In May, Team Dragon Knights, a former Challenger organization, was forced to sell their spot as part of a competitive ruling released by Riot Games. The NACS spot was acquired by Amro “noXn” Hamza, who was formerly the co-owner of VexX Gaming – a organization that houses professional teams in multiple different games. With a dream of starting his own organization, and now a newly acquired NACS spot, Hamza began his journey with his Challenger team – Eanix.
Hamza commented to thescoreesports.com around the same time he acquired the spot, saying “It’s always been my dream to start my own organization,” he then continued “I know how difficult it is to do that, but I have a really solid backing right now behind me team wise, support staff wise, etc. I think this is the right time to do it, and we really hope to make a splash this season.”
Unfortunately for the new organization’s owner, this season has been by far the hardest for Challenger teams, with established LCS organizations like Cloud9, Team Liquid and Apex deciding to establish sister Challenger teams. In the past few weeks, I have been in contact with Eanix, and thanks to Zack Jankelson, the organization’s head of content, I had a chance to ask Amro Hamza about the state of Eanix and their future in competitive League Of Legends.
Thank you for taking time from your day to answer a few questions. To start off, where does the name Eanix originate from?
Hamza: Eanix was the name I came up with for my IT company that I started a few years ago. Since we had such good luck with the company, my wife had told me there was no other name we could use!
When it comes to LCS teams there have been plenty of videos and interviews that reveal the busy schedule that each individual has on a near daily occurrence. However I do not think many understand just how hard challenger teams are working as well – What is the daily life like inside the shoes of one of your players or coaches?
Hamza: Well it’s a bit different for us. First and foremost, we arrived late to the party due to the circumstance Riot had put on TDK to sell the team by. So by the time the spot was secured, we had very little time to get a roster together, etc. The players we obtained were not interested in a gaming house. So really, for us, the practice schedule was a bit lighter than the rest of the NACS teams who were in a house. We look forward to making the appropriate changes to have the proper situation for our players next split.
What do you think the team learned with the losses in the first three weeks of the CS?
Hamza: I think given the circumstances, we played pretty well. We lost games with kill leads, one of them being C9C who we led for a while in the second match. It shows that being in a house with your support staff and teammates are crucial to success. I think if we were all together and given a little more time, our results would have been different.
I went onto ask Amro about the future of Eanix as a whole, more specifically where they see themselves come next season. Hamza responded saying, “Next split we’ll be in the gaming house, the organization will have expanded to some other titles. Nothing but growth from here on out.”
When initially setting up the interview with Eanix, I talked to Zack Jankelson who was excited and 100% on board to help share insight on his newly found team. Feeling that his organization was misunderstood, I asked Hamza what about Eanix does he believe is misunderstood:
I continued on asking questions not only about Eanix but the Challenger series as a whole. The answers I received were very insightful and ones I think everyone should read word for word – here is the rest of the transcript with Amro Hamza.
Recently there has been an influx of bigger organizations using the Challenger series as a way to create a “sister/brother” team – such as C9, Apex, and even Team Liquid. What are your thoughts on this practice? And does it ultimately hurt or help the scene?
Hamza: It ultimately depends. C9C on paper should make LCS, and obviously an org can’t have two teams in the LCS. So that means what, they’re going to sell the spot and continously repeat that cycle? If that’s the objective, then I whole heartedly disagree with that process. You’re keeping out other players who deserve the chance to showcase their skills on a professional platform from competing.
There have been a few different organizations who have really dominated the Challenger scene, but struggle to recreate that success on the big stage. How do you prepare a team so they are ready to compete in the LCS?
Hamza: Veteran coaches and analysts will help make the transition from NACS to LCS. Not to mention, there are players on alot of these Challenger teams who have competed with LCS players and even in the LCS itself. It’s just like in regular sports.
Eanix unfortunately does not have a gaming house currently. What was the reasoning behind that choice?
Hamza: Many of our players made the active decision not to move into a gaming house, considering their school schedule and personal obligations. It’s in the near future, though. As we expand and build our foundation, build into more games and otherwise, it will be one of our focuses.
Does the organization ever meet in person to discuss things or review previous matches?
Hamza: The owners and other staff members do meet in person. The NACS team met during the Riot media day, but that’s about it.
To end the interview, I decided to ask both Zack Jankelson and Amro Hamza if they had anything else they’d like to let fans and future fans know about Eanix, here’s what they said:
You can follow Eanix on twitter as well as keep up with their progress as an organization on their website Eanix.gg. Eanix will finish their CS run by taking on Team Liquid Academy, but, due to their record, they will be unable to continue onto the playoffs – forcing them to compete in the qualifiers for next season. To learn more about the Challenger Series and its format click here.