Sea: "If we keep the Best of 7 format, we'll be the strongest."
"Can't we make the format a Best of 7?"
That was the first question Sea asked when we started this interview. He was asking about the upcoming new season of Proleague's format. When I said that nothing was confirmed yet, he said, "well, you can write an article with that request to make it a Best of 7 format."
The 8th Team comprises of the strongest players from Hwaseung Oz, WeMade FOX and MBCGame HERO. After the disbanding of the three teams following the end of the 10-11 Proleague season, KeSPA gathered the strongest players from each of the disbanded teams to form a new team, while waiting for a sponsor. The result was a team comprising of Jaedong, Sea, BaBy, Jaehoon, Tyson and Killer. (T/N: They didn't mention the 3 rookies lol how sad.)
Judging by this lineup, if the upcoming season indeed follows the Best of 7 format, the 8th Team will be the strongest team yet. In a Best of 7 format, 6 of these core members will be able to participate, thus gaining an edge over any other team.
After having practiced together for 10 days, Sea concluded that this was indeed "a team that can be called a Dream Team." "The internal evaluation games are of an individual league's Round of 8 standard," Sea said, adding that there were no "easy" players at all. The games were so tough that even Sea, who is called "The Proleague Guy", had trouble hitting the 50% winrate mark.
Sea said, "I am very strong against Zergs and Terrans, but after practicing against Jaedong, Killer and Baby, it gets demoralising", but added that "after practicing against them, my skills have definitely upped a notch."
Sea is now practicing intensively following the tough evaluation matches from early morning. Sea sleeps early and does not practice late into the night, so he wakes up at 7am instead - 3 hours ahead of everyone - to start his practice. He wants to practice just as hard as other players who practice up to 3am every night.
He ended off by saying that "I don't know about the new format, but if it is still a Best of 7 format, it will be much easier for our team to win" and predicted that "should the new season be a Best of 7 format, we will be the strongest team ever."