It’s only been six games, but Team Liquid is looking more aggressive now compared to the past six splits. This change comes from the side’s head coach, Joshua “Jatt” Leesman.
While Jatt was head coach in 2020, he inherited the team and its staff and structures.
In 2021, Jatt is looking at a team that is increasingly more his own creation. In this interview, he discusses taking on more agency in the team, creating a versatile squad, and using the Lock In to gather data.
Aside from picking up on some older conversations between this writer and him, Jatt also spoke about basketball and The Last Dance.
Q. I’m curious how much, if anything, do you think the LCS teams are hiding in the Lock In tournament?
A. Oh, interesting. I’d say right now - just if I had to guess - teams aren’t hiding almost any information because they don’t have the information to hide yet. [Laughs] If that makes sense.
Even though we had Barney Barney Morris [Alphari] start scrimmaging with us on the 13th, Lucas Tao Kilmer Larsen [Santorin] started scrimmaging with us on the 18th. So you know we’ve had nine days with Barney and five days with Lucas.
We’re still figuring out exactly what we’re going to be playing and what we think is good, and I think many other teams will be in a similar boat right now. We’re just approaching this as if we don’t need to play our most comfortable thing. We need to get reps with stuff on stage that we want to get data about. And I think that’s kind of what we did today.
Q. It’s giving it your all, but there’s not that much actually yet developed.
A. Yeah, yeah, we’re definitely giving it our all, but it’s not like we’re picking full comfort or something. It’s giving it our all while still trying to develop.
Q. On that same note, what does triumph or not winning at the Lock In mean to a team? The objective is always to win, but to what degree here? How important is growing for the split, and how does that weigh in your mind as a coach?
A. I mean, for me, I think a lot of it is about confidence, and a lot of it is about getting stage games. I feel like these have been stage games in how we play and how the other teams have been playing against us. And no matter how much you try to make scrims the same as stage, there’s always going to be a level of difference. So winning Lock In, I think, would be a good affirmation that we are a good team, and it would give us more confidence to continue doing the stuff that we want to be doing.
And also there is a winner-take-all prize pool, so that’ll be nice too if we win.