The Afreeca Freecs took down the first place team of League Champions Korea’s summer split, KT Rolster, with a surprise comeback 2-1 win Monday. By using Heo “Lindarang” Man-Heung in the top lane and Nam “LirA” Tae-Yu in the jungle, the Freecs showed the LCK that they are still in the running for the postseason of this split. In his first post match interview, Lindarang showed a very emotional side of himself, funneling all the praise to other teammates.
“My scores and scrim performances were bad, but (Yoon “Seonghwan” Seong-Hwan) was there for me every time, and (Jeon “ikssu” Ik-Suu) also spent a lot of time teaching me every little thing,” he said. “It’s thanks to them that I was able to play so well.”
When asked about the Freecs’ uncanny ability to take down top tier teams in the LCK, Lindarang remained incredibly humble.
“We play well against stronger teams thanks to our very talented players as seen in previous games, so I just follow their lead to victory,” he said. “Our head coach is also incredible at coming up with strategies that confuse our opponents, in this case using me.”
With a very tough matchup against KT’s star top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-Ho, Lindarang didn’t fall behind, but in fact was very impressive in lane. When asked about the top-lane centered strategy, Lindarang said that the early game was advantage was won through teamwork.
“Ssumday was playing very aggressively, so LirA told me that we could take him down together, which gave us the early game lead,” he said. When asked further about his personal play creating the lead, Lindarang laughed and said it was “possible to think that way.”
After Lindarang’s very emotional interview, the Freecs’ AD Carry Kwon “Sangyoon” Sang-Yoon had a much more cheerful demeanor and shared his thoughts about following up such a touching interview.
“His first game was fine,” he said. “But he messed up in Game 3. Now he’s crying and giving a very boring interview. It’s because we didn’t educate him properly, so I think we need to beat some more sense into (Lindarang) when we get home later.”
Sangyoon also talked more in depth about their impressive performance in the tail end of round one, and now round two.
“Round 2 is synonymous with Afreeca,” he said. “The first stage of anything is important, so I think we had an incredible start with this victory (against KT.)”
He also talked about facing Ssumday’s aggressive Renekton play, and although Ssumday was indeed a threat, it was because of his damage-centric item build that gave the Freecs a way to deal with him.
“It’s much safer to build tank, but going (a full attack damage build) is a gamble,” he said. “By doing that, we were able to find more angles to take him down through.”
Sangyoon ended the interview with a great verbal takedown of KT’s support Ha “Hachani” Seung-Chan, who was on Afreeca’s previous squad when it was called team Rebel Anarchy. Although there were clearly no hard feelings between the two organizations, but Sangyoon’s words had some bit behind them.
“(Hachani) honestly isn’t really a traitor per se, and it’s mostly a joke,” he said. “But I think we showed what happens to turncoats.”