Samsung defeated Ever8 Winners 2-0 in Tuesday’s return to League Champions Korea action. In an interview with Daily eSports’ Nam Yoon-sung, CuVee addressed some concerns fans had about Samsung at Rift Rivals, saying that the team just simply didn’t perform well.
“Like I said before, we aren’t looking that great as a team,” he said. “We weren’t doing all that well even during the first day of Rift Rivals’ full league. We did feedback during practice, but a vicious cycle continued. I can’t talk too much in details since it deals with in the inner workings of the team, but I think there are issues with individual skill right now.”
The concerns were mirrored during a phone interview between Samsung head coach Choi “Edgar” Woo-beom and OGN casters Kim “Dangun” Eui-joong, Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-woo, and Kim Dong-jun. Edgar pointed out Samsung’s “performances in the LCK have also been rather lacking,” and that the team has a tendency to make “mistakes even though we get an early warning through wards,” specifically mentioning Rift Rivals.
On the accusations Samsung was complacent at Rift Rivals or even underestimated its opponents, Edgar said the team isn’t at a point “where we can underestimate our opponents.” He also expressed his wishes that the fans aren’t too harsh on the players who have to deal with “tough schedules with little time to rest,” and are still giving it their best.
CuVee also acknowledged that the team is just as disappointed as the fans are about Rift Rivals, but he said he wants to move beyond that and look at more important international stages in the future.
“I’m sure many fans were disappointed by the Korean teams’ losses,” he said. “The players themselves were also very depressed and disappointed. But we don’t want to dwell on it too much. We’ll focus on the LCK summer split and regional tournament, and if we get the chance, we will put all of our focus on upcoming international competition.”