Samsung finished in second place of Group C with a record of 4-2. In a video interview with Fomos’ Park Sang-jin, CoreJJ said he wants to avoid the criticism that could come with drawing a Korean team early.
“I want to avoid a Korean team if possible,” he said. “It’s not that I’m not confident we can win, but because we might become targets of a lot of harsh criticism. I’d like to play against a foreign team if possible.”
Of the three worlds qualifiers from Korea, Samsung is perceived to be the weakest, having qualified through the regional gauntlet. As the second place finisher in Group C, Samsung Galaxy has a good chance to play a Korean team in the quarterfinals, especially if SK Telecom T1 wins Group A.
CoreJJ was also asked his opinion of Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao, the legendary AD Carry for Royal Never Give Up. He offered high praise.
“When I see Uzi either when he’s laning or in the middle of team fights, there’s nothing wasted in his play,” he said. “I think he’s a player that people can learn a lot from, and the team that faces Uzi will have to be careful.”
“I didn’t get the feeling that Ruler was mechanically behind Uzi, but Uzi’s understanding of the game is very high while making very few mistakes while making aggressive plays when he needs to.”
Samsung’s performance in the second week of the group stage left much to be desired, CoreJJ said. The team is still working on shoring up the weaknesses and hopes to rectify them in the quarterfinals.
“We focused on the synergy between teammates. We worked hard to try to play a game where we can affect one another,” he said. “We will have to focus on the problems that won’t be fixed in the short term, as we continued to show those same issues in the games today.”