The head coach of Dignitas’ League of Legends team did not share Team SoloMid owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh’s assessment on teams with Korean imports.
On the stream of Friday’s North American League Championship Series, Reginald was asked in an interview what he thought of teams adding imported talent, to which he responded.
“To be quite honest with you, I think that a lot of the team owners don’t really know what they’re doing,” Reginald said. “They’re importing Korean talent over without knowing how to place them into their rosters. Teams like Dignitas, Echo Fox, I don’t think they’re going to do that well. I could be wrong, but I think they’re probably going to place bottom half for sure.”
Park Jae-seok, Dignitas’ new coach and former coach of SBENU Sonicboom in Korea, told Slingshot he heard Reginald’s comments and though he has respect for Reginald and the organization, but his comments should motivate Dignitas.
“When we practice with TSM, it’s clear that TSM has the right to say something like that because I think they’re very good,” Park said. “But I think an interview like that is actually good for us, since we saw that interview, and I went to players and talked to them about it individually. That kind of interview can be a sort of good motivation for us when we play against them next week. I also think that perhaps thinking like that this early into the season might be unadvisable.”
Reginald’s sentiment is interesting because teams with many imports struggled throughout last year. A lack of communication has also been a talking point at the beginning of this season, as another slew of Korean players have come to North America.
Dignitas signed ex-KT Rolster top laner Kim “Ssumday” Chan-Ho and Lee “Chaser” Sang-hyun, formerly of Longzhu. Dignitas also added Jae-seok and Kim Jeong-soo, a former coach for Samsung Galaxy. Dignitas plays TSM at 9 p.m. ET Friday.
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