With two clean victories in week four, reigning champions Team Liquid secured control of first place in the LCS heading into Rift Rivals. The three-time champions, despite an uncharacteristically slow start, seem to be getting back into a groove.
Upcomer caught up with support Jo "CoreJJ" Yong-in after the team’s win over Clutch Gaming to discuss the team’s first few weeks, what he thinks of Europe as a region, and his opinion on Rift Rivals as a tournament.
This start is not like our Spring Split start, so I don’t feel any, “we are the best team. We’re the top team.” It’s early in the season, and it’s whatever if we’re first place or not.
I don’t know. Nothing special happened, just they played better than us in the moment. It’s best of one, so we can lose anytime, we can win anytime. I think that just means we’re a pretty good team, but we are not a perfect team.
A lot more even I think. Last split definitely, there were only three or four teams. Definitely top three teams, and then one of any -- it could be any team. Only four teams were good, like competing for winning, but this split I don’t know. Anyone can win.
I hope this is better for LCS. I hope that it’s because everyone’s skill went up. If everyone played well, then it’s good.
I think even at Worlds in 2016, 2017, western teams weren’t that behind. I think there was a mental block, like “Oh, they are so good. Korean teams are so good, Chinese teams are so good.” I think that made a gap, but the basic skill -- there wasn’t a gap, even back then.
Now I think everyone knows like, “Oh, we can win. We can win against them.” They can play their game. I remember a long time ago, when NA teams played really bad at Worlds, they didn’t play [that way] in LCS and then they played differently at Worlds. “What’s wrong?” I thought. I think that’s the problem. There was a mental block.
I think it’s gone. If G2 wins Worlds dominantly, everyone will get mental block against G2. I think for now, for the upcoming Worlds, everyone can challenge G2.
I hope we meet in an important match, and we win a high match like at Worlds finals or something. For Rift Rivals, this competition shows NA’s pride, EU’s pride, so I don’t care that we meet G2 again. Rift Rivals is just, I’m going to play for NA vs. EU only.
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I cannot easily say because I have played only against G2, but overall G2 lost in EU and we lost to G2, so maybe EU is good.
I don’t know how people normally think about Rift Rivals, but the thing is I don’t want to lose.
I don’t like it. I don’t like the tournament. We’re just fighting for our pride only. I just don’t want to lose any games.
Last year, I was watching Rift Rivals, and it was really, really fun. I think the tournament has not much motivation for players. It was really, really fun to watch last year.
I think we are really good at it. We practiced this comp a lot, so we have a good understanding of this comp. Also, the comp is OP. That’s why we play it.
[Other teams] don’t have their own answer to it. Some players and some teams normally don’t like it too, that kind of comp. I don’t know, I’m not their team.
I think Tahm Kench is so bad. The ability is so good, but his skills are super stupid right now. The ulti, really short-ranged, I can’t even bring my teammate with me during the teamfight. It’s not fun, actually. And then, the eat is super slow.
He’s good because he’s just strong. He has super strong tanking power, damage. That’s why I don’t like him right now.
I really don’t understand using ulti for getting back to the lane. This ulti sucks. This ulti sucks, and it has a super long cooldown. I don’t get it, using this for just one or two CS.
I pretty much like it. There’s a lot of different kinds of champions -- tanks, mages, hook champions -- but the thing is, only Lux is good for mages. Only Tahm Kench is good for tanks. Only Nautilus is good for hook champions. That’s the problem. I don’t like some specific meta. Changing is good for me.