Caps on Camille mid, using negative fan comments as motivation, and why he doesn’t look at his own statistics

Following Fnatic’s week 3 victory over Roccat, mid laner Rasmus “Caps” Winther was in high demand by the media, but spared a few minutes to speak with Oracle’s Elixir between other interviews. Under the watchful eyes of team manager Finlay “Quaye” Stewart, Caps gave me some context around his use of Camille in game 1, shared about his impressive early growth in his rookie season, and explained why he doesn’t pay attention to his own performance stats.

Throughout our conversation, I was impressed by how open and comfortable Caps seemed. Just three weeks into his LCS career, he already carries himself with ease and confidence, both on the Rift and in backstage interviews.

A transcript of our interview follows. Portions have been slightly edited or condensed for clarity.

TIM

First of all Caps, looking back to game one, the draft surprised a lot of people, especially the Camille specifically, how that came through. How surprised were you guys to get it after leaving it up?

CAPS

We were going to try to trade Ivern for Camille, but then they didn’t pick Camille, so we just took both and we were surprised, I guess, but in a happy way.

TIM

I was wondering whether you guys maybe had some information that you figured they wouldn’t play it, like they didn’t have practice on it. So you didn’t have any information about that? You were just looking for a trade?

CAPS

Yes, we were really surprised. We were joking about, like, maybe they didn’t see that it was left up!

TIM

Did you know from the start when you picked it that you were going to play it mid? Or was that an ongoing discussion for the rest of the draft?

CAPS

We play [Camille] in multiple roles, so it was an ongoing discussion and we just put it in the role that it fit.

TIM

Okay, so it was based on how the rest of the draft played out, felt you could flex it. As the draft played out, did it naturally just fall into mid, or were you lobbying, like, “Hey I want to play it mid, please let me!”

CAPS

I mean, it’s a really fun champ to play, but I think it came more from [the fact that] they used two mid bans and they early-picked mid, so a lot of the power picks in mid were gone, and Camille would just be a good fit. Also because they had a counter-pick top and we already had Ivern, so…

TIM

Speaking of you as a player, a little more of your history and your evolution, one of the things that rookies often struggle with is the more complicated parts of macro play, map positioning and movement, these types of things. How do you feel about your own evolution and that part of your game? Do you feel you’ve developed that really quickly, or are there still things you’re trying to work on?

CAPS

I feel like right now I’m learning really fast, but that’s probably because I’m so much behind the rest of the LCS players. But the thing is that I have so many veteran players who can teach me the game really fast, which means that my macro evolves really fast.

TIM

What’s it been like working with those veterans? Less the specific in-game stuff, but more outside of the game too. How you practice, how you work with your teammates, and how you grow as a person as well.

CAPS

They have been here for many years, so they have a lot of secrets, they have knowledge of how you can make a team go well, and how some teams go poorly. I’m definitely learning a lot from them, both in game, with the macro, and out of game, with [forming good] habits.

TIM

Speaking about the team’s macro as a whole, your strategic play, how much have you been working on how to play certain kinds of comps or being able to execute different strategies? Is that something you’ve really been actively working on early in the season? Or are you more trying to limit yourselves to a couple of things you do really well?

CAPS

At this point we’re still a new team. We’re trying out a lot of different things and finding where our strengths are and where our weaknesses are. But at the same time, there are still some weaknesses that we have to improve on, especially certain strategies that we learned we aren’t executing properly, so we have to practice them. I feel like most of the strategies we play right now we are capable of pulling out.

TIM

As someone who runs a stats website, I kind of have to throw this in here: how much do you look at your own stats or other players’ stats to keep an eye on how your numbers are developing and compare yourself? Is that something you actually look at, or do you not worry about it at all?

CAPS

I looked at it the first week, but after that I haven’t really looked at it. I don’t like looking at stats so much. I like looking at the actual plays more.

QUAYE (Fnatic manager)

He’s not really a KDA player! [all laugh]

Editor’s note: With 26.2% of his team’s deaths, Caps has the highest death share of any non-support player in the EU LCS. But his strong laning numbers, high kill participation, and respectable damage output all speak in his favour! And for what it’s worth, Faker tends to have a high death share, too.

TIM

[Are your stats] something that you might have wanted to look at more before and now you’re just learning to filter that out, as part of the process of becoming more of a pro, or is that just your personality that you don’t care about the numbers?

CAPS

I mean, I don’t really look at it but it’s not like I’m mad about it or sad about it. I think it’s fine. There’s obviously some issues [with my stats] but most of the time it comes from other problems, and it’s not like… I’m not looking at “Why did I die here? Why did I die here? I died so many times… We need to fix that.” I’m more looking at, “How did I die?” If I died in a bad way, then of course I will try and fix it. But if I died in a team fight, or if I died just because they suicide onto me and they all died and we got the nexus then I’m calling “worth!”

TIM

In the context, too, of things fans say on Reddit or Twitter, things like that, you probably have to learn to filter a lot of that out as well, and stats could be interpreted in a very similar way. Have you learned more over time to filter out the community perceptions, or do you still check on those a little bit?

CAPS

Considering how many solo queue games I’ve played I’m pretty good at filtering out negative comments. [laughs] But usually when I check Twitter and Reddit and stuff it’s not that bad. There’s some negative comments, but usually when you start reading negative comments you just stop because, it’s like… You don’t learn anything from them. So I usually look at the positive comments and I will like them, and even if I see some negative comments sometimes… I will already be sad about my performance myself, you know? So the negative comments will just be a boost, I guess you could say, and make me feel like, “Oh, I really need to try now.” And then I will maybe go get some Elo or something!

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