SKT coach apologizes to fans for his prediction SKT would be one of the weaker teams early on this split

SK Telecom T1 defeated the rookie team MVP with a one-sided 2-0 victory, continuing its five-match winning streak and remaining undefeated in the best-of-three games. After the match in an interview with SKT’s head coach Choi Byung-Hoon, the head coach offered his apologies for his comments earlier on in League Champions Korea summer split, when he said SKT would be the weakest team in the early stages.

“At the time we didn’t play any scrims or practice games with the new patch,” he said in a post match interview with OGN casters Kim Dong-Jun and Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo. “So I didn’t know what was going to happen. But looking back I can only say that I’m sorry to the fans. The players adjusted more quickly than anticipated.”

With patch 6.11 in place of the LCK, new champions have the potential to see play. In this game against MVP Lee “Duke” Ho-Seong played an impressive Irelia and grabbed the MVP of the second set.

“I think champions that work well with Trinity Force will see a lot of play,” he said. “I’m sorry but we will continue to let Duke play Irelia.”

The head coach also talked about why Bae “Bengi” Seong-Ung and Kang “Blank” Sun-Gu continue to be switched back and forth for the jungle, saying that both are very strong junglers.

“Bengi has a lot of experience so he never loses focus or his head when something happens, while Blank has better physicality,” he said. “When we want the jungler to get rolling we play with Blank, and if we want the game to unfold steadily we play with Bengi. They’re both very good, so I’m very happy with them.”

The casters also asked Choi for details about SKT’s recent call for new trainees, and about some rumors about how trainees are inducted into SKT. Choi dispelled any rumors that the fans might have had.

“We’re thinking of trying new players out beyond just simple practice games,” he said. “I know a lot of fans are concerned about these new players replacing anyone in our roster, but that’s preposterous. We think this can be a great way to grow new talent for the future and give the current roster more motivation.”

Slingshot staff writer

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