The recent League of Legends World Championship has taken its toll on Bae “Bengi” Seong-ung, the three time world champion jungler.
After SK Telecom T1’s quarterfinal KeSPA Cup match against MVP on Monday, Bengi briefly reflected on his time in North America for worlds in an interview with OSEN’s Shin Yeon-jae.
“It was such a hard and toiling journey,” he said. “I don’t think I could do it again if someone told me to.”
The players were away from home for a month in a row across four cities in America, which appeared to take a toll on Bengi in spite of winning the championship.
Bengi also shed some light on the Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s Galio choice, saying that it was a pick that something that Faker was sitting on for some time.
“It was a pick that he was preparing for a long time, and he finally got to play it today,” he said. “He needed to really utilize the ultimate well, but I think he didn’t do as well as he did in practice.”
During the match, although he made an incredible kick as Lee Sin to knock up multiple MVP players, and getting away from certain death, the three time world champion was rather critical of himself.
“It was my first game in a while, so I was nervous,” he said. Today’s games felt different from the world championships. I’d give my performance a seven out of ten. I took three points off because of the stolen Baron and dying two times.”
This was his first match since worlds, and although he confessed as to being rather nervous, he still had his sharp mind and gaming sense of a world class jungler.
“I was in a tight spot, but the opponents moved predictably through the narrow passage way,” he said. “So I kicked them and was surprised on how high they were knocked up airborne.”
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