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C9 Ray: “A lot of people don’t even know I’m here yet. So I’m focusing on learning in the spring, and making myself known in the summer.”

Slingshot’s Andrew Kim talked to Jeon “Ray” Ji-won (in Korean and translated to English) after Cloud9’s 2-0 weekend to begin the North American League of Legends Championship Series.

Andrew Kim: First off, congratulations on your 2-1 win after a very competitive series. How do you feel?

Jeon “Ray” Ji-won: I’m very relieved that our team won, but I still have a lot of complaints in my own play, so I will fix my mistakes and show an even better performance.

AK: You won Game 1 but lost Game 2. What had changed?

JJW: In Game 1, I honestly didn’t think I would play Shen. I thought I would play something else, but what I could play was banned, so I ended up with him. It has been a long time since I used him, and I didn’t play much of him during scrims either, so there were a lot of things where I should have done something but I didn’t. But thanks to my team, I was able to win. For Game 2, since we won Game 1 handily, I thought we could cruise through Game 2, but I messed up and fell for a lot of things, which created a bad situation. I know what I did wrong that game, so I think I can fix them.

AK: You’re functionally competing against Jeong “Impact” Eon-young for the top position. Is that a source of pressure for you?

JJW: Honestly since last season I was a starting top laner and now a sub, it’s a little uncomfortable, but because I am lacking in many things that I’m a sub. Impact’s career is impressive and still very good, so I think I can learn a lot from him, so it’s uncomfortable, but good. I like the fact that I can learn.

AK: How are you getting along with your new teammates?

JJW: Everyone’s very nice, so all I need to do is fix myself. I have a lot of bad habits, but now that I have good teammates, and since they’re nice, I need to work toward getting closer to them. Since my English is not great I need to work on it and get close to them.

AK: How are you learning English?

JJW: Our in-house translator is my teacher. I’m working on grade-school level English, but honestly even that’s hard for me right now. I’m trying my best though.

AK: You’ve been really active on social media and streaming a lot more often. What has been the energy behind that?

JJW: The reason for that is so that I can learn English. Rather than doing nothing but playing games, by streaming I can let myself be known. The team is a big one too, and since I’m a sub, I want to put myself out there. I want to learn English, and compared to just playing ranked games, I think streaming is good for me. When I was with Apex, I didn’t really use Twitter that often, but as I moved here I realized I was very lacking in English, so I’ve been working hard.

AK: Have you felt any pressure with other well known Korean players joining the scene?

JJW: When they got here, I was very happy. In terms of skill I don’t think I fall behind when I look at it in a positive way, so I thought it would be good competition. But in other ways I also have shortcomings. The players that came in, they have very storied careers. When they were making a name for themselves, I was in middle school. I felt that I wanted to be like them as I was studying in school. Seeing as they have great careers and skill, I have no career, or even experience. I was most concerned with that, and it showed in Game 2 when I played Nautilus, as I didn’t make the right calls and didn’t recover properly, and we lost.

AK: You mentioned that you have a lot of shortcomings, but I’m sure you have your own goals that you wish to achieve. What are your personal goals for the spring and summer split?

JJW: Right now my goal is learning English. Impact is the starter, and I’m a sub, so I still have time to start from the ground up. My goal for the spring is to gather as much experience as I can from Impact, Reapered (Bok Han-gyu), Cain (Jang Nu-ri) and my other teammates. For the summer I want to be credited for something big. A lot of people don’t even know I’m here yet. So I’m focusing on learning in the spring, and making myself known in the summer.

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games