On the 17th of January (KST), Hanwha Life Esports (HLE) defeated kt Rolster (KT) 2:1 in the 2019 LCK Spring week 1, day 2.
After losing game 1, HLE bounced back with a huge victory in game 2; they dominated KT throughout the game. After gaining momentum HLE displayed outstanding teamfights during the last set and secured their first win for the split.
After the series, we met up with HLE's ADC, Sangyoon in the press room.
What are your thoughts on today’s victory?
Sangyoon: It was depressing after our loss in the KeSPA Cup. We thought that it would be very sad for us next year. It was very tough while we were preparing as well. However, after we gained momentum during practice, I didn’t think that we would lose. I’m very happy that we’ve won today. Also, I’m happy that I won against SnowFlower.
There was some controversy on the team during the KeSPA Cup. Although being eliminated must have been though, it could have been a positive motivator for the team as well.
I put in more than I usually did in practice. Our head coach told us to practice more to not deliver that kind of embarrassing performance in the future. We barely rested and we always did scrims late in the night.
However, the team’s performance in game 1 wasn’t that good.
Our draft wasn’t good in game 1. We did prepare our own plays but Bono went back to his past “Bonobono”. After the match, we fixed our draft and told ourselves to do as planned.
Last year, HLE was mostly in 6th place. What is your goal for this year?
We all want to lift the LCK trophy, but for now, I just want to go up a single rank. I think that’s how we can hopefully make it to the playoffs and maybe achieve even more.
What kind of help does coach Woong give?
He is a good help in general, however, he mostly focuses on giving us feedback on teamfights.