Stylin’ On Nerds

By gomatgo

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LL Stylish is a popular streamer, YouTuber, and Zed monster. Have you seen this dude play Zed? It’s unbelievable! We wanted to know more about LL Stylish and his road to Zed mastery.

Who are you? What got you into creating/crafting?

Hey, I go by Yanni, but I’m known as LL Stylish. The real story of how I got into creating would be that I really wanted to go into a talent-based career — I wasn’t interested in school, and I wanted to use something I’m good at to make a career instead of getting a degree. I’m a really competitive person, so when I start doing something I like, I put my all into it.

My first “attempt” to make a career out of gaming was to make it as a pro in League. I tried for two years, but a lot of unlucky things happened, and it didn’t work out. I knew then I had to go solo— that’s how I got into content creating.

At the end of the day, my career is all about living life on my own terms.

Where are you from?

I’m from Bejaia, Algeria. It’s an Arabic country, but the city where I’m from is mostly Kabyle, which is a native ethnicity of North Africa. We speak our own language-- I actually speak four languages (Kabyle, French, English and Arabic, in that order).

It’s a very warm place, both in the temperature and the people. My city is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, so we say people that come from there have “hot blood,” which is why I tilt! Actually, the internet situation isn’t great, so making a career out of gaming isn’t even possible there. I still try to visit as often as possible, because the Mediterranean lifestyle is my favorite!

What got you into League of Legends and who is your favorite champion?

When I came to Canada in 2010, I shifted my focus from being a volleyball player to gaming. I had good internet for the first time and found that I could be competitive at it. Plus, when you have no money, gaming is a way to spend the time instead of going out!

I used to be a WoW player, and when my friend introduced me to League of Legends in season 2, I tried it out. I actually hated my first game. I think I played Xerath. I was like, "Oh, I do no damage, how do I kill?"

A month or two later, I gave it another chance, and I liked it a lot more. That's how I started. The first champion I mained was Shaco, because his stealth reminded me of a Rogue from WoW.

What League-related project are you most proud of?

Definitely my first montage. In hindsight, I think it could’ve been better. But at the time, I put a lot of work into it-- over the course of about three months-- because I wanted to put my all into it. It got a lot of views, it got on the front page of Reddit - got people noticing me... So that project is definitely what I’m most proud of.

A week after it released, my whole life changed. I went from nobody to Redmercy and Moe (Yassuo) hitting me up. A month after that, YouTube was full of Zed montages of me, and it was like, “Sh*t, we made it.”

We already know the answer (Zed) but we gotta ask… who’s your favorite champion and why?

It has to be Janna, because I really love supporting and -- nah, just kidding.

That masked ninja that goes by the name Zed... I should start at the beginning, I guess. I always loved playmaking characters. I played a lot of Katarina before, but when she got nerfed around season 4, I picked up Zed and started looking at others, like Faker and Bjergsen, and what they could do with him.

I got really, really good at him, and he fit my playstyle, but also my personality as a player. I'm an "ego" player, I like to 1v9 carry and come out on top. I innovated the ways you can play around his W, restoring energy and kiting. I'm really proud of that too.

At the end of the day, even if he's "weak" or whatever, he's still the champion I became known for.

Who inspires you?

As a player, I think Faker is the one that inspired me the most. He showed how much of a 1v9 carry you can be, and how fun it is to perform at a higher level than other players. It was really motivating.

As a content creator, I'd say Moe (Yassuo) — he’s younger than me, but we started around the same time. He showed me how you can go from hardly any views to a successful League streamer. It was really inspiring. At the same time, a little before I made it, I’ll never forget all the hosts that Redmercy hitting me up to do collabs with him. And Moe did both these things-- collab'd with me, and hosted me too. Thanks to those three guys, I made it.

What's something people would be surprised to know about you?

How lonely I was during my "journey" to make it as a streamer. The people around me weren't supportive, but I never gave up. I kept going; I kept believing. I said to myself, "There's no way I'll fail."

I risked a lot. I could've been homeless. I lied to my mom because she was really unsupportive. Every day for a few years, I worked towards this goal of making a living from gaming. I could've become better a lot faster, but my mom broke my computer so I had no way to play at first.

Like I said before, I had a vision for my life that didn't match the standard: go to school, get a job, get married... I didn't agree with that. That's probably what made me not want to give up. I would've rather tried and failed than just accepted a normal job, and always wondered "What if?"

At the same time, I'm a bad loser, and if I hadn't made it as a content creator, I'd be losing the biggest argument of my life. So in a way, my family's lack of support motivated me, too.

Nowadays, it's all better. I have a lot of lovely fans, and I enjoy my life a lot. My relationship with my family is better than ever as well. My mom is super supportive now that I made it. Cheers!

What are you currently working on?

TI've only been doing content creation for about two years. So I know for a fact that there's stuff that I don't do right. I could be more entertaining, I could have a more "polished" persona for the public. I'd like to get better at being on camera, too. I still have a lot to learn. So I'm trying to become a better me, while also becoming a better content creator.

So look forward to getting entertained more and more, and different kinds of content-- like collaborations and challenges-- coming up!

Much love,
LL Stylish

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9 months ago

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