Following Leviatán’s elimination at the hands of FUT Esports during VCT Masters Shanghai, spoke with Erick “aspas” Santos.

Leviatán had some good showings at Masters Shanghai, but ultimately were not able to pull off the two victories need to advance to the playoffs. Their elimination came at the hands of FUT Esports, and after the series, we chatted with star Duelist Erick "aspas" Santos.

We asked him his thoughts and emotions after the loss, his take on the moniker of best in the world, and more. Read on to see what he had to say after an elimination in a match and tournament where many had them favored to go deep.

LEV aspas discusses the loss to FUT esports at VCT Masters Shanghai

(Photo by David Lee/Riot Games)
(Photo by David Lee/Riot Games)

"That was clearly a heartbreaking loss. We saw the emotions from the team immediately after on stage. Tell me, what are the emotions you’re feeling?"

aspas: "I felt like I could have done more. I wanted to stay more, in Shanghai, because the crowd is incredible. The city is amazing. So, I fell like I could have done more, but it happens. There's good days and there's bad days."

"Okay, so let’s talk about the series a bit. Sunset was your pick and FUT looked to have an answer for everything you did. Just in your opinion, how did they win it so dominantly?"

aspas: "I think they were just winning a lot of key rounds. They were playing really well. They were shooting hard. We were not managing to shoot back and play the game."

(Photo by Liu YiCun/Riot Games)
(Photo by Liu YiCun/Riot Games)

"Well, you bounced back with a close one on Lotus. We actually saw cNed play Jett there instead of mirroring your Raze. I’d like to know your thoughts on the current meta, with Raze being so necessary. Do you think you were kind of forced to play Raze with how the game is played right now?"

aspas: "It depends on the map. There's map that Raze is a lot better than the other Agents, but there's maps that Jett is just a lot better than Raze."

"Well, do you think your Jett is better than your Raze? Or how do you compare yourself on the two Agents?"

aspas: "I like both Agents, but yeah, it depends on the map. There's map that I like to play Raze and there's maps that I like to play Jett. Like on Lotus, I like to play Raze. On Breeze, I like to play Jett, so it depends on the map."

(Photo by Liu YiCun/Riot Games)
(Photo by Liu YiCun/Riot Games)

"Onto Bind, you guys almost brought it to overtime. Looking back on that final map, is there anything you think would have given Leviatán the win if it had gone differently?"

aspas: "Honestly, I don't know. It was a close round at the end. We almost still won the round. It ended up being a 1v1 almost. So, it was a close round and a lot of things happened."

"There’s a large portion of the VALORANT community that labels you as the best player in the world. This is a two-parter. First, what are your thoughts on being called the best?"

aspas: "Even like that, I still think I can keep improving. So, I try to find new things for me and I always try to keep evolving."

(Photo by David Lee/Riot Games)
(Photo by David Lee/Riot Games)

"If not you as the best player in the world, who would you say is the best?"

aspas: "I think right now, we need to see the end of Masters Shanghai. The best teams that got first place in each region, they didn't play yet. So, they are in playoffs waiting for the Swiss Stage players. So, I think we need to wait to see the playoffs teams playing."

"Everyone’s brought it up, how you said you didn’t travel so far to leave empty-handed. To put it bluntly, you are. What is the goal for you and Leviatán going forward now, after this elimination?"

aspas: "Now, we're going to see how things are going. We are going take this time to think. I like that I said this line. Riot asked me to say something, but I found it really cool. So, I just said it, but it happens now. We are going back home and we're going to take this time to think. To see how it goes."

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