Last night I spent two and a half hours interviewing a Korean Pro player Feat whose interview will be on Teamliquid soon. Even though there was a language barrier it allowed me to reconnect with an old korean high school friend who helped mediate the whole thing. Now I have gained two good friends and insight into other peoples lives. I took a guy who I knew and showed him the whole world of starcraft. Now he's asking me who the next player we can interview is. And that's the best part! I have under my list (already confirmed) of people when I get back from my vacation next week, beast, Killer, by.hero, Soulkey, BeSt, PerfectMan, Jaedong(possibly), Sonic (the caster of SSL), and a few more in the works. This is only happening at the result of not just hard work but extreme passion and hunger to do more for the starcraft community.
Who am I? That's a question the I hope TL-ers have to ask less and less. But here's a break down of what I've done for TL lately
- 1. I run liquibet Brood War edition
2. I have been the official interviewer of the Teamliquid Legacy Starleague
3. I rebroadcast the Sonic Starleague every weekend at the nearest available time
4. I run as many LR threads as possible for gambit cup and now actualy Live Report every Brood War tournament game I am available for.
5. I donate to news as much as possible through any korean contacts I have
6. I add liquipedia information when I have the time
and the list is goes on! This is a list that I will grow and take on more responsibilities. And even though I feel burned out so often between a full time job and TL and a girlfriend, I watch just a single game of Brood War and start feeling motivated to start getting more shit done.
I'm no where near a quarter of where I want to be. And at the end of every day I say to myself, did I do everything I possibly could to contribute to Starcraft? I can't promise anything in the future because it's hard to meet the kind of promises I want to make, but on days where I start to get lazy I realize that there are so many other staff members on TL that are working as hard if not harder then me. And I can always rely on them to get their part done. I only work closely with the Brood War staff but I mean, they all have jobs or school or something else in their lives that they have to deal with but still continually make sure content is provided in a timely manner and the results are showing.
2k, 2 thousand people! That's the number of people watching the TLS on Saturday. If all 2,000 contribute a single post to the LR threads we spend time making then they would easily compete in page numbers with SC2. But it's not through laziness that people don't talk there. The twitch chatroom is so lively and full of great people engaged in discussion that everyone is having to much fun and distracted to visit the LR thread for anything other then results. But anyone reading this I implore you to make a post so I don't feel so lonely posting in their for 3 pages worth of comments on my own.
The blog is the ultimate "in your face world I'm f-ing happy" block of text I can write. You know I almost get teary eyed when I think about the many hardships this community and this game has gone through to make it this far. And I'm so hopefull. Talking with Feat has reassured me that Starcraft 1 is only in it's beginning stages and that there's so much to expect in the future. Well, I was there in its first beginning and I did nothing but sit by and watch it. But not this time. The 2nd era of Brood War is upon us and I'm going to be every bit a part of making it succeed.
This is just a final thank you to all the foreign starcraft players who have been busting their asses and have been showing some many great games and to the Brood War staff for taking me in and showing me what it takes to be a passionate contributor, you all are amazingly hard workers. Thank you!