Hello everyone, before I get to the main point of this post, I wanted to introduce myself. My name is Han Jaehoon, but most people call me Nathan. My IGN was JaehoonBeast. After a quick rise in the community and being associated with CPL, I quit for the past (2) years due to personal reasons. One of those reasons was that it became a lot of pressure to play with or around me. In a game like Starcraft where the barrier-to-entry is very high and there is a relatively small community, elitism is a very real thing. I spent 5 years in the US Navy as a Corpsman. I was attached to 1st Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. The environment there was VERY competitive and excellence was expected. Coming out of that, I had a similar mentality with Starcraft. Competition is not a bad thing, but there is a fine line between being a toxic person, and having a healthy competitive attitude. To be frank, a lot of what I saw and currently see is a big pissing contest. Apparently your manhood is now judged by your Starcraft skills? People are blatantly misogynistic? I don't expect everyone to sympathize with this, and that's okay. However, after being told by a close friend of mine that I was also contributing to this very thing, I personally had to take a step back.
People that have played with me during that time can vouch that I had risen to "high level" in a relatively short amount of time. I started during CPL season 1 and was an assistant coach halfway through. By season 2 I was the head coach and created a winning roster with people that were deemed heavy underdogs. What I mean to say is, I don't think I'm anything special. I think everyone can accomplish what I did. However, I also don't think cookie cutter coaching is something that will help you get there. There is a lot of misinformation on what should be your priority while you try to improve. I believe that no matter what level you are, I can help you improve. I don't care if you're top dog of the foreign scene or a beginner. The scope of what most people focus on to get better is too narrow. I know because I've played a lot of people and coached a lot of people. With that being said, if you're serious about Starcraft and want to improve I am here to help. Practice NEEDS to be tailored to the individual. I won't really get into specifics here because there's just simply too much to cover, but I will most likely be uploading coaching sessions on youtube as well. PM me on discord: njaehan#3320.
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Now onto the community. I want to create a community from the bottom up. What I mentioned above is created from a sort of mob mentality. There's a "meta" and a state of mind. It doesn't help that everyone around you also perpetuates a sort of competitive and possibly toxic attitude to losing. The saying that failure is not an option is pretty bullshit. We aren't dealing with people's lives here; we're just trying to play a game. You can improve and have fun doing it. Anyone who is interested in creating a community with me on discord with like-minded individuals, hit me up. The ultimate goal is to slowly get rid of elitism in the scene because really, I still like the game.
Thanks to those that read it through all the way, I know its just a big block of text. If anyone disagrees, feel free to dm me as well.
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