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Newbee jungler Swift: “Recently, I think Umti has been playing very well aggressively.”

Newbee's Swift says Umti has really impressed him recently.
Newbee's Swift says Umti has really impressed him recently.

Baek “Swift” Da-hoon, jungler for the League of Legends Pro League team Newbee in China, said in an interview with Fomos’ Kim “Kenzi” Yong-woo he hopes to clear the air regarding the controversy that surrounded him and other Korean members of the Qiao Gu Reapers last year.

“I think the start of (my poor reputation) was with the controversy last year, but I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to really explain what happened in my point of view,” he said. “I haven’t been able to say much since I’m still part of the team, and many people still believe in me while others dislike me because of what happened. I think I’ll be able to talk about everything in detail at a later time, and I’m trying not to think about it, though it is a great source of stress for me.”

The incident mentioned is last year’s controversy that started when Kim “Doinb” Tae-sang said through Weibo — which was translated by an Inven user — that Swift drafted with blatant disregard to the coach and was disruptive behind the scenes, leading to Doinb being isolated from the team. Im “T0m” Jae-hyun, who was a jungler sub for QG at the time, corroborated Doinb’s claims, and the public spat resulted in Swift looking like a manipulator of the team, leading to the ejection of T0m and Doinb and the implosion of a previously solid roster.

Swift and Newbee has been doing well as of late and that it looks like like he still has a shot of making it to the League of Legends World Championship, as his team is 7-5 and in third place of Group B.

“I couldn’t make it (to worlds) when I was in Korea, and I haven’t able to qualify for worlds after moving to China either, even though I’ve gotten close,” he said. “Apart from the money and glory, as a professional I feel like I should make it to worlds this season. I really want to make it there.”

Newbee has its work cut out for it. If Newbee reaches the playoffs, it will have to joust against EDward Gaming and Team WE, two teams that have been neck and neck in Group A.

When it comes to international competition, Swift said he’s been scoping the top junglers in Korea right now and gave a list of current junglers in the LCK that has caught his eye.

“Recently, I think Umti has been playing very well aggressively, and other than him, I think all of the top junglers like Score, Blank, Peanut, and Ambition are all intelligent junglers,” he said.

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