SK Telecom T1 defeated CJ Entus in a close 2-1 match. In game one SKT managed a comeback win, and after a setback in game two, it pulled out a victory in the last game. SKT’s coach Kim “KkOma” Jung-Gyun was invited to a live phone interview with casters Kim “Dangun” Eui-Joong, Lee “CloudTemplar” Hyun-Woo, and Kim Dong-Jun. In that interview KkOma was very careful and often repeated the same phrase regardless of the question.
He said that “everyone on the team has a lot to work on,” or some variation of it four times, to the point that the casters asked if he had a manual for interviews. He assured them that he didn’t, but the casters still found his weird consistency amusing as they laughed.
Caster Kim Dong-Jun asked if their clean loss to the Afreeca Freecs had any bearing on their game two loss to CJ, and KkOma answered it with a textbook answer.
“Rather than saying that our loss (against the Freecs) had much to do with game two, I think the teams have leveled out,” he said. “Even a team in the lower standings is not to be underestimated.”
Dangun asked if KkOma also shared the thoughts of the SKT head coach who expects the ROX Tigers to win all of their remaining matches, and KkOma said he thought so as well. He showed a brief moment of emotion when he also said that it is “very disappointing” now that SKT won’t be able to make it into the playoffs in first place.
The most heartfelt moment of this interview was when he talked more about his role within the team, and how he hopes the fans of SKT will remain as just that; fans.
“I also think I have a lot to do,” he said. “Our players are all so incredible that I’m having a hard time catching up to them. The fault isn’t with the players. I hope the fans follow us whether we’re going up or down and continue to cheer for us even during our losses and see us grow as a team. Please don’t criticize the players, but criticize me instead.”