SK Telecom T1’s jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho didn’t mince words when it came to what he thought of the new jungle champion for League of Legends.
SKT defeated Ever8 Winners 2-0 on Tuesday to end its four match losing streak. As the jungler of both games, Peanut also showed a rejuvenated performance as Elise. In a conversation with assembled media after the match, Peanut was asked for his opinion about the new champion. He didn’t seem impressed
“I think he’s a really bad champion,” he said. “I think he’s Master Yi with a scythe. I know what skills he has, but I haven’t practiced with him yet. He looks strong, but he’s actually very weak.”
Kayn was designed as a carry jungler who can act as an assassin to single targets, but ultimate is potentially problematic because it lacks the damage an assassin should have. As a result, he received a buff in Patch 7.15 to do more bonus damage, so maybe that will be enough to change the opinion of Peanut.
Peanut also talked at length about what SKT’s losing streak meant to him and the team. Although it’s never easy to go through such an experience, he said it gave the team a chance to get closer and work harder than before.
“It was hard because this was the first time both I and the team have lost this much,” he said. “It was difficult because there were many mistakes made in game as well as poor performances. But we were able to get closer as players in our efforts to overcome the streak, and the team atmosphere got better. I think we’ve become more of a team so I don’t think it was all bad. If this streak came in later or during the playoffs, it would have been bad for our worlds performances, so I think it’s good it came at the time it did.”
Peanut also said that he’s been focusing on his own game management, saying that’s where many of his mistakes stemmed from. Off the stage, he said that he’s trying to have a good mindset and have fun during solo queue and free time, saying that “I thought it would be too mentally taxing” if the stress persisted outside of the stage and scrims.
On the topic of Rift Rivals and SKT’s unexpected defeat by the hands of China’s Team WE, Peanut said the reason wasn’t from being cocky or complacent, adding that the team put a lot into the tournament.
“Personally I wanted to show a good performance since I’m competing for my position, and the rest of the team wanted to win as well,” he said. “I felt so sorry when I saw some of the fans crying after our defeat. The drafts were drawn up by the coach, who put a lot of time and effort into it, and it was something we practiced. We played hard and we wanted to win. We didn’t look down on WE nor did we play cocky. I’m sorry for not being able to live up to the expectations that the fans had for the top team in the LCK.”
Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games