Once I came back to BW after my FPM stint ended in 07, I have slowly brushed up on my BW knowledge, much like a sponge soaking up water. I've had a chance to revisit many past great games and FvJ was always at the top of my list. I've had the chance to watch a majority of their games, both the good ones and the underwhelming others. One thing that I can say with pure confidence is that I missed one hell of an amazing rivalry and that is quite regretful.
I look at games like the ones Flash played on Katrina in both GomTV MSL and Bacchus OSL where he executed his mech build with double upgrades pretty well and I'm just amazed by how he does it. Patience, great decision making and harass etc... To see him improve the same build in the Bacchus OSL even further and choke Jaedong even more made it even more impressive.
I look at their game on Loki II and there I see his flawless macro in action. Streams of mnm attacking several locations while Jaedong defends frantically, truly a beautiful sight and something that any viewer can appreciate. I also don't miss out on seeing things from Jaedong's side. His ruthlessness, his constant aggression and multitasking are out of this world. Despite being on the ropes and facing the brunt of Flash's macro constantly, he executes his will with such ferocity and claws his way back to win the game. A mechanical beast unleashed on the world.
With mutalisk micro and his own style of play that is rough to duplicate but also like pure ecstasy to the eyes, Jaedong really made Zerg shine like no other. In his game on Blue Storm in GOM Classic Season 1, Jaedong fought hard and won a determined flash relying on a mutalisk into mutalisk+guardian strat. Love that game since you can see the struggle and back and forth between two closely matched opponents:
As I dig deeper and think about more games, several other ones comes to mind. Games like Rush Hour 3, while a PL game during the 2009 Shinhan Bank Winners League, was another great game that exemplified their great attributes to all the other competitors. Fast forward and the games during the NATE MSL 2009/10 when these titans faced each other only kept on getting more intense till we get the infamous power outage. By this point, both players have long accepted each other as rivals and have forced each other to practice diligently to rise to a level that only a few players have ever reached in the history of the game. Or what about WCG 2010 Korea? One of the first games I watched was the game on Grand Line SE. I've lost count on how many times I've watched it but to me at the time and even now, it's ranked as one of the best BW games of all time. I've even passed on the link to a friend and urged him to watch it because of how epic the game was. As someone who was playing BW again at the time, the great feats of these players was on full display:
Though the professional BW scene ended on a bad note, the scene has been slowly rebuilding itself. The early days of SRT/SSL and small online tournaments like BCTV and 41 Starleague kept interest alive and helped with the recovery. As more and more ex-pro BW players have made a comeback, Afreeca has been a buzz with TBLS coming back. At this point, both Flash and Jaedong have taken their rightful place among the players. Flash despite losing in the Ro8 of the last ASL 3-0 to Last has rebounded extremely well and has been topping charts for spoonmatches (balloon matches) for months now. His macro and micro are impeccable and he makes quick and very effective decisions.
A lot of players have complete faith in his abilities to win games, to the point where there is a general subconscious thought in the mind of the players:
"Don't doubt flash!"
His trademark playstyle is still alive and well and his APM has been hitting upwards of 380. He has been slowing getting back in form and has been ripping Zergs like EffOrt, ZerO and herO left and right with all kinds of strategies such as 5 rax +1 and mech, both on stream and off-stream in preparation for his upcoming match with none other than Jaedong!
FvJ! 7 years in the making!
His current winrate is over 75% in TvZ with only EffOrt able to take some games off him. It's gotten bad to the point where a lot of Zergs are hoping that Jaedong can find his weakness, that Jaedong can stop this slaughter and solve Flash!
As for Jaedong, he has been practicing relentlessly with Last, Mong, Light and Hiya off-stream. Reports of him grinding a ton of games in preparation and of great improvements on a daily basis are floating around. As someone who has the hopes and dreams of Zergs everywhere, Jaedong has a lot to bear but he is the chosen one!
Despite all the hardships such as pain in his wrists, he still marches onwards determined to show his fans great games and win it all. His competitive drive has not lessened while he was in hiatus either! He has already slain several Terrans during ASL2 through his own trademark aggression and mind games and he will not be stopped!
As Hiya put it recently:
"I predict that flash will win the game. After practice with JD, I changed my mind. '"
In , Jaedong is set to face Flash!
History has proven multiple times that only one zerg can stand up to Lee Young Ho. That was Jaedong then and it will be Jaedong now. It's time for Jaedong to topple Flash and rule above all others.
This is Jaedong's time to shine! The Tyrant is coming!
Make sure you don't miss it! Jaedong fighting!