In a series of interviews conducted by SpoTV with Korean head coaches participating in Rift Rivals, the interviewer asked Homme’s thought about facing Korean teams being a former member of League Champions Korea, and Homme gave a very frank answer.
“Honestly speaking, whenever we face Korean teams I think, ‘I’m jealous of kkOma. Maybe I should go back to Korea next year,'” he said. “But since I am in China, I want to work hard and win one more game while I’m here.”
Homme was previously the top laner for Samsung White, which won the 2014 League of Legends World Championship. He was heralded as one of the most innovative players in Korea during his professional days. His coaching career took him to China, as he led Vici Gaming from 2015-16and moved to Team WE this year.
As Homme was a part of Vici Gaming in 2016, the team enjoyed middling success, placing sixth place in both splits. After his move to WE, the team has enjoyed much more success and placed first place in the spring split, securing a spot in the Mid-Season Invitational. In the summer split, WE sits atop Group A with a record of 5-2.
Homme said he looks forward to facing KT Rolster the most, as his old colleague Cho “Mata” Se-Hyeong is part of the team and because KT is one of the top teams in the LCK. On the topic on how he expects to deal with Korean teams, Homme said he might have the shake up the way WE usually plays.
“There is a skill gap with Korea, so rather than doing what we usually do, I think we need to gamble a bit with our picks and game management,” he said.
In a separate interview, SKT head coach Choi “cCarter” Byung-hoon praised the prowess of Team WE based on its performances this year saying that WE “is continuing to do well in the LPL.” He also said that the performance of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok has improved thanks to the “skilled mid laners of the Flash Wolves and WE.”
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