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Ryu: “I think I played about five third place matches. I do want to go to a final.”

Ryu Phoenix1 NA LCS finals
Slingshot’s Andrew Kim talked to Phoenix1’s Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook (in Korean and translated to English) during the North American League of Legends Championship Series spring finals.

Slingshot’s Andrew Kim talked to Phoenix1’s Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook (in Korean and translated to English) during the North American League of Legends Championship Series spring finals.

Andrew Kim: First off, congrats on confirming third place against FlyQuest. What are your thoughts about the match?

Yoo “Ryu” Sang-wook: I’m happy to be in third, but ever since I moved overseas, I think I played about five third place matches. I do want to go to a final.

AK: There was the SK Telecom T1 and KT Rolster match early this morning. Did you and Arrow (No Arrow Dong-hyeon) try to stay up and watch the games?

YSW: No, not really. We tried to, but we were so tired so we went to bed. I woke up and then it was a 3-0.

AK: It was a very close five-game-series, and I think it might have been dizzying for you because your team did very well in Game 1 but lost Games 2 and 3. How was the team mentality and how was the feedback?

YSW: After losing Games 2 and 3 we thought our issue was in the drafting. After that we did feedback around our drafts, and we did better picks and bans to win Games 4 and 5.

AK: You were on fire in Game 5 as LeBlanc, getting first blood and utilizing the jungler ganks well. Did you get a feeling of “we got this” after the first blood?

YSW: After I got the first blood and the enemy jungler was behind in experience compared to our jungler, I was confident we could win, but it was a little disappointing because it was such a hard fought win.

AK: What were your personal predictions for today’s match?

YSW: I thought we would win 3-0 after Game 1, but the weird drafting came into play. Although I predicted a 3-0, it became a 3-2.

AK: About your new support player Shady (Jordan Robison), it seems like he’s a new add without much professional experience with the team. But he seems to get along with Arrow very well. What are your thoughts on the latest addition?

YSW: We get along fine. I think the mindset is the most important thing to a professional gamer, and he has a proper mindset.

AK: What do you mean by that?

YSW: The way one accepts feedback and the amount of practice. He also gave me a strong impression that he’s working really hard.

AK: Seeing as you’ll be keep playing in North America in the summer split, what are your goals for the next split?

YSW: I would have said “going to worlds” before, but now I’ve been there twice, so I just want to make it to a final.

AK: It looks like you’ll have a couple of weeks off after the tournament since you don’t go to MSI. Do you have any plans for that time?

YSW: I wanted to rest in Korea, but the vacation is too short so I think I’ll be around the gaming house. I don’t have any particular plans, so I’ll just be prepare for the summer.

AK: Right now the patch is on 7.6 while the live patch is 7.8. Were there any difficulties in practicing on a past patch?

YSW: We always play on the same patch the whole playoffs once it gets started, and I don’t like it but there’s nothing I can do. I think it’ll be good to play on the live patch.

AK: What kind of ways would it be good?

YSW: Since solo queue is on a different patch, practicing on the live patch is currently difficult, and if there is a big patch, good solo queue practice becomes even more difficult. This time around it wasn’t that large so it was OK, but if there are many differences, it gets frustrating.

AK: There seems to be a consensus that Inori (Rami Charagh) has gone through a period of great determination. What are your thoughts on the topic?

YSW: He’s certainly become a lot more mature compared when I first joined the team.

AK: Lastly, you seem to really want to make it to the finals in the NA LCS and do well, so if you did make it to the finals in the summer, which team would you like to face?

YSW: Realistically it would be Cloud9 or Team SoloMid. I want to play against TSM. I think they’re just the better team. It should be fun.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games/illustration by Slingshot