KT Rolster’s AD Carry Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu praised his top laner’s performance as Jarvan IV in his own unique way.
KT defeated Samsung Galaxy in a tough 2-1 on Tuesday, putting themselves in contention for first place. In Game 2, Deft’s performance as Kalista which played a part in KT’s dominant victory netted him the MVP nod. For Game 3, Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho was nominated as MVP for his Jarvan play and he stands undefeated on the champion. When asked what Deft thought of Smeb’s Jarvan in the post match interview with SpoTV, Deft offered odd praise.
“He likes to just dive into the enemy team,” he said with a smile. “I think (Jarvan) fits that play style well.”
Smeb said that he could admit to Deft’s assessment, but also quickly added that the team “likes to play very forward” in general, and that his play style happens to mesh well with the rest of the team.
With patch 7.14 finally implemented, the match showed champion picks that were previously unseen in the LCK such as Janna as support and Nunu and Maokai in the jungle. With such little time to really prepare a solid pick and ban strategy, Smeb said the whole team put their heads together.
“We only had one practice game for today’s patch, so it was very tough to prepare,” he said. “The whole team spent yesterday thinking of a strategy and came up with today’s picks.”
Tuesday’s victory was celebrated with Heo “PawN” Won-seok’s fourth anniversary as a professional. However according to Smeb, PawN is feeling under the weather, leading to some tough times. Smeb continued that he wanted to thank PawN for showing a good performance despite his condition, and said that he was “the MVP of the match.”
Smeb wasn’t alone in commending PawN, as the head coach Lee Ji-hoon also said in a separate interview with OSEN’s Ko Yong-jun that PawN was his MVP, noting that although he started by giving Samsung’s Lee “Crown” Min-ho a kill in lane, “PawN came back with a strong performance, forcing the flow of the game back” to KT.
Fittingly, KT will face its rival SK Telecom T1 during the last week of the LCK. Although the two teams are a number of wins apart, taking a victory back for KT will be important going into the playoffs and carving their way for a chance at worlds.