Slingshot’s Andrew Kim caught up with EnVyUs’ Shin “Seraph” Woo-Young during Week 6 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series.
Andrew Kim: How do you feel about trying to deal with some of your struggles during the early part of the season?
Shin “Seraph” Woo-young: I feel like we only play about 30 percent of our full capacity from scrims. Our win rate in scrims is about 70 to 80 percent, but I guess everyone, including me, feels pressured because we started out the split with a lot of losses.
AK: Nam “LirA” Tae-yoo has improved a lot since his first week in the NA LCS. Was there a kind of turning point in his play?
SWY: He played fine in scrims since he started practicing with us. But the team’s overall style is kind of different from his, so there were a lot of mistakes because of that mismatch. Now he can explain what he wants to do to the team, and the team can move accordingly, which makes the team work well.
AK: LirA mentioned that Korean is actually often used in the gaming house. One can think that even that could help the communication in game. Do you find that having three players on the team understand the same language is good or is it a detriment?
SWY: I think it’ll be better to speak English if all five players can because if you speak English, both me and (Noh “Ninja” Geon-woo) can understand it, but if you speak in Korean, the bottom lane can’t understand. We work hard to speak English as much as we can, but we do speak Korean sometimes when it gets really tense.
AK: Do you also watch VODs from other regions for studying purposes?
SWY: I don’t watch Europe all that much other than G2, and I watch most of the LCK ones.
AK: Is there a player you pay a lot of attention to?
SWY: I think top laners in the LCK really utilize their junglers well. So I watch the top-tier team games twice. Once to watch the game as a whole and once to just look at the top. I think top laners in the LCK are just all very good.
AK: With EnVy Us being in a less than ideal situation, do you find yourself affected by things like (communication)?
SWY: Me personally, I just look at what I can do because there were just so many bad things that happened.
AK: Have you ever thought that you wanted to move to another region since you’ve been kind of struggling in NA for a while?
SWY: I did want to go to other regions, but I started in NA so I want to have a good career in NA first. I never really thought too much about how the team is doing, because I always focus on what I need to do in order to win.
AK: Right now the NA LCS has a very competitive set of teams in the middle of the pack, rather than the top. Where do you think EnVy will end up at the end of the regular season?
SWY: I think we can reach fifth at best. Even with troubles I don’t think we’ll go to relegations.
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games/illustration by Slingshot