This is an except from an interview with head coach Kim and coach Mafa, who lead IG to their 2018 World Championship win.
Q. I heard Ning was the hardest player to handle, why was that?
Mafa: Ning practices less than others but he has a lot of talent. That's why from the coaches' perspective, it's very unfortunate. We are able to bring good results with his talent for now, but it's a shame that he puts his mechanical ability above all else.
Kim: I fought with this player the most and had trouble dealing with him. It was my first experience working with somebody like that, who also practices little. He is very talented. However, he has a tendency to negatively impact the team's atmosphere. Because of his stubbornness, there were many scrims in which he could not bring out his best ability. In scrims, players will usually declare "GG" when they tilt. Most of the time, Ning was the first to do so.
That's why I tried all sorts of things to change him. In the end, he didn't change, so I decided to just make the most out of Ning's talent. I requested the top and mid laners, as well as the bottom duo to join Ning whenever he tried to fight for the scuttle crab. I told them not to leave him alone if he tried to counter-jungle. We needed sacrifices from all three lanes if we were to turn Ning's carry potential into victories.
Thanks to that, Ning was named MVP of the World Finals. Only then, did Ning finally give us a genuine hug, and we even shared our hardships while having a meal together. Winning the World Championship seemed to relieve the tension and pent-up frustration between us.
Bonus Q about JackeyLove:
Mafa: Korean fans rate JackeyLove low, but we've always considered him a treasure. Not once did I think he played poorly.
Kim: I always told our players we were lucky to have JackeyLove on the team. He has a good personality and a lot of talent. He's great at accepting feedback and is very sociable. I'm not sure about right now, but I expect great things from him next year. He still gets nervous but it's a matter of experience. I hope he is guided in the right direction going forward.
Interview published 2018-11-14. http://www.inven.co.kr/webzine/news/?news=210305&site=lol
It's an old interview but it has never been translated into English to my knowledge. I came across it while browsing Korean social media and thought it provided interesting insight into how IG utilize their star jungler.
There are also bits about other players like how Rookie was easy to work with, etc. but it's too much for me to translate. Hopefully someone nice enough translates in the comments if you guys are curious.
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