The now 12-0 jungler for SK Telecom T1, Kang “Blank” Sun-gu, credits his teammates more than himself for his success.
After SKT‘s 2-1 win against the Afreeca Freecs in Sunday’s League Champions Korea match, Blank was invited to the post-match interview with SpoTV after being acknowledged as the MVP of Game 2. When asked how he felt about his current success, Blank was quick to pass the complements to his laners.
“The jungler’s success really piggybacks off of the performance of the laners, so I think that’s why I’ve been able to be the MVP many times,” he said.
To his credit, Blank is undefeated and gets put into the game whenever his team needs to be bailed out. in an uncanny trend, Blank will be inserted into a match after losing Game 1, only for SKT to win the next two games and take the series. He’s also the player on SKT with the most MVP points, which means even from a viewer’s standpoint, his role in the team is clear.
It is indeed possible to say that Blank isn’t simply being humble, but rather factual. He is on the best team in the world, and with the caliber of laners on his team, it can be very comfortable for junglers to shine. But it’s equally as reasonable to think that in spite of all that, Blank’s performance still shines above his peers, even as he is sharing the position with Han “Peanut” Wang-ho, who was lauded — and to some extent still is — as one of the best junglers in the world.
With his performance now beyond a reasonable doubt, it will be interesting to see if Blank can continue to maintain his undefeated record and the community excitement — even in the almost dumbfounded nature with which it begun — that has come with it.