T1 Keria: “The quality of our gameplay is very low. I hate it. We will have to play smarter.”

On June 19, T1 defeated kt Rolster 2-1 in match 1, day 5 of the LCK Summer split of 2022. After losing game 1 to KT, both of T1’s wins were comeback wins as both games ended were neck and neck.

After the match, Inven met the support player for T1, Ryu “Keria” Min-seok. Even after the win, Keria’s facial expression was full of disappointment as he explained how he and the team could have done better against KT.

“We are relieved to have won, but our performance was very disappointing. From the design in game 1 to how we should have kept the lead in game 3, we were drawn in by our opponent’s actions that we should have honestly expected. Very disappointing.”

T1 brought Camille in the supporting role, as he fielded Kassadin-Diana as the team’s two AP threats. However, the early game lead that KT had snowed in for T1 in defeat. Still Keria said game 1 could be won if the team composition was “well executed”.

“After the durability patch, it felt like any champion can have a decent landing phase as long as the champion functions well. That’s why we prepared Camille support, and we even had great results with her during training. We weren’t going to play her tonight, but we played her anyway. Looking back, I don’t think it was Camille’s focal point tonight. We never tried the Diana-Kassadin duo, but we thought the duo was playable, so we gave it a try.

We weren’t too confident in our team composition, but we felt the game could be won if we played well. This is not really a good sign. After game 1, we just played our standard game where one lane doesn’t require babysitting, while the other champions were champions.

There were times when members of T1 got stuck in the side lanes during game 3. It felt like a domino effect, when things fell apart after someone was picked.

“Usually I’m the one who calls a lot about side lanes. Not only was the pace slow, but there were a lot of champions that macro macros were hard to get around, so as long as I was on top of the enemy movement we could avoid the picks. However, since MSI, there have been more champions who have done well in the side lanes, but the pace is also faster. In the end, it was difficult for me to keep up with the enemy’s movements on my own, so I think this is something everyone should do.”

T1 only played two games so far but many said they looked disappointing. Keria was also very objective about the team’s performance and said he is not happy about it.

“The quality of our gameplay is very low. I hate it. We will have to play smarter. We have to be good at the things we are good at, and not give the enemy room to play well.”

He further expressed his disappointment that the current role of the support player does not fit his playing style. “In the current meta, it’s hard for the support to just make plays. It’s different from my playing style, and it kind of pisses me off. It’s hard to make something happen through roaming or tower pressure. Right now, the role of the support to track the jungler, prioritize targets and take care of the carrying bags to hit their power peaks. Almost like a nanny.”

Finally, he shared a word with his fans and concluded the interview:

“Winning this split is an obvious goal for the summer, but given the way we play, I can’t say if we can win the summer. We will have to work harder to correct our mistakes so that we can be the championship team for the summer. Thank you to everyone who came to the fan meeting. They only happen when we win, so we have to keep winning. We will make sure to improve our gameplay so that both the fans and I can enjoy the fan encounters.”

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