Peanut on his move to SKT: “I’ll work hard since I moved here with winning worlds in mind.”

SK Telecom T1’s new jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho said that he had high expectations of himself and the team for the 2017 season during an interview with Daily eSports’ Nam Yun-seong.

“I think we have to win the LCK for sure,” he said. “I’ll work hard since I moved here with winning worlds in mind.”

Peanut met the expectations of fans with a great performance in Wednesday’s League Champions Korea opener, showcasing his now trademark aggressive jungling style. But Peanut remained critical of his performance, mentioning his disappointments first, and how he failed his senior, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok. (Peanut specifically used the world “Sunbae,” which is a title for seniors in various contexts, and seems to reflect a close brother-senior relationship between Faker and Peanut.)

“It was a little disappointing that I got solo-killed by the enemy Lee Sin,” he said. “I think the difference came from the fact that the Jin Air players reached Level 6 first by getting early kills. I regret not being able to protect Lee Sang-hyeok (Faker).”

One of SKT’s more light-hearted subplots this season will be AD Carry Bae “Bang” Jun-sik’s beard. Peanut apparently approves of the choice, and encouraged his teammate’s new look.

“I told him that it would be good if he kept growing his beard and not cut it,” he said.

One of the best junglers of 2016, Peanut is aware of the expectations of the fans and of his team, and he is intending to meet and exceed all of them.

“I remember the amount of attention I received when I joined (SKT),” he said. “I will work hard because I know the amount of expectation the fans have of me. Although I’ve only played one game, I will continue to show good performances.”

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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