T1 Oner on Bel’Veth: “She’s no good… I don’t think I’ll ever play her, especially after the nerfs.”

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T1 Oner on Bel'Veth: "She's no good... I don't think I'll ever play her, especially after the nerfs."

On Day 24 of the LCK Summer Split 2022, T1 defeated DRX 2-0 in the second match of the day. They won comfortably in Game 1, which ended in just 25 minutes. DRX then brought in Lee “Juhan” Ju-han for Game 2, and despite having an early game advantage, T1 still managed to outperform DRX in macro play.

T1’s jungler Moon “Oner” Hyeon-joon joined the LCK press room for a post-match win.


Talk to us about your victory tonight. How do you feel?

It was our first game of Round 2 of this split and we felt it was important to beat DRX tonight, a mid-table team. I’m relieved that we beat them 2-0 tonight.

Against DRX, T1 has an 8-game win streak/14-game win streak.

I don’t think there’s any particular secret as to why we have such a positive win rate against them. We generally win a lot of scrims, so I think that’s why we do well against them.

T1 drafted Draven in both games tonight. Where from?

We drafted Draven after DRX drafted their bot lane and Gumayusi is confident in the champion as well. Draven is also a champion who hits hard when killed and can impact the game heavily, so we picked him.

T1’s bot lane fell heavily behind in the early game of Game 2. What was the team talking about back then?

We had a tough early game, but because Draven-Pyke can get a lot of gold if they can get kills, we thought it was okay. We only needed a single kill, so our attempts at making plays yielded great results.

After DRX’s Tier 1 middle tower fell, the snowball rolled very quickly. In a Pro match, what is the realistic value of mid-tier 1 tower?

When your level 1 medium tower falls down, it becomes difficult for champions positioned in the side lanes. However, if you manage to destroy the enemy’s level 1 middle tower, you’ll have an easier time moving around the back alleys. At Pro level, teams with good macros can take a lot of advantage from destroying their enemy’s Tier 1 medium turret.

Juhan came on for Pyosik in Game 2.

Juhan stole our Raptors in the early game. I couldn’t figure out his way; it was more quirky than special.

Since the meta is bot lane-centric, Zeus takes first place in Player of the Game [POG] placements.

Everyone can agree that Zeus is playing very well right now. He’s pulling way more than his share, and even if the rest of us are falling behind, he’s doing a good job of pulling that extra weight for us. He deserves it and while I’d love to be at the top of the POG leaderboard, I’m happy that my brother is playing well.

Bel’veth is appearing more and more often in the LCK, but doesn’t do as well across the board. What do you think of Bel’Veth?

She is not good. She’s a champion who needs to understand everyone on the team how she works, but the level of difficulty is very high. That’s what I thought before the nerfs, and now that she’s gotten even more nerfs I don’t think I’ll ever play her.

On social media, you’ve also started uploading pictures of yourself working out at the T1 gym. Was there a positive correlation between your training and in-game performance?

Not only did I start exercising because of my back pain, but it was also motivated by seeing all those on social media or whatever who are very fit. There are a number of other reasons too, but ultimately I look good. After I started training, my back pain has improved and I can confidently say that my physical endurance is much better than my non-training teammates.

This next question might be a bit personal, but what is your favorite body part to work on?

[Laughter] My favorite thing to do is shoulder exercises. However, it is still difficult.

Your next opponent is Kwangdong Freecs, the team that ended T1’s winning streak.

Even though they finished our streak, I think they prepared very well back then. I don’t think there are any surprise tips this time. So as long as we don’t get complacent and face them, I think we’ll win 2-0.

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