Fnatic has been a team in flux heading in to the ongoing season of the LCS. The team had to face the hard challenge of replacing veteran support player Bora "YellOwStaR" Kim, as he journied to North America, and joined up with Team SoloMid. His replacement initially came in the shape of Lewis "NoXiaK" Felix, but heading in to the fifth week of the league by Swedish rookie Johan "Klaj" Olsson.
Having asked Fnatic, they gave us an exclusive interview with Olsson in which we discussed how he's been gelling with the team.
Johan "Klaj" Olsson - rookie support player for Fnatic, let's start with the simple questions; tell us a bit about yourself and your League of Legends career.
My handle is Klaj/Klajbajk. I'm 20 years old and I'm from the Swedish city Örebro. I began playing League towards the end of Season 1. I don't really have a lot of competitive experience aside from playing in Swedish tournaments like Nordic Open and the Swedish Masters, as well as being on the Meet Your Makers Turkey team. Most recently I played for Na`Vi, but never officially signed to them because of receiving better offers from other organisations.
Seeing as you have officially replaced NoXiaK after much speculation, could you tell us how and when Fnatic approached you?
Martin "Rekkles" Larsson and I have known of eachother and played a fair bit of solo-queue together since Season 3, so he's "known" me for quite a while, but it's not like I was considered to be a potential recruit until recently. Basically Fnatic didn't feel that NoXiaK bonded with the team at the rate they were expecting, and they thought this was hampering the team''s growth. So they just reached out to me and asked if I wanted to play with them and now I'm sitting here with them in Berlin.
Why do you think they picked you specifically?I think they picked me because they know how driven I am and my desire to develop as a player whilst simultaneously having very solid fundamentals in the game.
Seeing as you lack any experience of playing in the LCS, how do you feel about performing on-stage amongst a horde of fans? Do you feel any kind of pressure at all?
Naturally there's added pressure in playing in LCS, but neither the players nor management expect a lot of me to begin with. They've taken me in as a prospect and aim to develop me into a top contender in time for Worlds.
Johan "Klaj" Olsson
Seeing as you've been able to scrim the past week, how do you feel playing with Rekkles? What would you consider to be your botlane's biggest strength?
It of course feels incredible to play with one of the best marksmen in the world, but we both know that it'll take a bit more than a few days for us to synergize properly, so right now we are putting a ton of effort into improving it. I'd say it's hard to exactly pinpoint what our biggest strength as a botlane is since we haven't played a lot together, but for now I'd say it's our trust in eachother's abilities. If someone makes a call we go through with it no matter what.
How would you rate yourself against the other supports in the LCS?
It's always hard to compare your own level to other players, but I personally wouldn't rate myself all too highly against the other supports in the league right now.
What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses as a player?
My knowledge of the game is pretty good so I'd consider that my biggest strength. As for my biggest weakness I'd say that I'm a bit too emotional when I play right now.
What type of a support player would you say you are in regards to playstyle and champions?
I'm a support that wants to get in your face. I really don't like playing peeling support champions as I feel that I have next to no impact on them, so I prefer playmaking champions.
Last but not least I'd like to ask what advice you'd like to give to people who truly want to become professional players.
Play a lot, always examine your mistakes and have fun!