Interview with Azubu Frost after the Season 2 Championship
Sun 14th Oct 2012 - 4:03pm: League of Legends
The interview was conducted by Inven, and you can see it in Korean by clicking this link.
The event that LoL fans around the world had their eyes on has come to a close. The finals that took place in the USC Galen featured a clash between two representatives from Asia. The Korean representative Azubu Frost faced off against the Taiwanese representative Taipei Assassins in a best-of-five match, and even though Frost took the first game in a comeback fashion, they lost the next three games to take second place with an overall score of 3:1.
The level of interest in this worldwide event was as big as its prize money. The winners, Taipei Assassins, took $1 million and a customized trophy with them. Despite the loss in the Finals, the "world's second best team" took $250,000. The Championship was a chance for Frost to prove itself and make the Korean scene noticed. There may be regrets on their part, but regardless we had a chance to meet up with them after the match.
Unfortunately you came second. Thoughts?
Woong: We have a goal for the future. There is a wall that we have to go through now.
Rapidstar: I'm glad that we at least came in second place. In the group stage, I was worried that we might exit the Championship without a good showing. But I'm glad that we made it this far.
CloudTemplar: We should have displayed a better performance and we apologize to our fans. But we learned a lot. There is more to be learned from a defeat than a victory, so we will take this opportunity to improve ourselves for OGN Winter, IPL, and other tournaments and show better games.
MadLife: I learned that, moving forward, there are more mountains that need to be conquered, and I'm also not totally frustrated because there is a chance for us to improve our game now.
Shy: I'm very regretful. I'll be sure to put more effort into my game.
OnAir (coach): I have no regrets because the players put in their effort. Initially, we only looked to get out of the group that included Invictus Gaming and CLG. NA, but we made it to the Finals. There may be some frustration in that we could have won the whole thing, but a consolidation is that we have a higher standard that we have to reach and more room to improve.
The fans in the Galen Center overwhelmingly cheered for TPA. Did that have an effect on your performance?
CT: It was expected, but we didn't pay attention to it because we had games to play. It was a match against two skilled teams and we had to devote all of our attention to them. Be it for our match against TSM, or other previous games, I think that fans cheer for the better team. We were entirely focused on the games that we were playing, and the cheers from the crowd didn't specifically hinder my performance.
Shy has been playing very well, but didn't perform up to par in the Finals.
Shy: I had some condition issues, but besides that I think the TPA cheers affected my play.
Are there things that didn't go well in the Finals? Any issues with being on the same page?
CT: There are a lot of things to discuss, but we weren't thinking cohesively. Also we were outperformed individually and just in terms of skill.
This was the second championship, but it was larger in scale and it was global. How did you feel about playing games in this type of setting?
ML: This was the first foreign event for most of us, and there were some difficulties food-wise, and culture-wise. But we came to play LoL so it wasn't a large problem, and this being an international event had no effect on our ability to perform.
TPA had 2 wins and 18 losses in Battle Royale. There are talks that they concealed their strategies?
OA: I heard that players switched positions. But besides that the amount of research they did showed. We played a lot of scrims against WE, IG, and TPA but that was in the spring and summer. What is remarkable is that the team composition that TPA used to beat Najin Sword was ours. I think they had more man-power to do extensive theory-crafting and researching. We don't know if they concealed strategies, but what is clear is the level of effort that they put in. They performed well, and that won't change. We didn't know that they were this strong until we played against them.
You constantly left Orianna open and "she"/Toyz gave you a hard time. Is there a reason why you made your picks and bans like that?
Woong: I'm mostly in charge of the picks and bans, and I felt that Dr. Mundo did not do a lot in any tournament games. So we left Dr. Mundo open, and that was a mistaken calculation. I take responsibility for this.
The OGN Winter is approaching, and there has to be a lot that could be learned through the defeat. What are your goals?
RS: After Blaze lost, they have been climbing themselves up again through intense practice. We hope to take that kind of aspect away from our loss today.
As the coach, if there are weaknesses that have to be addressed?
OA: Frost and Blaze are going back to the basics. They felt like a frog in a well. There may have been some overconfidence issues when [Korea] was labelled the mecca of e-sports. This was more so when we dominated both the EU and the NA scene. We did not realize that they really scary team was right next door, and we plan on dissecting our basic game play one-by-one.
Does that speak to any plans on the player roster/in-game team composition?
OA: I'm still going through my options for the sixth roster player. As for team comps, it is something that has to be always visited as long as we are playing LoL. But the biggest area of concern is refining our basic game play.