DePlus Kia swept Guangdong Freecs 2-0 in the second round of the League of Legends Champions Korea Summer 2023 at the Grand Seoul LCK Arena in Jongno-gu, Seoul on April 28. It was a clean performance. With Kim “Kellin” Hyung-kyu returning after a long absence to secure the victory, DePlus Kia continued their assault on third-place Hanwha Life eSports. In a post-match interview, head coach Choi “Acorn” Cheon-ju gave his thoughts on the game and the recall of Kim “Kellin” Hyung-kyu.
We’re fighting for third place at the end of the regular season, and I think we won with a good performance, so I’m satisfied. I’m also happy that Kim “Kellin” Hyung-gyu played well after a long absence.
As for Kellin, his form was always there. He had about two weeks off, but we scrimmaged together to keep him fresh. In terms of strategy, one of the big 토토 reasons for this is that we used Kaisa in both games today. Kaisa is very OP right now, and I actually prepared for a matchup without him. Even though that didn’t happen today, it was important for Kellin to be in there and perform well.
I want to be clear about the timing of Kellin’s exclusion, it had more to do with our overall team situation and the direction of the patch and meta than it did with his form. It wasn’t really about his individual performance. It might have been a tough two or three weeks for them, but they had a lot of people around them, including me, saying good things and helping them out, and I think they stuck with it, so I want to thank them for that.
As for the best lineup, I can’t say right now, but we’ll definitely decide before the playoffs. There’s a lot of discussion and thought going on internally.
First of all, we crossed the big mountain of T1 in the second round. I think it’s important to build the mindset of playing against a strong team like we did in Genji. In terms of strategy, we have a lot of preparations, but I think that’s the default. I think the most important thing is to prepare with the mindset that we can win with confidence, whether it’s me or the players. We’re desperate to finish third. We will work hard to maintain our good form in the playoffs.