SKT defeated the Afreeca Freecs 2-0 on Saturday to open the playoffs and will face Samsung Galaxy in Tuesday’s second round. After the match, Peanut talked to the assembled media about the team’s path and playing against his former ROX Tigers teammates along the way.
“I think we can continue to climb with our current form,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with confidence. We just need to beat all the remaining teams. If we can do that, then I get to beat all of my former teammates in the process.”
Peanut started the march by defeating one of his ex-teammates in Lee “KurO” Seo-haeng, the mid laner for Afreeca. All five members of last year’s Tigers reached the LCK playoffs this summer, and KurO was the first to fall.
“I want to beat each team from the perspective of a challenger going through gym battles,” he said. “It’s more fun to do so on a large stage. I think it’s an added entertainment factor on the way, as we’re aiming to be the champions anyway. When I was shaking hands with KurO earlier on stage, we cheered for one another.”
Peanut now has to beat his former top laner Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho of KT at the semifinals and bottom lane duo Kim “PraY” Jong-in and Kang “GorillA” Beom-hyun of Longzhu Gaming at the finals if SKT can make it that far. Going into the next match against Samsung Galaxy, Peanut maintains his confidence in both himself and the team.
“I thought it was about time for us to lose during the losing streak, and now I think it’s time for us to win,” he said. “Everyone on the team wants to win. I don’t think it’s impossible to make it to the finals from the bottom of the playoff stages. I hope the fans continue to support us.”
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