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Dignitas’ New Jungler Akaadian Pays Respect To Dardoch: “He Is A Leader”

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Matthew Higginbotham, known as “Akaadian,” is a 24-year-old American League Of Legends player who has been representing Dignitas for a year. At first, he joined the academy roster then promoted, but sent to the academy once again.

After Dignitas decided to bench their best player Joshua “Dardoch” Hartnett on June 19, Akaadian returned to LCS once again and played his first matches against Team SoloMid, Counter Logic Gaming, 100 Thieves, FlyQuest, and Evil Geniuses.

Following week 4, Akaadian spoke in a recent interview with Inven Global and talked about his return to the LCS as well as showing his respect for Dardoch, who is getting criticized by the community.

In the conversation, Akaadian mentioned that even though people can say anything about Dardoch’s personality, nobody can take away from the fact that Dardoch is a leader who can rally people around him, control games, and more.

Later on, he also pointed out that it feels like there are shoes for him to fill in. Although he is going to do everything he can, Akaadian revealed that he won’t be doing what Dardoch did for the team for the past season.

Interviewer asked:

“Last split, a lot of DIG’s success was predicated on the leadership of Dardoch and support Zaqueri “aphromoo” Black. You started some games with aphromoo in the 2020 LCS Summer Split, so what has it been like stepping back into that dynamic?”

Akaadian replied:

“I mean, last summer was a completely different beast. I don’t think we were really willing to play together last summer. It was definitely harder for me to lead in the sort of environment we had last year. This year, it’s definitely easier.

People can say anything they want about Dardoch’s attitude issues or the reasons he’s not playing anymore. What people cannot do is take away from the pure fact that Dardoch is a leader. He can rally people around him, control games, and he’s definitely talented. I don’t think you can ever take that away. Regardless of what anyone can say about how he does it, he does do it.

It definitely feels a bit like there are shoes for me to fill. I don’t think I’ll be doing exactly what Dardoch did for the team, but I’m definitely doing what I can. I’ve had a lot of experience, but unfortunately, I’ve never been a leader on any of my previous teams. However, I’ve had the opportunity to work on that this year.”

Further in the conversation, Akaadian also talked about his role in the academy team and how he helped other players to improve themselves. Alongside that, he also showed how supportive Dignitas was during this period.

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