Samsung Galaxy rookie Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk has been among the most praised players in his team’s run to the League of Legends World Championship.
Samsung will play SK Telecom T1 in the finals this week after a decisive 3-0 win against H2K on Saturday. Samsung’s stable bottom lane in international competition is still a mystery to some, seeing as Ruler was added to the roster for the League Champions Korea’s 2016 summer split and not only made it to worlds, but will be competing in the finals for it. But Ruler told Slingshot (in an interview conducted in Korean and translated to English) that he isn’t as happy with his own play as others appear to be.
“I don’t think ‘super rookie’ is really fitting for me,” he said. “I feel like I’m being carried a lot because my teammates are so good. I am looking at myself more as a new talent this year.”
Ruler was quick to attribute the success of Samsung to his teammates, frequently referring to them whenever the topic of Samsung’s victory came up during the interview after Saturday’s win.
“I didn’t think even for a bit that we’d come this far,” he said. “During the LCK I did think we had a possibility as I saw the team work so hard though.”
With Samsung now gearing up to face two-time (and defending) world champion SKT, the focus is on what Samsung will do in order to overcome SKT on the world’s largest stage.
“There’s nothing we’re really concerned about, but since SKT’s bot lane is very good, I am a little worried about that,” he said. “We always have (surprise) picks prepared. I do think we can surprise everyone.”
Samsung has already shocked the world with its breakout performance, defying domestic and international expectations, and is now able to return home champions regardless of the results in this weekend’s final in Los Angeles. Ruler said he hopes some of this worlds success transfers over.
“We’re not really preparing anything for the spring season since we’re busy with worlds, but we do want to do well at worlds and carry that over to the LCK.”
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games