With KT Rolster and the ROX Tigers set to play Saturday in the League Champions Korea summer split final, Fomos asked three LCK coaches how they expect the final will play out.
The head coach of the Afreeca Freecs, Kang Hyun-Jong, cast his vote in favor of KT, and as expected from the man who took down SKT more times than other head coach in LCK history, had a soft spot for a team that speaks his language.
“I predict a 3-1 in favor of KT,” he told Fomos. “Now that they have taken down their largest rival, I expect them to go forward with this momentum. Patch 6.15 will be applied in the finals, which means there will be more head to head laning, and junglers will tip the balance. I look forward to the clash of (Go “Score” Dong-Bin) and (Han “Peanut” Wang-Ho).”
Choi Woo-Bum, Samsung Galaxy’s head coach, couldn’t make his mind up either way, instead saying that the team that gets the lead will have a better time taking the match. He also echoed Kang’s thoughts in the jungle as the players of note.
“It’s hard to predict who will win, but the team that takes the first game will win the match 3-1.” he said. “In particular, the showdown between the two hottest junglers Score and Peanut will attract attention. In Peanut’s case, he will need to gain momentum to carry, and in Score’s case it’ll be interesting how he handles Peanut with his experience as a professional player.”
Surprisingly, the head coach of SKT, Choi Byung-Hoon, argued in favor of the Tigers despite getting knocked out of the running by KT. His reasoning was related to the pressure differential between the two teams, and that KT is fighting for more than just a victory.
“I predict a 3-0 victory by ROX,” he said. “Right now ROX is confirmed for the world championship, like SKT was in the previous summer split, so they’ll be totally focused on the finals. KT will have to win the finals to qualify for the world championship, and if they lose they’ll have to fight it out for the third spot, which should be a source of pressure.”