Han “Peanut” Wang-ho delivered a heavy dosage of truth to his fellow pro gamers who aren’t enjoying the same ranked success he is.
After SK Telecom T1 played the Afreeca Freecs on Wednesday, Peanut and Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok and Peanut were invited to the post-match interview with OGN casters Lee “CloudTemplar” hyun-woo and Kim Dong-jun as the MVPs.
Peanut’s recent ranked success was mentioned in the interview, as he was consistently near the top for months, and when CloudTemplar asked what he thought about some of his colleagues in lesser ranks, such as his support player Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan, Peanut had choice words.
“Honestly I didn’t expect myself to keep the top spot of the rankings for that long, but I started to think that I was able to do so because I am capable of it,” he said, smiling. “I guess if you’re stuck in Diamond 1, you’re stuck there because you’re not good enough.”
Faker corroborated Peanut’s thoughts by adding his own testimony that he “lost quite a few times when I ran into (Peanut) in solo queue,” and jokingly said that he expected Peanut be a solid No. 2, but that he “got first place by beating me a bunch.”
In the game, Faker showed a commanding performance as Talon, further proving his deep champion pool on stage. Afreeca had a secret of its own in the form of Jang “MaRin” Gyeong-hwan’s Dr. Mundo pick in the top lane, but Faker said the pick was met with glee from SKT.
“Huni (Heo Seung-hoon) was very happy when he saw the Dr. Mundo lock-in,” he said. “He was really happy. I played Rumble into a Dr. Mundo before as well, and it seemed like a lot of fun, seeing him play it. I knew that we would have a lot of preferable trades in the top lane, so I wasn’t too shaken by the pick.”
Game 2 had a moment where Faker was recalling on top of an enemy control ward, ignoring it completely. When asked about what happened, the explanation was simple.
“I only knew about the ward after the game,” he said. “When we went to the back, Blank (Kang Sun-gu) told me that there was a ward that stayed alive for 30 minutes. I don’t really think that it was worth keeping a control ward in that location, so I don’t think it would have led to a snowball.”