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MSI

Kaiwing: “I haven’t dared to imagine lifting the trophy”

Tom Matthiesen

PSG Talon have convincingly established themselves among the top teams at the Mid-Season Invitational. The PCS champions might have started off slow with a last-minute substitute in the bot lane, but they’re now operating at full force, with the bot lane being one of their signature strengths. MAD Lions, as well as tournament favorites RNG and DWG KIA already had to bite the dust.

Kaiwing.

He may not yet dream of lifting the MSI trophy yet, but Kaiwing has had an outstanding performance at the tournament. Image courtesy of Riot Games.

Unfortunately for PSG Talon, the fourth day of the MSI Rumble Stage was less successful, as the team lost the rematches against RNG and DWG KIA. Nevertheless, the chances of PSG Talon making it to the semi-finals are high. PSG Talon’s support player Ling “Kaiwing” Kai Wing sat down with us to talk about his team’s results so far, developing synergy with Chiu “Doggo” Tzu-Chuan, and the potential of winning the tournament.

Welcome, Kaiwing! Yesterday, your team went 2-0 with a dominant performance against RNG and MAD Lions, but today the team went 0-2. How are you looking back at the performances?

The first game today was a decent performance from us, I would say. But in the second game, I gave two kills to ShowMaker on the Zoe. That is where the game just went wrong for us.

As I said, you headed into today off the back of a strong showing. I can imagine that the confidence within the team must have been fantastic.

We are trying to find the feeling of victory step by step. Still, there are some details in our gameplay that we need to figure out, that we need to fix. Hopefully, we can figure out how to do that and go further in the tournament.

Which aspects of the game do you think you guys need to focus on going forward?

It’s mostly our gameplay that we need to focus on. No matter if we get a strong side for a lane, or a weak side. It’s about discipline for us. We need to be more disciplined in our gameplay.

Something that has developed impressively over the course of the tournament is the synergy between you and Doggo, who had to be substituted at the last moment. Did you expect that, at this point in the tournament, you would already be working so well together?

To be honest, not really. I didn’t think we would have this performance or synergy between us, especially during the games RNG and MAD Lions. Hopefully, the synergy between us can be perfect in the upcoming matches.

How did you work to get that synergy on such a good level?

Well, we had a lot of attempts and losses in our scrims. [Laughs] So it was just more attempts, more losses, and slowly we were getting better.

Well, it’s safe to say that it’s looking very good right now. Extending on that: playing with a different player is always a setback for the team, at least in the beginning. Did you think your team would be able to contest with the top teams so consistently?

So for RNG and Damwon… I have to say that RNG performed super well in the scrims against us. I still think they are super strong. We did win the game against them, but we won with a bit of luck, some fortune on our side. As for DWG KIA… Maybe they are still in the process of adapting to the current meta. It was just super lucky for us to take a game off them.

The chances that you’re making it to the top four are incredibly high. When the format is changing to a best-of-five, do you think the performance of your team will change against these top teams?

Based on the match history of our region… It’s definitely not looking good. [Laughs] But hopefully, as a representative of the PCS, this time we can bring back the glory to our region.

To take a small leap: given how good your team has been performing and how quickly you’ve risen, is winning the whole tournament something you dare to dream of already?

Personally, I haven’t thought about that. Winning the whole Mid-Season Invitational is something that has not been on my mind. I haven’t dared to imagine lifting the trophy. But to be honest, I think the victories we’ve had for now have been very dependant on the form of our opponents. It’s not like we’ve been playing super smooth games, I think. They haven’t been very clean so far. That’s something we need to work on if we want to make it far. So I won’t say I have already imagined lifting the trophy. But I definitely thought of making it to the semi-finals and showing a good performance there.

Alright Kaiwing, thanks for joining today! Is there something you’d like to say to the people who have been cheering you on throughout the tournament?

We’ll try our best to advance to the semi-finals and to win the best-of-fives!


PSG Talon play their next game against Pentanet.GG, on Tuesday, May 5th, at 4 PM CEST. You can watch it live on the official LoL Esports site.