Anyway, after last nights god awful play against KT Rolster, it was clear something was wrong with the team. What I witnessed then, was probably the most uninspiring set of performances in Proleague history. Not only were the losses fast and lopsided, they were all losses that could have been easily avoided (or at least, made less gut wrenching to observe).
I have a few opinions on why Team 8 (once dubbed the 'Dream Team') is now dead last on the Proleague table, and have seem to lost all motivation to play well.
a) Lack of Coaching Staff
Go look at each teams roster and their staff. See how many coaches each of the teams have? Then look at Team 8's. Only one single coach.
With the game being so much complex than it was half a decade ago, there is no wonder teams have dedicated coaches. Clearly, Team 8 is starting to fall behind on the other teams. While Han Sang-yong is a well rounded coach (former kickboxer, also known as Fighter[gm]), he cannot handle the entire load. Contrary to this, the team's head coach, Ju Hoon is next to useless. He barely has any in-depth game knowledge, and his 'sports psychology' isn't going to do any good right now.
b) Lack of players
Team 8 doesn't have the network of practice partners the other teams have. This also means (and we've seen this already), they are forced to play the same five or so players over and over again. Give Ryul2, Saber, Sang and Speed a damn chance, else you're going to burn out Jaedong/Baby/Sea (I think it's clear at least two of them seem burned out already). In particular, I have high hopes for Sang, he did pretty well last season. I haven't seen him once this season.
c) Uncertain future.
They have no sponsors, they have no individual leagues to focus on, and there is a high likelihood that KeSPA will transition from BW to SC2 after the season has concluded. Their poor play at the moment definitely won't be getting any new sponsors in. Maybe they are just waiting for SC2? Who knows.
Anyway, those are some of my thoughts. Just wondering what everyone else thinks on Team 8 right now.
and please, don't argue about BW vs SC2 in here, for god sakes