Team Liquid go into the NA LCS final this weekend knowing that they already have their place at Worlds confirmed. Still, having won their only LCS title earlier this year, the organisation will be desperate to add to their collection.
TL will face Cloud9 in a packed 20,000 capacity Oracle Arena with the trophy and pride on the line. It’s the sort of occasion that may have gotten to Kim ‘Olleh’ Joo-sung earlier in his career but now he’s established himself as one of the best supports in NA.
For him, these next few months will be about redemption. He wants to prove himself on the international stage, to prove he’s up there with the best supports in the world, to prove just how much he has grown over this last year.
Olleh is feeling good ahead of Team Liquid’s final against Cloud9 and is ready to prove himself
Earlier in the season season, Olleh had his first taste of international competition while in a Team Liquid jersey at MSI. However, the tournament didn’t go to plan as TL begone to rack up losses. The Korean support let the nerves get the better of him and asked to be subbed out for a match – a decision which shocked many at the time.
‘It wasn’t about comments from the internet,’ Olleh explained. ‘I wasn’t confident enough, there were so many things letting me down that I was shaky about. I tried my best to deal with them but I couldn’t, that was why I asked my coaches to let me bench myself to watch a a game from backstage.
‘That situation was a really good experience for me, I saw all my problems and I’ve done my best to deal with those. I’ve grown up a lot since MSI, I’m definitely stronger than ever.’
Nerves got the better of Olleh at MSI and he asked to be benched, he’s grown a lot since then
You can feel the belief Olleh has in himself and his teammates and rightfully so, they’ve dominated their region all year long. When asked if he was worried about C9’s adaptability with their substitutes, he shrugged it off: ‘I think Pobelter and Xmithie will deal with and do well against their duos, our team will find ways to win.’
And of course he shares that same confidence in his ADC, Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng. The duo have struggled with communication but currently their synergy is at an all time high. Their potency was on full display last week as the pair picked 100 Thieves apart, leaving poor rookie ADC Richard ‘Rikara’ Samuel Oh without a prayer.
With marksmen coming back into the meta, Liquid’s bot lane will have to step up in Korea if they want to hold their own against the world’s best teams. Olleh is determined to put his nerves behind him and showcase what he’s truly capable of:
Doublelift and Olleh have refined their synergy over the year and will cause issues for Cloud9
‘I am sure our team will do well at Worlds, I was kinda too excited last year because it was my first time but now I have experience. I will keep being calm and focusing on my performance and communication with my team.
‘This time i wanna do my best to prove that NA is stronger than other regions. At least I want to get out of groups for sure and go to semi-finals at least. I wanna play against the bot duos of RNG (Uzi and Ming) and KT (Deft and Mata). They are always strong and proved a lot so it’s my time to prove myself against them.’
Not only is Olleh excited to face against the world’s best players but he also can’t wait to return home to South Korea: ‘My family will come to watch me play for sure, I’m excited to show my performance to my parents and friends in Korea. They know I am a pro player but they haven’t seen me onstage in person. It’ll feel so good because I haven’t been back home since last year.’
Olleh is delighted Worlds will be in his home country of Korea so his family can watch him play
Olleh has played all around the world, from Hong Kong to Brazil. With the length of time away you could understand why he might be homesick but he feels settled in LA now: ‘Actually friends or girlfriends out of games helped me a lot in other regions but I decided to do my best in NA so I didn’t make any other friends outside of work.
‘It was so hard for me to adapt USA life, now i have many good friends here so I feel much much better. Compared to other regions, NA has so much free time. That’s why NA didn’t do well in international matches. If NA put the same effort in as other regions, they will be way stronger.’
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