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Wunder talks being on the other end of the Fnatic vs. G2 matchup, and more


Fnatic's run for Top 2 continues as the team picked up an important win over G2 Esports during Week 6 of the LEC. Following the victory, Fnatic's top laner (who used to be G2's top between 2018 and 2021) joined Jaxon for an interview.



Yohan Markov

Congratulations on beating your former team! How does it feel to beat G2? 

Wunder

I mean, it's for sure nicer than beating any other team in the league, but we also lost the game against Astralis, so it was nice not to go 0-2 for the week.  

But yeah, beating them was really nice, especially in the studio, so I could just see their faces when they lost (laughs). 

Yohan Markov

Despite leading against Astralis and being the favorite, you lost. What happened in that game?

Wunder

I think we weren't calm enough to figure out a way to play it well. I think we were stressing out a bit too much and we didn't really make plays as a team.  

We were doing stuff on our own and it snowballed into us getting weaker in the game. At some point, it was actually hard to win from a winning position because of the mistakes that we made. 

If you had no summoners, with their comp they would have an easy time at making picks on us, and they abused that well. 

Yohan Markov

If you compare Week 1 FNC to now, where would you say is the biggest difference?

Wunder

I say in Week 1 we were a lot more inconsistent with how we played on stage.  

I mean, to this date we still have bad games and segments that we play [badly], but I would say that it was a lot clearer from the beginning that we had games where nothing was going in our way.  

I say we still have things to improve, but I think that's also natural, right? 

Yohan Markov

We still have to see the final Fnatic form, right?

Wunder

I believe that our team can do much more than what we've shown. I also think that a lot of the European teams are not as good as they should be.  

Compared to other teams around the world, I don't think Europe is as top-heavy right now, so we probably get away with a lot of things that we shouldn't. 

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Yohan Markov

Was there a moment during the offseason where you were thinking that you wouldn't play during Spring split? Or you believe until the end that you will find a new home? 

Wunder

There were definitely moments where I thought I wouldn't be playing this split.  

I think a lot of it came down to my communication with G2 in terms of where I can go, where are they willing to sell me. I'd say there was a lot of uncertainty about it until the very end.  

It basically flip-flopped and changed from day to day whether I was certain or not if I could actually play in this split. I was also talking to [Mikyx] at the time, and he was in the same spot more or less and was also very uncertain, and it ended up being true that he was not playing from the start.  

I thought there was a case where I wouldn't be playing as well.

Yohan Markov

How are you feeling in Fnatic? I've seen videos on YouTube with you doing some outside-of-the-game activities. How is the atmosphere?

Wunder

I would say from the beginning a lot of the focus has always been that this team is made for us to win.  

Everyone leaves the year on a loss unless you win Worlds. A lot of people want changes. And even the people who stayed in FNC (Upset & Hylissang), of course, they want changes as well.  

And we came together because we believe in the roster, and we want to win. When it comes to the environment, there are always sacrifices that have to be made to maintain the winning mentality. I would say everything is working out. 

Yohan Markov

Next question is more interesting! I want you to imagine that we go back in time in 2020 and someone tells you that you will be playing for Fnatic in 2022. What would you say to this person?

Wunder

I am not sure. The team was completely different, and 2020 was the year where we still beat Fnatic in both finals, and I probably would have liked to stay in my team (laughs).  

Of course, a lot has changed, and there is this long-standing rivalry, but it's more about the people that I would be playing with.  

The roster of Fnatic has changed a couple of times, right? Hylissang has been there, and I played a lot of finals and matches against him, but everyone else is new and not from Fnatic's original or long-standing roster.  

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Yohan Markov

Last year, there was a lot of criticism pointed towards you. How do you cope with the criticism in general?

Wunder

I don't really get affected much. Of course, I know it's there because I use social media where it's relevant, so I do know that it's there and most of the things that people say.  
 
I've never reached a point where I would actively have to avoid social media because it doesn't affect me as much.  

Of course, it can take a lot of your time, so you don't want to waste time that you could be spending doing something more important.  

But yeah, it's always nice when you have downtime, or you are bored out of your mind and you have nothing to do. I guess it's a decent thing for me to get. 

Yohan Markov

What is your current view of the toplane meta? Do you think the role needs improvement somewhere?

Wunder

I think the meta right now is pretty interesting.  

I feel like there are a lot of pocket picks that you can pull out and old champions that have made their return. Hullbreaker as well. I think every top lane kind of likes the meta right now. A lot of stats from items that make a lot of champions OP, which is also the reason why some old champions were pulled back.  

I think the items counter a lot of tanks being played. If you are playing with a tank vs. a Hullbreaker who is pushing you 24/7 and just taking your tower in your face, you can't do much.  

It's not as nice but I don't really mind tanks not being as played. Only a few can be played right now and I think the meta is good on top

Yohan Markov

What about the TP change? Would you revert it back? 

Wunder

It's just a different way of playing the game. Right now, everyone is used to how it is.  

It did change a lot of how you use teleport. Even for lane, you can't even teleport on minions, which is also a big thing.

Yohan Markov

Especially for Fnatic, right? They used to play around TP's a lot, especially for bot lane.

Wunder

Yeah, now you can only TP to prevent dives or cover dives.  

People don't really save it for that much anymore because you can use it to get the small advantage on the lane and make sure you have it back for minute 14.  

It’s what most people do, and I felt like that change was needed. It just makes a lot of champions in this meta be oppressive. That's why you see Graves and those kinds of champions that show no mercy and shove the wave 24/7.