SK Telecom T1 top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon said when coach Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun told him he would play in the deciding game of Sunday’s match, he immediately felt the pressure.
SKT defeated the bbq Olivers 2-1 in the League Champions Korea regular season finale. During the post match interview with SpoTV, Huni said that the pressure was on him when kkOma gave him the nod in Game 3.
“The coach told us that Blank and I would play if we won Game 2, and that’s when I got sweaty palms, thinking that I had to play well,” he said.
Park “Untara” Ui-Jin played the first two games, and though Game 1 was a loss, SKT evened the score in a comeback victory in Game 2. Huni elected to play as Maokai in his game and managed to be one of the MVPs with his performance. While being a front line tank for his team, Huni recorded no deaths, and though Game 3 was shaky at first, he was one of the driving forces of the win.
Although SKT entered the match confirmed to be in fourth place, Sunday’s match still mattered to the team. Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan seemed more disappointed than relieved, as the games were much closer than the team wanted them to be.
“Today’s match was our last match before the playoffs, so it was our last chance to kind of see where we are right now,” he said. “I was hoping our game play was clean, but I think we didn’t do as well as we did during practice.”
“Since it was the last match during the regular split, I wanted to do well if I got a chance to play,” Huni added later. “Although I made some mistakes, I think it turned out well so I’m relieved. It was a match I thought we had to win since we go into the playoffs next, and though it wasn’t the cleanest match, I think it’s OK.”
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