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Worlds 2018: A Lightning Round with kt’s Smeb

The famous top laner talks about soccer video games a lot

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LCK’s first seed team, kt Rolster, came out of Group C with a near-perfect 5-1 record at the 2018 World Championship Group Stages. We were blessed with the opportunity to see what’s going on in top laner Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho’s head in a quick Lightning Round.

Our Lightning Round questions all come from various sources: fans, other media, players and more. Some of them are League related, but a bulk of them aren’t. We’re trying to get the players to answer questions you wouldn’t hear about otherwise, providing you, the fan, with bizarre fun facts and trivia regarding your favorite players.

The interview below has been edited for clarity and length. Riot Games provided a translator for this interview.

Cats or dogs?

Smeb, in English: Dog!

Coke or Pepsi?

Smeb: Coke.

What’s the skin you hate the absolute most?

Smeb: Shamrock Malphite.

If you could live in one video game universe, what would you pick?

Smeb: Winning Eleven.

What is one food you would never eat?

Smeb: Yubuchobap (fried tofu skin with rice and other goodies stuffed inside).

Is there any player from another region you would like to befriend? (From Gen.G’s CoreJJ.)

Smeb: Doublelift.

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What’s your favorite skin?

Smeb: Gravelord Azir.

(Ed. note: Smeb was trying to explain which Azir skin to the translator and I and used the English word “goalkeeper,” leading us to believe it was a non-existent World Cup skin. However, I believe he was trying to say “gravekeeper” in English, which matches with Gravelord Azir.)

If you had to play another game competitively, which would you pick?

Smeb: FIFA.

Who’s the messiest person on your team?

Smeb: I think it’s me! [laughs]

If you retire, what do you want to do after? (From Afreeca’s Kuro.)

Smeb: I want to travel.

DC or Marvel?

Smeb: Marvel.

Do you like Uniboy? (From MAD Team’s Uniboy.)

Smeb: Yes, I do! [laughs]

If you were to write a book, what would it be about? (From reinhir.)

Smeb: About MAD Team.

The Rift Herald: Really??

Smeb: Yes. [laughs]

What would you be doing now if you weren’t a pro? (From Cloud9’s Jensen and 100 Thieves’ Ssumday.)

Smeb: I’d be having fun.

The Rift Herald: Are you not having fun now?

Smeb: No. [laughs]

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Smeb: Instant travel.

What do you want to do when you win Worlds? Do you want to keep playing or retire? (From Flash Wolves’ SwordArt.)

Smeb: I think I’ll know once I win.

The final task: Contribute a question to ask in future interviews.

Smeb: When is the time you want to give up the pro gamer life the most?

The Rift Herald: And what’s your answer to that?

Smeb: When my performance is not that great.