Slingshot’s Andrew Kim talked to Jeon “Ray” Ji-won (in Korean and translated to English) after Cloud9’s 2-0 weekend to begin the North American League of Legends Championship Series.
Andrew Kim: First off, congratulations on your 2-1 win after a very competitive series. How do you feel?
Jeon “Ray” Ji-won: I’m very relieved that our team won, but I still have a lot of complaints in my own play, so I will fix my mistakes and show an even better performance.
AK: You won Game 1 but lost Game 2. What had changed?
JJW: In Game 1, I honestly didn’t think I would play Shen. I thought I would play something else, but what I could play was banned, so I ended up with him. It has been a long time since I used him, and I didn’t play much of him during scrims either, so there were a lot of things where I should have done something but I didn’t. But thanks to my team, I was able to win. For Game 2, since we won Game 1 handily, I thought we could cruise through Game 2, but I messed up and fell for a lot of things, which created a bad situation. I know what I did wrong that game, so I think I can fix them.
AK: You’re functionally competing against Jeong “Impact” Eon-young for the top position. Is that a source of pressure for you?
JJW: Honestly since last season I was a starting top laner and now a sub, it’s a little uncomfortable, but because I am lacking in many things that I’m a sub. Impact’s career is impressive and still very good, so I think I can learn a lot from him, so it’s uncomfortable, but good. I like the fact that I can learn.
AK: How are you getting along with your new teammates?
JJW: Everyone’s very nice, so all I need to do is fix myself. I have a lot of bad habits, but now that I have good teammates, and since they’re nice, I need to work toward getting closer to them. Since my English is not great I need to work on it and get close to them.
AK: How are you learning English?
JJW: Our in-house translator is my teacher. I’m working on grade-school level English, but honestly even that’s hard for me right now. I’m trying my best though.
AK: You’ve been really active on social media and streaming a lot more often. What has been the energy behind that?
JJW: The reason for that is so that I can learn English. Rather than doing nothing but playing games, by streaming I can let myself be known. The team is a big one too, and since I’m a sub, I want to put myself out there. I want to learn English, and compared to just playing ranked games, I think streaming is good for me. When I was with Apex, I didn’t really use Twitter that often, but as I moved here I realized I was very lacking in English, so I’ve been working hard.
AK: Have you felt any pressure with other well known Korean players joining the scene?
JJW: When they got here, I was very happy. In terms of skill I don’t think I fall behind when I look at it in a positive way, so I thought it would be good competition. But in other ways I also have shortcomings. The players that came in, they have very storied careers. When they were making a name for themselves, I was in middle school. I felt that I wanted to be like them as I was studying in school. Seeing as they have great careers and skill, I have no career, or even experience. I was most concerned with that, and it showed in Game 2 when I played Nautilus, as I didn’t make the right calls and didn’t recover properly, and we lost.
AK: You mentioned that you have a lot of shortcomings, but I’m sure you have your own goals that you wish to achieve. What are your personal goals for the spring and summer split?
JJW: Right now my goal is learning English. Impact is the starter, and I’m a sub, so I still have time to start from the ground up. My goal for the spring is to gather as much experience as I can from Impact, Reapered (Bok Han-gyu), Cain (Jang Nu-ri) and my other teammates. For the summer I want to be credited for something big. A lot of people don’t even know I’m here yet. So I’m focusing on learning in the spring, and making myself known in the summer.
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