Crown on post-worlds mindset: “I shouldn’t say this, and it’s no longer the case, but I found the game to be no longer fun.”

Samsung Galaxy mid laner Lee “Crown” Min-ho confessed to some difficulties after his second place finish in 2016’s League of Legends World Championship and had to be put back in the right mindset during a post-match interview.

“I shouldn’t say this, and it’s no longer the case, but I found the game to be no longer fun,” he said. “I was kind of aimless, I got scolded, and when I think back why I felt that way, I think it’s because I had lost a goal, a goal for life. So with a new goal, I’m living happily.”

With successful plays as Orianna and Taliyah in Tuesday’s League Champions Korea match against MVP, the casters even said that Crown seemed to be playing “with anger” as he showcased aggressive movements in Game 1. Crown again linked his recent slump to that perception.

“I think it seemed aggressive as I played it out,” he said. “Up until recently I’ve been going through a rough patch, and in the midst of that, my daily life kind of went askew. I got scolded by the head coach a lot. Thanks to that I’ve been able to get my head together and work forwards. I think that might be why it seemed like I played very aggressive.”

With Samsung being heralded as one of the “top three” teams in the LCK alongside SK Telecom T1 and KT Rolster, Crown said that he felt his team isn’t quite yet ready for such an accolade.

“Rather than being aware of (KT and SKT), because they’re so good, I thought we might be in trouble this season,” he said. “So far that feeling has been correct.”

Although expectations are high for Samsung’s roster since it’s high worlds finish, Crown said it became a source of motivation of sorts for the 2017 season.

“I did feel a lot of pressure (after finishing second),” he said. “After going so far in terms of performance, this is the first time I’ve felt like I needed to defend something. So I always keep that in mind and I am working even harder.”

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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