Interview by Daniel, translated by 5MahN, subtitles by Acerunner.
Please introduce yourself in Korean.
Hello everyone. I am CJ Frost’s Jungler, Cloudtemplar. Thank you.
Alright, so the first questions is rather broad… Could you explain the role of the jungler in a team? What are the few most important points?
Well, of course this questions has a lot of possible answers. Essentially, though, you relieve pressure on lanes. Now even that term has many various meanings, it could mean ganking or covering lane. The other main role is in fights over buffs and the like. With smite, junglers play a core role. You also play an important role in dragon and baron fights. Buff control, to sum it up, is a concept important to junglers.
Then, what do you enjoy most about jungling?
If you jungle with the mindset of, kind of, raising your children… If you play with a generous heart, then there is a sense of achievement. Like, wow, I raised that child. I raised that top laner. That feeling, I would say, is quite satisfying.
Do you think junglers need to have top-caliber mechanics or are mechanics not that important in the wide scope of the game?
Honestly, whatever position you’re talking about… there would never be a position where basic mechanics were not important. It is important for everyone. If you look at it someways, though, you could say that jungling requires a little less mechanical skill. Since it’s not like you’re directly facing off against your opposing laner. You fight with jungle buffs and then fight the enemy jungler with your mind. So with that perspective, you could say that mechanics are less important to junglers than to laners.
What is your favorite position to play besides jungle?
I’m the type that really enjoys playing top, marksman or mid. From that group I play top the most.
What other junglers do you take inspiration from?
Truthfully, I recieve a great deal of inspiration from other junglers. From foreign teams, I watch Diamondprox and Cloud 9′s jungler… I don’t speak English very well, so…
Cloud 9′s jungler… Who was Cloud 9′s jungler?
Offscreen: Meteos, I think?
Right, Meteos, Mee-tee-os? Anyhow.
Yeah, in any case, Cloud 9′s jungler. From Korean teams, there are a lot of players. Honestly there’s not really a jungler who is bad. To watch and think “Ah, that kind of timing? That kind of style?” I think to always learn from those plays is why I am alive in this world.
Then, who do you think is the best jungler in the world?
To tell the truth, I have never thought about it that way. I just think it’s very inconsequential. Even if that player is the best, it has no meaning. Now I have felt that certain teams were the strongest, but I’m not the type to differentiate the skills of individual players.
Currently, what are your favorite jungle champions?
The champions I enjoy currently, I guess I have to say… I mean, I try to play as many champions as possible. Still, I’d have to say Amumu. I’ve been playing a lot of Amumu.
Well you have had very good results with him. Is there any jungler you wish you could use in competitive play?
I definitiely want to play Skarner again.
Then following up on your answer. Lately, Riot has been talking about a Skarner remake. What do you think has to change in order for Skarner to be competitively viable?
From my point of view… Basically, if you ask me, I don’t care about anything else except this. If they just revert the nerf on his ultimate, I’ll immediately play him in tournaments. Those nerfs were rather too much. Yes, stats actually don’t have that big of a meaning.
Alright, then onto the next question. What tips do you have for aspiring solo-queue junglers?
My tip for junglers is to free your heart. Essentially, a docile demeanor is incredibly important. As you flame and fight with each other, there ends up being no good answer. Especially with junglers because you get a lot of flak—you get criticism from every lane. So calm yourself as much as possible and just say, “Sorry, that was my fault.” Playing with that mindset will help a lot in raising your score.
So when someone dies 1v1 in lane and blames the jungler…
Yes just say: “Oh dear, that was my fault. I should have ganked.”
With the introduction of all the Season 3 changes, it has become more difficult for junglers to earn gold. How would you change the jungle to fix that problem?
Yeah so, in Season 2 there was an item called Heart of Gold. If there was a viable GP10 item like that that was released… The items like Philosopher’s Stone we have now are rather difficult for junglers to buy. Buying Heart of Gold was extremely viable because of the importance of HP. If items like that came out, then I think junglers could eat and live plenty well enough.
2v1 lane swaps are quite popular nowadays. What is the jungler’s most important role in that situation?
Choose a concept and commit to it. Either join your team’s 2v1 lane to dive or push and get the first tower, or go to the 1v2 lane and definitively cover it and stop the fast push. In that manner, you have to be certain of your concept. When you can’t commit, there’s a lot of costly moving around. So you just need to focus on one concept.
Mind games are an important part of a jungler’s role, right? So, do you play mind games by instinct or do you study the other jungler extensively?
There are actually a lot of professional junglers who do play it by instinct, based off of what I’ve heard and asked. I’ve been playing LoL for over three years now, but since the beginning I’ve always been the type to study. Everyday I try to analyze VoDs, look for patterns, find out statistics to see what is most effective—that’s what type of jungler I am. However, there is not a right answer as to what the best style is.
Then, are you the type to respond to gank requests from teammates, or do you decide, ‘I’m going there, wait for me?’
Um… I guess if you add it up there are more instances where I make the call. Honestly that’s a question that has no right answer either, since the laner or the jungler can make the call. You ask such difficult questions.
How do you balance ganking and taking jungle camps?
When laners can do well enough on their own—
—then take jungle camps?
But then I’m the type to add in the probability of a successful gank. If I go gank, what is the probability that we could kill the opposing laner? I go gank if that probability is at least 70%. If it’s below that, then I usually just stay in the jungle.
In Season 2, Frost was well known for their incredible team fights. Was that a result of your farm oriented jungle style or just the team’s strengths in general?
Actually, that, I really do not know.
It just came naturally?
What I can say for sure is that in our team, everyone thinks that our teamfighting is strong. That is correct.
Then do you feel that the CJ Frost’s stratagy of waiting for big team fights instead of small skirmishes is due to your jungling style?
I really don’t know that either, honestly. When we play scrims there are lots of small skirmishes and more violent lanes. However, when we play in tournaments it’s often quite passive until the big 5v5 teamfights start happening. It’s quite difficult to predict.
So in reality, in scrims at least there are a lot of skirmishes.
Yes. It is a big regretful that we only show one side of ourselves to our fans.
This is something lots of people are curious about. In a teamfight, is it better to dive for the enemy team’s marksman and AP carry or to protect your own marksman and AP carry?
That’s a concept that is also very complex. The most important, basic, point that you should start from, though, is to ask: is our carry or the enemy carry more fed? If your carry, whether it be the marksman, mid, or top, then all you have to do is protect and peel for them in fights. If the enemy carry is a bigger threat, then it’s better to dive for them. That’s the most basic idea to base your strategy off of. Then as you take into account more variables it gets more difficult, but usually that’s what you should think about.
Alright, then this is the last question. Saintvicious is known for missing a lot of Smites… Is there a jungler in Korea who misses a lot of Smites, too?
So here’s what I want to tell everyone about Smites: you can’t think it’s the jungler’s fault! That’s an incredibly major misunderstanding! It’s not the jungler’s fault. In that situation, there are dozens of different strategies and tactics possible, and your teammates can block the enemy jungler’s smite. They can block the enemy jungler. If the jungler makes the call to burst it then they can immediately do a lot of damage and make it easier to Smite. Since there are so many strategical elements, the practice of always just blaming the jungler has to disappear. That’s what I think. It’s not the jungler’s fault if they miss Smite.
I think Saintvicious will be very happy with your answer.
Yeah, it’s something I’ve actually told Saintvicious a lot. It’s not your fault, don’t worry about it.
That’s the last question. We’ll sum up the interview with a few words from you to your international fans.
We’ve gone to a lot of international tournaments and shown both good and bad forms. We will go to this year’s World Championships. Look out for us, and see you then!