On the 16th (KST), T1 took down kt Rolster on day 16 of the 2020 LCK Summer split. With a set score of 2-0, T1 was able to come out on top in the classic ‘LCK telecom derby’ against KT. The bot laner for T1, Teddy, was able to play his part very well on highly contested champions of the current meta, Varus and Aphelios. He stated that he’ll look past Gen.G’s current immense win record and will continue to work hard.
Teddy joined the press room at LoL Park for a post-match interview.
How does it feel to take the 2-0 victory?
Compared to the other top teams in the standings, we’re not doing as well, but I’m still glad that we got the 2-0 victory.
After the loss against Team Dynamics, what kind of feedback did the team receive?
Although there wasn't any major feedback, we did say our in-game calls were disappointing. We were told that we should’ve fought after we got the Elder dragon buff.
Is there anything specific that coach Kim ordered?
After the loss against DYN, he told us that we should pick strong mid-jungle champions. I believe that our team composition in game 1 and 2 was great. In game 2, not only did we screw up the dive, the game overall was just very hard. Because of Canna and Faker stepping up for game 2, we were able to stretch out the game and win.
In game 1, you played against Aiming’s AP Kog’maw.
These days, everyone builds Kog’maw AP. However, I don’t think it’s good into Varus, since his core items are items like Youmu’s Ghostblade, so he can dodge Kog’maw’s skillshots. Champions with limited mobility, such as Aphelios and Ashe, are champions that Kog’maw likes to face, since Rylai’s Crystal Scepter can permaslow them, so Kog’maw can land his ultimate very easily.
Varus’ record in the LCK hasn’t been all that great recently.
I think that because of the nerfs to Death’s Dance, Varus lost a lot of power. Champions like Wukong, who can stick to Varus easily, also restricts a lot of Varus’ strengths as well. Furthermore, not only were there direct nerfs to his kit, Ezreal can play very safe into Varus as well. Ezreal’s synergy with Bard also makes him stronger than he should be.
The team was behind in game 2 throughout most of the game, so how did the team play out the series?
In game 2, our team composition focused on the upper side of the map. Aphelios also outscaled the enemy, and since we grabbed three dragon stacks while being behind, we were able to stretch out the game into the late game. We told ourselves to not make mistakes until Aphelios is able to outscale the enemy team in the late game.
T1’s next opponent is Gen.G. Ruler’s recent form looks very threatening.
Ruler was always good. All five players on Gen.G are very good. It’ll all come down to whether or not we can show up on match day. Although Gen.G’s win streak holds a lot of meaning, win streaks are meant to be broken. I won’t get swayed by it, and just practice very hard.
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