Former Enclave Gaming Dawn support player (and later coach) Karl “Reclamation” Dixon has published a vlog on his time with the org.
Reclamation is heading off to the US for a study year abroad, but has promised us he’ll ‘be back in a year’s time and keeping an eye on the scene with some more entertaining vlogs’!
In a vlog, shown below, he reflected on his eight months with Enclave and why he stepped down.
“I stepped down for various reasons,” he explained. “One of the reasons being, I thought that people weren’t really listening to me.
“I’m not there to be a parent, I’m going to look at your games and tell you what’s wrong. If you fix it, you fix it, if you don’t, you don’t.
“I felt a lot of times I was saying things to particular players, and it would go through one ear and out the other. I’d keep repeating it over and over and nothing would change.
“Things went wrong in the qualifiers, bad picks… bad drafts, which partially fall on myself, multiple things. At the time me and [team manager] Froomie were having personal issues behind doors, in my mind anyway, we were clashing.
“I felt a lot of times I was saying things to particular players, and it would go through one ear and out the other. I’d keep repeating it over and over and nothing would change.”
“Basically coaching was not working with my style, I’m going off to America soon so it just seemed easier to step down earlier. It was a pre-meditated decision.
“There’s no real vendettas or drama around a lot of the information I’m giving, it’s just opinions and things that went on.
“Saying that, I have very fond memories. It was fun. Our roster defied expectations while being a group of friends that got on with everyone. Going to that LAN was one of the happiest parts of being on that team.”
Reclamation did take the time to have a little pop at former teammate RangeExpire.
“Obviously everyone has their faults. I don’t know what the f*ck RangeExpire’s Twitter feed is, that sh*t is just like, damn!” he said.
“Maybe me and Jake didn’t have the greatest ideas of how to play the game, we were at odds with each other all the time.”
Reclamation also took the time to address some views, particularly UK LoL veteran Tundra’s, who suggested that the quality of Insomnia teams and players is the lowest it’s been in four years.
The comments came earlier this year after Enclave won the i60 League of Legends tournament.
“The whole Twitter drama that happened, I do agree with it, but it was kind of harsh the fact that you go and win a LAN event, you’re having a laugh and some fun, and then someone tweets out the competition was sh*t,” Reclamation said.
“Could you not have waited a few more days? Just let us have our moment then go on with the argument, I don’t know. When emotions are high you want to feel good cos you’ve won something, and then someone comes in and sh*ts on it.
“When you were winning LANs before, I’m pretty sure no one would come in and say: ‘You played like sh*t though and your team carried you’.”
“It was kind of harsh the fact that you go and win a LAN event, you’re having a laugh and some fun, and then someone tweets out the competition was sh*t.”
“On the emotional side I wanted to take pride in it, but logically, if XENEX had stayed together and shown up, we would’ve come second. I’m not deluded about it, I’m well aware we were just below xL in terms of skill and I think we were even, if not ahead of Cyclone.”
Reclamation ended with: “I think the only thing I’m missing is actually being able to get onto an Esports News UK post really. A whole eight months of being on the team and not a single post solely about me.”
Your wish is our command Reclamation.
Good luck in the States – and don’t forget the UK scene! (how could you forget it?)
Oh and for those wondering, Enclave’s current roster is Prelude In C, Divaaa, Joekerism and Magne Johan, and Dakin is playing for Enclave during qualifiers.
Dom is an award-winning writer who graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
A keen League of Legends and World of Warcraft player, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV as well as Riot Games and others. He works as full-time content director for the British Esports Association and runs ENUK in his spare time.