In a video interview with Fomos’ Park Sang-jin during the group stage of the League of Legends World Championship, Cuzz was asked his thoughts about the claim that the jungler is at fault when the top lane loses. He predictably disagreed with the premise.
“It’s not really the jungler’s fault,” he said. “It’s obvious most times when the enemy jungler will be ganking top, and I think dying to that is more of the laner’s fault. If top is losing, I think that it’s more to do with not respecting the enemy jungler, not because they have a bad jungler on their team.”
The hotly contested debate of top laners vs. junglers was reignited by Cuzz’s teammate, Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, who ended a post-match interview by saying when a lane is losing, the blame doesn’t go to the laner, but instead to the jungler. The obviously jovial comment took the League of Legends community by storm, with many players now jokingly — or not — blaming their junglers for not being good.
Longzhu is in the same group with Fnatic and defeated the European team to close the first round of its group play (note: The interview with Fomos was conducted before Thursday’s second round of games). After defeating Fnatic in their first matchup, Cuzz said he respected Fnatic and the win had more to do with Longzhu’s strength than any perceived weakness in Fnatic.
“I haven’t seen the Fnatic’s players in ranked in Korea often, and I thought they were a great team when I started watching competitive LoL, so I was a bit concerned if we would lose, but my teammates did so well and we were able to end the game early,” he said. “They’re a good team. I just think we did better today.”
Longzhu is Korea’s top seed in the tournament and has growing confidence even though the team has never been to this stage before this year. With that, Cuzz said he is confident in his team’s ability to continue into the tournament and make it to the finals.
“The team’s goal is of course to win worlds, and we’re desperately working to do so,” he said. For me personally, I think we can win as long as I do well, so my goal is just to focus on nothing but the game and (not) become a burden on the team.”