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Joining LGD in early December, Top Laner Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-Hwan and Jungler Xie “Eimy” Dan spoke with NoL on their transition into LGD, team synergy, the upcoming season, and more.

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MaRin

 

What was going through your head after you won the World Championship and the MVP of the event?

I was very happy over the fact that we had won, but I was even happier to have received MVP. I think that the KOO Tigers, who handed us a loss at the World Championship Final, were our most difficult opponents.

 

What is your biggest goal on LGD and what do you feel is your strongest attribute?

I left SK Telecom to experience new challenges. As long as I call pro gaming my profession, my constant goal is to win the World Championship. A “strength” would be that because I am living in a new environment, it’s more fun.

 

Are you already learning Chinese? What are you doing to overcome the language barrier, and do you plan to continue shotcalling in LGD alongside PYL?

I did buy a Chinese language book, but I didn’t have time so I couldn’t really learn much beforehand. I must now begin to learn, so I think I’ll be busy.

 

As for shotcalling, because we have to all play scrims and give/receive feedback to set our teamwork, I’m not quite sure yet.

 

Who do you consider your biggest rivals in the top lane?

I haven’t been able to scrim in China yet, so the only players that I’ve met are the ones that I’ve met while in tournaments or official matches. Therefore, I can’t choose a rival. Right now, I want to work hard with the mindset that everyone is a rival.

 

Who are you most looking forward to playing against in China? Why?

I’m looking forward to all of the teams, but Vici Gaming is a team I’m looking forward to playing the most. I think it’ll be fun because I was on the same team with Lee “Easyhoon” Ji-hoon, and now we’re facing each other as opponents.

 

What are your thoughts on Illaoi? Do you think we’ll see her played competitively?

I haven’t played Illaoi all that much, but I feel that she’s unable to use her strengths against ranged champions, and isn’t able to make all that much of an impact during team fights. I do think that if the player has researched and practiced Illaoi a lot, it can definitely be used in tournaments.

 

Anything else?

I don’t know Chinese all that much yet and haven’t had much practice, so the spring season opening is a bit of a worry. Regardless, I will try my hardest. I would be very thankful if you’d cheer for me and be patient, even if I show a lacking performance.

 

 

 

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 Eimy

 

You’ve qualified for the LPL on two separate occasions. Is there a bit of relief not having to qualify to compete this time?

I feel really lucky that I don’t need to qualify this time around, and I’m very grateful to LGD for giving me this chance to play with them in the LPL.

 

How did you get in contact with LGD and what led to your decision to join?

During the offseason I told my team Unlimited Potential that I was interested in changing team, so they told L.Ace I was available and interested in other clubs. That was how LGD knew I could be contacted. I chose to join LGD because I thought that I would fit well with the members of the team.

 

What do you hope to bring to LGD and accomplish in the season?

Right now I’m not yet sure what I can bring to LGD, but I’ll have a better idea once we start practicing. I hope that we can be the champions this spring season.

 

You have played with Heart and pAinEvil in the past. Does it feel good to play with former teammates and do you believe it will help the team to mesh faster?

I think that we’ll mesh together quickly again this time. Last time when I played with them we had good chemistry.

 

What is your take on the jungle in the preseason so far, and are you enjoying the faster pace of the game? Are there any specific changes you want to see to the jungle in Season 6?

I think that personally I can adapt well to any meta, no matter how much the pace of the game changes. As a jungler I’m also very team-focused, so I will adapt to my team. Personally for Season 6 I would maybe like to see some stronger jungle items, or some new jungle items.


Caymus is a journalist and content creator for SoloMid. You can find him getting caught out in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.

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Graphics by Ling Gu

All statistics were gathered independently or pulled from oracleselixir.com

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Rounding out the six team IEM San Jose lineup is LGD, who took over half of the votes to see which team would represent China at the upcoming tournament in California.

 

China voting results

LGD enters IEM with redemption on their minds after taking first place in China’s LPL but failing to make it to the next round of the 2015 World Championship, picking up only two wins before being eliminated from the group stage.

Complete IEM San Jose Lineup:

 

  • Fnatic (Europe)
  • Origen (Europe)
  • Counter Logic Gaming (North America)
  • Team SoloMid (North America)
  • Jin Air Green Wings (South Korea)
  • LGD Gaming (China)

 

IEM San Jose will take place on November 21-22, at the SAP center, where teams will compete for a $50,000 prize pool.

 

images via IEM

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Confirmed by lolesports, LGD has opted to use substitute Lee “Flame” Hojong in place of Choi “Acorn” Cheon-ju after an 0-3 start to the 2015 World Championship Group Stage.

 

LGD gave The Score’s Kelsey Moser a statement on their decision to make the swap:

The team has had good results with Flame during scrims and would like to give him a chance.

 

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LGD and the rest of group D’s matches kick off on Saturday, October 10th.

 

image credit: lolesports

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In one of the closest LPL Finals to date, EDG edges out LGD 3-2, taking home the title of LPL Champions and qualifying for the Mid-Season Invitational.
 

MATCH 1/5: EDG (Blue) vs LGD (Red)

 

Winner: LGD

Game Time: 34:12

BANS

EDG LGD
Kalista Urgot
Kassadin LeBlanc
Gragas Annie

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

Image: Scoreboard shown before last teamfight

EDG
Towers: 3 Gold: 51.8k Kills: 6
Koro1 Gnar 2 1-3-5
ClearLove Nunu 1 4-1-1
PawN Lulu 3 1-2-0
Deft KogMaw 3 0-2-4
meiko Nautilus 2 0-3-5
LGD
Towers: 8 Gold: 60.4k Kills: 11
Acorn Hecarim 1 3-1-3
TBQ Sejuani 2 2-2-4
We1less Orianna 3 1-0-2
Imp Jinx 1 5-1-4
Pyl Janna 2 0-1-6

 


MATCH 2/5: LGD (Blue) vs EDG (Red)

 
Winner: EDG

Game Time: 38:33

 

BANS

LGD EDG
Urgot Kalista
LeBlanc Nunu
RekSai Hecarim

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

LGD
Towers: 3 Gold: 55.3k Kills: 9
Acorn Gnar 3 2-4-6
TBQ Gragas 3 0-4-6
We1less Kassadin 1 5-3-3
Imp Jinx 2 1-3-5
Pyl Janna 2 1-3-6
EDG
Towers: 10 Gold: 65.8k Kills: 17
Koro1 Maokai 1 3-3-9
ClearLove Sejuani 1 2-1-14
PawN Jayce 3 4-3-10
Deft Corki 2 7-1-5
meiko Annie 2 1-1-11

 


MATCH 3/5: EDG (Blue) vs LGD (Red)

 
Winner: EDG

Game Time: 33:40

 

BANS

EDG LGD
Kalista Urgot
Hecarim Annie
Nunu LeBlanc

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

Image: Scoreboard shown before last teamfight

EDG
Towers: 9 Gold: 61.2k Kills: 24
Koro1 Gnar 3 5-4-13
ClearLove Sejuani 1 3-3-13
PawN Kassadin 2 5-4-12
Deft Sivir 3 9-2-8
meiko/Mouse Thresh 2 2-6-12
LGD
Towers: 5 Gold: 55.1k Kills: 19
Acorn/Flame Maokai 1 3-5-13
TBQ RekSai 2 3-5-8
We1less Orianna 3 7-5-7
Imp Graves 2 5-4-9
Pyl Nautilus 1 1-5-12

 


MATCH 4/5: LGD (Blue) vs EDG (Red)

 
Winner: LGD

Game Time: 25:37

 

BANS

LGD EDG
Jayce Kalista
LeBlanc Hecarim
Gnar Kassadin

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

LGD
Towers: 10 Gold: 45.7k Kills: 13
Acorn Maokai 1 1-1-9
TBQ Nunu 2 1-0-11
We1less Orianna 3 6-0-5
Imp Sivir 2 5-2-6
Pyl Thresh 3 0-2-8
EDG
Towers: 1 Gold: 34.3k Kills: 5
Koro1 Rumble 2 0-1-2
ClearLove Sejuani 1 2-5-1
PawN Fizz 3 3-2-0
Deft Urgot 1 0-3-2
meiko Nautilus 2 0-2-2

 


MATCH 5/5: EDG (Blue) vs LGD (Red)

 
Winner: EDG

Game Time: 36:17

 

BANS

EDG LGD
Kalista LeBlanc
Orianna Gnar
Kassadin Annie

 

FINAL SCOREBOARD

Image: End-game screenshot

Image: Scoreboard shown before last teamfight

EDG
Towers: 9 Gold: 67.2k Kills: 18
Koro1 Hecarim 1 4-2-6
ClearLove RekSai 2 4-0-8
PawN Twisted Fate 3 0-6-5
Deft Sivir 3 8-1-6
meiko Thresh 2 2-2-6
LGD
Towers: 4 Gold: 57.6k Kills: 14
Acorn Maokai 2 2-6-6
TBQ Nunu 1 3-4-5
We1less Lissandra 3 2-3-6
Imp Jinx 1 4-4-1
Pyl Janna 2 0-1-9

 

*1,2,3 Number indicates where in the pick phase the champion was taken.

LGD Gaming, which already features Gu “Imp” Seung-bin and World Champion Choi “Acorn” Cheon-ju, has announced that they’ve signed Lee “Flame” Ho-Jong. On top of that, OnGamers sources have been told that the contract is worth over $500,000 USD, and that Flame even denied a $1,000,000 contract from Stand Point Gaming – an organization with a less notable LoL team.

 “We are pleased to announce the addition of Acorn and Flame to our League of Legends team. Last year we barely missed out on the World Championships and ended the season in fourth place. Both Acorn and Flame, proven individuals who have played in OGN Finals, will be instrumental in our campaign to conquer the LPL. We are looking forward to the upcoming season and hope to do our fans proud.”

said Orrin Xu, LGD’s Business Development Manager.

 

Who to Start

Since LGD also signed Acorn, they have two Korean top laners. LGD’s management have yet to decide who will start, with both being one of the best in their position at certain points in time. Flame, who was dominant quite a while back, was significantly more dominant than Acorn was in early-mid 2014.

Flame was known as a player who could be at your inhibitor turret by twenty minutes into the game if left unchecked, while Acorn has been known for spot-on teleports and an incredible ability to thrive in a 1v2 lane. That’s a huge contrast – Flame was THE star, Acorn made sacrifices so someone else could be the star. LGD do have Imp on that team, having Flame as well may be too much work for the jungler to handle. Acorn will likely play well into letting other players do their job, but all we can do is wait and see how LGD chooses to utilize two, very talented yet very different top laners.

 

You can follow LGD Gaming at @LGDGaming

 

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