The ROX Tigers took over first place in League Champions Korea with Saturday’s 2-0 win against Samsung Galaxy with a clean 2-0 victory. Jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-Ho showed overflowing confidence in himself as he conducted a live interview after being nominated as a MVP of one of their victories, but Peanut’s confidence had some unintended effects as well. Team captain Kang “GorillA” Bum-Hyeon said it gave some added pressure to win, writes Daily eSports’ Lee Si-Woo.
“(Peanut) has said some very strong things leading up to our round 2 game with Samsung, so I thought it would be terrible if we lost to them today,” he told Daily eSports. “I think we did win easily thanks to that kind of strong confidence.”
With the Tigers in first place, GorillA said his team’s ranking isn’t really the prime concern the team had at the the current moment of the split.
“I just want to win and not think about standings,” he said. “Standings change all the time, so we need to focus more on our wins.” He also commented that his team will have to “be on their toes” since all of the teams are doing very well as of late. He did add that they “might take all five of the remaining games” if they worked hard.
When asked about the power behind the win, GorillA said that victory was visible from the pick and ban phase, which went into the Tigers’ favor a lot.
“Before the game we changed our strategy while talking to the head coach and my teammates,” he said. “It wasn’t as clear as our last game, but Samsung picked just as we anticipated them to.”
GorillA shared this thoughts on his teammates’ recent comfort in live interviews, and gave credit to the two new casters.
“They both have the aura of neighborhood friends, so the players feel more at ease,” he said. “I consider being interviewed a privilege, so I don’t mind who I’m talking to. I do feel like we can talk more game specific topics than we did with Cho Eun-Jung.”