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To let bygones be bygones

By Min-Sik 'reis' Ko
Nov 27, 2007 10:31

UPDATE: This blog is 3 days old because I wanted to upload it for the new site! I am sure you love the new site :)
It is Thursday the 22nd of November and it is almost a week ago when the SK Korean players arrived at my place. Just took my last pill, people who followed the weekend on the esl stream might have seen that I was a mess, I caught a cold, had a sore throat and problems with my left ear. Now I start to feel better and thought about telling you my impression about the last week.

The Koreans arrived on 14th. As always their flight from Frankfurt to Düsseldorf had a delay so I had to wait at the airport. Luckily I was not alone since with me was MYM|Losemann. Losemann and I met the day earlier and had dinner together and a chat since we knew each other before his time in MYM so it was pretty cool to hang around together. On that day there was nothing too special, the MYM guys were heading towards Cologne and my boys and I went to my place had dinner and checked some replays before going to bed.
"When it came to the war between SK and MYM the lineup wasn’t that good for us. I guess most people expected that we were going to lose our 2on2 but our 2on2 was the key point at the finals."

Seriously ReMinD had the best sleep of all, due to the fact this guy can snore unbelievably loud. When we got up we went to the Internet Cafe called Atomik (, we used to boot camp there back in World Elite and the owner is a good friend of mine so it was pretty easy to get a room for the players and me.
We had Korean food for lunch and at 7pm we went back home. Btw we met the MYM guys twice in the ladder one time we won one match and lost the other time, was pretty funny.
After getting home I had to meet up the BET team. They stayed at my place too because I got the message that they were unable to find a hotel yet so I talked with erica
and munne and we made a deal so that the whole BET team could sleep at my place. My family have an apartment building and we have rooms that we usually rent out during an exhibition, actually our rooms were all booked but my dad managed to make place for the BET guys.

Due to the fact the BET guys had their airplane tickets all ready they were unable to change their schedule anymore so I had to pick them up in Cologne train station with my older bro who was the driver. At Cologne train station we found out that the luggage of the team was missing, you can imagine how it is with 7 players

After talking to the woman behind the counter and telling her what kind of luggage is missing, we went to my place. I thought those guys might be tired but no they had a poker session until late at night.
"I am really happy about the outcome and the team spirit that we showed during the finals THX a lot to all my players."

Finals coming closer and at around 10am the guys from Lufthansa brought the luggage of the BET team so they were kind of happy. After a talk with Erica we went to the internet cafe again because that is the only place to train. SK stayed there just for some hours cause we had an appointment in cologne with our CEO. We met Xlord, Inso, Merusame and TheSlash there. After talking about some stuff and showing the Korean players the office of SK we went back to Düsseldorf because we made an appointment with the BET team to have dinner together. When we came back to the Internet café to pick up the BET team they were still laddering. BET was sharing one account but they made some losses already and sweet was a bit pissed because he lost. Pretty funny to see the Koreans playing cause they always swearing during the game and the chat logs between the games are really funny.

Some Information about the BET guys and my impression :
Fov : The oldest guy of the team its easy to see that he and Sweet have the most experience in the team and he acts as the kind of captain. He always run around with a jersey and it was fucking cold outside I hope he does not get sick when he gets back to Korea.

Sweet : Poker guy and very calm he and Fov were always offending SoJu it was fun to see because SoJu was always looking confused.

Check : He came to my place once back in WE when they participated at their first offline finals in Germany Oberhausen. He just gained some weight but still the funny guy.

Who/Winners/Jini : Those 3 were pretty calm. Who and Winners were the only two guys who never played poker it seemed like Who started to learn a bit about Poker.

17-11-2007 - 18-11-2007
The wc3l finals season XII, I was kind of sad that this time they made the player room so small and it was kind of bad that every team just got 5 PCs to practice on because that meant in our case that 2 players couldn’t practice with the other guys, I hope that wont happen again.

Impressions during the Finals :

First war vs World Elite. Tough clan war, like I mentioned at my interviews before the toughest opponent for us cause they got all races. World Elite had nothing to loose and they were highly motivated to beat us. They were smart enough not to put Ted in the lineup cause of his race. 2on2 went as expected and the game between ReMinD and infi was pretty boring to watch.

Nevertheless the important thing is who wins it doesn’t matter if the game is boring or not the goal is it to win and Infi did it  .
We had like 6 hours to wait because winner bracket was the last war on Saturday so we watched the other games. I was impressed when I saw the match between Fov and Sky and the situation when Sky’s MK lvl 6 went down at same time as the DK lvl 5, the crowds went crazy and were stomping it was unbelievable, never seen a German crowd go so mental.

When it came to the war between SK and MYM the lineup wasn’t that good for us. I guess most people expected that we were going to lose our 2on2 but our 2on2 was the key point at the finals. ReMinD and SoJu were so confident in their 2on2 ability and the games went well for us. That Lyn lost to Focus was kind of a surprise nevertheless it was still an Orc mirror.

The games between SoJu and Moon were awesome. There was a situation on TR when Moons DH survived cause SoJu’s manaburn was missed otherwise it would have been Sojus game but in my opinion Moon has always kind of a guardian angel who always let him staff his heros at the very last second and giving him a bonus that his heroes survived.

Nevertheless Moon is an outstanding player no doubt about that but always incredible how he plays. SoJu was swearing after his 2-1 loss vs Moon the whole time because of the missed manaburn and he claimed his items were crap. :D . Remind played the deciding game as usual ((NGL one season 2 beating moon twice, last wc3l 2on2 vs 4k) this time against Lucifer. We were pretty happy that we won 3-2 cause that meant we could sleep a bit longer cause we didn’t have to play at 12 :D.

Sunday we went to the location around 1pm to watch the games between MYM and WE. MYM won and we had to face them again. This time lineup looked much better for us and SoJu was ready for his revenge. Lyn winning vs Lucifer was kind of expected as was SoJu vs Moon. Once again TR was the deciding game and this time SoJu played an awesome game and managed to win a game where Moon had 30 supply more then SoJu but yeah Superman solves ;D. Hot vs Susi, not the best matchup for Hot and Susi beat Suho 2-0 some hours before. Hot pulled out everything he could and won that bo3. It is a nice feeling if you know during a game this can be it with this point you won the finals and you just wait for the GG of the opponent.

There is not much to talk about this weekend it was a good weekend with a successful end. I am really happy about the outcome and the team spirit that we showed during the finals THX a lot to all my players. Respect to World Elites performance beating BET and pretty bad performance by BET but it was the first Finals for BET next time you will do better.

Funny thing is the BET guys went to play cageball (beach-soccer) on Sunday due to the fact they lost all matches on Saturday. My brother went with them he told me after 5 min they were all really exhausted and when we came back home on Sunday after winning wc3l they told us they slept the whole day after the soccer game cause it was so tough :D. For dinner we went with the BET team to have German food it was very delicious and the guys had fun.

WC3L finished and just a day to relax. We went to the SK office to meet the other players cause they were going to leave soon. We travelled there just to have a little conversation and to say goodbye. We had a chat with TheSlash and talked about the weekend and everyone was happy about the outcome. During the afternoon we went back to my place and ordered some pizza cause the BET did not have lunch yet so we said we order just 2 pieces of pizza planning to have dinner later in a Korean restaurant.
The guys started to play poker and to sing karaoke and then they said they want to stay here and we ordered more pizzas and had a smooth evening at my place.

On the next day the players left and it is always hard to let them go but this year we met 4 times already in Germany and I will go to Korea soon to meet them again
So we will see each other pretty often. I am happy about the performance of my team and hope the next year will be similar to this year with maybe more than
3 Champion titles.

So long, reis

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