Ssumday: “We don’t really concern ourselves with what our opponents are good at, and as long as we can play the way we want to, we can win.”

KT Rolster prepares it’s final game of the season against Samsung Galaxy by way of a 2-0 victory over the ailing CJ Entus on Thursday. With KT’s next and last game being the third place decider, this dominant performance is a good sign of things to come, especially for KT’s top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-Ho, who was the sole MVP in both games.

Ssumday’s play as Gnar was good enough that in a post-match live interview with Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo and Kim Dong-Jun, both casters didn’t waste any time complimenting Ssumday. But the playmaker himself wasn’t all that impressed.

“I made a lot of mistakes in the first game so I was not happy with my performance,” he said. “But getting two MVP nominations in a row makes it feel like a compliment of my play, so I’m happy.”

CloudTemplar asked more in detail about the reasoning behind the Gnar pick, especially as top lane Ekko has been making a comeback with the Trinity Force item build. Ssumday said that Gnar’s strength is what drew him to the prehistoric Yordle.

“Gnar has much more lane strength,” he said. “Another difference would be that Gnar has harder area crowd control. I felt like Gnar was the best choice, and CJ didn’t ban them out I wouldn’t have to show any pocket picks I have prepared.” When caster Kim asked about a potential Yasuo pick in future, Ssumday said that he’s preparing Yasuo “only in (his) heart.”

Caster Kim also asked more about the rather open drafting from KT, not really going for a specific composition and not contesting one either. Ssumday revealed that the success behind KT is none other than confidence.

“In practice games it’s actually really hard to go for a specific composition, so we usually focus more on our individual plays,” he said. “We don’t really concern ourselves with what our opponents are good at, and as long as we can play the way we want to, we can win. I didn’t think we’d lose even once.”

Now with the final match against Samsung, caster Kim asked Ssumday if KT was preparing any pocket picks for the momentous match, and Ssumday indeed said that there were a couple on the back burner, but said that they “weren’t perfect just yet,” and hopes to show them in competitive play.

Slingshot staff writer and Korean League of Legends expert who also owns a Pikachu-themed iPhone case. You can reach him at Andrew@slingshotesports.com

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