The topsy turvy summer of League Champions Korea continued Wednesday as the Afreeca Freecs took down SK Telecom T1 in a 2-0 sweep. Using a clever switch of players in Game 2, Jeon “ikssu” Ik-Soo swept the top lane as Hecarim, carrying his team to victory. Ikssu explained the slow start to Daily eSports’ Lee Yun-Ji.
“Our team is slow in adapting to a new meta,” he told Daily eSports. “But we finally found our own meta to play, so we can show only good performances.”
In the response to questions about his substitution after Game 2, ikssu said it was all according to plan.
“It was a strategy we had coming into the match,” he said. “In Game 1 (top laner Heo “Lindarang” Man-Heung) and (Yoon “Seonghwan” Seong-Hwan) was going to win, and I was supposed to play in Game 2. Because Lindarang and I both had different cards to play, we were able to put forth psychological warfare.”
He also said that having another player compete for his same role was a “win-win,” and that the “healthy competition” helped him grow as a player as well.
With the top lane being one of the most diverse lanes in terms of viable champions, Ikssu said that it has become like the Wild West where anything can go.
“In the current meta, any champion can go top lane,” he said. “I can play any champion other than Hecarim at any time of this split.”
Lastly he shared a small story involving a player from their next opponent, the ROX Tigers.
“Yesterday I was in a duo queue with (Kim “PraY” Jong-In),” he said. “I told him that I would avenge him by defeating SKT. Now that I have, I intend to defeat the ROX Tigers as well.”