On August 2nd (KST), in the 2019 LCK Summer Split Day 35 match between Griffin and SANDBOX Gaming, Griffin squeezed past SANDBOX and placed themselves tied at 2nd place. As of today, there are 5 teams with 9 wins; Griffin and SK Telecom T1 tied at 2nd, with SANDBOX Gaming, Gen.G Esports, and Afreeca Freecs following close. The two hottest players of the match today were Jeong “Chovy” Ji-hoon and Park “Viper” Do-hyeon. They played Akali and Xayah, respectively, leading Griffin to victory.
Chovy, it seems that you’re form has come up a lot. How was today’s match?
Chovy: I think it was just average. All went alright.
(To Viper) It was an important day for your standings. How do you feel about today’s win?
Viper: It was a chance for us to rise to 2nd place, so I thought we shouldn’t miss this chance. Fortunately, we were able to win.
During the picks & bans in Game 1, it seemed that all picks were aiming towards you playing Viktor, but you only played marksman champions today.
Viper: Ashe seemed a bit better, so I played her.
And your Ashe item build was rather unique. Was there a reason?
Viper: I thought we would win if I don’t die. The Bloodthirster seemed to be the right choice to do so.
(To Chovy) You picked Akali, which now has a 4-1 record this season. How was the process during the draft?
Chovy: We picked her because I was really confident about playing Akali.
Game 2 was really close. Can you explain a bit about the Kog’Maw pick?
Viper: I’ve played Kog’Maw from a long time ago and always that he was good. I played Kog'Maw because it seemed that if it wasn’t now, I won’t be able to play him. (Laughs)
When your opponent picked Zoe first, did you expect it? What did you think?
Chovy: We didn’t expect them to pick Zoe first, so we were caught off guard. I was going to play Aatrox in mid lane, and we picked Irelia for Doran… But all of a sudden, Doran said that he thought it would be more comfortable to play Aatrox at top, so we switched.
Viper picked up two kills by teleporting top. How was that situation?
Viper: When they started fighting, Lehends suggested that I teleport top. (It seems you two quarrel all the time, but this time, you listened?) It seemed like a good chance to me, so it was my decision. (Laughs)
Your next opponent is against Gen.G Esports and you should be preparing for revenge.
Chovy: I actually didn’t know our next opponent was Gen.G. (Laughs) I’ll be preparing well for the remaining matches.
Viper: We’ll beat Gen.G no matter what, and I would like to continue giving good performances up to the end of the season.