The ROX Tigers defeated a summer buffed KT Rolster with a clean 2-0 on Wednesday, holding a firm grip on third place of League Champions Korea’s summer split. Lee “Kuro” Seo-Haeng played a solid Varus and Viktor in the mid lane, contributing to his team’s two wins. While facing KT, Kuro said that his picks weren’t influenced by the Malzahar pick by his lane opponent, writes Inven’s Park Bum.
“I think you can play any mid lane champion against Malzahar,” he told Inven. “When they banned out Viktor I just went for Varus to complete our team comp, not to counter theirs.”
When Kuro was allowed to play Viktor, he proved why Viktor was still a power pick, even with the recent nerfs to his hex core.
“The upgrade for his Death Ray has gotten more expensive, but it’s such a strong skill it needed to be nerfed,” he said. “It’s an appropriate patch, but those who want to use Viktor will continue to do so.”
There was a curious moment when Kuro didn’t buy any items earlier in the game, and though it wasn’t intended, it was a result of his focus being on a play the whole team was planning on.
“There was a planned play earlier on,” he said. “Because my attention was all into that I forgot to buy items. I did buy a Doran’s Ring later on, but I didn’t realize I didn’t buy any potions. In the middle of trading, I was pressing the hotkey to my potions but I got shocked as my health and mana stayed the same. On the other hand when I did recall, I had 1,000 gold, which afforded me the hex core upgrade. I guess I got the snowball rolling with that.”
The Tigers’ jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-Ho earlier made a comment in a post-match live interview about how their mid laners lack “professionalism” and rely on the coaching staff to find them good picks. As one of those mid laners, Kuro couldn’t disagree more.
“We face other pro gamers in solo queue, so it’s already known which champion they’re all playing,” he said. “It’s utterly ridiculous that (Peanut) said that. It’s not like he does any research on what champions to play.”
With the Tigers getting ready to face Samsung Galaxy next, Kuro is of the opinion that every team puts them on their toes.
“Samsung is a good team,” he said. “There is no such a thing as a weak team in the LCK this season. We can never get complacent. I think (Lee “Crown” Min-Ho) is a very strong player.”
Kuro concluded the interview by directing another comment towards his teammate.
“I’m utterly speechless, Peanut.”