Post Longzhu vs. SKT KeSPA Cup match PraY interview
The full Korean transcript of the interview from Daily eSports can be found here: http://www.dailygame.co.kr/view.php?ud=2017120122083542202
Q. How does it feel to make it to the finals?
A. It feels great. The head coach told us that if we were going to lose to SKT, we might as well drop in the quarter finals. *laughs* I think Peanut wanted to win that much more because it was his old team. We had good results thanks to our hard work and preparation.
Q. It hasn’t been too long since Peanut joined the team. How is the team meshing?
A. It’s barely been a week since he moved into the dorm. We usually work on coordination, discuss champion tiers, and then go into strategic discussions, but trying to do all of that in such a small time frame overloaded us. We are still working hard in what time we have in order to work together as a team.
Q. You had a great Game 1 as Jhin. Is he a good fit for you?
A. We needed to shut down Gnar in the top lane, but we couldn’t. I think the opposing top laner did a good job in evading us. Rather than thinking that Jhin is “my” champion, I’m using him because he fits the meta well.
Q. In Game 2, Azir and Jarvan IV did a good job in avoiding SKT’s skillshots. What was going on with the team in the moment?
A. I’m thankful that I wasn’t the one who had to avoid the opposing team. As Jhin I have to keep a safe distance in order to do my job, so I felt rather proud looking at my juniors show off their moves from a safe spot.
Q. You’ll be facing KT next in the finals. How are you planning to prepare for the match?
A. If this was during the LCK we would have some time to get ready, but the finals is tomorrow. As such, we don’t have a special card ready. That being said, we’ll do the best we can. We have a new coach in Yeon “ActtoSin” Hyung-mo, and I’ve worked with him before in Najin. He’a a coach who is good at talking about the game. He also talks freely with the players, so I think we can steadily come up with solutions.
Q. Who seems to be in better form, Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan or Han “Peanut” Wang-ho?
A. I think the KeSPA Cup is a stage that gives players opportunities. When 2016’s ROX Tigers played in the finals, we gave a lot of chances to Hae “Zet” Seong-min. I think this is a good time for Peanut to start coordinating with us. If we go to Game 5 with KT, we could elect to play with Cuzz, who worked with us a lot longer.
Q. You’re representing your region in All-Stars. you’ll be facing Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Jie in the 1 v 1 tournament.
A. I’m actually quite relieved. If my first opponent was Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, I would have despaired, but thankfully it’s a support player. I think supports didn’t tend to go that far in the 1 v 1 tournaments. My games are important too, but I hope Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok does well for Korea and hold the trophy up.
Q. The current meta seems to favor unrelenting aggression. Do you think that style matches your team?
A. I have a different opinion on the matter. I think the meta actually favors support-type AD Carries. As the meta now has ADC champions with no escapes, they are now supposed to set the stage for the rest of the team. I don’t think it’s a meta that suits us.
Q. Kim “Khan” Dong-ha and Kwak “Bdd” Bo-seong changed their summoner names on the ladder to something that’s close to Peanut.
A. I’m on the same team as Peanut after a year, and he’s changed a lot. He’s much more mature now. He duos with Khan and Bdd sometimes, and honestly Peanut doesn’t take solo queue seriously. I am concerned that he might make Khan go on tilt if he’s not careful.
Q. Anything you want to share with the fans?
A. Even with the short prep time, we’ll be playing the KeSPA Cup finals. There were a number of teams that had no changes to their rosters, but we were rather lucky. I hope that luck continues into the finals.