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Crown continues his reputation as the harshest self critic in the LCK: “Yes I struggled greatly (recently), and I still am.”

Crown made sure to tell the OGN casters he's still struggling.
Crown (Lee Min-ho) is the most self-deprecating player in the LCK. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

Samsung Galaxy mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho can’t seem to pass up an opportunity to criticize himself.

After Samsung defeated the bbq Olivers 2-0 in Thursday’s League Champions Korea match, Crown was invited to the post-match interview with OGN casters Kim “Dangun” Eui-joong and Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-woo. Crown set the tone of the interview immediately at the beginning when CloudTemplar started to talk about his struggles earlier in the split by saying “yes I struggled greatly, and I still am.”

Crown’s work ethic is something that has been admired by many of his fans, as his almost self-deprecating attitude is closely tied to just how much work he puts into practice. He extrapolated that there isn’t really a secret to his success, as if he knew, he would be “only going up.” He did share that recently he is practicing with a positive mindset.

It’s no secret Crown is probably the harshest self critic in the LCK. He gave his team a zero percent chance of winning the summer split a day before it started and said he no longer found League of Legends fun after losing the final of last year’s world championship. That loss also led him to say that “everything became bothersome” after worlds. So if there’s a guy who will go out of his way to say he’s not at his best, it’s Crown.

Crown also gave a peek Thursday into the team’s thought process, as CloudTemplar asked if he was nervous in Game 2. The composition from the Olivers was quite solid with the Braum-Sejuani combo — which Samsung was the first to use competitively — while Samsung went for a comparatively more snowballing composition. Crown said the team was mostly concerned on how things should work out, rather than preparing for when they don’t.

“I think the entire booth was thinking what to do after we got the ball rolling instead of what we should do if we don’t get rolling,” he said.

Another comedic moment was when after Game 2, Samsung’s head coach Choi “Edgar” Woo-beom came into the booth and spoke to AD Carry Park “Ruler” Jae-hyeok in a rather scolding manner. Crown smiled and said that the two talked about some mistakes Ruler made, and that was it.

Crown was also asked what his team thought of MVP points, and he said he didn’t care.

“The team doesn’t really talk about MVP points because none of us are really eager to get them. We talk about who might have gotten it when we’re on stage and we hear someone got the MVP nod, and that’s about it,” he said. “Outside competition, we don’t talk about it at all.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

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