H2K cruised over the wild card team Albus NoX Luna in the quarterfinals with a 3-0 on Sunday, locking in the final spot of the semifinals in New York’s Madison Square Garden.
H2K’s mid laner Ryu “Ryu” Sang-Wook dominated his lane opponent and was invited to the OGN caster desk with Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo, Kim Dong-Jun, and Jeon Yong-Jun to talk more about his trip to New York.
“It was expected since we were facing a comparatively easier opponent, but I’m still happy,” he said. “We get to go to New York too.”
Caster Jun ask Ryu if he believes H2K had luck on its side for this year’s worlds, especially in the bracket stage, and Ryu wholeheartedly agreed.
“I think we’ve been lucky ever since we’ve been confirmed to be (at worlds),” he said. “We didn’t have to go through the gauntlet because we got through with circuit points, we got a relatively easy group, and got the good bracket for quarters. I think luck has been on our side.”
The topic of luck has been a common one for H2K, as Marcin “Jankos” Jankowski told Slingshot that the team is still hungry to prove it deserves this spot.
“I think we have to prove ourselves against Samsung so that people will shut up about us having the easiest group and the easiest quarters because, to be honest, we probably had the easiest ones,” Jankos told Slingshot. “But I also think we played good.”
Ryu also told OGN that many of H2K’s improvements came from getting over mental hurdles.
“We get super nervous during games,” he said. “Even in Europe we would be in the semis and lose 3-2 or lose games that we were winning. I think we’re plenty strong if we get our nerves in check. We lose because of this nervousness.
With H2K gearing up to face Samsung Galaxy in the semifinals, many are interested on how H2K will adapt, with a lot of focus on the top lane matchup between Lee “CuVee” Sung-Jin and Andrei “Odoamne” Pascu. Ryu seemed to have the utmost confidence in his teammate.
“I think they’re both pretty equal,” he told OGN. “Our top laner is very good. He’s really good at riding forward momentum. He doesn’t get that nervous either. If he get momentum going, I think he can win.”
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