The kings of Korean League of Legends added another title to their name, and it was especially special for Han “Peanut” Wang-ho.
SK Telecom T1 claimed its sixth LCK title after defeating rival KT Rolster on Saturday with a clean 3-0. Despite continued dominance from the regular season to the playoffs, Peanut had difficulties at times during the spring and shared them during the post-match interview on stream.
“I heard a lot of criticism that I don’t perform on the large stages, so I was mostly concerned about that, but I think I managed to overcome that,” he said. “To a life of a pro gamer, finals are very important. To overcome that concern, people say that the opportunity to open the door of success comes several times in life, and it feels like I have opened that door…Many fans said that I wasn’t doing well, that I didn’t play as well as I did last year, asking if I didn’t adjust well to the team yet. I tried my best to pay those comments no mind, and I think I was able to play well today because I worked very hard after we confirmed our spots for the finals.”
AD Carry Bae “Bang” Jun-sik had many thoughts to share as well. He talked about adjusting to another “big change to the AD Carry role” due to patch changes at the end of the regular split, and also why he always comes to a finals match with the SKT logo on his face.
“I try to have fun when I’m playing in the finals because I already practiced as much as I could, and the finals are for me to enjoy,” he said. “Nothing changes whether or not I play super seriously because I’m already practiced, and this stage is just for me to prove that work. Right now this position is an honor, and I want to use this position to ask the fans to support the other nine teams, not just ours, and I hope all of them play games that they don’t regret.”
Predictably, Bang attributed his success to proper sleep and image training, and as caster Jeon Yong-jun teasingly asked for some “real advice,” Bang simply said that he “put in more than 10,000 hours” into the game and that “even just imagining things” can be practice for him.
Top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon has also been celebrated by fans due to his second “Royal Road” since his time in Europe as part of Fnatic. The Royal Roader is a term used in Korean StarCraft and given to players who win a tournament the same time they make their debut, much like how StarCraft legend Lim “BoXer” Yo-hwan did his first individual tournament entry. Huni talked about how much the title means to him as a player.
“It’s very meaningful for me because I was able to win an EU LCS title in my debut season and now I got an LCK title in my debut season,” he said. “Being a ‘Royal Roader’ is an honor that is only possible to have when you win a title quickly, so it means that much more to me and it feels great.”