Mata and Uzi on Royal's chances in the knockout stage

by theScore Staff Oct 11 2016
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After narrowly edging out Team SoloMid to make it to the quarterfinals of the 2016 League of Legends World Championship, Cho "Mata" Se-hyeong and Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao of Royal Never Give Up spoke to Yahoo Esports's Travis Gafford about the team's chances in the quarterfinals.

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"To be very honest, I think that for our team right now, our mentality and how my team's condition is, I think it's going to be super hard for us to even win one game at quarterfinals," Uzi said. "There's a lot of stuff that we need to work on to be able to get to finals."

Mata, who won Worlds 2014 while with Samsung White, also said that the team needs to work on their fundamentals, in particular improving the communication in their mixed Chinese/Korean roster.

“I’m definitely not completely satisfied with my play right now,” he said. “We all need to work on being more active and taking initiative in practice or games. We need to work on communicating. I’m not really fluent in Chinese yet, so I could work on better communication because I’m in a position that requires a high communication level.”

Uzi agreed with his bot lane partner that improving communication is important for the two to work on.

"We make some mistakes and we expose a lot of our weaknesses 'cause the way that we play our bot lane requires a lot of great mechanical skills and that actually requires a lot of cooperation between the two of us and it's very easy for us to make mistakes," the 19-year-old AD Carry said.

Even with their doubts communication troubles, Mata says they were able to rally and defeat TSM.

“But the most important thing was just telling each other that we still have a chance," the Korean support said. "We reminded each other not to lose our mentality in game. We just needed to not throw the game out the window.”

However, whether they'll be to do it again when they face last year's champions, SK Telecom T1, will be seen when the two face off in the quarterfinals on Oct. 14.

Sasha Erfanian is a news editor for theScore esports. Follow him on Twitter, it'll be great for his self-esteem.