In the eighth year of his competitive League of Legends career, Jeong "Impact" Eon-young is still reaching new heights. Team Liquid's veteran Top Laner has always been a master of soaking pressure, but with Cloud9's Eric "Licorice" Ritchie sidelined by wrist pain and Kim "Ssumday" Chan-ho starting for 100 Thieves Academy, Impact has solidified himself as the best Top Laner in the LCS.
That doesn't mean Impact is infallible, however. The veteran Top Laner was tested by two rookies in week 5 of the 2019 NA LCS Summer Split. First was Cloud9 Academy Top Laner Ziqing "Kumo" Zhao, who was starting with the LCS squad for the first time in place of an injured Licorice. While Impact managed to gain the upperhand on Aatrox despite laning into Jayce, his overconfidence in diving Kumo led to a solokill on the latter side. C9 would go on to hand TL their second loss of the split.
Impact would not underestimate a second rookie Top Laner, facing off the next day against 100 Thieves' Aaron "FakeGod" Lee. While the game itself was quite the nailbiter that ended in a Team Liquid win at about 45 minutes, Impact was far more methodical extending a lead on Jayce against FakeGod in the side lane. Impact joined Nick Geracie to share his thoughts on playing against FakeGod in the grueling battle with 100 Thieves. "He did fine in lane...but I think he can do more."
Impact closed the interview by apologizing to his fans for his performance against Cloud9: "I'm so sorry about yesterday. I'm sorry for trolling hard because I'm doing well in lane but then losing focus and disrespecting my enemy...I'm too cocky and I need to relax and focus more. I'm sorry about that, but I assure you guys that I am doing well."