Within the 2021 LoL World Championship, PSG Talon took down Hanwha Life Esports and took their first win at this Worlds. With the win, they took a step nearer to reaching the knockout stage. Throughout his interview with Inven World, Kim “River” Dong-woo talked about that his “lifelike” objective for this Worlds is getting out of the group stage, and talked about his expertise in worldwide levels.
After our final interview in the course of the MSI, you promised me that you just’ll be interviewed after profitable at Worlds. You stored that promise. How do you are feeling?
Truthfully, after profitable, no matter I do, no matter interview I do, all the pieces simply feels actually good. [Laughs]
Your face says all of it. [Laughs] It’s the third time you’re speaking with me, and also you’re speaking rather more naturally now.
I’ve had lots of interviews now, so I assume I acquired extra pure.
How is it collaborating in your third worldwide competitors?
Each time I come to worldwide levels, I attempt to get good outcomes. It’s my third competitors, and I feel I used to be nervous solely on the primary worldwide stage. After that, I didn’t get nervous in any respect.
Did the primary two tournaments assist so much?
Effectively, in my first Worlds, I performed actually actually dangerous. My efficiency was so dangerous. After that, I used to be capable of reorganize myself and have a extra assured mindset.
How was it dealing with RNG and HLE right here?
I feel our staff is basically sturdy within the early recreation, however in opposition to each RNG and HLE, we made errors in the course of the early recreation, and our recreation went dangerous. We did come again in each video games — we beat HLE, and I feel we might even have received even in opposition to RNG as effectively. If we simply repair our early recreation, we’d be capable of beat any staff.
In final Worlds and the MSI, PSG Talon needed to play with loaned gamers. That is the primary time the staff is enjoying as a complete staff. How is it completely different?
In Worlds final yr, I additionally joined the staff late, so there wasn’t a lot that I might take from Worlds. At MSI, Unified wasn’t capable of come and Doggo stuffed in. I feel Doggo is nearly as good as Unified. If it have been Unified at our final MSI, we’d have had the identical outcomes. They’re each actually good.
You’ve been enjoying together with your teammates for some time now. How are they?
We often put Hanabi on tank champions. We had him play Gwen right this moment, and he did rather well from the laning section so we have been capable of win. Maple is a participant that has nice synergy with me. His shotcalls are nice too. Unified is a participant that offers harm very effectively and doesn’t die, and Kaiwing is nice when it comes to initiating fights and shotcalling.
Maple is a seasoned veteran. You’ve been enjoying with him for a yr. How was it?
Earlier than Maple, I hadn’t ever performed with such an skilled participant, and I didn’t have a lot expertise as effectively. Once I tried to do one thing with my mid laner, I wasn’t certain if it was alright to do it. However as once I performed with Maple, it was clear that he was sure about making performs. As his shotcalls are additionally actually nice, we acquired alongside very effectively. If I have been to depart the staff, or if Maple was to depart the staff subsequent yr, I feel my expertise with him can be an enormous assist for me sooner or later.
Final MSI, you stated your objective was to achieve the semifinals and you probably did. How about this time?
Final MSI was my first MSI. I didn’t count on that I’d get such good outcomes, however we did. This time, my lifelike objective is to achieve the quarterfinals. I need to attain that objective this time as effectively. I need to get to the knockout stage it doesn’t matter what, and I’ll.
You’d be scrimming lots of the most effective groups from all over the world. How is it enjoying in opposition to them?
Once we put together for our league, we don’t have many probabilities to scrim such nice groups from all over the world, so I feel it’s an awesome alternative for us to return to those worldwide tournaments. Final yr, once we scrimmed prime groups, I used to be reasonably intimidated. However now, I’m rather more assured and I play in opposition to them pondering that I might beat anybody.
In your scrim expertise, which groups appear the strongest?
From my expertise in scrims, I feel DWG KIA, T1, and EDward Gaming are the strongest.
How about junglers? Are there any junglers that appeared actually good?
I feel Oner from T1 is basically good. Regardless of being a rookie, he performs very aggressively and effectively. It was tough enjoying in opposition to him in scrims.
Did you see the cheering messages from the soccer gamers, Messi and Neymar? How did it really feel?
It didn’t really feel actual. [Laughs] They’re a few of the most well-known individuals on the planet, and I used to be pleased they’re cheering for us.
Any final feedback you’d prefer to share?
I didn’t play that effectively yesterday, however I’m relieved that we have been capable of win right this moment in opposition to Hanwha Life Esports. I’ll be sure that we get out of the group stage by exhibiting a superb efficiency within the remaining video games.
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