On November 23rd, an announcement was made via the Oceanic Pro League’s Twitter account that both Jackson “Pabu” Pavone and Ryan “Chippys” Short would be representing Australia at the 2019 League of Legends All-Star Event held on December 5th.
Riot Games hosts the event once a year, where some of the most popular League of Legends players from each region come together to compete in competitive tournaments, charity events, and other unique game modes over the course of three days.
I caught up with Pabu this past week to chat about the event ahead, what he is looking forward to and how he plans to represent himself at the event. Pabu was one of Australasia’s representatives at the 2018 All-Star Event, where he placed as the runner-up in the one verses one tournament, defeating the likes of Doublelift, Rookie and even Faker; ultimately falling to Caps in the grand final.
Pabu kicked off our chat by detailing his reaction to being voted into the event again, stating “I’m honestly super thankful to get this opportunity again and I’m super excited to go to Las Vegas again. It’s a great event, I really enjoyed myself last time, and I can’t wait.”
He then went on to talk about what the event is like as a player, his thoughts on the event, and how he wishes to present himself at the event by saying “I think it’s a great opportunity to get your name out there and build connections with fans and people from throughout the scene.”
“I also think it’s important to enjoy yourself and bring joy to those around you. If you do that, fans and people in the scene will naturally gravitate towards you,” continued Pabu.
“I don’t have a super specific plan, other than just have a good time and keep everyone up to date with what I’m up to,” he concluded.
On the topic of Pabu’s “have fun” approach to the event, he spoke on his pre-event preparation by stating “coming into the event, I’m just going to mess around with Midbeast and practice a bit, but mostly I’ll just be at the even to enjoy myself. It’s basically a Riot sponsored holiday, so of course I want to have fun, but it’s also a great opportunity for me to work hard on my brand.”
Given that the All-Star event provides a wide variety of unique game modes that aren’t always available for public play during each season, I asked Pabu what event he would be most looking forward to. “I want to see what new stuff they have. I loved Blitz last time, and I also love TFT. I just want to play fun stuff with the other big names at the event,” said Pabu.
“Of course I’m looking forward to the one versus one competition, but it will be hard to compete with last years result of runner-up,” concluded Pabu.
Whilst talking about the one versus one event, Pabu went on to talk about who he hopes to face in the tournament, stating “TheShy would be cool to face, if I could beat him it would be incredible. I also hope to verse Bang, he’s absolutely hilarious.”
Closing out our chat, Pabu went on to talk about the players he hopes to play with or against throughout the event. “Like I said before, Bang would be a blast. So would DoinB actually, I think both of them seem like a lot of fun on and off the rift,” said Pabu.
Pabu will be flying out to Las Vegas soon, where we will be able to see him compete on December 5th in the 2019 All-Star Event. Given that this is a huge opportunity for players to showcase their talent, whilst also building their personal brand, all eyes will be on Pabu during the event; especially after last years performance.
If you wish to stay connected with Pabu, be sure to follow him on Twitter.