KT Rolster became proleague’s first ever team to win 200 matches. Established in 2003; coached by Jung Sooyoung, Kim Chul, and Lee Jihoon; and nearing 10 years in age, KT Rolster made history with its 200 wins.
After defeating Air Force ACE to get the 200th win, Coach Lee said, “It isn’t my sole accomplishment, but that of the company who supported the team for ten years, the trio of head coaches, the coaching staff who pour their souls into the team, and the united body of players. I think that makes it that much more meaningful.” He added, “I’ll work so that the name ‘KT Rolster’ paves the way to 300, 400 wins.”
Q: You notched the team’s 200th win.
A: This season we had a bunch of team records flying everywhere. I won my 100th match, and Flash won his personal 200th win. And, at the very end of round 2, the team won its 200th. I think it’ll be a season with a lot of meaning for us.
Q: You’ve been playing so well you’ve cemented your place in the post-season semis
A: I don’t think of it that way. The only immediate goal is to get to the post-season. Since we have experience winning in grand finals once we get to the post-season I think the players will take over and do their thing. I think the 3loss streak at the beginning was good for us.
Q: You’ve been steamrolling all your opponents lately
A: We haven’t gone 5 sets a single time in our last 10 matches. That’s due to our determination to finish matches [before it goes 5]. It’s a huge blow to lose a 5th set. Therefore, I try to make matchups that can finish matches quickly.
Q: Were the player transfers effective
A: I definitely think I need to watch over Mind, Wooki, and PerfectMan for a little bit. But they’re filling the seats of the players who left after last season’s finals victory.
Q: Any difficulties deciding your match entries
A: It’s definitely hard to send out newer players. Sending out BarrackS today was one of those cases. It’s not an easy choice to send out players who are very good in practice but lack live match experience. It’s a dilemma that not just my team but all teams have to deal with. Still, in the future I’m going to send out more inexperienced players.
Q: Your prospects on winning it all
A: In the very first match I said my goal was not to be a joke and tumble to last place, so to have that losing streak left a bitter taste in my mouth. It was my players that pulled through to bail me out of that disaster. This time I won’t be caught off guard. We’ll be deliberate and build up our wins match by match.
Q: I want to hear your thoughts on the 200th win
A: The 200 victories were only possible because Kwon Sa-ihl, Lee Gun-do, Choi Man-gyu, and the other executives at KT have always given us their financial and emotional support. The manager, Lee Gil-man, also guided the players very well. Also, Kim Sung-jong’s father-in-law passed away so I want to offer my condolences. The fans were the greatest force in us getting to 200 wins. I hope they’ll continue to cheer for us in the future. We’re going to run past 200 towards 300, or even 400 wins.
[daily eSports reporter Park Song-ee, firstname.lastname@example.org]
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t/n: it was shorter than i expected so i took some time during lunch to translate. my korean isn't good enough to 100% follow the last paragraph so there might be a couple errors there, particularly re: the sentence about Kim Sung-jong. as always, let me know if I need to fix anything. enjoy.