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Khan on GorillA playing through illness: “As younger players we couldn’t (let ourselves) put in any less.”

Longzhu Gaming's Khan says Gorilla is a motivator for him by playing through illness.
GorillA is playing through an illness, and Khan thinks that's inspiring.

Longzhu Gaming‘s darling top laner Kim “Khan” Dong-ha said he looks at Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon as a good motivator.

In the first League Champions Korea match after Rift Rivals, Longzhu defeated MVP 2-1 after losing the first game. In the post-match interview with SpoTV, Khan talked about how he was able to work harder by looking at the continued dedication of one of the veteran players on his team despite an illness.

“GorillA is not feeling great but he’s working so hard, so as younger players we couldn’t (let ourselves) put in any less,” he said. “I think it’s been a time where we could have worked harder as he’s been feeling sick.”

GorillA admitted earlier in the interview that he has symptoms of vocal nodules, which often happen when vocal cords are strained through overuse. Although his shot-calling might make his symptoms worse, GorillA said that he “needed to do everything I could,” in order to pull out the win.

GorillA also said Patch 7.13 being applied for the LCK gives him high expectations of Khan, especially on Jax. As Khan was acknowledged as the MVP of Game 3 on that very champion, Khan talked about what he thinks of his unique play style and replied to GorillA’s expectations.

“I have a clear play style, so when I can carry, I carry really hard. But when I fall behind, I really fall behind,” he said. “I’m thankful that he has a high opinion of me because I think I have more carrying performances than not, and I’ll work hard to only show carrying performances and not failing ones.”


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