Immortals Support Kim “Olleh” Joo-Sung sat down with Nick Geracie following the team’s victory over Counter Logic Gaming in the Semifinals of the 2017 North American LCS Summer Playoffs. With this victory, Immortals clinches its first NALCS Finals berth in the organization’s history, as well as its first League of Legends World Championship appearance, joining TSM as one of the teams representing North America.
Nick: We’re here with Immortals Support Olleh after a convincing 3-0 sweep of Counter Logic Gaming. You guys definitely came into this match as the favorite, but nobody expected that degree of one-sided victory. Why was this so easy for you guys?
Olleh: I think our scrims were really good. Like, I could feel we were getting better and better everyday. Whenever we had some problem, Coach always said, “Hey Olleh, you have some problem, so you have to fix it.” So, I didn’t make any excuse. “Okay, Coach, I will follow you.” And then, whenever he pointed things out to other players, like Flame or Jake he would say something for them, and they wouldn’t try to fight back, they would just be like “Okay, I’m going to listen to you.” And then they changed. So, I think our attitude is really good, so I think these things everyday contribute…they snowball. Before we got here, I didn’t really feel pressure because I really believe in our team. I think that every player thinks like that in our team, so I think that’s the reason.
Nick: We saw that you guys were really favoring this Kog’maw in the bot lane, and you had the Cassiopeia and the Lucian in the mid lane – lots of high DPS champions – and CLG kept going for this Xayah/Rakan bot lane. Even after losing, they kept going for it. What were they trying to accomplish here and how did you guys figure out how to beat it?
Olleh: Nowadays, Xayah is really good. REALLY strong. In lane with Rakan, they can avoid ganks easily, and they can one-shot if Rakan hits W, and then in teamfights Rakan just – *mouths rapid fire sound effect* – just comes fast and then they kill one person and so safely back. So Xayah and Rakan can do lots of things. Sometimes you can even 2v3; 2v4, but I’ve faced Xayah/Rakan too much. So I know how to beat them. Actually, I knew they were going to pick Xayah/Rakan, so I talked to Coach about it. ‘They’re going to pick Xayah/Rakan, so I have this; this; this counter; so maybe I can use that.” So we didn’t worry much about that.
Nick: In the first game we saw this crazy play in mid lane with Pobelter diving under turret to solo kill HuHi. HuHi gets out, and then you come in on Alistar out of nowhere, out of frame, and you flash W HuHi for the kill and heal Pobelter to keep him alive. When you made that roam, what was the original plan, because that got pretty chaotic? And also, how did you adjust on the fly? Can you take us through how you had to accomplish that play?
Olleh: At that time, I was already in base. I remember that I didn’t need to be on bot side, so I was looking at the map. I checked mid, top, jungle, but mid was going to be a fight. So after I realized that Eugene was going to go in, I just tried to run there because when the enemy tries to help, I have to stop them. So I said, “Okay Eugene, I’m going, I’m going!” and then he was at very low HP so I just flashed for the kill and I saved him. I almost used my summoner Heal, but *laughs* I didn’t use it.
Nick: Yeah, the passive had you covered there.
Olleh: *Laughs* Yeah.
Nick: That was a really exciting play. So you guys are now headed to the finals, and we have TSM and Dignitas playing tomorrow. Your teammate Pobelter said, “It doesn’t matter who we face, we’re going to beat them either way.” What do you think makes him so confident that you guys are going to defeat either team?
Olleh: Well, now, we don’t really care about the enemy first. We just care about ourselves. So we know that if we have better communication and if we have better team play, we are not afraid of anyone, because we are not playing like solo queue play. We play as a team. If we lose, that is all of our faults. If we win, that is all our efforts together. So I think that his confidence is from our team. Like, if he said, “Hah, I can s**t on enemy mid and I’m f*****g confident”…
Olleh: But he didn’t say that! His confidence is from our team. We just play as a team.
Nick: Well we definitely look forward to seeing you in the Finals. No matter who you’re going to play against, we’re sure it’s going to be a great match. Olleh, thank you so much for the interview. Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans or the Immortals fans?
Olleh: When I arrived in NA, in my opinion, I was the worst Support in NA LCS. I have tried my best to overcome my slump and then tried to be the best every time. So now I’m heading to the NA Finals, so I hope that I can play really well in the Finals.
Nick: Alright, since you said that, one more question actually: You said you thought you were the worst Support; now you’re the consensus best Support in North America. People are calling for you as an MVP candidate. How does that feel after feeling so low when you first came over here, and do you agree with what people are saying now?
Olleh: Last year, I failed. I think it was my first time that I failed. So before this year, I decided, “Next year, I’m going to do my whole f*****g best. I’m going to practice every day, I’m not going to spend my time doing other things, I’m just going to focus on League of Legends. Now, I have really great coaching in Coach Ssong, and I have a really open mind. So now, even though some people say, “Oh you’re the best support!” “You’re the NA MVP!” I don’t mind. If they give me NA MVP, I would be really honored, but if they don’t give it to me, I’m fine. I’m just trying to fix my problems. I’m not really greedy.
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