In the first interview with the Korean esports media in a year and a half, Chae “Piglet” Gwang-Jin went into great detail of his experience after his Season 3 world championship victory, writes Fomos’ Kim Young-Hoon.
Since parting with SK Telecom T1, Piglet has moved to the North American League of Legends Championship Series’ Team Liquid as its AD Carry, with mixed results. When asked whether or not he regretted coming to NA, Piglet said motivation was more important to him than money. So he doesn’t regret his choice, despite lucrative offers from China. He also pointed out that he tried much harder in NA than he did in League Champions Korea, only that he didn’t share the same success.
When asked if he wanted to come back to the LCK in light of poor results, Piglet said that his pride wouldn’t let him, despite thinking of returning quite often.
“The fact that I have not won a single NA LCS championship yet is what’s really bothering me,” Piglet told Young-Hoon. “If we won it last season, I may have come back to the LCK.”
Reflecting the continued international success of SKT, his former club that just won the Mid-Season Invitational, Piglet said that he didn’t really blame his teammates, and only thought he should carry even harder in the coming split. He showed great confidence in his skills, saying that he didn’t drop at all since his peak.
Piglet also showed confidence in his team despite his initial doubts, and shared that they will get only better during their training camp in Korea since the quality of scrims are “on a different level.”
“After team building, I think we got much better,” Piglet told Fomos. “We all trust and support each other since we all want to win. I had my doubts in my support (Matt “Matt” Elento), but he got much better to the point that we don’t fall behind against Korean teams. He continues to learn and grow.”
With its performance at MSI, SKT continues to cement the dominance of Korea, despite many top players moving to different regions. Piglet went as far to say that the trend will probably continue, saying that Korean shot-calling and team management is what puts Korea over the top.
“I feel like I won’t ever beat a Korean team while being (on) a foreign one, since the atmosphere and amount of practice is completely different,” said Piglet. “While playing in NA, I also noticed a difference in mentality amongst players, and I still think no region can come close to a Korean player’s drive to win. Not to mention that Korean players are never afraid to fail or experiment, so they grow much faster.”
In particular, Piglet praised Bae “Bang” Jun-Sik, but still showing great confidence over ROX Tigers’ Kim “PraY” Jong-In.
“I usually watch LCK VODs, and I have to say Bang is the best ADC right now,” Piglet told Fomos. “People keep talking about PraY as well, but if I come back to Korea right now I can absolutely beat him since I never really lost to him. If it becomes a 2-v-2, then there isn’t a question.”
Piglet also showed an interesting viewpoint on his career as an ex-world champion, saying that if he returns to Korea, it won’t be to a big team.
“An already great team wouldn’t want me because they wouldn’t need me; they’re already on top,” he told Fomos. “I need to go to a team that needs me. That’s why I went to Liquid. On that note, if a Challenger team offered the right amount of money, I’ll be happy to play for them. All I have to do is take a season off and then advance to the pro scene.”
The one thing Piglet said that the LCK could work on was interestingly post-game interviews.
“If I do get to come back to Korea, I want to show them how to do a proper interview. I used to watch all the interviews in the LCK, but now I just switch it off after the games. Their interviews are so boring.”
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games.