Player Profile: Frae
Leon "Frae" Lee has been a part of Avant Gaming since the start of this year and has found a solid position in the core roster ever since. Our Community Manager, Taylah, sat down with Leon to find out more about who he is and how he got to where he is. She also dived into the deapths of what advice he has for anyone looking at making their way into the esports industry!
Above: Leon "Frae" Lee captured in RIOT's Split Two photoshoot.
- Tell us about yourself, where are you from and what you do on a daily basis?
I’m Leon Lee, or otherwise known as Frae in game and I play Mid Lane for Avant Gaming. I’m from Melbourne originally, but I’ve been living in Sydney for the past 2-3 years.
- How do you balance gaming and everyday life?
It was harder last year, it felt like if you weren't playing, you were wasting time and all of our days felt like they were moulded together. Now we play in the office and once I leave, I get to go about my personal stuff.
- How supportive are your friends and family towards the competitive scene? Is it a challenge not living at home?
My friends from school don’t actually play the game, they're supportive but don’t really understand the game. Same with my family. They of course wanted me to study at first and still do. They’re supportive in their own ways. I’ve never really been a homesick kind of person so it doesn’t bother me not living there. I message my family every so often.
- What do you do in your spare time?
I play some other single player games but my attention span is getting progressively worse. I like competitive games like Hearthstone or CSGO, where I can achieve in. Other than that, I do a lot of eating and sleeping.
- How long have you been into League of Legends? What were you playing before?
I've been playing for about 4 years and competitively for 3. Before, I used to study all the time and the last thing I played before League was probably Runescape which was ages ago, but League was one of the first games I really got into.
- Tell us about your esports history, how and when you joined Avant Gaming?
Team Immunity picked me up to play relegations and I performed well, so they kept me on the roster. They then changed to Hellions where I played AD, and we had one of the first gaming houses, alongside Legacy Esports, who I played with for about a year; then I joined Abyss for another year. I had every intention to study afterwards, but Avant contacted me at the start of the year and I’ve been playing with them since.
- What has been a highlight of yours while competing?
I’ve never had a huge highlight other than the guys on my team. I’ve been pretty lucky to become close friends with all of them.
- How do you deal with a loss?
Personally, I don’t dwell over losses too much. I’m generally laid back myself, so I don’t get upset or anything like that.
- Where do you hope to see this going in the next couple of years? Is there anything you want to study or do you want to pursue this full-time?
Right now I wanna keep on competing as i'm very passionate about it. If there is anything in the future that comes up that I want to study, I’ll probably go towards that. I like to go with the flow.
- Do you have any advice for people that are wanting to get into Esports?
I think it has to be something that comes naturally with talent. Not something that can be forced. I would say to continue doing what you’re doing and keep an eye out for opportunities. Don't keep all your eggs in one basket, but if you’re passionate about it, then go for it.
- What's one thing you’re looking forward to when you go back home?
I personally think Melbourne is the better city. And I’m over the cockroaches here, there’s so many of them.
Leon will be returning to the rift in the coming weeks, as he looks to help carry the team through relegations and maintain their spot in the Oceanic Pro League. You can start up to date with Leon via hia Twitter or otherwise catch up with him live over on Twitch from time to time.