Longzhu Gaming’s new AD Carry still seems to be disappointed in his performance during this year’s League of Legends World Championship.
As the All-Stars event is coming to a close, one of the more popular players was League Champions Korea representative Kim “PraY” Jong-in. In a video on Fomos that also cites China Focus, PraY talked more in detail about his thoughts regarding this year’s worlds and how it will propel him forward in the coming season.
“I think the 2016 world championships was a real shame,” he said. “In a 2-1 situation, we could have gone to the finals with one more win against SKT, but I think we lost because our opponents were better. I did fall down, but I think of it as a chance to get back up again, and I’ll continue to work hard and aim to win worlds.”
2017’s LCK now seems more talented than ever, as Korean talent are returning to big organizations such as SK Telecom T1 and KT Rolster, starting what some fans are calling “LCK super teams.” PraY is aware of the talent in his region but maintains a calm mindset.
“Even though Longzhu might not look as stacked as some of the other (Korean) super teams, I think that the term ‘super team’ refers to a team that’s made of top tier talent in each position, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will all work well together in a team game,” he said. “I also chose to remain in Korea so I can continue to produce results, so I’m not worried.”
Specifically on the topic of Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong, who will return to Korea this coming season to KT, the expectations of the two are sky high, but PraY reserves his judgement like a true professional.
“I thought that (Deft and Mata) were good players individually since they were in Samsung Galaxy Blue and White, but since they haven’t really come together I don’t know how well they’ll play,” he said. “They are indeed talented players, but I think (Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyun) and I can definitely catch up to them with hard work.”
On the topic of his support GorillA and the other members of the ROX Tigers all scattering to different teams, PraY said he certainly didn’t see it coming, but hoped the fans would still be there for them.
He also briefly talked about some of the rumors online that eluded some internal conflict to be the reasoning behind ROX’s separation, but PraY laughed at the idea and assured fans that the rumors were untrue.
“I can’t say anything in detail because any roster moves the players (of ROX) make are strictly internal, but we’re all getting along fine,” he said. “I don’t think there are any problems. I’m getting along with Smeb at All-Stars just fine.”
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