GEN Peanut: “I hope to perform better…change the criticism to praise.”

This is the press conference interview with Peanut of Gen.G, after the team won its first series in 2019 LCK Spring Split against JAG on January 27th.

Congratulations on your first victory in the 2019 LCK Spring Split. How are you feeling at the moment?

It does feel sweet to finally claim our first victory. I believe that we have two more matches to play before we celebrate the Lunar New Year. I’d like to win the next two matches too and spend the New Year holidays with a peace of mind.

What do you think about the team’s performance in today’s match?

Today, the difference seems to have been which team makes more mistakes.

Are you possibly not satisfied with your own performance at the moment?

Even if we are not, we are in such a dire situation that we cannot even think about that. We are just putting our heads together on how to win a match, match by match. Even when something is not to our satisfaction, we try to correct it as soon as possible, continue moving forward with the mindset that there is always the next opportunity.

Gen.G has lost a few matches already in the Spring Split. What did you focus on during this period of losing streak?

We had so many different issues to address. Because we lost matches in so many different ways. I’m sure that it would have been a stressful period for our coaching staff, too. Our performance on stage just didn’t reflect the scrim results. I was personally disappointed in myself. We even wondered if we’ve become worse since the 2018 KeSPA Cup. We can no longer change the outcome of the three matches that we have lost. We just have to win the upcoming matches. We have to work hard so we can finally show our scrim performance in the matches.

I cannot tell you the specifics of our scrim results, but the performance wasn’t as terrible as [on-stage]. So I guess that is why I keep referring back to the scrim results.

There are talks in the esports community that your own performance has been declining. What do you think about these public opinions?

During my career as a professional player, I’d be exposed to such opinions now and then. I try not to concern over them. I just try to focus on working and practicing hard and continuing to do so in the future. Because I’m only thinking about ways that we can win more matches, I don’t seem too concerned about public opinions.

Your next match is against KT Rolster. What is your resolution for this match?

For now, the team’s goal is to reduce the number of mistakes we make. For the match against KT Rolster, I will play with a mindset that I have to make fewer mistakes than the opponent team.

Do you have any final words that you’d like to share, perhaps to the fans?

Our first victory came too late, so I’d like to apologize to the fans who had expectations of us. We will work hard and show good performance, claim more victories from now so please watch us with kind eyes. I’ve only learnt today that there is a public opinion that I am getting worse as a player. I’m grateful for even these criticisms. I hope to perform better some day and change the criticism to praise.


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