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I would have bet him that there wouldn’t be a Korean team invited to TI4, and I’m pretty darned sure that unless a bunch of really good players moved to Korea to start a team, there will not be a Korean team at TI4. Do any of the pro teams have rituals before their games?

I know some of the players have some optimization stuff, like Na’Vi always talks about their bananas because they don’t want to get a full stomach, because all the blood goes to their stomach then they can’t play as well. I’ve noticed some performance related stuff like that recently just by playing more. So I’m sure that they have little things like that but I can’t tell you about super specific things, unfortunately. We’re now witnessing the birth of the Korean Dota scene. What do you think they could bring? Good Luck Have Fun

I know League of Legends is really popular in Korea right now, so Dota surely could also be very popular. I think Nexon is publishing it, and the tournaments are starting up, and people are watching the streams. It’s fun

to watch because the players are not highly skilled, but it makes for some fun games to watch because they go kind of wonky item builds and teamfight way too much. And in that sense they’re making bad decisions, but it’s awesome to watch because they’re constantly fighting, and they never stop fighting. So it’s not very safe play but it’s very enjoyable to watch at the moment. I would like to see Dota really blow up in Korea, that would be cool. Do you think there will be a Korean team at TI4?

No. Actually, I had a bet with a guy. He bet me - I think this was around TI3 - he bet me $20 that a Korean team would make top 3 at TI4. He’s crazy. I would have bet him that there wouldn’t be a Korean team invited to TI4, and I’m pretty darned sure that unless a bunch of really good players moved to Korea to start a team, there will not be a Korean team at TI4. It’s not going to happen. I’m really fighting myself over this analysis, but after having played Dota this long, though not at a professional level, I just can’t see people getting that good at the game in only a year or two. I just feel like it takes a lot longer. All the pros on teams right now have been playing 5 plus years or 3 to 5 years or something like that. Some of the super talented players have been playing 3 years. I can’t see a full team getting to TI in one year. It would be insane for somebody to get that good that fast at Dota. I don’t see it being possible. Plus they’d still have to be playing against all the other super top teams who have been playing for a long time that have all the mechanics down and all the raw talent and all the experience. Maybe TI5? But I really don’t see TI4. Do you play a lot with other casters? Like the Beyond the Summit guys, or Sheever?

I played with Sheever last night. I play CS:GO

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You can genuinely tell he was interested in the game. That’s one of my favorite things, is watching people who maybe don’t play games that much but still get into the game. He was like, “How much does this game cost?” And I was like, “It’s free, man” and he was like, “Oh my gosh, really?!” It was pretty cool.


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