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.
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 weâ€™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.
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.
Youâ€™ve qualified for the LPL on two separate occasions. Is there a bit of relief not having toÂ 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 forÂ 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 toldÂ 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 startÂ 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 formerÂ teammates and do you believe it will help the team to mesh faster?
I think that we’ll mesh together quickly again thisÂ 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 ofÂ 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 gameÂ changes. As a jungler I’m also very team-focused, so I will adapt to my team. Personally forÂ Season 6 I would maybe like to see some stronger jungle items, or some new jungle items.
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