Samsung Galaxy took down the Afreeca Freecs in a convincing 2-0 win Monday to advance in the playoffs of League Champions Korea. Samsung fought fire with fire, dealing with Afreeca’s signature aggressive style with a fight-happy composition of its own. Game 1 MVP Kwon “Wraith” Ji-Min said in a live post-match interview with SpoTV that his team’s composition wasn’t impacted by Afreeca’s play style.
“I think the patch had something to do with it, and we prepared champions that favor fights,” he said. “I don’t think we were consciously making a composition to match AF’s style. We put Tahm on a high tier, so we prioritized on picking him, and we also thought that GP and Shen are both very strong choices. I feel like we were able to take everything we prepared for.”
Some of the concerns revolved around the controversial 6.15 patch implemented in the wild card matchup, and though both Afreeca and Samsung had only one day to prepare for a competitive game on the new patch, Wraith said Samsung was aware.
“After the patch, lane swaps have become difficult while making the bot lane and jungle pathing more important,” he said. “We kept all of that in mind (while drafting).”
Game 2 MVP and team captain Kang “Ambition” Chan-Yong also had some thoughts on the game-changing patch, echoing his support’s thoughts and also bringing attention to the drafting phase, which might have become even more vital.
“Right now we think that lane swaps have become impossible, forcing a head-to-head matchup,” he said. “As a result I think drafting has been more important, and it all comes down to playing the things we practiced.”
With the victory, Samsung advances to play old rival KT Rolster, a team Samsung hasn’t been taken a single game off f in the past eight matchups over the course of four seasons, leading to a 16-game losing streak. The narrative isn’t lost on Ambition, but he is still acting out his namesake.
“We’ve been losing a lot to KT, and I always think that we could have won but somehow lose,” he said. “Even if we lose 10 times, if we win once tomorrow it’s better for us, so we’ll practice hard and win.”