On the 6th (KST), Afreeca Freecs took on Griffin on day 2 of the 2020 LCK Spring. With a set score of 2-0, Afreeca took down Griffin to take the first victory of the season. In game 2, despite being 3 members down in a teamfight, Jin "Mystic" Seong-jun showed an incredible display of his in-game prowess by kiting all 5 of Griffin's champions to win the teamfight alongside Song "Fly" Yong-jun.
Inven Global caught up with Mystic to talk about the victory, what it feels like to be a father, and his future goals with AF.
How do you feel when you win a game like today?
I don’t exactly know what you mean by ‘a game like today’ but winning always feels good.
The game was full of ups and downs. Don’t you get anxious while you play?
I do. Those games are the most mentally tiring. We take the lead and fall behind… When the game is full of ups and downs, it’s too much pressure.
What was the most pressuring?
SS started to begin with and he did well. I had to play after him so that was difficult. Even in the game, the win chance came and went a lot so it was more tiring.
Your Ashe kiting was spectacular. How did you do it?
Even if it was someone else, they would have done the same.
You’re being too modest.
(Laughs) I mean it. The situation was good.
You must have thought a lot about whether to fight or fall back.
When I have to die, I die hitting as much as I can. There’s a line where I try to hit the enemies as long as I don’t die.
Was that line clearly visible to you today?
It felt that I wouldn’t die even if I kept dealing damage. I think other players would have seen the same thing. I was shooting them because it didn’t seem like I would die; until I feel the danger of dying.
Does that mean any other ADC player would have done the same?
Probably most ADCs would have.
Afreeca Freecs is in good shape. What do you think about the team?
The players and coaching staff are all good. Our head coach prioritizes basics and emphasizes that we should do well from the scrims, but it seems that we’re not as good in scrims. I think there’s a bit of difference between scrims and competitions for us.
Is it that different?
Other teams are different too, but official matches seem to suit us particularly well.
Are you also more of an “official match style”?
I try not to but I’m a bit inconsistent. I’m on and off whether it’s scrims or official matches.
You seem too depressed considering that you did really well.
I died too much… (Laughs)
Afreeca’s draft is quite unique and good. What do you think?
Each team has a different tier list for the champions. In that matter, I think the tiers we set are correct. Our draft goes well with the meta. We only choose faultless champions.
The most frequent picks in bot lane are Aphelios, Miss Fortune, and Xayah in the current meta. Is there a special champion that you’re ready to play any time?
Wasn’t Ashe quite fresh? Since we’re preparing a lot of champions like that, other teams should be prepared for us. We play even weirder stuff.
You’re the father of a baby. You were a pro player from before you’ve become a father. Is it different?
It makes me work harder. There are three mouths when I go home, so it feels that I need to do well in what I do best.
Do you help taking care of the baby often?
I do want to, but I don’t have many days off and usually, I get home very late and come out early in the morning so I’m very tired. So my wife has to go through a lot. I want to help out more, but I’m really sorry that I’m often just lying around, sleeping.
What do you think you do well as a husband?
I keep in touch whenever I have time, do the dishes well on off days, and change the poopy diapers well too. I’m not that good at putting the baby to sleep, though. When I do, I fall asleep first… (Laughs) I fall asleep and he’s just there alone.
Anything you want to say to your wife?
I’m sorry that you have to take care of our baby alone. I’ll do well later on. Thank you.
Lastly, a word to the fans?
LCK Spring started, and we won the first match. We’ll keep showing good performances and get good results to keep this pace onto Worlds. Thank you.
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