SK Telecom T1 took down Royal Never Give Up in a commanding 3-1 in the quarterfinals on Friday to reach the League of Legends World Championship semifinals, held in New York City’s Madison Square Garden next week. Although SKT fumbled the first game, they replaced jungler Bae “Bengi” Seong-Ung with Kang “Blank” Sun-Gu, who then played a large role in the victory.
Blank was invited to the OGN caster desk comprised of Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo, Kim Dong-Jun, and Jeon Yon-Jun to speak about how he felt about the victory and Blank revealed his potential as a clairvoyant.
“I had this feeling we would make it to semis,” he said. “The night before games and tournaments, I tend to get this gut feeling as I sleep, and I had a good one. I had the same feeling for the spring season when we won, like ‘we’re going to win, I feel a victory coming.’ On the other hand, I didn’t have a good feeling before the playoffs of the summer split. Before we head into this year’s world championships I had a really good feeling, so I think we’ll be able to go far. I always get this feeling before bed.”
An interesting part of the match between SKT and RNG was that the bottom lane was the exact same matchup all 4 games, Jhin and Karma or Ezreal and Zyra, with the only changing thing being the teams that played them. Blank says the coach summed it up in one sentence.
“On the bottom lane matchup the coach said; ‘the issue is who’s playing them. Whoever is the better player will win.’” Blank said. “He also said that the champions were fine.”
For a brief moment, the player camera for Blank showed him closing his eyes and meditating before a game started. Blank said it’s part of a personal ritual.
“It’s a sort of routine before games,” he said. “Before every tournament game I close my eyes and breathe deeply. That way I get to think a lot and help my concentration.”
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