G2 certainly made a large splash in the European League Championship Series during the 2016 summer split, making it through the split without dropping a match en route to winning the championship and earning a bid in the League of Legends World Championship.
As part of G2’s unstoppable roster is Kim “Trick” Kang-Yoon, who with an impressive 6.79 KDA in the summer split was summer split MVP. Still, Trick told Daily eSports’ Lee Yun-Ji that he’s not quite ready to accept the mantle of “Best jungler in Europe.”
“I don’t know if I would call myself the best, but I would definitely say I’m one of the better ones,” he told Daily eSports. “I’ve had a great season thanks to my teammates. I have a lot of rivals such as (H2K Gaming’s Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski), (Splyce’s Jonas “Trashy” Anderson), and (Fnatic’s Lee “Spirit” Da-Yoon).”
He added that G2 winning the summer split was an “inevitable outcome,” off the backs of his team’s performance and of course his own. He pointed out that he learned a lot from AD Carry Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen and support Alfonso “Mithy” Aguirre Rodriguez as they also joined the G2 starting roster.
Trick’s adaptation into an unfamiliar region came with its own challenges, the first being a language barrier.
“I used electronic translators in order to speak with my teammates,” he said. “I also asked what are the commonly used terms in game and memorized them. I also put sticky notes around my computer screen with words and phrases in order to study them.”
With his first venture into worlds, Trick said he would love to face off against the Flash Wolves’ Hung “Karsa” Hau-Hsuan, the ROX Tigers’ Han “Peanut” Wang-Ho, and his old teammate on CJ Entus, Samsung Galaxy’s Kang “Ambition” Chan-Yong.
“I think it’ll be fun to face Ambition, especially because we’ve been on the same team before,” he said. “I watched him play in Korea’s gauntlet and he was amazing. Scaling jungle champions are very reliant on the rest of the team. If a laner makes one mistake, there’s nothing a jungler can do at that point. So if my team also plays well, I think I can make it a draw in the jungle.”
Trick continued to show immense confidence in his team, and shared the goals of G2 in the coming season along with a personal statement he wants to make on a global stage.
“I want to show that Europe isn’t a weak region,” he said.
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games.