challenge the academies?
00:37:02 – Would Barrage have won game 3 if the series went 1-1?
00:38:16 – Are Barrage happy with the split?
00:42:19 – Team performances compared to budgets
00:44:36 – Tricked Esport vs Riddle Esports
00:47:51 – Surza’s plans for 2021
00:50:37 – Clash (low elo) advice
00:51:45 – Surza’s NLC Summer 2020 MVP
00:52:51 – Closing

This episode features:
Lee ‘Couple Sodi Pops’ Jones – NineTeeSix Founder / Esports Journalist – @NTS_LeeJones
Tom Daniels – Journalist – @TheTomDaniels
Ian ‘Surza’ Lux – Barrage Esports Head Coach – @Surza_LoL

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