Samsung Galaxy prevented a loss by the hands of MVP after a very back and forth series that ended in a 2-1 in Samsung’s favor. The story of the match was the return of top laner Kwon “Helper” Young-Jin for the first time in a while, and showed just how to play Rumble and Ekko in Games 2 and 3. He was nominated with MVP points alongside Samsung’s support Kwon “Wraith” Ji-Min. In a live post-match interview with casters Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo and Kim Dong-Jun, Helper said the booth was pretty intense after the first loss.
“After losing the first game the booth was super quiet,” he said. “He also motioned that team captain Kang “Ambition” Chan-Yong leaned back with his eyes closed in frustration.
After their loss in Game 1, it almost looked like Samsung was hitting back with the aggression fueled by rage, taking the first blood with a Level 1 play. Wraith said it was more improvisation than rage.
“It was more improvised in the moment,” he said. “After getting the first blood at Level 1, I think I was able to roam more effectively. I was pretty mad after Game 1, and I think I was able to stick it to MVP’s Elise.”
Another highlight of the series came in the form of Helper’s penta-steal from Samsung’s AD Carry Park “Ruler” Jae-Hyeok. In reality Helper didn’t really want to, but the decision didn’t come down to him.
“I was just focusing on fighting, then I see Sivir get a triple, and Ruler was screaming ‘Penta! Penta!’” he said. “I really wanted to give him the penta kill, but then (Lee “Crown” Min-Ho) was telling me to take it from him, because we wanted to end the game right then. I was unsure, but I listened to Crown.”
Of course there had to be a question about Helper’s Rumble play that gave him the MVP nod. Game 3 was actually quite close with MVP outright winning some engagements as Samsung fell behind. The last fight in particular nearly spelled out disaster according to Helper, but quickly turned into a win for Samsung.
“I thought that if we both fought well we’d have the edge, but we kept losing team fights,” he said. “In the last fight I got cut before we started, and I was freaking out because I forgot I had a Guardian Angel, but Ambition said that I had a GA, so we fought right after I got back up.”
From the support’s perspective, it must have been frustrating to see his carries throw some of the team fights in game three, and Wraith certainly thought so, but kept saying positive things for the team “in order to prevent tilt.”