SK Telecom T1 jungler Kang “Blank” Sun-gu had a successful return to the lineup Tuesday against Longzhu Gaming, playing a part in his team’s 2-1 comeback League Champions Korea victory. In an interview with Daily eSports’ Nam Yun-sung, Blank talked about how much more comfortable he is this season.
“I had a large amount of pressure last year, but I’m so comfortable this year,” he said. “Last year I had moments where my head would go white, but I feel less pressured this time around, perhaps due to finally acclimating to the team or losing some of the weight off of my shoulders.”
Blank was the subject of many fans’ criticism in the 2016 season, enough that the nickname “Jam-gu” — a tongue-in-cheek insult — was given to him, supposedly because Blank made games more entertaining for viewers by being the reason behind his team’s defeats. Although such negative attention did contribute to the pressure to perform for Blank, it has also become an endearing term for him in the team, changing the meaning entirely.
“Honestly I didn’t like the nick name ‘Jam-gu’ last year,” he said. “It was said in a very teasing way, but I’ve grown used to it. I think it fits my image. I think it’s better to have a character lie that than not have one at all.”