On the 14th of April (KST), it the finals of the 2018 LCK Spring Split, Kingzone DragonX (KZ) defeated Afreeca Freecs (AFs) 3-1. After losing Game 1, KZ won three straight games with PraY’s Kai’Sa.
After the match, KZ members were interviewed.
Q. You won in the 2018 LCK Spring Split. How do you feel?
Han “Peanut” Wang-ho: I’m happy that we won at the finals today. I wish every day was like today. I want to thank all the fans for their support and the coaching staff for their devoted hard work.
Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan: Obviously, I feel really good. I want to thank my teammates and the staff. Also, I’m very thankful to the fans. I was able to learn from Peanut this season.
Kim “Khan” Dong-ha: It’s the same for me. I’m really happy. I want to continue to collect more championships so that I can adapt to that feeling of how it is being a champion.
Gwak “Bdd” Bo-seong: I’m really happy that we won. I want to thank the teammates and coaching staff.
Kim “PraY” Jong-in: I’m happy that we were able to come to such a valuable experience at the finals. I think it’s a result of the enormous effort I gave with such good friends. Although we gave up Game 1, I'm still satisfied.
Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon: I’m glad that we won. I wish we always win so that we can feel this way like we do now. Now, I’m only thinking of MSI.
Head Coach Kang “Hirai” Dong-hoon: Since we’ve made a good result as one team, I’m very pleased. It’s meaningful because it feels like we’ve overcome an obstacle to become better. We’ll enjoy today’s victory for today, and start preparing for MSI right away from tomorrow.
Coach Choi Seung-min: I’m happy because we’ve won the championship. I’ll concentrate on the upcoming competition thinking that it’s a whole new season.
Coach Yeon Hyeong-mo: I’m very happy. I’ll do my best so that we can win MSI too.
Q. AFs didn’t ban Kai’Sa. How did you think of it and how was the team atmosphere?
PraY: Kai’Sa is a good pick so we picked her as our first pick, and we thought that they’ll ban her. I thought that they’ll ban her at least in the last game, so I was thinking of what to play but they didn’t ban her so we just picked her first.
Q. What do you think you would have played if Kai’Sa was banned?
PraY: I was going to play whatever was given to me in the blue team. If Kai’Sa was banned, I would’ve played a champion that might not be as good as Kai’Sa.
Q. The Kai’Sa - Morgana bottom is really strong. How much effect do you think it had on the results for the finals?
GorillA: Morgana is a high risk high return champion. During practice, we tried hard to find a way to play against her but apparently, I think they didn’t. I think Morgana’s “Black Shield” goes well with Kai’Sa so I think it’s a hyper-carry composition.
Q. You lost Game 1. Why do you think you lost?
Hirai: We were overly confident during the draft, so we changed it. A bigger mistake was that we had kind of lost touch because we hadn’t played an official match for a while. After watching Game 1, I thought we would be able to win if we didn’t make any mistakes in our plays. Even though we lost, it was a game that granted us more confidence to win.
Q. It’s your first time in the MSI. Is there any team or player that you’re keeping an eye on?
PraY: We always watch the other teams results and highlights. After playing scrims with Chinese teams, I thought that there are many teams that are really good. I don’t know who’ll come to the MSI, but I think each and every one of them will be very strong.
Q. In the early-mid game in Game 3, odds were against you. How was it like, and were you confident that you can turn it around?
GorillA: Our composition was weaker than that of AFs in the early game in Game 3. We thought that we’ll endure their attacks until the late game having trust in the Kai’Sa - Morgana comp. After we countered Jhin’s excessive play, we thought that we could win.
Q. You had said that you’ve never lost in Busan, and you’ve once again proved yourself.
Hirai: My home is at Busan, so it feels like that I’ll win whenever I come here. I’ve put in more effort than before and thought of many champions that we could play here, today. We’ll show more at the MSI.
Q. You’ve swept the MVP at this finals. How do you feel on getting the first MVP award of your career?
PraY: Being a finals MVP was a story that always left me out. I had that feeling that I did quite well today. I’m thankful for receiving MVP today.
Q. What did you focus on while preparing to play against AFs?
Hirai: We all practiced really hard up to 5-6 AM. I think the result is a compensation for all the hard work we’ve put in. AFs usually have a special thought during the picks & bans. We prepared many things keeping that in mind. Since we weren’t able to show everything, we’ll be showing it in the upcoming competitions. I tried to take care of the players’ conditions because the competition was in Busan.
Q. Your prowess seems to be at the highest point. What’s your motivation?
Khan: I can’t agree that our prowess is at the highest point yet. We still lack many things and we know that we can deliver even better performance. I think that’s why we’re at our level now.
PraY: AFs is famous for their long practice time, but we’ve never thought that they practice more than we do.
Q. How does your sponsor support you and what will be your reward for becoming champions?
Hirai: I’m thankful to our CEO. For most Korean teams that have large corporations as their sponsors, their welfare and support is really good. We receive similar support. Our sponsor promised more welfare and rumor says we might get business class tickets to MSI, I’m sure they’ll give us that. (Laughs) I hope this interview goes out in Chinese.
Q. The mid lane is always a position that has a lot of pride in it. Since you’ve won two championships in a row, don’t you think you can call yourself the best mid laner in the world?
Bdd: It’s too early to say that I’m the world’s best mid laner. Maybe if I perform really well in MSI.
Q. You’re really close to MadLife. Do you have anything to say to him?
Bdd: I love you Madlife.
Q. You’ve won all games that you played Jayce in. How did you feel picking Jayce?
Khan: When I picked Jayce, the finals of last year’s summer split came back to me. Since it felt like the coaching staff wanted me to do an important role, I did my best to do what they wanted. Jayce is a champion that I can play anytime even if I didn’t practice in scrims.
Q. You defeated your old teammate, Kuro. Any words to him?
GorillA: We shook in the opening. It felt good to meet him at the highest point. I hope we both continue do well and deliver good performance.
Q. Any comments regarding the MSI?
Peanut: It’s my second MSI. I want to win again. It’s a good chance to meet foreign fans, so I’ll do my best to have good results.
Cuzz: It’s another competition that’s held abroad. It was regretful last year, but I’ll do my best to contribute to the team to the championship.
Khan: I haven’t been abroad except China. The MSI is held in Europe. I’ll deliver good performance there.
Bdd: Me too, I’ve only been to China and Taiwan. There are many outstanding mid laners. I’m looking forward to it.
PraY: It’s been a while since I’ve played against teams outside of Korea [in a competition]. I’ll deliver good performance.
GorillA: It’s my first time going to the MSI. I’ll prepare well and return with good results.
Hirai: It’s a new challenge. Challenges make people overcome obstacles and develop. I’ll make sure that we all develop and take another step.
Choi: It’s a new start. Since we’re representing the LCK, we’ll make sure to raise the name up high.
Yeon: I’ll do my best to have the players prepare well.