T1 Keria: "Compared to last year, I've improved a lot. I'm not the same Keria that Deft once knew."

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Day 41 of the 2021 LCK Spring split ended with T1 taking down Afreeca Freecs 2-1.  However, T1 was not satisfied with how they won tonight, and the team went on a 40 minute feedback session right after the match.


After their feedback session, the support player for T1, Ryu “Keria” Min-seok, joined Inven to talk about the victory.

Tonight’s victory was a close one, to say the least. How do you feel?


While I’m happy that we won tonight, I’m not satisfied with our performance tonight.


What were some of the problems that the team faced tonight?


There were way too many mistakes in the early-mid game. Our in-game calls were all over the place, and it felt like we weren’t on the same page.


The feedback after the match was very long. What did the team talk about?


I think that everyone had a lot to say about the match. Each one of us spoke up on the things they were dissatisfied with, and on what we need to improve. We haven’t finished talking about it just yet, but we’re getting close to finding the middle point of everything.


You especially seem to struggle when you play Rell [1-4 record on Rell]. Are there things you’re uncomfortable with the champion? Or is it just pure unluckiness?


I don’t feel particularly uncomfortable on the champion, so I want to say that it’s just issues with luck. I’m not too worried about the win rate on Rell.


Tell us more about the Maokai pick in game 1.


We wanted to counterpick the support champion, so we held out on picking the support champion until the end. However, once it became my turn to pick, there wasn’t a champion that came to mind. We felt that our best option at the time was Maokai, as we felt that it countered a lot of what the enemy brought to the table.


Does the same logic apply to the Tahm Kench as well?


Definitely. We felt that Tahm Kench was the best champion at the time. The enemy had an engage composition, and didn’t have a strong laning phase.


T1’s last match is against Hanwha Life Esports.


They’re a very good team. Deft and Chovy are incredible players, so I really want to beat them.


You and Deft know each other very well. Does that fact make the matchup easier or harder?


In cases like this, I feel that the support has a disadvantage, so I really have to focus. However, compared to last year, I’ve improved a lot. I’m not the same Keria that Deft once knew, so it’ll be alright (laughter).


Lastly, a word to your fans.


We didn’t play well tonight, but there’s still a lot of time until our last regular split match and the playoffs. We’ll practice very hard to put on a great performance in the remainder of our matches, so please continue to send us our support.

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