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SKT coach: “The team was definitely exhausted after MSI, but we went straight back to practice after two days of rest.”

With SK Telecom T1 set to play its first game since the Mid-Season Invitational, head coach Choi Byung-Hoon is finally addressing the various concerns fans are having about the long break, writes Inven’s Park Bum.

“The team was definitely exhausted after MSI, but we went straight back to practice after two days of rest,” Choi said in a phone interview with Inven. “Two days without practice seemed to be too long, as the players and the coaching staff were aching to get some games in.”

Choi also commented on SKT’s first opponent in the League Champions Korea summer split, CJ Entus, again showing his classic cautious mentality even after CJ’s first loss.

“I think CJ is going through a tough time with their first loss, but I’m still nervous about the game,” Choi said. “I expect their first loss to act as a positive force that would motivate CJ’s players.”

With jungle Rek-Sai making a comeback in the LCK, many fans are expecting Bae “Bengi” Seung-Woong to play it in SKT’s opening match, but Choi isn’t making any calls based on a single champion’s rise in pro play.

“Rek-Sai is a champion that many pro junglers have been working on since before the latest patch,” he said. “Both Bengi and Kang “Blank” Sun-Gu are good as Rek-Sai, so we won’t be making any decisions on who will be playing just based on one champion.”

He added that SKT sends out players on “better form” or players “with better team play” each game, and if Bengi is to play against CJ, it will be because “he has received a lot of positive feedback from within the team.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games.


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