SKT’s trainee top laner Profit: “It was pressuring to be a starting player of a world championship team.”

SK Telecom T1’s new rookie top laner Kim “Profit” Joon-Hyung said that wearing the uniform was heavy enough on him.

During SKT’s KeSPA Cup match Friday against KeG Choongchungnam-do, Profit had his debut games both be victories on. In an interview with Daily eSports’ Nam Yun-Sung, Profit said it was a nerve-racking experience.

“I felt immense pressure when I was told to be the starting top laner,” he said. “It was pressuring to be a starting player of a world championship team.”

Profit made quite an impression on SKT fans in game one as he masterfully turned a situation when the majority of his team was dead. But he appears to be grasping the SKT way pretty quickly, as he still seemed to be underwhelmed by his performance.

“I practiced a lot in order to live up to the SKT name,” he said. “I don’t think I was able to show my full potential.”

Profit said his debut was mostly thanks to coach Lee “PoohManDu” Jeong-Hyun and his experience with him in China while a part of Young Glory, Invictus Gaming’s secondary team.

“PoohManDu was in China during my career there,” he said. “I think he thought highly of my work ethic during that time.”

Despite only being able to work with the team for “one month,” Profit certainly showed potential greatness, but was also quick to turn the glory to other teammates.

“Top laners must be on the same page as their junglers,” he said. “I think the practice with (Kang “Blank” Sun-Gu) worked out very well.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games

Slingshot staff writer and Korean League of Legends expert who also owns a Pikachu-themed iPhone case. You can reach him at Andrew@slingshotesports.com

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