Poon Kok Sing, also known as Veki is a professional League of Legends player from Malaysia. He played with Malaysia's League of Legends team, Kuala Lumpur Hunters for a long period before moving to Taiwan and played for Hong Kong e-Sports. Recently, he decided to return to Malaysia and rejoin Kuala Lumpur Hunters once more. With the help of Garena Malaysia, Gamehubs was able to land an interview with Veki to further understand his reasons for leaving Hong Kong e-Sports as well as his life in Taiwan.
Kurtis: Hi Veki, can you do a brief introduction about yourself?
Veki: Hi, My name is Poon Kok Sing, also known as OzoraVeki, or Veki only in League Master Series (LMS)
Kurtis: How was your life in Taiwan?
Veki: Most of the time spent in Taiwan is on practice, so it was not much of a difference when I was playing in Kuala Lumpur Hunters (KLH), but I was practicing in a much tighter schedule
Kurtis: What are the struggles and challenges that you faced while staying in Taiwan?
Veki: The biggest challenge that I had was to match well with my new teammates. I am a player who comes from a Wildcard region (SEA), and LMS is one of the five major regions for League of Legends, so I have to gain their trust and try to climb my way up rapidly in ranks in the Korean Challenger ladder. That’s the biggest challenge I had.
Kurtis: Is there anything that you miss in Taiwan after coming back to Malaysia?
Veki: I do miss some of the people in Taiwan like my ADC, GodKwai, and the food there. Most of the Taiwan food are very good, and I believe that the drinks there are one of the best I had in my life, especially bubble milk tea!
Kurtis: Just for the record, what is the reason of you leaving Hong Kong e-Sports (HKE) and LMS?
Veki: My biggest reason for leaving is my friends and family, and I feel that I am very close to the Malaysia League scene, so I feel that I have the responsibility to bring up the local scene, but I would not have come back if Bipolar and Qaspiel is not in the team. I am so close to them and seeing that they have given so much for KLH and the local scene, I have to come back.
Kurtis: You said that it is your biggest reason, are there other reasons behind your departure from HKE?
Veki: I would say the environment. In Taiwan, it does not feel like there’s a holiday even though it’s a holiday, I have no friends to hang out with or places that I can go to. But in Malaysia, I know where I can go if I want to relax during off days and I have friends to join me when we want to take a break from the game.
Kurtis: A lot of people have been saying that it is a bad choice for you to come back to Malaysia since LMS is one of the major regions and you could have brought your career into greater heights there, and you were even awarded the Top 3 Rookie of the Split. What do you think about these comments?
Veki: The people are not wrong, staying in LMS is definitely easier and more secure for my future. Not only because of the League scene there, but also the fans. I have gain so much popularity and fans there even though I spent such a short time in LMS. I believe that if I continued to stay on with HKE, I will be a much popular e-Sports athlete, so the people are not wrong. I just have to look at myself and improve myself heading into the future. I see the potential of KLH going to Worlds, I know it’s a risky gamble but I am willing to take it. If I can make it to Worlds with KLH, it will be milestone achievement for the entire Malaysia League scene.
Kurtis: How was your treatment in HKE and how was the team environment like?
Veki: HKE treats their players very well, I think they have one of the best gaming house amongst the LMS teams. I was treated very well there and the people there are extremely friendly.
Kurtis: How was your relationship with the other members and staffs in HKE?
Veki: When I first landed in Taiwan, my first priority was to build a good relationship with the people there. I spent a lot of effort talking to people so I have quite a good relationship with the players and also the staffs.
Kurtis: How was the competitiveness in LMS like? And how is it different from TLC and GPL?
Veki: They are much, much more competitive in LMS, but it is still not well-structured like LCK or LCS since LMS is the smallest region out of all five major regions. The players there are so much better in the game. In Malaysia or GPL, I am considered as one of the tops players in the region, but over in LMS, I am definitely not one of the top players. The overall level of the players there are so high, most of the players there are Diamond 1, Master or Challenger tier players in the Korean Ranked ladder. Majority of players in SEA cannot even achieve such a high rank in the Korean server, except for the few that I know that managed to climb up to Challenger in Korean server like Qaspiel, Levi and SofM. Achieving these ranks in LMS is a very common thing, and for me to be up to par, I have to practice twice as hard to keep improving myself. There so many things that I learn while playing in LMS that I will not know if I didn’t have the chance to play there.
Kurtis: What are your best memories in LMS?
Veki: The best memories that I have is definitely the game that I played against J-Team. I gained a lot of confidence from that game because I outplayed them during a bot lane 2v2 scenario. J-Team’s ADC, BeBe is a Season 2 Worlds Champion, and I have always looked up to him. Being able to compete against him and outplay him, it was such a proud moment for me.
Kurtis: What are some of the differences between playing in KLH and HKE?
Veki: Playing in KLH is much more stress-free as I know my teammates well and they know me too. For HKE, the competitiveness in LMS is so much higher, so I have to work hard and catch up to their level while gaining their respect at the same time. I was also the shot caller for HKE, and I have to gain their trust as well since shot-calling can affect the outcome of any games tremendously.
Kurtis: Based on your performance in LMS, do you think that you lived up to your fans and your own expectation?
Veki: My performance in LMS could be much better, but I think it is acceptable. I am just grateful that I am not considered as a bad player and being able to compete and be competitive in a major region.
Kurtis: Which team is the LMS is the most challenging team to face against?
Veki: Definitely Flash Wolves! They are on a level of their own and we got completely destroyed during the series against them. There are so much details that Flash Wolves go into when playing the game, and I have learned so much while playing against them.
Kurtis: So now you are like FlyQuest’s Hai, where both of you played three different roles in your career. How was the transition from mid to support when playing for HKE?
Veki: Before receiving the offer from HKE, I have already decided to play as a support for KLH. It was not hard for me, but after joining HKE, I realized that there are still many things that I didn’t know about support and bot lane. The transition was not that difficult, but I am happy that I managed to pull it off. I am glad that the coach in HKE, Nelson, who personally helped me a lot whenever I have questions for him. A lot of my bot lane knowledge came from him and also learning from scrims against Korean teams.
Kurtis: Now you are replacing CO4 as the ADC for KLH, how do you think you will do transitioning to ADC role from support?
Veki: Due to the fact that I understand bot lane mechanics so much better than Malaysian players, it shouldn’t be that hard for me. But I do have a lot of things to learn again that was not part of a support job and it will be much more mechanically challenging for me.
Kurtis: You will be playing with Bipolar as your support in the bot lane. How is your synergy with him?
Veki: It is pretty easy to match well with him because he is also a very knowledgeable player. I am teaching him the things that I learn in LMS as a support and he is willing to accept and learn without any ego. It is very easy to improve our bot lane plays and synergy together base on that.
Kurtis: Any team that you are looking forward to face in TLC?
Veki: I am interested in playing against Fire Dragoon since they are the second professional team in Malaysia.
Kurtis: What are your favorite champions in all of the roles you played?
Veki: For mid, the most iconic champion for me has to be Ahri, I like her a lot. Azir is something that I used to main but as a champion, I like Ahri the most. For support, it is Lulu. The most fun champion to play in the ADC role is Lucian. I am still practicing Draven, he is a very mechanically challenging champion, or even the hardest champion to play in LoL!
Kurtis: Do you think KLH can make it into the Play-in stage of worlds, since Gigabyte Marines earned a second spot for SEA region during MSI 2017?
Veki: There’s a very high possibility of it happening, but we still need a lot of improvements our performance is still shaky.
Kurtis: Any teams that you want to face if KLH makes it into GPL?
Veki: Gigabyte Marines. It was a close series last time and last time I was not in KLH. People are saying that Gigabyte Marines are the SKT of Vietnam since they have the best players in all of their roles now. It will be very interesting to play against them.
Kurtis: If another international offer comes to you, will you accept it?
Veki: Actually after I left HKE and before KLH announce my return, I already received an offer to join another international team, which I cannot disclose. However, I refused it as I have already made up my mind to rejoin KLH and bring KLH to Worlds. I might accept it in the future but not for now.
Kurtis: What are some tips and advice that you can give to players who are looking to turn pro or simply just want to climb up in ranks?
Veki: Firstly this game requires a lot of talent, you cannot easily climb up to Diamond and above unless you put effort into it. Try to watch pro players play in YouTube or Twitch, which is how most pro players learn. You need to watch people that plays on the highest level and understand why they are doing certain things that are different from what you are doing, then apply it in game. Besides that, always be humble and be ready to receive and accept criticism. Even the best player in the world, Faker, will make mistakes from time to time and he has a coach as well. So, always be humble, accept the criticisms that comes your way and constantly look to improve, never think that you are already good enough.
Kurtis: That's it for the interview. Thank you for taking your time and accepting this interview. Good luck in your future endeavors!
Veki: Thanks for having me! And also thanks to our partners Logitech and Digi for making us a much better team!
Veki and KLH are currently competing in TLC Malaysia 2017 Summer Split, catch them in action live at watch.garena.com. Be sure to like Veki's Facebook page and KLH's Facebook page to stay up to date with them.