Samsung Galaxy avenged a previous loss to Afreeca Freecs, which denied Samsung a playoff spot during League Champions Korea’s spring split.
Samsung defeated Afreeca 2-1 on Monday. Although Afreeca dominated Samsung in the first game, Samsung battle back to take games two and three. The MVP for game two went to Samsung’s support Kwon “Wraith” Ji-Min and game three’s MVP was mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-Ho. In a post-match live interview with SpoTV, Wraith said he was taken aback by his MVP nomination.
“I didn’t think that I would get an MVP nod because there wasn’t really a memorable moment,” he said. “I’m surprised that I got one.”
Game two also showcased the strong bottom lane of Samsung. They took first blood and snowballed hard to carry the rest of the team. That was more of a happy accident, Wraith said.
“We thought that we could win in the later game and we didn’t really have any intentions to make aggressive plays in the early game,” he said. “I think we went with the flow when we got the momentum.”
Crown on the other hand was much more motivated to destroy the opposition, using the first loss as fuel.
“I was pretty angry after we dropped the first game, just like any other player I would imagine,” he said. “I feel great now after winning two and three.”
Game three in particular had a lot of team fights but with most not leading to many kills, but Crown said that regardless of the kill score, it still spelled doom for Afreeca.
“Even though we didn’t get a lot of kills we did take a lot of good trades, which allowed us to play strategically,” he said. “I thought we could win easily if we kept on pushing the advantages so there wasn’t any frustration.”
There was an awkward moment after game two’s victory as Samsung’s AD Carry Park “Ruler” Jae-Hyuk turned to Wraith for a high five and Wraith hesitated to high five his teammate. Wraith assures that it’s nothing personal.
“I did hesitate, but I never leave him hanging,” he said. “That would be Crown. I was lost in thought after game two so I think I was unaware of the high five.”
Crown followed up on that claim during his interview, saying that he does indeed leave his teammate hanging, but as a playful joke.
“Ruler often comes up and asks for one like “hey didn’t I do a good job?” But then I tell him that i’ll give him one when he does even better,” he said. “It’s the way we joke around with each other, but I promised to high five him when we beat KT.”