Jaedong: "We're all aiming for our targets, no matter what happens."
"We've dedicated everything to preparing for the 11-12 season."
Jaedong, formerly in the now-disbanded Hwaseung Oz, is now in Team 8. After the announcement that Hwaseung Oz was disbanding, KeSPA managed to group together players like Jaedong and Sea to form the new Team 8, giving them another chance to play in Proleague.
We met Jaedong on the 11th, at their Itaewon dorm, and he looked much more relaxed than when nothing was confirmed. In October, Jaedong went back to his hometown in Ulsan to find a peace of mind, and he did not look good back then. Compared to when he was even unsure if he could continue gaming, he looks much more relaxed and focused now as he can practice together with other fellow progamers, and it showed on his face.
After hearing of the news of the new Team 8, Jaedong quickly went back to Seoul with the mindset that "(he's) a rookie and that (he's) starting all over again." He even gave a modest comment that during the signing of his contract, he "didn't care how much (he) was getting paid, as long as (he) could continue to perform in leagues."
Jaedong is now practicing at a new environment with new teammates, but he said that it did not feel awkward at all as he had gotten to know them before in individual leagues, and was in fact got quickly comfortable with them "as though they were (his) long-time teammates." Jaedong laughed when he was told that Sea predicted that Jaedong will be the "mood-maker" in the team, and together with Baby, whom Jaedong felt as though Baby was his little brother, they are said to be practicing focused and seriously.
Jaedong said he did not mind not having the warm support he got while he was in Hwaseung Oz. In fact, he said that this new environment could not be any better. Jaedong was supported greatly ever since he got into Hwaseung Oz as a rookie, and because this incident left him more iron-willed and determined, he is in fact thankful for this situation.
He mentioned about his expectations for 11-12 season as well. Because each (of the disbanded) teams' ace players have gathered together, according to him, the internal evaluation games "felt like an individual league's Round of 8 or even Round of 4 games' standards," and that this season, his team will not be the dark horse of the 11-12 season, but the main spotlighted team.
Jaedong finished off the interview by saying, "our new environment may seem lacking, but our team players are not, so look forward to what we can do."