Team WE‘s Jin “Mystic” Seong-jun said he was impressed with the skill level of players from North America and Europe based on scrim experience ahead of this year’s League of Legends World Championship.
In a video interview with Fomos after Day 1 of the worlds play-in stage, Mystic talked about the potential groups his team could join and also said the level of play seen by North American and European players during scrims surprised him.
“I’ve been told that we can only draw Groups B or D, and I hope we draw into Group D since B has a Korean team,” he said. “I think all the Korean teams are good as expected, and the international teams are actually very good as well based on the scrims I’ve played against them. I think players from NA and EU are very good.”
Mystic also had the honor of beating out AD Carries of SK Telecom T1 (Bae “Bang” Jun-sik) and Royal Never Give Up (Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao) in Riot Games’ Worlds Top 20 players list by placing 11th. He gave a sheepish grin when asked about the honor, saying that he was definitely happy to be highly ranked, but couldn’t think of why he was rated that high.
“A strong point of mine? I don’t really know,” he said, laughing. “I guess my strong point is that I’m very easy to carry for the team.”
This is Mystic’s second international tournament with WE, following this year’s Mid-Season Invitational. He apparently had some health concerns during MSI following his long travel schedule to Brazil, and though he was hoping worlds would be a better experience since it’s in his main region, the opposite has happened.
“I thought I would feel better this time around since it’s in China, but I actually feel worse than I did during MSI in Brazil,” he said. “It’d be great if we made it to the finals and won the championship, but I think I’ll be able to walk away from worlds thinking that I tried by best if we make it to the semifinals.”