Édgar “Seiya” Ali Bracamontes Munguía is one of the most storied players in the Latin America North region, winning every available domestic title with Lyon Gaming and Rainbow7 since 2013, before finally succumbing to Dash9 in the LAN semifinals this Summer. In his final split with Rainbow7, Seiya’s title streak was broken and he was unable to participate at the 2018 World Championship, but another challenge is on the horizon for both himself and the Latin American region.
Latin America North and Latin America South will form a joint Latin American region starting in 2019 Spring. Four teams from each region will form an eight team league, moving the competition to South America and prompting Latin American North teams to relocate to Chile. The move has been criticized for favoring the South American teams, but Seiya remains positive as the gem of his region. Seiya has joined Isurus Gaming as the team’s newest mid laner and will compete in the new fused Latin American Region — he just doesn’t shy away from a challenge.
VPesports had the opportunity to chat with Isurus Gaming’s mid laner Seiya about leaving Rainbow7, the regional change, and his future.
Riot announced that the Latin America regions would be fusing for 2019 and the foreseeable future. Following that change, you and your team have disbanded. How are you handling such big changes?
When the region change got announced, we were honestly all really sad. Obviously there’s some good things and bad things about it, but it was definitely more on the sad side to us. It means that our region kind of disappears, right? The fusion definitely benefits LAS more than us. I was kind of sad, but it was not like we were depressed over it. We just have to move forward.
This team, Rainbow7 and Lyon Gaming, we were together for such a long time, but when this year started, we knew it was probably going to be the last one. We all talked about it and agreed, “Yeah this is going to be our last year.” When it happened and went our separate ways… it was sad, but we were prepared for it. We are still really good friends though. We are pretty much family at this point. We were together for so long, we still talk to each other and are super tight. Now, I’m on a new team for the first time in ever. I’ve always been in the same team so I’m excited for it.
What do you think of the level of competition in this future league? There are already Korean players and a decent concentration of talent.
I think this fusion of the servers is kind of fun because it means that the players all get mixed up. I didn’t think it would be that way, but there are a lot of strong teams that can win and get top four. It’s going to be closer than I thought it would be. It’s going to be super fun. We got the first Koreans in our region and it took a long time. It happens in every region, but this is the first time for Latin America and I’m pretty excited for it. They’re really good players and yeah, aside from them, the other teams created are all really strong. This year is going to be really fun.
What about you, do you think that you’re still going to be the best mid laner?
Yeah, I’m confident in myself. I think I still got it to be the best, but there’s a lot of talented players. What happened with this fusion is that only top players remain. The competition is going to be way harder. I’m always up for a challenge though and I hope we all have fun.
Playing in LAN, a main thing for you guys is that you were able to practice with NA teams… did you ever have an opportunity to play for NA challenger teams or something like that?
Yeah, I had opportunities, but most of the time, I preferred to stay in Rainbow7 or Lyon Gaming and keep going for those international runs to see how far we could get. That’s pretty much the reason we were together for so long. We were all on that same page like, “We gotta do big things in the international stage.” Now that it’s over, I could have definitely moved. Since the team went its separate ways, maybe now was the time to do it, but in the end, I just decided that it would be interesting to go to this new region. I mean, it’s where my people and fans are. It’s not like I would hate to play in NA, but I think deep in my heart, I just really love Latin America.
Moreover, you’re still a player from a smaller region. What is it like to be able to come to All-Star and compete alongside these world-renowned players?
Seeing all these super good players that are top tier is fun, but obviously they’re still humans at the end of the day. It’s been pretty fun because I’ve played a lot of games with them on their team. It’s all kind of fun modes like Nexus Blitz, Tandem Mode, with Rookie, Faker, and players like that. It’s been really fun honestly, they’re all super humble and good people. It’s a really good experience, but yeah, I hope that there will be another event like this and that I’m invited then as well.
Are there any interactions that you’ve had that you’d like to share?
I know for a fact that my mom asked me to take a picture with Faker, but I haven’t done it yet and it’s kind of the last day to do it. Honestly, I probably should get going with that or she’s going to scold me so I’m going to look for the chance to do it and try not to embarrass myself. I’m kind of nervous about it because I haven’t talked to him yet, but we’ll see how it goes.
Going into next year, you’ll be playing with some new South American teammates on Isurus Gaming. What do you think of them?
They’re all really talented players. The thing is that a couple of them haven’t really won anything, not even in LAS. People don’t have too many expectations for them because of that fact, but I really have faith in them and am excited to work with them. I think this new project is going to be good and everyone will be super motivated to work hard. Hopefully we just mesh because it will be the first time to all play together. I wouldn’t say we’re favorites… you’ve gotta give that to Infinity because they won and haven’t changed any players. We may not have the title of favorites, but honestly, I think we can take them down.
With you and Oddie on the team, do you feel like you guys will be the leaders?
We have a lot of experience, but we haven’t started practicing yet so we don’t really know how it’s going to go until the split starts and get scrims going. I’m excited to work with new people and it’s going to be a breath of fresh air for both me and him.
Since this is all a big change for your fans as well, do you have any words for them?
This new league is going to be really exciting. Honestly, it’s kind of a bittersweet feeling. I really love LAN, but stuff happened and I can’t really do much about it. I hope that all my fans keep following me in this new league and that we can keep getting those trophies.
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