CuVee: “I still can’t believe that we’re going to the finals of worlds when we haven’t been able to go to LCK’s finals yet.”

Samsung Galaxy’s path to the finals of the League of Legends World Championship has surprised at least one its players.

Top laner Lee “CuVee” Seong-Jin was invited to the OGN casters desk after Saturday’s 3-0 win against H2K and said just how stunned he was to reach the final and play reigning champion SK Telecom T1.

“I still can’t believe that we’re going to the finals of worlds when we haven’t been able to go to LCK’s finals yet,” CuVee said to erupting laughter from the desk.

Caster Kim Dong-Jun asked more about the preparation toward worlds after they qualified through League Champions Korea’s gauntlet, surprising many by defeating the heavily favored KT Rolster. According to CuVee there were some worrying trends.

“After the Gauntlet we took some time off and started to practice, but we couldn’t perform the way we did in the gauntlet,” he said. “So I was very concerned before getting to worlds, but I think as my team continued to put in hard work after making it here we were able to have a performance that goes beyond the gauntlet. I believe that because we grew as a team with each victory we made it to the grand finals.”

When pressed just what CuVee meant when he said hard work, he simply replied that Samsung “worked just a bit harder than others did,” which was greeted with even more praise.

Another hot button topic around CuVee is his fabled $44 haircut he got before the Samsung’s quarter finals. Although CuVee isn’t one to care about his looks too much, it didn’t mean he was happy with it.

“I don’t really pay a lot of attention to my appearance, but it was really easy to dry my hair every since my hair got shorter,” he said. “I didn’t actually know that it would end up this short. Since I had to say what kind of hair I wanted, I just asked for a ‘short cut,’ and ended up with this.”

Caster Jun mentioned Samsung’s Lee “Crown” Min-Ho’s fighting words earlier, vowing to defeat Faker, but CuVee quickly waved it off as “just words,” and was much more lively when sharing what foods he had eaten during his stay in North America.

“In New York we had more Korean food in Korean restaurants than American food,” he said. “It tasted better than food in Korea, so I was very impressed. As for Jajangmyeon, I had some in San Francisco, but it wasn’t that great.”

Facing his career first in any finals appearance, CuVee made a rather bold prediction about his team’s chances to create another upset.

“I think if we hold up the mid lane, our chances are about 50 percent,” he said. “If we do get behind in the mid lane, it’ll be down to 10 percent.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

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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