You can’t get more veteran than Andrew “Rosey” Rose.
His legacy in Australian League of Legends spans all the way back to 2011. He’s played for some of the region’s biggest teams, supporting the best talent the region has ever produced. He’s one of the few players who has played every role competitively, but Rosey is known for his support. After a few rough splits in a row, Rosey has now led the Bombers to their first ever finals appearance, where they must run the gauntlet to face the immortal Dire Wolves at the Melbourne Esports Open.
In this interview, I catch up with Rosey to talk about his career as one of Oceania’s most highly regarded supports.
You’ve been part of Oceanic Esports and the OPL since its inception – if you had to pick one favourite memory or moment, what would it be?
If we’re talking about an all time favourite memory for me playing League, it would have to be winning PAX 2013 and going international for the first time ever. Being able to travel like that doing something you love is incredible.
Most OPL fans know you as a support veteran, but a stint at SIN Gaming saw you in the top lane – what brought about that decision and would you ever go back?
Before playing support, I had played every other role competitively at some point. Raydere and I meshed really well together so I stuck to support. When I decided to leave Chiefs I felt like trying something different and taking a new path. At the time the meta was really good for me in the top lane as I had quite a few champs that had to be banned out against me. I probably would do it again for another role at some point.
Yourself and the Bombers have now confirmed playoffs, the first time you’ll make an appearance in the postseason since 2015. Why do you think it took you so long, and what does it mean to be back?
It definitely has been too long since I’ve been in the postseason. Honestly, there has been a few unlucky circumstances in some of the splits for me, and I wasn’t even sure if I’d still be playing. Even earlier in the year after Split 1, things were rough for us as a team as we tried to sort out our core issues heading into the split, and to finally be back in the finals is amazing. Ever since the inception of the gauntlet run I’ve wanted to go the whole way and take down everyone one by one.
You've played alongside a lot of talented AD Carries over the past eight splits - do you ever feel like they've left you behind with their career moves?
I’m not sure I’d say they’ve left me behind in their career moves. When Lost went to Legacy and made finals I was happy for him, even more so now that he’s with Echo Fox. Ever since playing with him on Chiefs Black I knew he was an incredible ADC and that he could go far, I’m just extremely glad that he has made a name for himself.
Which opposing support player do you think was the most difficult to play against?
I really hated laning against Tgun with a passion. It always seemed like he played without any care for jungle pressure and would always do the unexpected.
You've played in alot of different rosters, if you had to pick your all-star team based on former teammates, who's playing with you?
Tough question, I guess I’ll list all the available people first.
It feels bad to not name some certain people, I’ll say one using 1 from each different team I’ve had.
I’d also like to choose Inero as my coach.