T1 coach discusses disappointing MSI
T1 head coach Bae "Bengi" Seong-woong has been discussing his side's poor performance at the 2023 Mid-Season Invitational.
Having won the LCK Spring Split and finishing second in the subsequent playoffs, T1 were one of the favourites to take home the title in London. But they stumbled early, losing in the fourth round to Bilibili Gaming, who went on to lose to JD Gaming in the Grand Final.
Speaking to invenglobal.com, Bengi was wallowing in the mire.
"We always aim to win the championship, but we didn't even reach the finals this time, so it's very regretful," he said.
"The preparation and result both weren't that good, so I have a heavy heart.
"We almost won game 1, and it was alright. In game 2, we took Maokai while giving the opponent Jinx and Lulu. At first, what we thought was that it was alright to get in position with Maokai, and that we could burst Lulu that way. However, it wasn't as easy as we thought, and that made the Jinx-Lulu comps power peak, so we couldn't fight properly.
"I'm sorry to the fans for getting eliminated at the MSI this way. We'll think more deeply about today's loss and prepare for the summer season well."
Benji added that he is yet to sit down with the team and unpack the performance.
"We'll have to talk about it, but I feel that they are quite disappointed," he continued.
"It's always hard to accept losses. The homework is to overcome it well. Personally, I need the courage and confidence to turn the direction completely when a plan doesn't work out in a best-of series."