In the most anticipated League Champions Korea matchup of the spring season to this point, KT Rolster and SK Telecom T1 will play March 2. In a video interview with Fomos’ Park Sang-jin, KT top laner Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho reflected on facing his old teammate Han “Peanut” Wang-ho in the approaching series.
“The ROX players have scattered and they all seem to be doing well, but right now I think Peanut and I are still kind of lost,” he said. “I hope the both of us show good performances in our match against each other.”
Interest is at an all time high for the match up between SKT and KT, and the significance wasn’t lost on Smeb, but it’s not crushing either.
“I don’t feel a lot of weight about the SKT match, since we prepared a lot for that match and will continue to do so,” he said. “If we can take our team play near perfection, I think we have more of a chance to win.”
The ROX Tigers were one of the most popular League of Legends teams in the world. They were runners up in the 2015 world championship (to SKT) and lost again to SKT in the semifinals of worlds last year. The team disbanded in November, with Peanut signing with the reigning champions and Smeb joining KT Rolster. Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng joined the Afreeca Freecs, and Kane “GorillA” Beom-hyeon and Kim “PraY” Jong-in signed with Longzhu.
The additions made the “Telecom Wars” between KT Rolster and SKT even more intense, and the ROX tigers have in the meantime faded from relevance.
Smeb told Fomos he is the most cautious of SKT top laner Heo “Huni” Seung-hoon, citing his play style and Huni’s seeming ease of transition into SKT.
“Although all of SKT’s players are strong, I have been the most cautious towards Huni, who has been impressive as of late,” he said. “He’s likes aggressive and bold plays, and I think his play style has blended well with the rest of the team. I think that it also improved the team’s synergy.”
Smeb said two other things of note: One that an announcement about where he will stream is coming soon, and the other about the accepting of a new nickname from fans, Bellsprout, marking an apparent resemblance between Smeb and the Pokemon of that name.
“I don’t know if I look like it, but I do think I resemble it in feeling,” he said. “Some fans are calling me Song-Bellsprout, and I think it’s rather fun.”