According to Inven’s Kim Byung-ho, one of the first questions of the news conference was about kkOma, whose single status has become a frequent meme in Korea (and among kkOma’s players), and how he felt about Taiwanese women.
“I was very surprised by how beautiful the women in Taiwan are,” kkOma said. “I think they are all very pretty.”
But as Inven reported, the media member included another part of her question asking kkOma if he had any interest in marrying her, but the Korean-Taiwanese interpreter did not translate that part of the question to kkOma, so he did not mention it in his response.
Ignoring the absurd and unprofessional nature of both the question and kkOma’s answer, the moment was the latest in the line of jokes directed toward kkOma regarding his unmarried status. The joke about kkOma, the most successful coach in League of Legends history, started through social media and a video package by OGN before last year’s League Champions Korea spring final. The joke has transcended the Korean scene, as it is frequently referenced in all regions, and was also referenced during a press conference in this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, where a media member asked if kkOma would be interested in marrying a Chinese woman.
The press conference in general diverted away from mechanical questions to more fluffy ones, asking what Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon thought of Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok’s dad jokes (he got used to them) and what Faker thought about Huni’s underwear commercial while he was a part of North America’s Immortals.
“The ad was very shocking, but it was so long ago, that I’m fine now,” Faker said.
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