The Jin Air Green Wings took down the Afreeca Freecs in an exciting 2-1 series Tuesday, with the third and final game lasting almost an hour. In the post-match interview, which likely took place well after midnight in Korea, Game 1 MVP Lee “Kuzan” Seong-Hyeok from Jin Air talked about how they fought fire with fire.
“When we looked at our lost games, we all lost them without fighting,” he said. “So we thought today even if we lose, we should lose fighting them, so we just kept picking engagements like crazy.”
A noteworthy moment was Kuzan’s performance as LeBlanc when he stopped Afreeca’s attempt at a Baron despite Jin Air’s player disadvantage. Kuzan said that he drew inspiration from another team.
“I watched the ROX Tigers’ VODs, I saw Kuro make a defense while he was also down a couple of teammates at Baron,” he said. “I remembered it in the moment and thought I could do the same.”
Game 3’s MVP went to Yeo “TrAce” Chang-Dong, who played a dominant Gangplank in the top lane and delivered Jeon “Ikssu” Ik-Su of the Afreeca Freecs his first lost on Hecarim. The first question was of course the backdoor attempt of Afreeca’s base.
“I made the call after I’ve been thinking over and over what to do in that moment,” he said. “When I saw the Nexus standing with 30 hp, it was rough. The longer the game went, the stronger Afreeca’s composition became, and the game became more and more unpredictable.”
On the topic of Afreeca’s team composition, Jin Air had a clear disadvantage the longer the game went, but TrAce looked at it with the eyes of a true veteran.
“It is an objective game, and in the late game it all comes down to a single team fight,” he said. “I think we kept looking for that one team fight win.”