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Wolf on SKT’s summer split: “I am kind of living the plot of a shounen manga protagonist. I guess we’d be a villain based on how you look at us.”

Wolf says SKT's summer split has been like shounen manga.
Wolf (Lee Jae-wan) has likened SKT's summer split to a shounen manga. Photo courtesy of Riot Games.

SK Telecom T1 support Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan said he’s had fun this summer as his team has seemingly been living out a manga plot — with SKT as a possible villain, depending on who you support.

SKT will play KT Rolster on Saturday in the semifinals of the League Champions Korea summer split. In a video interview with Fomos, Wolf said this summer is pretty entertaining so far.

“We’ll be facing KT next, and I think our fans can be a bit relieved while the fans of other teams might have been concerned, looking at our performance today,” he said. “I think this season is really fun, since I am kind of living the plot of a shounen manga protagonist. I guess we’d be a villain based on how you look at us. We’ll continue to improve and win the next match cleanly as well.”

Wolf referenced a news article on Inven that likened SKT’s steady climb toward the top of the LCK after the team’s four match losing streak to “a shounen manga protagonist.” As many fans were previously concerned about SKT’s chances at worlds this year, SKT continues to prove that it will find a way to be at the top of Korea one way or another.

Returning to peak form was difficult, as Wolf described the lifestyle of the team coming off of mid-season losing streak. The whole team apparently dove into hyper drive, spending more time on practice than ever.

“I think our current lifestyle is the ideal one in a way,” he said. “We usually wake up at 11:50 a.m., practice from 12-4. We eat and practice again from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. Even though the practice room is scheduled to be closed at 4, the whole team has been practicing past that, until like 5, since we’ve been struggling. Faker has been practicing until 6, and I’ve done so a number of times as well. We’ve been practicing a lot more, and when you go to bed at 6 in the morning, you only have five or so hours to sleep, which means we spend all of our time in front of a computer practicing and then sleep in the dorms, like sleep-practice-sleep-practice. I think that’s why we’ve been able to bring ourselves back up and because the determination of each team member is that much heavier.”

Wolf also commented on the improved form of SKT’s bottom lane against Samsung, though he said that both he and Bae “Bang” Jun-sik still have a lot of work to do. He did have high praise for their next lane opponents, Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and Cho “Mata” Se-hyeong.

“I think Mata and Deft are very good players,” he said. “Deft is a great player that stands out as an AD Carry, and Mata is a player that I have a lot to learn from as he surprises me at times during scrims or competition with incredibly smart plays. As our form is picking up and continuing to work on our performances though, I think we’ll be able to take the win.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

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