The ROX Tigers, pre-tournament favorites to win it all, had a surprisingly shaky start against G2 Esports on Day 3 of the 2016 World Championship. Later on that day, reigning world champions SK Telecom T1 had one of the strongest performances at the tournament thus far, beating China’s IMAY in just under 32 minutes. After the commanding victory, we sat down with AD carry Bae “Bang” Jun-sik to talk about the win and SKT's outlook at another World Championship.
How does it feel to get your second win of the tournament in such a dominating fashion?
Before coming here, the team I was the most worried about was Flash Wolves. I’m still keeping an eye on them but we have won two games already before facing them so I’m a bit more relieved.
SKT plays with two junglers, Blank and bengi. Do you have to adjust your style at all based on which jungler plays?
I don’t have to change my playstyle at all. The jungle pick is based on the condition of those two players. It’s pretty much the same for me.
Which AD carry at the tournament do you most want to face?
I would love to have a match with EDG’s Deft. After being a pro gamer for a while, he’s the player I’ve been the closest with.
This is your second World Championship. How are you feeling? Is it the same as your first or do you feel better prepared?
I’m feeling the same. It’s like LCK, MSI, the same as any other tournament I’ve played in.
You and Wolf have been together for a long time. How does your strong coordination help the team?
I haven’t played with any other support so I don’t have a point of comparison. Having played a lot with Wolf brings out the best in both of us so we can show really good games.
The Tigers are currently the Korean team favored to win this year’s World Championship, but yesterday Duke said that SKT is the most likely team to win. How do you feel about your team’s chances of winning another World Championship title this year?
It’s a mixture of uncertainty and fright. I admit that we showed some bad performances in the summer split but after that split none of us were down or thinking that there were players that we could never beat. We’re always confident and we had preparation time. I’m not certain, I have to see how the games go in the tournament but there’s no one that we can’t beat.
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