Two veterans, two rookies and one Khan/Rascal.
They are Longzhu Gaming and they are set to go all the way to the finals. After dismantling SK Telecom T1 in the 2017 LCK Summer playoffs, Korea’s first seed is the only team that went a perfect 6-0 in the group stage.
Not all six games were stomps, however. The Gigabyte Marines was the one opponent who pushed Longzhu all the way into their base. At its peak, GAM held a whooping 10.8k gold lead. For the first time, we got to see Longzhu play from behind.
How will Longzhu fair against fellow LCK team Samsung Galaxy in the quarterfinals?
Game Is Hard caught up with rookie jungler Lee “Cuzz” Woo-jin, who bares all on their ‘almost-loss’ to wildcard GAM, and just how big a brother Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyeon is.
This match against Immortals was your first game on Jarvan IV. You didn’t show this pick in LCK either. How did it feel playing this champion and being the main initiator for a change?
When I became the main initiator, it gave me a lot of pressure. Although it’s my first time on Jarvan IV on stage, I’ve always prepared this champion. I once used to be a master of Jarvan IV!
I’ve practiced a lot with this champion and I’m quite confident on him. I’m very happy I was able to give light to this champion.
What’s the difference for you as a jungler, playing with either Khan or Rascal in the top lane?
This is my personal opinion. First of all, I feel a little bit more comfortable playing with Rascal because he’s very good with tanks. When plays bruisers, he’s really good at it too. He’s quite a stable tanker.
On the other hand, when I play with Khan, he is very aggressive and as a jungler it can be a little tough on me.
Against the Gigabyte Marines, it was the first time Longzhu Gaming, on the Worlds stage, played from behind. How did you feel about that?
At first we were doing well in the early game. We thought it was going to be an easy game with an easy victory again. However, when we entered mid game I thought we could lose this game. We kept talking about it, and had to stay focused; we still got the win.
Even though we communicated between team mates that “It was going to be okay, it was going to be alright, focus, do it well and we can win”, but what I was thinking in my mind was “If I just made one small mistake, this could lead to the loss of the team!”
So I was very nervous. We still won and I think I showed one of my best mechanical plays today in this game in a long time. In the next game I think I’ll do even better. I think it was a very good experience for us today.
Speaking of mechanics, your use of Gragas ultimate that last fight won the game for Longzhu. How did you find that opportunity?
At first I thought we could just attack Galio and I didn’t really care about what happened to Zilean. However, I continued to fail on this strategy therefore thought: I’ll just save my ultimate and pressure the opponent’s carries. Maybe I can start a team fight by engaging against Syndra or Xayah, or I can bring in the opponent’s tank and send the dealer away while I can melt the tanker.
I heard from GorillA he has to help you and BDD with a lot of things. What do you have to say about that? What else has he helped you with other than shampoo?
Even for today, because we do make up for games, GorillA lent me his cleansing oil to wipe off the make up because I forgot to bring mine.
In Korean culture there’s older brothers and younger brothers. Older ones would usually give the treat and younger ones have to clean up after eating. However in the case of GorillA, he likes to give treats to the younger ones and when there’s a lot of stuff all over the desk and no one wants to clean it up, he just goes and cleans it up.
In-game, GorillA and PraY are the centre of giving orders. When I don’t really know where to go, sometimes I ask GorillA, and at other times he lets me know where to go before I ask him, even though he’s so busy with his own laning 😊