Team Dignitas continued its win streak into Week 7 of the North American League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS), unexpectedly sweeping reigning champion Team SoloMid. After the match, Slingshot’s Emily Rand caught up with Dignitas mid laner Jang “Keane” Lae-young to talk about their three-series win streak and Dignitas’ recent improvements as a team.
Emily Rand: Congratulations on the win. How are you guys feeling?
Jang “Keane” Lae-young: It feels really good to beat the best team in NA right now.
ER: Dignitas had a really strong Week 6 as well. How did beating TSM this week compare to last week?
JLY: We were confident going into Week 6 of LCS, but then after last week we were thinking, “Well, maybe we got lucky.” We were thinking that this week was a test for us, whether we were actually good or not.
ER: What do you think is behind the team’s recent success? Why is Dignitas suddenly performing so well?
JLY: Now we have a roster that doesn’t split times with scrimming. We always use the same roster in scrims and I think we all trust each other in making team plays. I think we’re a lot more confident in executing macro plays because of that.
ER: Last week, when I spoke with Adrian (“Adrian” Ma), he said that he’d only scrimmed with the team for a short amount of time. Did he just end up clicking with the roster quickly or was it a slower process?
JLY: I think it just felt right, with the roster we’re playing with right now. We could also only improve from then.
ER: I have ask about the Abyssal Mask on Cassiopeia in Game 1. What was your thought process behind that?
JLY: That is actually really good against mid and jungle AP duo. If I just go MR with Abyssal, Xerath can’t abuse the power spike in lane or later in team fights. I thought that and just built it.
ER: Years ago you were known for bringing out wackier or unusual picks, and you got a lot of cheers for hovering the Urgot today. Do you ever want to just lock one of those off-meta picks?
JLY: Actually, after Gravity, there were a lot of people criticizing me for not playing the actual meta champions and I just wanted to show everyone that I can play in meta. Right now, I’m just playing what we need now as a team, meta champions or strong champions.
ER: How do you feel like you’ve evolved as a mid laner since your time on Gravity?
JLY: I think, on Gravity, I played a lot of different champions because it was a pretty good strategy in best-of-one. Now in best-of-threes I just adapted and ended up practicing a lot more games in solo queue so I was able to play a lot more champions.
ER: Dignitas looked really prepared on this new patch, where we’ve seen a lot of other teams struggle. How did you prepare for this week?
JLY: For us, we just discussed as a team what we would do for drafts every day, strong champions, weak champions. I actually think we had good drafts last week and this week.
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