We sat down with MAD Lions mid laner Nisqy before his return to the LEC to talk streaming, ERLs, and why he decided to take a spring sabbatical.
After a surprising Spring split absence, Yasin ‘Nisqy’ Dinçer is back in the driver’s seat in the LEC. And after MAD Lions’ rocky start to 2022, he’s hoping he can help the team turn things around in time for the Summer playoffs.
He says he doesn’t feel any pressure coming into a team midway through the year. He’s done it once before, with Team EnvyUs in North America, and he says there’s definitely a clear difference in dynamic between joining a team in Spring and in Summer.
“It’s like, ‘Should I adapt to their playstyle and their calls, or should I come in and try to make something new within two or three weeks?’ And joining this way in Summer, it’s always going to be hard to turn a team around unless they already had a really good identity in spring. And I think, with MAD, the team was only really made up of individuals, and their teamplay in Spring was really poor.”
He sees his role as “connecting the team” and helping them through some of their rougher mid-games. But ultimately, he knows that MAD’s success or failure is not entirely down to him, even if he is the only new face on the roster. Being back in the studio, in front of fans, will be a big help for the team, but it doesn’t guarantee better performance.
“I think playing in front of a crowd is going to be good for everyone,” he said. “I think it might actually be Unforgiven’s first time playing in front of a crowd, so hopefully he doesn’t panic or stress a lot, but we’ll all be there to help him.”
Even after missing a split, Nisqy remains confident he can go toe-to-toe with the LEC’s mid pool. “Right now I think I’m top five for sure, and after some weeks I think I’ll be top three — but since it’s my comeback split, it’s important to see how people play on stage rather than in scrims because they’re two completely different things.”
It’s great to see Nisqy back in the LEC — but his absence in Spring belies a worrying trend of fast talent cycles in Europe that is beginning to see strong players pushed out before their prime.
“I do find it kind of weird. When a good player doesn’t find a team, it’s usually not because the player doesn’t want to play. Usually, it’s other stuff that’s going on, like either contract or buyout negotiations. I also think some of the teams in the LEC are not really there to win, and I think that makes it harder because there are just fewer teams that a player can pick from. I think that’s a real issue in Europe.”
It’s this talent cycle that’s seen so many LEC players drop down a tier to compete in the ERLs. And although Nisqy respects the desire to keep playing, it’s not something he’d choose to do. even if it meant a slightly earlier end to his career.
“I feel like if I’m going back to an ERL that means I’m kind of done with my career,” he explains, “and I feel like when I’m done with my career I don’t want to be playing in a league below, because I really think that would demolish my motivation and my confidence.”
It’s worked for some players — Martin ‘Rekkles’ Larssen and Lucas ‘Cabochard’ Simon-Meslet have both found successful homes on Karmine Corp in the LFL, where they pull in viewership numbers equivalent to major leagues like the LCS. But Nisqy said: “I think that’s respectable, but I would probably not be able to do it.”Nisqy reflects on LEC break and move to MAD Lions: "I knew I was too good to be on the bench" View Story