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Bang: “We always prepare each game with the mindset of if the other team plays well, we will lose.”

Bang says SKT "expects to lose" if its opponent plays well.
Bang (Bae Jun-sik) says SKT "expects to lose" if its opponent plays well.

SK Telecom T1 AD Carry Bae “Bang” Jun-sik says the main determinant in wins and losses doesn’t always come down to his own team.

Bang said SKT always faces the possibility of losing head-on while they prepare for their next game in an interview with Inven’s Park Beom. Despite SKT’s dominance over the professional League of Legends world, Bang is insistent the team has a lot of work to do.

“I don’t think we’re at 100 percent,” he said. “We always prepare each game with the mindset of if the other team plays well, we will lose. Even today, if our opponents were at 100 percent, we could have lost. If we are at 100 percent, I am confident that we can win against any team. So right now the ultimate goal is to get us to 100 percent.”

SKT defeated the Afreeca Freecs in Sunday’s League Champions Korea match but lost the first game of the series. SKT is still near the top of the standings and has lost only one match so far in the summer split, but Bang has been one of the loudest voices claiming that the team has yet to reach its peak form.

During Sunday’s match, Bang also debuted his Xayah pick, which had some success in the series. Afreeca pulled out Kalista in response, which many users claimed was a direct counter to Xayah, as Kalista can potentially dodge Xayah’s feathers with her mobility. Bang thinks otherwise.

“It’s hard to determine counters in League of Legends with just one aspect,” he said. “The fact that Kalista can dodge Xayah’s feathers isn’t important from our perspective. Of course, differences in perspectives exist. The perspective of the users, the casters, and the professional players often differ in many ways.”

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