MVP support Max on being 5-5 and fifth place in LCK: “I thought we would go 2-8.”

MVP started its second round of League Champions Korea with its right foot forward Tuesday with a 2-0 win against Longzhu. With an impressive comeback victory in Game 1 and a dominant performance in Game 2, MVP is now well within reach of the postseason.

MVP’s support Jeong “Max” Jong-Bin shared his disappointment in a post match interview with casters Kim “Dangun” Eui-Joong, Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyeon-Woo, and Kim Dong-Junabout his lack of MVP points.

“Even though I was the one who played well, it feels sour to see all the MVP nominations go to my other teammates,” he said in a phone interview, which was greeted by laughter.

There was criticism previously about MVP’s bot lane in particular, and there has been clear improvement. Max said the change was sparked by good, old-fashioned honesty.

“Straightforward feedback really helped us face our mistakes and overcome our problems,” he said. Dangun mentioned a rumored disagreement among the two bot lane, which Max confirmed, saying that they “did fight in the bot lane,” but also assuring that the conflict “stays within the confines of the game,” and doesn’t carry outside of it.

CloudTemplar also brought attention to Max’s long career, dating back to a time when he was part of CJ Entus. Max’s positive personality seems to have carried over to his new team as well.

“Even when I lose, playing the game is really fun for me,” he said. “I think that makes me look positive.”

Boasting a 5-5 record in its first pro season in the LCK, MVP is beginning to show its strength to fans and other organizations. But the team’s record has caught many — including Max — by surprise.

“I thought we would go 2-8,” he said. When asked what he expected to happen with the second round, he said that he was expecting a 6-3, dropping to the top three teams in the LCK, but confident in “beating everyone else.”

Max concluded the interview thanking the fans for showing up to the arena “despite the heavy rain warning,” and added that since they were able to “reply to the fans with a clean 2-0 victory, allowing them to go home before it gets too dangerous, (he hopes) they will continue to support the team.”

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