Team Liquid jungler Kim “Reignover” Yeu-jin said in an interview with Fomos’ Kim “Kenzi” Yong-woo that he considered staying with longtime teammate Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon before they both signed with their respective teams.
“I was considering going to Europe until the last moment, and I wanted to move with (Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon),” he said. “The difference would be that unlike last year when we were top and jungle, this year we would be mid and jungle. Huni is good at playing the mid lane just as he is at playing the top lane. After a lot of thought, I chose North America, and Huni wanted to play in NA or Korea if we were separated. When he decided that he wanted to go to Korea, I advised him to choose a team with a good chance to win. When I heard that he was going to SK Telecom T1, I was very happy for him.”
He elaborated that North America was actually his most preferred region to play in, and his return to Europe was reliant on his move with his teammate Huni. Still, Reignover said that when it comes to producing results, being on a Korean team is better.
“My preference was NA first,” he said. “I’m not disappointed since I decided to sign with a good team in my first region of choice as they gave me an offer. The current meta fits me well too. When I was with Fnatic and was scrimming with Korean teams, I thought that my method of playing could work in Korea as well, but pressure followed me. But in order to play in international tournaments and put out good results, I still think playing on a Korean team is better. I have personally never made it to the finals of an international tournament. I want to work hard and show a good performance in an international tournament.”
With his move from the Immortals to Liquid, Reignover confessed that he felt the most comfortable in NA, and gave his thoughts on his new team and some of his new teammates. Specifically, he said that Chae “Piglet” Gwang-jin is “resolving retirement if he doesn’t win” this season, though it was not specified in the interview to what he was specifically referring.
To Reignover, NA represents a region of vast improvement, and he said he is still hungry for growth. The goals for the 2017 season are set, and Reignover is fully prepared to meet them.
“The goal for the team is to win,” he said. “I wasn’t able to win a tournament after moving to NA. I want to reach the finals first. I was quite depressed when I had to play the third place placement matches on the same stage as the finals. I don’t want to relive that moment. I want to win the LCS, and be able to play in international tournaments like the Mid-Season Invitational and the world championship.”
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