On Jan. 26, in the 2023 LCK Spring Split, Gen.G defeated BRION and collected their second win of the season, making up for their loss on opening day. After the match, jungler Han “Peanut” Wang-ho joined Inven for a chat.
How do you feel about today’s win?
There are some regretful moments, but they’re not critical. They’re mistakes that won’t happen again, so it’s alright. Obviously, I’m happy about the win.
It seems that the team’s performance has improved much since your loss against T1. What did you feel you lacked back then?
The opponents were simply too strong in our first match. That’s the point. It was Peyz’s debut, and it was quite close even so. I thought maybe if we played them later down the season… But on the other hand, it’s fortunate that we met them early. It could have been close because it was the first game.
Before LCK kicked off, rumor had it that Gen.G was weaker than thought in scrims.
Frankly, I think we were better back then. [Laughs] Our scrims aren’t as good as we expected at the moment. But I don’t think that’s all that we are capable of. We mostly go half and half, and regardless of the results, the team atmosphere is great, so scrim results aren't that important. I think we play worse during practice and play well in actual games.
Who has the biggest gap between scrims and actual games?
I think it’s Doran. He’s good during practice, but he’s too good in actual games.
It seems that the bot duo’s performance is improving quite quickly.
I agree, but there’s still a long way to go. They’re doing well, but our goal isn’t just to reach the playoffs — it’s to reach the finals. To get to that goal, there’s a long way to go.
The pressure Gen.G showed in game 1 was amazing. What were your plans?
I knew the opponent Sejuani’s path, so I was able to take the golem by counter jungling. That made the jungling difference, and I hit Lv.6 first and made a kill to take priority. That allowed me to make kills wherever I went, so the game went easy.
Your next opponent is Hanwha Life Esports. How do you think it’ll go?
I think Hanwha Life Esports isn’t yet playing their best performance. As far as I know, they were really good in scrims. Since they can get back on track any time, I’m a bit concerned. We need to play really well to beat them.
Any last comments?
Our next opponents are Hanwha Life Esports, and then Dplus KIA. Since it will be really difficult against Dplus KIA, we need to beat Hanwha Life Esports first to play against them more comfortably. If we lose, there’s a possibility of falling into a losing streak. So I really want to win, and I’ll work hard to make that happen.