After leaving SKT following last year’s world championship and spending the spring split in China with Vici Gaming, Bengi returned to South Korea and took the summer split off. He sat down for a video interview with Fomos and had nothing but good things to say when asked about the performance of Blank.
“I’m curious what the finals (of the LCK) will look like, seeing as how Peanut was doing well in the playoffs until he stumbled a bit in the match against KT and Blank filling in for the team when it needs him,” he said. “When I saw Blank win three games in a row after SKT was down two games, I thought it was a good day for him and that he looked really cool. As a player who played in the same team and position, I’m proud to see him do so well.”
Blank has garnered a reputation as a “cleaner” for SKT, swapping in after the team is down a number of games in order to sweep the rest for a match victory. In Saturday’s League Champions Korea semifinal against KT Rolster, SKT fell down 2-0 before Blank was inserted into the game, and SKT completed a reverse sweep.
SKT has fought off abnormal troubles during the spring split. A four match losing streak sunk SKT to a fourth place finish in the regular season, meaning SKT had to win three matches to reach the final. Bengi was reminded of some of his glory days while watching the comeback against KT.
“I started watching the KT vs SKT match after KT was two games up, but SKT won the rest of the games so easily, and it was very interesting to see how SKT has been moving upward,” Bengi said. “Seeing them succeed after a losing streak and making it to the finals, it reminded me of kkOma’s quote, ‘Although we may stumble, we will not collapse.'”
The now famous quote from SKT’s coach Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun was coined during an on-stage interview after SKT won last year’s spring final. That was another abnormal split for SKT, which finished third in the regular season, and this summer has drawn comparisons to those struggles last spring.
When asked about Longzhu’s breakout performance in the summer split, Bengi said the younger players — Kim “Khan” Dong-ha, Moon “Cuzz” Woo-chan and Kwak “Bdd” Bo-seong — have been meshed well with the veterans (Kim “PraY” Jong-in and Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyun) to create an effective synergy.
“Watching their games, they play a very clean game including vision control,” Bengi said. “The team left a strong impression on me, seeing as the relatively new players of the team are veterans in the scene.”
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