Nuguri on his and TheShy’s Kalista, why LCK being held online might “help” DWG | Ashley Kang

In previous interviews, we’d always say, “We’re good at scrims. We do well in scrims.” Like a broken record. If we play the upcoming matches like our scrims, at home, all relaxed … Now, I’m not saying our performance so far has been great. But maybe we’ll become stronger, make these proactive plays … Nuguri, it’s great to see you after such a long hiatus. I realize the LCK is kicking off soon. How are the preparations going? How do I say, like, the LCK got postponed all of the sudden? We actually plan our scrims and practise games well in advance, like one, two months ahead. Really far ahead. So we just followed that schedule. Yeah, we had that extended break but other than that we’ve been keep practising according to the schedule. I think everything’s going as usual. So the LCK is kicking off soon, and looking at the calendar, you had an almost 20 days break. It was a very sudden postponement. When the break suddenly hit you, how did you spend it? To be honest, I kinda welcomed the break. I got a chance to catch a breath, look back to the split so far, which was nice. I focused on playing solo queue a lot. Not like I played a HUGE amount, but yeah. I prepped for the second round robin. And streaming. I streamed a lot. Yeah. I guess things were the same for me as the regular split, except for having that one long break. Yeah, I guess the things were pretty much the same. You mentioned the solo queue, and I checked out your match history. You’ve been playing some games. What was your impression of the solo queue as you played so many ranked games? Like, I used to play solo queue a lot before … But recently, I had been playing much less solo queue games. Matches are tiring, I slept a lot, maybe I went easy on the solo queue games. But I realized that I’m always late about [reading the meta] because of this. What champions are good, which champions are on which tier depending on the patch. I was really slow on picking these things up. But now that I’ve been playing a lot of solo queue games, I’ve been discovering good matchups. On how to play certain matchups. Now I have more certainty on these things. I guess that’s been a good influence on me. Speaking of new picks, browsing through your solo queue history … You’ve been playing top Kalista. Kalista top is a pick that’s been getting a lot of attention. How was playing Kalista at the top lane? What have your impressions on this specific champion been? First, it was so hard picking that champion up. I just wasn’t used to Kalista. She was so hard to play, then … In the beginning, I used to throw a lot with her. I had a very high death count, would die too many times, and … Then I watched a lot of TheShy’s games as he’s also been playing a lot of Kalista top. I think I’ve become more proficient after watching his games. As far as I am aware, TheShy is the only player who has successfully pulled off Kalista top in a major league. Isn’t TheShy the only player? Isn’t he the only top laner who played Kalista? I’ve seen top laners play her in minor leagues or secondary challenger leagues. But I don’t think anyone had a good win rate on her, except for maybe TheShy. So, I’m curious — Will we be able to see your top Kalista on the stage? So, I have a very specific opinion about the pick. First, I think TheShy as a player especially is VERY proficient at Kalista. Kalista top really meshes well with the playstyle of Invictus Gaming. I’ve wondered if Kalista top would pose much of a threat if another player or a team played her. To be honest, I don’t think there are many other players or teams out there. Right now, Kalista as a champion is also very playable at the bot lane. She’s also a great counter pick at the mid lane. When I see her picked as a mid lane champion in solo queue game, she gains a huge CS lead. Her lane phase is just that much strong. I’d say that it’s very likely we’ll see Kalista at the matches. Many teams seem to be practising her now. There is a bit of a rivalry narrative between you and TheShy. Ah, yeah. People say that you two share a similar, aggressive, oppressive playstyle. I guess that’s another reason I’m looking forward to seeing your Kalista, Nuguri. So this is the thing, TheShy is so good at this. He’s so good at going 1v2 on Kalista. Even when he gets ganked, he is so clean about how he deals with that outnumbered situation. Anyone can pick up Kalista and do a two-man tower dive with the jungler. But TheShy can also execute 1v1 situations so well. It’s about whether you can play her at that next level, to a point you can actually force a Kalista ban from the opponent team. In that way, I still feel incompetent in her. Even though I’m still practising with her. Yeah. I’m practising on her. She’s a good pick, for certain. Sure. Also, while you’ve been practising, maybe you had a chance to play with Ghost. Ghost made headlines when he became a new bot laner for DAMWON Gaming sometime around the break. Have you had time to explore some teamwork with Ghost? What’s been your impression of Ghost so far? To be honest, we haven’t been practising with Ghost for a very long time. It’s been a while since Ghost joined, but that was during the first round-robin. We didn’t get to find the time to explore teamwork with him. We began practising with him during the extended break. We have four players at the bot lane, right. We’ve been trying out different combinations of a bot laner and a support, and … We’re still in that discovery phase. My impression of Ghost so far has been … I said this in yesterday’s interview, too. Ghost has a similar vibe with BeryL, [our support]. Yeah. BeryL has a similar playstyle, like to play more conservative, and … Yeah. I guess Ghost is similar to BeryL in that way. Aspires to be conservative. Also, I’ve found Ghost is very assertive. Of course. Because when Ghost was playing for SANDBOX Gaming, he was commended for his shotcalling. When you were practising with Ghost, did you also get the impression that Ghost contributes heavily to the team around shotcalling? Well — there is a set macro that we’ve always played our games around. I’d say that Ghost has not been proactively shotcalling, he’s at the stage where he’s familiarizing himself to the team. But he’s very assertive during teamfight situations, whether certain players have to look out for him more. Guess there is a bit of that. Sure. We don’t’ have many days left until the LCK resumes. This time, the LCK will be held online. Due to concerns around the coronavirus situation. Even we are holding this interview in a video press conference format. Before, we would sit in the same room, mic and everything. I’ve heard that you’ve already had test matches on this online format. What has felt different, so far? Like, playing online? Won’t you say there are multiple differences between playing online from the team house and playing at LoL Park? Now, you haven’t played actual LCK games on the new format. But on top of your head, what would be different? I think it’s really really good. I think it’s great for my team and my teammates. In previous interviews, we’d always say, “We’re good at scrims. We do well in scrims.” Like a broken record. If we play the upcoming matches like our scrims, at home, all relaxed … Now, I’m not saying our performance so far has been great. But maybe we’ll become stronger, make these proactive plays … It’s an entirely different thing, to play here at the team house, compared to playing at LoL Park. Even playing without an audience felt extremely different. And now, to play at a different setting altogether … I think it’ll put the players at ease, for our team at least. This is the case for DAMWON Gaming, this is case for other LCK teams. There will be three best-of-three matches every day, right. It’s going to be a tougher schedule for everyone. That means that teams used to play two matches per week, but now it’s going to be three. I’ve heard that some matches are back-to-back in terms of days. What is your forecast on this? The tighter schedule? What kind of measures and preparations is the team making, to play matches on back-to-back days? I do think it’s going to be really tough. We’re going to be stretched thin. But it’s an equally fair situation for all the teams. The team that adjusts to the schedule faster will perform better. We’re not taking any special measures, we just have to adjust to it well. Sleep early, make sure we’re always on a good condition. So DAMWON Gaming will start playing in the LCK once again. I saw the standings, you are currently at fifth place. Also, I had a chance to have a chat with ShowMaker before the league got indefinitely postponed. Now, ShowMaker said that he won’t be satisfied with the result if the team didn’t finish at second place, third place. But there’s the Elite Four in the LCK, the four teams [Gen.G, T1, DRX, AF] that are showing dominance. What will Damwon look like at the second round-robin? Can Damwon threaten any of these Elite Four teams? Looking at the scrims we’ve been doing … I’d say we’ve been improving. But. I think we still have a lot to go before we can threaten any of these top four teams. I’m more surprised that we are even in fifth place. Our performance wasn’t really deserving of this fifth place. Our performance was really, really bad. We lost some matches against the stronger teams in a helpless, or a weird manner. Honestly, I’m a little worried. Guess that’s why I really appreciated this sudden break we had. We are still practising, but I’m not too convinced. On the other side, yes, Damwon is at fifth place but some of the teams lower on the standings are just as competitive. KT Rolster has really got the momentum. You have to face Hanwha Life Esports again, and they are such an off-meta team that you simply can’t predict what drafts and strategies they’ll bring to the table. Are there any teams placed lower than you that might pose a threat to Damwon? I’d say KT is the biggest threat. They have the momentum, they have certainty about how they want to play their games. They have leveraged on that to be on this winning streak, so I’m most worried about them. Sure. Thank you for the interview. Finally … I sense some positive outlook from you, from the break you had to the new online format. Can I hear your expectations or resolutions for the second round-robin of the spring split? Like … Because we had been having such a bad performance. I know that there are people out there who expected our performance from last year and were disappointed by what they saw. It’s something we are acutely aware of. Everyone’s working so hard to improve. I hope you continue watching us. And … And … Like … It’s not because of the best of reasons that we are playing these matches online. Hope the situation calms down ASAP, but … Maybe we can show the “Scrim Gods” side of us by playing at our team house. I hope we show you good performance from here.

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  1. summertype

    ashley so pretty😍

  2. 취미는와딩

    말로만 듣던 스크림의 담원을 진짜 볼 수 있는건지 기대되네요ㅋㅋ

  3. Andres Tello

    great video! Keep the good work Ashley

  4. Jan T.

    Nuguri is my favorit player. I want him to perform well this year <3

  5. 김태훈

    기대된다 히히 화이팅!

  6. Nikita Marynich

    <3 Nuguri

  7. 서울대생

    인터뷰만 봐도 느껴진다 너구리는 탑신병 이미지에 가려져 있지만 무지막지한 피지컬에 그에 비견될만한 뇌지컬도 있다

  8. 김병재

    너구리 선수가 어떻게 보면 정말 때묻지 않은 그런 성격인 것 같다. 그래서 표현도 서툴지만 부끄럽지 않다. 너구리선수의 말을 듣다보면 '언어' 그대로 받아들이게 된다.

    때묻지 않은 사람. 더 정감가는 선수처럼 느껴진다.

    여러 인터뷰를 할때도, 항상 대답을 솔직하게 말하기 때문에 자연스레 길게 한다.

    게임은 특성상 커뮤니티 여론이나 승률에 따라 유창하진 않더라도, 감정을 숨기는 경우가 많은데

    너구리선수는 반대로 두려울땐 두렵다고, 좋을땐 좋다고 표현하는 정제되지 않은 느낌을 받는다. 참으로 매력적인 사람이다.

  9. Will T.

    Playing any melee champion vs Kalista in a solo lane is a living nightmare

  10. 잉울

    말 진짜 잘한당

  11. 정한길

    너구리는 역체탑이될 남자야

  12. 정공

    킹더갓구리 보여주자! 화이팅

  13. qwerasdfzxcv

    너구리 머리 안감았나보네 ㅋㅋㅋ

  14. 스컹

    너구리 화이팅!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Corrin Kamui

    TheShy is on another level compared to Nuguri. Both great players but TheShy is my favorite and I really want him to win another World title.

  16. richardanthony

    Nuguri and Bwipo are both so good at talking… we should let them sit together and talk some time in the future

  17. 뭉탁

    누나 나 주거

  18. Shiriusa

    Nuguri's interviews are always so honest and fun to watch, I too hope the scrim gods show up for the second round!

  19. 정미정

    1:08 휴식기 동안
    2:41 탑칼리스타
    3:37 lck에서 탑칼리 볼 수 있을까?
    5:40 고스트와의 합 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
    8:07 온라인 재개 스크림의 담원
    10:22 2라운드의 담원
    11:30 동부리그에서 견제되는 팀
    12:04 마지막말

    너구리선수 인터뷰 진짜 잘한다ㄷㄷㄷ 꽉찬 인터뷰 ㄷㄷ2라운드 첫경기 kt와 경기인데 담원파이팅!!!

  20. 달빵이

    너굴맨 그저 빛,,👀💖

  21. rin A

    Theshy's kalista always banned after his first play in lpl against vg. His kalista top play is on another level!

  22. ᄌᄒᄋᄒ

    너구리 탑신병의 이미지가 강하지만 도벽룬에 대한 철학, 평소 인터뷰 같은것 보면 게임 내적으로 얼마나 연구하고 고민하는지, 그러면서 다른 사람들한테 그에 대해 열정적으로 설명하는걸 즐기는게 눈에 보임

  23. 빵테온팬

    역시 탑은 더샤이군

  24. 빵테온팬

    더샤이만 칼리잘하는걸로, 항상 더샤이는 많이 죽어도 캐리 하니간,다른팀에서 하면 망할 확률높아보임,lpl에서 더샤이칼리한거 보고 느낀점은 죽더라도 라인 민다 이거엿음

  25. 문찬영

    이건또 세로운 인터뷰 방식이네 ㅋㅋㅋ

  26. 김훈

    너구리 화이티티티팅

  27. Chau Phung Bao

    nuguri, does he love mc kim min ah ??

  28. Hiếu Trung Nguyễn Hữu

    Nuguri interview is so informative!

  29. Hip B

    그저 메타를 따라가는게아닌, 항상 새로운 메타를 연구하는 너구리가 너무 기특하고 기대된다

  30. ᄋᄉᄋ

    짱구리 힘내
    스토브때 기대치가 컸던 게 너무 독이 되지 않았나 싶다 부담감도 크고 안좋은 성적에 대한 좌절감도 배로 다가왔을거고.. 2라운드에서는 좋은 평가 많이 들었으면 좋겠음

  31. Michael Bexter

    근데 이거조차 옆구리네… 카메라가 어디있는구조인진 모르겠는데.. ㅋㅋ

  32. 정훈

    킹구리 2라운드도 잘하면 좋겠네요!!!담원도 상위권 가자!! 부담가지지 말고 화이팅!!

  33. Yeon E

    담원 경기력 안좋은 와중에도 너구리는 너무잘해줬다
    사실 진짜 안좋은 경기력에도 5등할수있었던 이유는 너구리빨이 제일 크다고 생각
    플옵권 꼭들자!!

  34. J

    탑칼리 대회에서도 좋은픽이지만 더샤이만큼 이해도를 갖출 수 있느냐가 관건이다.

  35. JiHun Park

    너구리 선수 인터뷰 하는거 보면 기분 좋아지는것 같아요. 응원해요.

  36. 동박

    너구리 저거 장애임?
    다운증후군걸린애 같네

  37. Hoàng Triều Lê

    Nuguri is really funny. That is so different from him when he is in queue :))))

  38. 트트트

    담원이 주춤하고있지만 너구리는 꽤나 잘해줬지…ㅠㅠㅠㅠ

  39. 김혜리

    요즘 던진다 뭔한다해도 내생각엔 너구리가 최고 작년 솔랭폼을 잊을수가없다~~~

  40. *123* 666

    담원은 원딜만잘하는애 데리고오고 너구리 뇌지컬좀키우고 좀 인내심만키우면 1등해도 안놀랄듯 그 적정글버프시간일때 탑갱한번만 대처해줘도 진짜 ㄹㅇ 캔년도 쌉캐리가능

  41. 차인어

    너구리 고스트랑 스타일이랑 잘 안맞나본데? 인터뷰에 그런 느낌이 사알짝 나네오

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