kt Pawn: "I’ll prove with results that I’ve returned as a better player"

kt Rolster’s Wonseok “Pawn” Heo wants to prove that he has returned from China as a better player.

On January 21, kt Rolster swept bbq Olivers 2-0 in the first matchup of day 4 LCK Spring Split 2017, held at Seoul OGN eStadium, making it two consecutive wins in the season. In both games, kt outplayed the opponent in perfect laning and macro plays. Utilizing Malzahar and Ahri, Pawn was an integral part of CC coordination in locking down the enemy team.



Below is the post-match interview with Pawn.

How do you feel about today’s victory?

I knew that bbq Olivers is a mid-centric team and heard good things about Myeonggu “Tempt” Kang. So, I originally aimed to keep up in the mid lane and help other laners to take the macro game. That was the initial plan, but the flow of a game doesn’t always turn out as expected. [laughs]

How come you guys are more coordinated than the last match?

Previously, we were often picked off by the enemy, and our teamwork suffered. We practiced to avoid overextending and to cover for each other by improving shotcalling. We especially focused on listening to others’ calls.

Your team composition in Set 2 had no tanks. With that kind of comp, players tend to continuously force teamfights to gain an early advantage, but you went with a different approach. Any thoughts?

Without any tanks, we didn’t have anyone to take hits from Jhin’s Curtain Call. We thought getting initiated on by Curtain Call will not bode well for us, so we stayed together as a team to apply poking pressure on Jhin. I was surprised to see how late first blood was that game. After catching Syndra out of position at the top and Jhin, in the mid, the game quickly ended itself. Our Kha’Zix was an excellent ambusher. Even to us, the game concluded quite suddenly.

Why did you keep banning Taliyah?

Tempt carried the previous match with Taliyah and showed confidence with the champion in the interview. He’s quite scary with her in scrims. We didn’t think it was worth the risk.

How do you feel about your next matchup against Longzhu Gaming?

It’s good to start off on the right foot. I’d like to keep the streak going until the end of January. I hope to kick back with families for Lunar New Year.

Anything we missed you’d like to say?

I’d like to thank all the fans who cheer us on. I’m always grateful to the people from eSports organizations who make sure everything’s taken care of. Some people worry that Deft, Mata, and I have lost our touch since playing in China, but I’ll prove with results that I’ve returned as a better player.

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