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Jin Air’s Winged: “We need to surpass all the mid card teams this split.”

Jin Air's coach talked about the professional debut of Xayah and Rakan.
the Jin Air Green Wings coach talked about the professional debut of Xayah and Rakan in their League Champions Korea (LCK) summer split opener.

Victorious against ESC Ever on Tuesday, the Jin Air Green Wings became the second team League Champions Korea to improve to 2-0. Despite the good start to the summer split, jungler Park “Winged” Tae-Jin was brutally honest with his performances both past and present in an interview with Daily eSports’ Nam Yun-Sung.

Jin Air has shown similar success in the past but has a nasty habit of losing early-game leads by getting caught out one player at a time. Winged called himself out as one of the main culprits in that, though he and the team rallied to earn the three-set win Tuesday.

“I mostly focused on filling in the problems I had during the spring split,” he told Daily eSports after the games. “Personally I only died for the first time in the second set and didn’t die the other two sets. I don’t know much about the team’s weaknesses, but I know mine, being my tendency to die questionably while the game is flowing in our favor. For the summer split, I want to play as carefully as possible. I even set a personal motto to not venture into areas I’m curious about. So far it’s been working out great.”

With this new play style in mind, Winged has also shared very humble goals for Jin Air’s games against LCK’s Big 3: ROX Tigers, SKT T1, and KT Rolster.

“We need to surpass all the mid card teams this split,” he said. If we take a look at our first round schedule, we are set to face the Big 3 in the later parts. The goal is to accumulate as many strategies and retool game management so that we don’t go down easily.”

Finally he also commented on the differences between the newly signed Jin “Blanc” Sung-Min, and the old starter Lee “Kuzan” Seong-Hyuk. With Blanc having impressive performances in both games, Winged mentioned that they both had their strong points.

“From what I can tell, they’re both incredible mechanically,” he said. “Blanc is a great team fighter, while Kuzan is an incredible laner. Kuzan’s biggest problem is making questionable plays in 5-v-5 team fights, so among teammates we call it his ‘panic disorder play,’” he said. “With Blanc performing very well with both games, I think Kuzan might be nervous right now. Blanc is also ahead of Kuzan in solo rank points by almost double, so Kuzan should continue to work hard.”


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