Rosey: overcoming the fear

By Amelia Savery

A few weeks ago, Andrew ‘Rosey’ Rose and his team, Chiefs Esports Club, were playing their 10th game in the Oceanic Pro League. They were, at that point, undefeated - their 9-0 record intimidating at the top of the standings. It also happened to be Rosey’s 21st birthday.

Becoming Rosey

Rosey was born and raised in Melbourne.  “Surprisingly, when I was growing up, I was more of a sporty person,” he explained. “I played pretty much every sport I could at school, I was playing football outside of school. Then my brother introduced me to World of Warcraft on the computer, and then...it was all downhill from there.” This happened when Rosey was about 13 years old. He tried to balance his sporting commitments with video games, but video games slowly took over.

He sighs a lot when he talks about that time. “Too long,” he says, when asked how long that phase of his life lasted. “Maybe five years or so. I started off with raiding then moved to PvP. Surprisingly, I played on the same server as Spookz (Sam Broadly, Chiefs’ jungler). I didn’t know him back then. I knew who he was, we knew each other’s names. Then when we joined a team in League, we were like, wow. Small world.”

Rosey isn’t sure when he first gave League of Legends a go, but he knows he tried it around five years ago because one of his World of Warcraft friends was into it.

“I’d just play casually when I had nothing else to do. I didn’t really played ranked because, for some reason, I was scared of it. I was like, nope, I don’t want to go there,” he admits.

Like many of us, he overcame his fear of ranked by trying it with the support of his friends. “I had a group of friends and we started doing ranked fives together and duoing. Instead of going in solo, I had a friend there.”

After getting over his ranked anxiety, Rosey quickly developed a deeper understanding of League of Legends as a whole. This, coupled with his innate talent, drove Rosey into a competitive career over on the NA server - Carnage, Sequential Gaming, MindFreak and Team Immunity.

 When OCE opened, like most competitive players at the time, he’d planned to keep an NA presence in order to keep up the high level of practice. “Initially, we only moved smurfs over (to OCE),” he explains. “We thought we’d keep our mains on NA so we could solo queue and scrim versus NA teams. So we played on our smurfs, played a few normals. Then we went back over to NA to try scrims - we just couldn’t play on 180 ping anymore. We were like, OK, this is pointless. Let’s just move over.

Dreams can come true

Rosey has had a lot of experience playing in dominant teams in the region, so he struggles a little to recall the best experience he’d had because of League of Legends. “Probably going to Germany was a really big thing,” he says, referring to when he travelled to GamesCom for the Season 3 International Wildcard Tournament with Team Immunity. “Seeing the crowd...it was a different atmosphere than we’d ever played in. The amount of people, playing against international people. It was a different experience to anything I’d ever had. I’d never been overseas before.”



When he talks about that time, he speaks in short sentences with long pauses, like he’s thinking hard about how it felt to be there. “It’s something you dream of, as a kid,” he finally says. “Then it happens.”

The Season 3 International Wildcard Tournament showed OCE what heights could be achieved with talent and hard work. The region evolved, the ecosystem expanded, and teams worked harder than ever for the right to represent the region in 2014. “Last year at Winter Regionals, when we lost to Legacy 3-2 (the series that decided who would represent OCE), that was easily the worst experience. It was the worst any of us had felt playing League.” There are no short sentences here - he remembers this time vividly. This was the series that lost Rosey another chance to compete at the International Wildcard again.  “We didn’t play with each other for a month maybe after that. We were solo queing, doing our own thing.”

Chiefs began playing together again, but the loss remained in their minds. It was still affecting their motivation and their play. They had been defined by their powerhouse image, and it had started to slip away from them. “Then we did a bootcamp with Riot, with Legacy, before one of the tournaments,” Rosey explains. “Ivan (RiotConquisitor from OCE) was giving us talks, and he talked us through everything.”

This was the turning point for the Chiefs - Ivan talked them out of their funk.  “Maybe that had to happen. You guys were always winning, easily,” Rosey remembers being told. “And we say it now, we say it kind of had to happen. It was a wake-up call for us. Now we’re a lot more motivated. We know we can’t defeat everyone by just relying on our skill. We have to think about the game, practice, rather than going in blind and beating people just because we’re better than them.”


Jack Of All Trades

Rosey is part of the region’s famous bot-lane pairing, but he’s no stranger to other roles. In fact, he’s played every role on the Rift at a competitive level. He’s played support for the Chiefs, though, for two years. So is that where he belongs?

“I don’t know about where I belong,” Rosey says carefully, “but it’s where I belong with this team. It’s been over two years now I’ve been playing support. If anything changed, I would change up the team a bit. It’s always been me and Raydere in the bottom lane.

“I don’t know if I’d say we’re the heart of the team, but we’re just...the stone. Just always there.”



Bradley ‘tgun’ Seymour, Team Immunity’s current support, recently said on Twitter that he considered Rosey to be the best support player in OCE. Rosey plays it down a little, trying to provide context.

“It was when everyone was doing those ask.fm things. People were asking, who would be your all-star team? Stuff like that. Egym (Bryce Paulie, Legacy’s support) would always get picked. I was like, whatever!” Rosey laughs. “I messaged tgun saying we should step up our game. The next day, I saw that (tgun’s Twitter post), and I was like, alright then. I’ll take it.”

Rosey thinks a little, then says, “Me and tgun probably haven’t had the best mutual relationship. But as time’s gone on, I’ve kind of seen him more as a player, and we respect each other a lot more. He’ll respect people if they’re good at the game.”

The Plan

So after Rosey’s up-and-down journey over the past few years, he and his team have worked their way back to regional dominance. Meanwhile, Rosey has returned to study, undertaking a one-year Diploma of Information Technology.



Balancing school and League isn’t a problem at this stage. “It’s been pretty easy so far - the times kind of work out for me. Monday to Thursday is school, then practice or games, then I have a three-day break. It works out well.”

Rosey also has the support of his girlfriend. “She plays League a lot as well. She’s pretty supportive of everything I do. My family is kind of the same. As long as I have a plan, they’re all up for it.”

So what’s the plan?

“Last year, I didn’t really have one - I was just playing League,” Rosey admits. ”This year, going back to education at the same time, I guess everyone is happy with what I’m doing now.”

And with League? What’s the goal?

“Our goal is Worlds this year. That is what we say - Worlds. Doesn’t matter if we go to Wildcards then lose,” Rosey says, implying that wouldn’t be good enough. “We want the Worlds spot.”

As I’m wrapping up my chat with Rosey, I jokingly ask if there’s anything else he’d like to say - “Anything you’d like to say to the fans?”

“I didn’t realise we have them,” he chuckles.


“Sure you do,” I reply.

“It’s getting there,” he concedes, and I can almost hear him smile.



OPL continues Monday and the semifinals begin on Wednesday 1 April from 6PM AEDT at www.twitch.tv/riotgamesoceania

 
Amelia Savery is a contributing writer. You can follow her on Twitter here.





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