Samsung Galaxy is back in the top spot of the League Champions Korea summer split after defeating SKT, the three time world champions, for a second time on Thursday. Samsung pulled out the unexpected Sejunani pick in the jungle for both games, and during the post-match interview with OGN casters Kim “Dangun” Eui-joong and Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-woo, Ambition gave more insight to the selection.
“Bami’s Cinder got cheaper, and I noticed that (Sejuani) has a higher win rate than I thought,” he said. “I practiced her, thinking that she might be a great pick, but it wasn’t easy. Building her is kind of difficult and I’m still experimenting, but I thought we needed a pick like her, one or two picks that go against the usual picks to catch SKT off guard. I’m sure everyone considered that aspect of it.
“She’s also never been used until now, so I thought they wouldn’t know how to deal with her.”
Samsung went for the same composition in both games with Camille, Sejuani, Taliyah, Varus, and Braum. With a clear focus on team fighting, with two hard tanks with heaps of crowd control in front rather than forcing lane advantages, Samsung successfully played defense and refused to give SKT an insurmountable advantage to continue finding winning team fights in the mid game.
SKT tried to shake it up a bit with a more aggressive jungle pick, with Lee Sin and a Corki mid lane in Game 2, but the defeat was just as quick as it was in Game 1. Ambition said the switches from SKT made it more predictable what the reigning champions would try to do.
“What they were thinking was kind of obvious, that they’ll try to push for the advantage with picks like Lee Sin,” he said. “We thought that Game 2 would be easier than Game 1 as long as we don’t get ganked too many times early. I think we were able to just think about it simplistically.”
Behind the team fighting success was the AD Carry of Samsung Park “Ruler” Jae-hyeok, who managed to deal consistent damage in team fights with two tanks in front of him. Despite the impressive showing, Ruler said he “wasn’t feeling that great” as he had some trouble falling asleep, and he credited his support and jungler for being able to cover for him.