After his recent success there wasn’t really a question which SC2 player we would interview next. The player with dual citizenship from Canada and USA, HuK have since the beta in SC2 been one of the most loved and respected players by the fans. In the interview he talks about everything from his recent victories to his future plans for SC2.In early January we interviewed you, and you had just been settling into Korea. That is now over 7 months ago and you’re doing great. How did your transition to Korea go, did it get harder the longer you stayed or is Korea now the “normal” for you?
I would say harder, one of the hardest things about being in korea is just missing being around your friends and family; and other native english. That being said I still love being in Korea and don't really plan on leaving, although it is a possibility. It helps obviously to do well but whenever I go to other LAN events and start coming home to Korea, in my mind it is home; and I'm always relieved to get back.As a player there is probably not a question if Korea is the right place to stay, but we have seen almost every single player leave Korea going back to the west and even Koreans try their luck in foreign teams. Do you think that it’s possible to get the same practice outside of Korea as you guys get in your Gaming houses in Seoul?
I think its possible but would be more difficult, in general I do a decent amount of my practice on ladder, and the korean ladder is just that much harder then eu or na... But I think with the right individuals under the right circumstances you could mimic a similar situation. Just in general people in NA/EU are lazy and less hard working.I don’t think there is many people that follow eSport that haven’t heard your name these last few weeks with your victories at both DreamHack and HomeStoryCup. And most people have probably even read the interview you had with your own organization TeamLiquid, but how was it going back to Korea after winning these two events, did you get more respect from the Koreans SC2 gamers?
Hmmm thats hard to say a lot of them teased me when I first met them and said "hey champ" or something like that, but I don't think anyone can really treat me that formally since I joked around too much lol... Nothing really has changed that much I don't think.
Well I think both of us could have that, they told us beforehand to pick one person to come up and talk to you in between games. I had a lot of really good choices: hayder, tyler, MC, victor, jos, etc... To be honest MC would of probably been the smartest strategical choice but not really what I wanted. Wasn't so much tips or hints as much as it was just encouragement and things like "you are out playing him" , "you got this", "just plays smart and you will win" kind of things.Once you returned to Korea you advanced from your group in Code S with 2 wins, the second looking easier then the first. Was it a relief to show that you could do well in GSL as well after falling down to the Up and Down matches last season? Or was it more or less expected after your accomplishments overseas?
I guess it was a relief, but myself and my team knew I could always do it was just a matter of time. I was more confident but other then that just played better then my opponents and won.
Its PvP so there isn't that much preparation, to be honest I won't even do any specific practice for it probably. I haven’t really decided how I want to play but I have a few ideas, really will be if I decide to play straight up or try some more special tactics. I hope so.A question that must be asked is, with the new oGs sponsor, is it chicken all day long, 7 days a week?
LOL no but I kind of wish. The koreans commonly complain because me and Jonathan (mostly me pushing it) order chicken allllllll the time.In the upcoming month you have a quite busy schedule, not only participating in GSL, but also competing at MLG Anaheim. How are you looking forward to go back to the states again? Do you feel that it’s time for another HuK victory at an MLG event?
A lot, I LOVE California sooo much, I think if I moved back to the US I would want to move there. Also MLG are always SICK events and even sicker now I hear so I can't wait to go back. I would hope so I will definitely try to make that happen.Another tournament that you just got announced for is the Assembly Summer in Helsinki, Finland. At the last Assembly, the Assembly Winter 2011 you said the three words that for better or worse, will hunt you forever: “Top 3 Control”. You didn’t manage to win that event, losing to Socke in a PvP but the quote stayed with you. Will we get another statement, or will you keep on living with you top 3 control for as long as possible?
I'm not really sure, its not like I plan on saying controversial/stupid things just kind of happens some times. Either way the way people view it, it's more likely it would come when I'm in a slump then when I'm winning. (i lost assembly and said that comment thus why I got so much shit for it). But I definitely will speak my mind when I want.As a player there can’t be much that is bigger to win than World Cyber Games, but before getting the opportunity to qualify for WCG you need to win the American qualifier, and even qualify for the American Qualifier. How do you feel that your chances are against players like, InctontroL, Tyler and IdrA?
I havn't decided if I want to play really, I would of course play if it was under better conditions. But since a majority of the qualifiers I would have to play from South Korea where the lag would be horrendous I'm not sure if it can happen. If I made it to the LAN event I think I would have really good chances to make it, but playing to qualify for that online from Korea stresses me more then I think it is worth.
I'm not really sure, me and IdrA get along quite well outside of SC2 actually, I mean were not the best of friends that talk everyday but whenever we meet at events and I go say hi or something we get along fine. (weird he never likes to be the first person to make a move as far as this). It's no problem I think we both just try to play our best.The last few days the Kotaku article about eSport have gotten quite a bit of attention from the community. How do you feel when a person like Jen Chiller talks crap about something you love and work so hard for?
Well dumb people say dumb things all the time, I guess because it's coming from Kotaku it just got a lot more publicity then it should have. I don't mind so much I mean people have their opinions and no one should fault someone for what they think, but obviously I don't agree with it either.As my mind runs out of question to ask, do you have any lasts words?
I want to thank thelittleappfactory.com and Razer for their continous support as well as all the fans at teamliquid.net and teamliquidpro.com. You can follow me at @lorangerchris.Well, then I want to thank you for the interview, and wish you the best of luck in every tournament you participate in!
|Jonas Strisland // mYNDIG|
Posted 1 year ago: Tue, 12 Jul 2011 18:11:19 +0100
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