For the first time since 2014, there is no SK Telecom T1 in the finals of League Champions Korea.
KT Rolster and the ROX Tigers will meet Saturday. The Tigers have already clinched a berth in the League of Legends World Championship, but there’s still a lot on the line in this matchup. Fomos held separate interviews with OGN caster Kim Dong-Junand SpoTV casters Kang “Cpt Jack” Hyun-Woo and Shin “Helios” Dong-Jin, with all of them predicting a ROX victory.
Cpt Jack valued the role of ROX’s jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-Ho in particular for the Tigers’ success this summer and pointed out Peanut was able to make more plays happen by lessening the weight on top laner Song “Smeb” Kyung-Ho. Cpt Jack also mentioned AD Carry Kim “PraY” Jong-In as one of the toughest players to deal with alongside Kim “Deft” Hyeok-Gyu ad Ku “Imp” Seung-Bin.
Helios affirmed that Peanut opened up the jungle, which allows a top-jungle carry angle that didn’t exist before, and he mentioned the consistent play from mid laner Lee “Kuro” Seo-Haeng as one the the crucial elements that makes the ROX Tigers so strong. Although he commented that he “couldn’t decide who the MVP of the team is,” Helios did say Peanut “undoubtedly behind the forward momentum of the Tigers,” and proved to be a valuable asset.
Kim Dong-Jun also praised Peanut heavily, going as far as picking him out as the MVP of the ROX Tigers. Although Smeb was the player voted as the league’s MVP of the split, caster Kim argued that Peanut’s varied item builds and omnipresent play style allowed the team to move forward as a whole. Kim also mentioned Peanut’s uncanny ability to perform well on champions that not a lot of professionals have success on, making Peanut’s champion pool deeper than others.
Yet none of the three casters predicted a shut-out. Cpt Jack said that KT keeps “getting better with each passing game” and pointed out Song “Fly” Yong-Jun, his former teammate on the Jin Air Green Wings. Helios picked out Go “Score” Dong-bin as the MVP of KT, saying that with Score’s jungling ability, even a conservative top laner could play more comfortably despite being under ganking pressure. KT’s overall strength, he said, “lies in the smooth communication,” and that No “Arrow” Dong-Hyun in KT’s bot lane as Jhin “attached wings” to KT, as seen in the last three games against SKT.
Kim Dong-Jun went a step further than Helios and called Score’s gameplay “near perfection,” over the course of this season, and that “KT made it to the finals on the back of Score.” Kim commented that both ROX and KT “don’t have clear weaknesses” in their games, but still gave the overall edge to ROX, saying that “although the jungle battle will be a sight to behold,” the bottom and top lanes will still have to catch up to the already established carries of the ROX Tigers.