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Bang on 1,000th kill: “I think I’m thankful enough that Faker congratulated me at all.”

SK Telecom T1’s AD Carry knows how to curb his expectations when it comes to his teammates.

After SKT’s victory over the Kongdoo Monsters Saturday, Bae “Bang” Jun-sik talked in a video interview with Fomos’ Kim “Kenzi” Yong-woo about how thankful he was that Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok even bothered to congratulate him on his 1,000th kill, a kill Faker previously denied Bang in an earlier match while the team was trying to close out a win.

“I think I’m thankful enough that Faker congratulated me at all,” he said with a smile. “I like him a lot, but he likes attention as well, so I think he may have been jealous. I don’t know in specifics, but I thank him for his congratulations.”

Bang admitted that he enjoyed the positive attention from all sides and mentioned montage videos and congratulations he garnered from various sources. Rather than feeling fulfilled that he got his 1,000th kill, Bang said he was more happy that he was able to be the center of attention in the Korean League of Legends scene, if only for a moment.

On the topic of SKT’s streaming regimen through Twitch, Bang spoke of his mostly positive experience, though he did have some instances of stream viewers being overly critical of him. Citing that he needed “more experience” on streaming, he said that it’s difficult for him to shake off those negative viewers.

“I always thought that I was a more expressive person among friends and teammates, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same for anyone outside that circle,” he said. “I didn’t really realize it, but thankfully many people in my age group seem to be enjoying the stream and I think they enjoyed it as I treated them as I would my friends.”

Bang also said that he was going into another diet before long. Previously making a name for himself for an incredible weight loss story, he seems to be rather unhappy with his appearance as of late, and said he needed to get back to the gym.

“When I lost the most amount of weight I heard from people that I looked too thin and a little underfed, so I wanted to eat properly while working out, but I guess I was tired from practice because I avoided exercise,” he said. “I noticed a change in my appearance, and when I saw it through photos, I had a rude awakening. I got stressed as I saw my face and body gain fat. I was annoyed by it personally, and because I really don’t like people bringing it up, I’ll be back on a diet.”

Cover photo courtesy of Riot Games


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