On March 1st (KST), Samsung Galaxy defeated bbq Olivers 2-1 in the second matchup of Day 22 LCK Spring Split 2017, held at Sangam OGN eStadium. Despite dropping Game 1 due to bbq’s aggressive macro plays, Samsung managed to turn it around in subsequent two games. Notably, Seungjoo “Stitch” Lee provided invaluable damage on Jhin when the team was on the verge of defeat.
Below is the post-match press interview with Stitch.
Thoughts on the today’s victory?
We were caught off guard in Game 1 because it wasn’t anything like we experienced in practice. It feels really good to be able to come back in the following games. We’ll face bbq again in three days. I don’t think we can rest easy. We have to prepare right away.
Game 1 was going well until you ran into some troubles with Thresh.
My teammates kept telling me that it was okay. Since we drafted a late game comp, we talked among ourselves to keep our spirits high.
Samsung has been switching bottom duos and junglers. Why did you stick with the same roster for all three games?
I think we got to play for all three games because we showed better promise during practice. If our performances are about even, then we usually rotate out players between games. It’s something we have all agreed on. I’m a little bummed that I don’t get to play every match, but I’m okay because competition in good faith is also important. I still become overeager to keep playing to make up after easily losing the first game.
How are CoreJJ and Wraith different in terms of playstyle?
CoreJJ is aggressive from the lane phase and builds on the early lead to finish out games. Wraith is more conservative in the lane phase and likes to control the flow of the game through macro plays.
There have been some concerns about Samsung’s late game macro plays without Ambition. How did Haru manage to tie the loose ends in Game 2?
There are still things to improve on. Late game macro play is something Haru struggled with from the beginning. We’re in the process of addressing the issue. Everything dramatically fell into place in Game 2. There are instances where we get stuck after the 20-mintue mark. I feel like we lack a strong leadership figure without Ambition.
You had to play from behind in the early Game 3. How did the team keep it together?
Since we’re ahead in terms of CS, I thought we’ll be in a better position as long as we defend the towers. I just thought about our comp because we couldn’t lose after the 40-minute mark.
There will be a rematch in three days.
Since we’ve beaten them once, hopefully it’ll be easier. Still, we have to be on our toes.
Why did you let LeBlanc through the draft?
We sometimes use a strategy to let LeBlanc slip through the bans. Actually, only the midlaner suffers when the enemy takes LeBlanc. As long as the mid lane isn’t totally demolished, the game will favor us in the long run. We were at a respectable win rate with the enemy team taking LeBlanc, so Crown also says he’ll take one for the team. Whenever Ambition is not here, Crown is the one who grounds the team.
Anything else you’d like to say?
It feels good to show improving plays after I’ve been in a slump after the last spring season. I’d like to thank the crew, coaching staff, teammates, and fans who cheer us on through the late night. I’m also thankful for my friends and family. All my friends are in the army, and they tell me how they enjoy watching my games.