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G2 Esports’ Mikyx Discusses The Best Bot Lane Approach In League Of Legends

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Mihael Mehle, known as “Mikyx,” is a 22-year-old Slovenian League Of Legends player who has been playing as support in G2 Esports for over two years. Previously, he was playing for Misfits Gaming.

Mikyx spoke in a recent interview with Inven Global and talked about his relationship with his new bot lane duo Martin “Rekkles” Larsson, the current meta in the bot lane, and many more.

In the conversation, Mikyx pointed out that bot laners in the LCK and LPL are actually not better than the European ones because he thinks that they are making lots of mistakes due to their aggressive playstyles.

Furthermore, Mikyx mentioned that Fnatic is a team that plays with a similar aggressive style as LCK and LPL, but he thinks that it is a wrong way to play the bot lane because you need perfect information about the map to do such aggressive play.

Additionally, Mikyx stated that the game should be more focused around the mid lane where support and jungle players roam around, where they can impact the top and bot lane together as well. According to Mikyx, this has been the meta of the game since the last Worlds.

Interviewer asked:

“With your guys’ recent success and finally making playoffs, Worlds definitely seems to be on the horizon. I want your perspective on this, since I would say Rekkles isn’t the best in Europe at laning, but past the laning phase he’s the best marksman in Europe.

When you see how aggressive bot lanes are in LPL and how they carry that to the mid-late game, is that something you think G2 are equipped for? How are you planning to deal with that?”

Mikyx replied:

“It’s gonna be kind of similar to every other time I’ve been to World or international events. I didn’t really feel like there was much of a difference between European or Chinese bot lanes. Sometimes when I watch LPL or LCK, bot lanes get leads where they kind of shouldn’t.

I think sometimes they just play against people that are misplaying a lot of stuff. And I do think that LPL teams or players play a lot more aggressively.

Whereas in Europe, everyone plays a lot more safe. I think in Europe, you just lane a bit and play mostly around support/mid/jungle, which was the case last year at Worlds as well. It was mostly about that. And I think it’s gonna be probably similar this time around.”

Interviewer asked:

“Fnatic and MAD Lions both seem to have a style more in line with LPL, primarily focusing on the bottom lane, and bottom lane duos being more aggressive. Even Jankos talked about how Nelson introduced LPL knowledge to G2. Is this style inherently better than other teams’ approaches?”

Mikyx said:

“I don’t really think so. I think usually playing around mid is best because…well it’s the center of the map, so then they can impact both bot and top. I do think Fnatic is probably the closest to playing kind of similar to LPL where the bottom’s really aggressive.

They fight a lot whenever it’s possible. But I’m not sure if that’s the best approach. It seems a bit flippy because unless you always have perfect information — which usually you don’t — I think our approach is pretty good for Europe and even going forward to international events.”

Later in the conversation, Mikyx touched upon the fact that nobody played around the bot lane during the last Worlds, and the meta will continue to be like that if there is no crazy jungle changes.

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