Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan became the first pro player to be a guest on “Weekly LCK” last week and it went about as hilariously as you’d expect.
“Weekly LCK” is hosted by OGN’s Kim “Dangun” Ui-joong, one of the OGN casters Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-woo or Kim Dong-jun, and one special guest. It’s a televised talk show akin to Conan or the Tonight Show, in which they go over notable moments of the week, a look behind recorded conversations between pros before, during, and after games, and an overall wrap up of events. Interviews with the invited guest are sprinkled here and there, and the overall mood is intentionally lighthearted and comedic.
Wolf, the lovable support from SK Telecom T1, did not disappoint. Here are some translated highlights of his appearance:
What do CloudTemplar and Wolf have in common?
CloudTemplar: We are both the same Diamond players are we not?
Wolf: Don’t say that we’re the same.
CloudTemplar: I am in Diamond as well!
Wolf: I am a different Diamond.
Dangun: Let’s clear the air! What tier are you exactly?
Wolf: I’m in my promos. Right before Master tier.
CloudTemplar: A Diamond nonetheless.
Dangun: And you?
CloudTemplar: I’m Diamond 3.
CloudTemplar, Wolf, and Locodoco
Wolf: I learned a lot from Locodoco (Choi Yoon-sup), but looking back, the lessons I learned weren’t all that useful.
CloudTemplar: Locodoco used to boast that he was the common link in all the top tier supports.
Wolf: I think there was some exaggeration.
Dangun: The two of you do have Locodoco in common, now that I think about it. Can you remember any tips or something he gave you?
Wolf: A tip? I can’t really think of one. What I do remember of him is how he called the head coach “hyung.” We would tell him to just address him as the head coach, but he would keep saying “head coach hyung, head coach hyung.” I remember that.
Dangun: Ah, I guess because he is quite the American-styled person. Do you have any stories of him CT?
CT: A lot of the stories I have of him, I can’t share on broadcast. It’s a little tricky to do so.
Wolf and math
Wolf: I was very good in my Korean classes. My original dream was to be a Korean teacher. I would always get like 100, 97, 100, stuff like that, but math would be like, 12.
Dangun: You were the typical liberal arts student then.
Wolf: Yes I would get 9s or 12s in math.
CloudTemplar: You don’t really need to study math.
Wolf: I am still very young, but after living life, I learned that math is pretty useless. Oh, you should study hard though.
Wolf’s opinions about the 2016 worlds power rankings
CloudTemplar: You didn’t make the top 20 players for 2016’s worlds power rankings.
Wolf: I was kinda unhappy about that. I didn’t even make the “honorable mentions” section for the players, like ranked 21st Impact, 22nd so-and-so, but I was absent.
Dangun: What number were you?
Wolf: Me? I guess I was around rank 100 or something.
Wolf and 2015 MSI
“I want to erase the memory of 2015’s MSI. We did come in second, but since then I’ve been suffering some trauma because I did horridly as Thresh. I kept dying, didn’t hook anyone, and just handed over kills. I still remember the time when I think we were playing the wild card team, where I thought the lane opponent would try to dodge and predict it, but he didn’t and I missed. The next game I thought ok, he won’t dodge and tried again but he dodged this time. I still remember those moments. I didn’t believe in “condition” and how you feel during a game, but I started to believe since then. I didn’t feel great at the time.”
Wolf as Score’s 1,000th kill
Wolf: I didn’t know about the number of kills at the time, but Gragas usually uses his E and then flashes, right? I was trying to play mind games with him. Even if Gragas just used to Body Slam, I would have to use Flash but why would he need to Flash and thus trading spells? So I was trying to play mind games and died, and the coach scolded me, saying that I shouldn’t have gotten hit in the first place.
CloudTemplar: Doesn’t he have a higher chance of hitting you anyways?
Wolf: No. If I use Flash, his chances of hitting me are 0. If I just ditched the mind games and Flashed preemptively to avoid the Body Slam, the chances are 0 but I tried something, and because Score (Go Dong-bin) is a veteran, he out smarted me.
Wolf and mistakes
Wolf: I think it’s natural to think back on it, like ‘man I could have done better,’ or ‘I could’ve survived that,’ or ‘I knew that was going to happen. I get that feeling a lot actually, that moment when you go, ‘I knew it!’ That and ‘I used Flash!’ Stuff like that. I don’t say it out loud in competitive play because it’ll decrease morale, but I always think it.
Dangun: Does anyone else on the team say anything?
Wolf: They tend not to. They all know though, and probably are thinking ‘what is he doing?’ but the moment they verbalize that, it’ll be a minus for the team.
“When you go to secure vision, supports tend to get killed or surrounded real quick. Most of the time that’s on the laners for not letting the supports know where the enemies went. It makes you think, ‘if I say I’m going into this location to ward, why won’t they tell me it’s dangerous?’”
Praise and awareness
Dangun: Do you ever get concerned about what the announcing team might say when you make a mistake on the stage?
Wolf: Usually when I get killed in a 1-v-1, let’s say I died in a 1-v-1 fight. I don’t mind the dying initially. But then when I think about how my opponent would be praised, I have this thought that it was more of a small mistake on my part than anything. Very rarely does this happen, only at big matches like the world championships, since I’m hyper aware of of things like that.
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