Summoner Spotlight Series: LEERRROOOYYY.... Williams?
The next Summoner Spotlight focuses on someone who has been around the community for a long time, but he has played League longer than the Oklahoma League of Legends community existed.
Brandon “Leeroy” Williams started playing video games before he was out of diapers. For a lot of us in the community, that would mean a system like the Super Nintendo. For Leeroy… well, let’s just say his first console was an Xbox. He spent the majority of his early teen years on the Xbox and PlayStation 3, but it wasn’t long before his brother Justin helped him build a computer and the addiction to the PC Master Race began.
“Building and paying for my own computer with my brother was one of the best experiences of my life,” Leeroy said. “It felt really personal and unique. The upgrade to better graphics and framerates from consoles was also nice.”
Leeroy started playing League with his brother during the Lee Sin and Nocturne release and has been a Mid main ever since. Focusing on caster and control mages like Orianna, LeBlanc and Vladimir, Leeroy could impact any other lane on his team with a perfectly-timed roam. Being at the center of the game is where he excels.
“I’ve always liked caster mages in every video game, so that’s what originally brought me to the mid lane, but I stayed because I liked being at the center of the game” Leeroy said. “I can help my jungler invade, I can roam to either top or bot lane, I can impact the entire map from my position. At any point in the game, all it takes is one Orianna ultimate, an Ahri charm or a well-placed Taliyah wall and we win the teamfight.”
Playing with his brother was fun, but eventually Justin and his friends stopped playing League as often. Leeroy stumbled across the newly formed Oklahoma League of Legends Facebook page and saw the potential of the growing community. Over the years, the page continued to grow socially and competitively, and Leeroy could experience it from an early time.
“The community is honestly the best it’s ever been,” Leeroy said. “People are meeting other players and grouping up to play, so that’s a really awesome benefit of being a part of a community. I realized that most of my friends are because of this community, and I couldn’t imagine not knowing a lot of them now. There’s occasionally trash-talk and toxicity, but it’s been a lot better recently. Some people just need to realize that they aren’t typing to bots, but to other people with real feelings that are just as much a part of the community as they are.”
Leeroy has been a part of several competitive teams over the years and had always been a win or two away from placing first. His significant other Eren, though not a League player himself, supported Leeroy throughout the highs and lows that come with competitive gaming, a rare treat for gamers. With the OKLCS Season 4, Leeroy saw his first victory in the Diamond-capped division with his most recent team, Gamers in Arms. Catching the moment on stream and after during a live interview, Leeroy was thankful for the team that finally helped him secure a first-place victory after three years.
“This team will always be the guys I won my first tournament with,” Leeroy said. “Cody Kirby, Jared Cole, Israel Solis and Zachary Denne helped me stay focused on the goal: winning. When I got tilted, they lifted me back up and carried me. I hope I can win more tournaments, but if I never do, I am glad to have won this one with my friends. I’ve had so many great teammates who became more than just teammates to me, and I can’t mention them all, but a huge thanks to all of you for helping me become the player I am today. I also want to thank my significant other Eren for supporting me: I sacrificed a lot of our personal time together to be able to practice with my team, and him being supportive means the world to me.”
With Season 5 of the OKLCS approaching in January 2018, Leeroy is building his roster with the goal of setting a win streak in the Diamond-capped OKLCS. Four teams have won the Diamond-capped OKLCS, but none have won consecutive seasons. Leeroy plans to be the first.
“Hastega and Randynewman are returning, and we already have some interesting candidates for our open spots,” Leeroy said. “We are going to practice with the goal of being the first team to consecutively win the OKLCS. The game is going to be entirely different this upcoming season, and I’m excited to see what the new meta will be. It seems that burst mages are great, which makes me happy because it matches my playstyle. Right now, it’s all about experimenting and trying new things with the new runes.”
Favorite Champions: Azir and Vladimir
Azir is such a versatile champion, he can engage for his team, poke the enemies down before team fights, and he puts out huge DPS in team fights. I feel really in control of the game when I play him with so many options.
I like Vladimir because you farm for 30 minutes and then one shot the ADC, tons of fun.
Champion to Learn: Aurelion Sol
When I see players like Huhi or Quantum Fizzics play him, I get the urge to play him but I always wind up feeding on him.
LCS Role Model: I have always admired players like Hai and Aphromoo who are gods at shotcalling and carry their team just by telling them what to do next. To have that level of insight and game knowledge is just insane to me and I wish I had even just a little bit of their skill.