Flash Wolves, the team that everyone calls the "Korean Killers," underwent major changes this season. Hung "Karsa" Hau-Hsuan, their most famous aggressive carry jungler, left the team and joined LPL team, Royal Never Give Up.
With their new jungler, Kim "Moojin" Moo-jin added on to the team; they still were able to dominate LMS region at the end of this spring season. We had a chance to talk to one of Flash Wolves' central figure, their support player Hu "SwordArt" Shuo-Chieh, before they headed off for the 2018 Mid Season Invitational.
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Q: Can you introduce yourself? Tell us what you feel about you and your team's performance this season in LMS region?
A: Hello everyone. I am Flash Wolves’ support player. My name is SwordArt. I’m 21 years old.
I’m really happy that we can represent LMS region in Mid-Season Invitational once again. I’m satisfied with my performance this season. But I think as a team we should still improve our in-game teamwork. For example, my cooperation in team plays, because we weren’t able to play very well in the games that we had advantages in this season.
Q: Flash Wolves still dominated LMS region this season, even with the many changes that happened. Because you guys are going to MSI, did you guys started to investigate in other regions’ representing teams? What is your opinion about other regions?
A: We are mostly focused on improving our own condition within our team right now because we don’t know who we will face against first. We have to wait until the wild card finishes to know who we will be up against. We are just trying to level up our own strength.
I think Kingzone Dragon X’s Top Laner Kim "Khan" Dong-ha is crazy strong. As in Team Liquid’s bottom lane..because Kim "Olleh" Joo-sung played in LMS, I thought he was really good when I met him here there. I hope that I will be able to meet him on the rift again this time during MSI, but we need to win the Wildcard first.
Q: Recently, a lot of teams are focused on protecting the ADC on the bottom lane, focusing on to doing big damage to win. With the bottom lane duos that you are going to meet in MSI, do you have confidence in meeting them? Who do you want to meet, and who do you not want to meet the most?
A: We haven’t met yet so I don’t really know how good each of them are. I’m actually looking forward to meeting them, because the style of every region is quite different. I don’t have any that I don’t want to meet, because all the teams that can make it to MSI are very strong, so I want to meet all of them.
Q: Having Moojin join your team definitely made an impact on your team. How do you guys communicate in-game?
A: Our translator has been teaching him a lot of in-game communication in Mandarin, so most of the time we use Mandarin to communicate. But sometimes when the situation is more complicated, we still have to talk to him in English. It’s a little bit harder than before, but we are trying our best to overcome this issue.
Other than this, there are not many hardships. It seems like Moojin is comfortable here.
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Q: Flash Wolves are famous for their flawless communication and group fights around Baron. With the new jungler, Moojin on the team, do you think you guys changed your strategies a little? How has the team dynamic changed regarding in-game strategies?
A: We have a lot of new players this season. Our champion pool has improved, and we can diversify our champion selects so, for this reason, it has also changed our strategies in game.
Q: I want to know your opinion on the champion Kai’Sa. When is she overpowered, and when should you not use her? If you want to win against Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao, or Kim "PraY" Jong-in’s Kai’Sa, what should you do?
A: I think this champion is very good in this meta because it needs to be used with champions that has lots of crowd control skills. In this meta, a lot of good CC champions are suited for this. So it’s good to those in meta champions with Kai’Sa. Like for example, a lot of tank jungle will pick CC most of the time. As for support player, you can also choose champions like Alistar, Thresh…etc. They are all pretty good.
If we meet Uzi and Pray….Choose Kai’Sa before them.
Q: It’s not your first time going to Europe. Is there anything you want to do there that you weren’t able to do last time besides competing in MSI?
A: Most of the time we were very busy training. Typically, we don’t go out before competitions. We spend the time getting used to the environment and try to feel comfortable. We only have time to go out after we finish the tournaments. Of course, after we finish, we hope to maybe walk around a little cause there are lots of tourist sites around.
Q: We are curious about Flash Wolves' training hours per day?
A: Normally we start training at 10 am. We finish at around 1 am after midnight. We only have a lunch and a dinner break, so we don't have that much of a break.
Q: What do you like to do when you are on holiday?
A: Shopping, buying stuff and eating good food.
Q: Can you say something to your fans?
A: Hello everyone, I am SwordArt from Flash Wolves. I’m very happy I can go to MSI. See you in Europe. Bye-bye.
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