A little over two weeks ago, Immortals took to the World Championship stage to face the Gigabyte Marines in the first of Groups B’s conclusive set of fixtures.
So much has changed for the Immortals’ players and staff since that moment. A key protagonist in one of the most dramatic Worlds group conclusions in history and a major stakeholder in Riot Games’ rumoured organisational shuffle for the 2018 North American League Championship Series, October has been a turbulent month for Immortals’ AD carry, Cody “Cody Sun” Sun.
CLICKON eSports spoke with Cody Sun upon his return to Canada to discuss his first League of Legends World Championship in China and his thoughts on the new North American League Championship series format:
JM: Thank you for the opportunity to interview you after what has been a busy month, how does it feel to finally get the chance to relax after the NA LCS Playoff Final and, on top of that, attending your first World Championship?
“Thank you for having me. Yeah, it does feel pretty nice to finally relax after such a hard-fought Summer Split.
“After playoffs we immediately went to bootcamp in Korea and everyone felt a little burnt out during the bootcamp mostly because of how tough the worlds teams were, so it does feel good to finally relax.”
JM: You and your teammates told an amazing story in 2017. From finishing 7th in the Spring Split to bouncing back and making it to the finals in the summer, in addition to testing yourself on the biggest stage at Worlds. What changes had to be made to make this incredible journey possible?
“During the Spring Split, we didn’t truly play as a team and we were mostly lost during our games in the LCS.
“With the aquisition of Xmithie in the jungle and Ssong as our Head Coach, we quickly improved our communication and teamwork, working on our macro intensively.
“In our Summer Split games, we always had direction in our games because of Xmithie’s great game knowledge and shot calling. I think playing with Xmithie allowed everyone on the team including myself to recognize the importance of teamwork and decisive shot calling.”
JM: On the topic of worlds, you were given the task of facing some of the most recognisable AD Carries in League Of Legends history in Rekkles and PrAy. What was it like facing these legends and how did you feel you would stack up to them when you faced them?
“It was honestly a really humbling experience playing at Worlds and playing against all these ADCs that I looked up to when I was just a Challenger player, not only on stage but in scrims or even solo queue.
“All the ADCs that attended worlds rarely make any big mistakes in lane or outside of lane, so it always came down to playing the matchup and playing around the jungler.
“Playing against them on stage I just wanted to prove to myself that I could play my own game and not play scared or be intimated by these world-renowned players.”
JM: Sadly, you were eliminated from the tournament in the group stage. Every player takes something away from attending a World Championship, what did you take away from your first ever Worlds?
“Being that this is my first year as a professional in the LCS, attending Worlds was an amazing experience to say the least.
“Playing at Worlds is honestly such an eye-opener, scrimming and practicing against the world’s best teams is incredibly challenging especially vs the Korean or Chinese teams.
“Every team is incredibly decisive and punishing whenever you make a single mistake, so it feels really tense to play even if there are no kills, because you can feel that both teams are constantly looking for openings to break open the game.
“My biggest takeaway is just the experience of it all, and seeing for myself just how good a top Korean team is. Scrimming against top Korean teams is honestly so beneficial because you can just learn so much by playing against them.”
JM: With the LCS Franchising era on the horizon and the changes to go back to Best-of-one, I wanted to hear your opinion on Riot Games’ decision to go back to the original format for the 2018 Spring Split?
“Well after experiencing Bo1s from group stages, it honestly doesn’t feel as rewarding as playing in Bo3s, mostly because of the ability to comeback after losing the first match.
“However I don’t really mind playing Bo1s since group stages are Bo1s, so I guess it’ll better prepare us NA teams to make it out of groups.”
JM: To conclude things, many fans were wondering about the moment where you flashed forward to try and kill Caps during that decisive loss to Fnatic, would you care to share your thoughts on the moment?
“Yeah sure. During that moment I felt really pressured to get something back, possibly a kill or two since everyone was dead from our bot siege.
“I was pretty well farmed up, so I knew that I was strong enough to make a play. I saw the play in my eyes and knew that I could oneshot cassio and then escape with the reset, but messed up the execution.
“I meant to ult cassio there instead of flashing, but my rhythm got messed up cause I tried to flash the janna tornado too and that resulted in the ‘tristsec’.
“Looking back at it now, it was honestly a hilariously bad play and it’s something that I literally have never done before in scrims or solo queue to that degree.
“I can only attribute it to the pressure of the moment, in which I tried to make a hero play on the Worlds stage but it resulted in disaster because I just wasn’t ready.
“I can truthfully say that I choked under pressure but I’m not going to let that stop me from making future #LCSBigplays. I messed up, but it’s a battle scar that I’ll wear proudly.”