After KT Rolster beat the Afreeca Freecs with a 2-0, top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-Ho and jungler Go “Score” Dong-Bin were acknowledged as MVPs of set one and two for their crisp and solid play in both sets. After losing their games to fellow “Big 3” members SK Telecom T1 and the ROX Tigers there were some concerns about KT’s performance in the second round, but Score reassured all of the fans.
“Our play in scrims wasn’t all that bad,” he said in the post match interview. “It’s just that we didn’t perform up to par in the competitive matches. So we thought that we can pick ourselves up quickly.”
Caster Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo brought attention to the newly vitalized Ssumday, mentioning his wide champion pool, since he has played Fizz, Mao Kai, and even last match’s Yasuo. Ssumday mentioned his central role in KT’s game play.
“Depending on how I’m feeling I think the team changes a bit,” he said. “If I can play well, I think we can beat any team right now,” before adding with a laugh, “it would also mean that if I do bad, we can lose to anyone.”
There was also an interesting narrative as Score faced Nam “lira” Tae-Yoo who has said in the past that he looks up to Score and wanted to be like him. Score acknowledges his opponent, but not without a confident flair.
“Since this is a team game, obviously I perform better,” he said. “I think he’s not a bad jungler. Not just this game, but based on his other games, he’s a quality player so I was a little nervous.”
Furthermore, when asked about his very dominant play, Score simply responded by saying that he’s “always good, so (he) can’t really tell if there’s anything different about the team.”
Not to fall behind, Ssumday has made a name for himself for both having a high damage output despite being in the top lane tank meta, but also admitted in making some questionable plays.
“I make some boneheaded plays sometimes and I get caught up in them so I don’t pay attention to my teammates or where my opponents are,” he said. “I think that’s where the bad plays come from.”
CloudTemplar also asked the two MVPs about the upcoming patch and how it seems to be in the favor of play making top laners such as Ssumday. Ssumday gave a sneak peek about his potential new champion pool.
“Of course I’m practicing a lot of new top lane champions, and with more research I’m sure more will come up” he said. “But I don’t know if mine are at the level of competitive play or if the coach staff would give me the green light.” When the casters asked more in conjunction with his Yasuo pick against SKT, he did smile and admit that it was his idea.
Caster Kim Dong-Jun brought up KT’s mid laner Son “Fly” Young-Jun as well, saying that he made a remarkable transformation against the Afreeca Freecs. Score mentioned that perhaps the loss against the other two members of the Big 3 gave him some good motivation.
“In the case of Fly, I think he does better when he feels threatened,” he said. “I think (the losses) provided him that need. He’s a little out there, but I don’t doubt he’ll do better.”
On the topic of teammates, Ssumday had some words of encouragement to the AD Carry No “Arrow” Dong-Hyeon as well.
“Arrow has always done really well for us, but sometimes, just like me, he loses focus and had people point it out to him,” he said. “So I want him to not lose heart and keep playing the way he’s doing.”
The interview ended with Score’s determination to bounce back from KT’s two consecutive losses and do well.