For almost ten years, Sjokz has been the face of the LoL League LEC. But the moderator was also part of the analysis desk at the CS:GO Major and IEM Cologne. In the interview, she talks about the differences. Many know Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere from League of Legends, but you can’t get past the moderator in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive either. At IEM Cologne, she spoke to Deutsche Presse-Agentur about her entry into CS:GO, the differences to LoL and the German community.
Question: How did it come about that you also got involved in CS:GO as a moderator?
Answer: in 2019 I decided to go freelance. The Riot shows are actually perfect, we work with production there as well and can just go off with our ideas. I just wanted to try other stuff because I love first-person shooters, and of course CS:GO is incredibly awesome and I really wanted to work in that. It also helps me as a presenter, you can’t do the same thing for ten years.
A lot of preparation before big tournaments
Question: How different is the preparation in CS:GO compared to LoL?
Answer: With LoL, I don’t have to prepare as deeply because I’m there every week. I know what’s happening, I read all the articles, I know the stories. But in CS:GO I’m just watching, and watching something as a spectator or as a professional is completely different because you’re looking at different things.
And when I have a big tournament like the Major or IEM, I take a week to a week and a half and just study. I watch the VODs, I read all the articles, all the interviews, I ask the experts, I try to digest the statistics. It’s actually like school.
Sjokz: Learning German with the make-up artist
Question: How much does the live experience at IEM Cologne matter to you?
Answer: After ten years, you get used to everything. But then the pandemic came. We missed the audience, which actually makes the experience complete. That’s why it’s so cool to be here. And CS:GO is so cool as a live e-sport, because what happens there in the rounds you don’t have in any other e-sport. In LoL, you can have 20 minutes of laning phase and nothing happens. But here, there’s something going on every round, and that’s so cool for the live experience.
Question: How did you get so strongly involved with Germany as well?
Answer: In Cologne I had a make-up artist, Dani, who is also there today. She was one of my first friends, then and still. I made a deal that I would only speak German with her and she would only speak English with me, because she actually wanted to learn English. But in the end we only spoke German.
I met their friends who also only talked German to me, and that’s just how I learned it. I just think it’s cool, I live here and I get in touch with the German livestreamer bubble all the time. I’m Belgian, of course, but I feel very comfortable in Germany.
Personal details: Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere (35) is one of the best-known e-sports moderators and has been part of the LoL League in Berlin since 2013. She has been freelancing since 2019 and also works on CS:GO tournaments for ESL or Blast, among others. She has been awarded several times as best e-sports moderator at the Game Awards, among others.
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