SK Telecom T1 defeated Samsung Galaxy in a thrilling 3-2 match to win the League of Legends World Championship on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Afterward, SKT conducted three separate news conferences with Chinese, Korean and English media. Here are some of the highlights from the one the Korean-speaking media (translated by Slingshot’s Andrew Kim).
Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok on the Cass counter pick against Crown as Ryze: I expected Ryze to be open, and thought that we’d go up against Cass. But in that matchup I would have a hard time getting a lead, but Ryze was kept in the cage so I avoided that. The game went well for us.
Kim “kkOma” Jung-gyun on what’s next for SKT: The goal is to always win and set records. We got back-to-back wins this year, but I don’t think it was too greedy of us. We want to aim to get three back-to-back win. With mounting standards, we still continue to win because we want it more and practice more than any other players. I hope the fans will notice that side of the team in future.
Question: You get skins again, but the skin makers say it’s really hard. What do you want to tell them?
Bae “Bang” Jun-sik: I didn’t think about it, but if I had to choose one, I want to have Ezreal get one, a champion that I love, but didn’t necessarily be successful in this worlds.
Lee “Wolf” Jae-wan: I would like a Karma skin. I’m really happy with Alistar, so I hope the karma skin is of equal quality.
Kang “Blank” Sun-gu: I’m still thinking about it, but I’m thinking of Zac as a possibility.
Faker: I didn’t think a lot, but I did say that an Ahri skin would be good in 2013, and I still think that but I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get to play her.
Lee “Duke” Ho-Seong: I didn’t think much about it, but I think Gnar would fit my image well.
Bae “Bengi” Seong-Woong: I played four champions, but two of them already have skins, so I’d like to have a Nidalee or Olaf skin.
Question: How does it feel winning three titles and what are memorable moments of this year’s tournament?
Head coach Choi Byung-hoon: We’ve been to the finals three times now. Getting here is always difficult and I’ve always thought (each) time might be the last. I want to thank the players and coaching staff for always breaking my expectations. I think a lot of fans just think that we win because we’re good, but I hope the fans acknowledge the hard work that goes behind each worlds. The most memorable game for me was Game 4 of the semifinals. We had a lot of stories, and Bengi pulled out a great performance.
KkOma: I’m of course very happy. I expect a lot of issues were raised about the jungle, but now every player in every position played from beginning to end, so I think we won thanks to that. After such a tough year, I want to thanks the players. With such high standards, we often get criticized from fans with one loss, but I hope to repay the fans that cheer for us with results.
Duke: It was a tough year, but it feels like all that hardship is leaving me.
Faker: I entered worlds with a heavy heart, but I think I’m happier that I performed well as opposed to because I won. I’ve never been dizzy in a game before, so I think that shows how tough it was for us, and that makes me feel even happier. I thought since groups that it would be hard for me to win MVP, but I think I stepped up since the quarters.
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