Here is the format:
A: Savior-> 1st round -> 2nd round -> 3rd round
B: NaDa -> 1st round -> 2nd round -> 3rd round
C: Iris -> 1st round -> 2nd round -> 3rd round
D: Casy: other 3 players are chosen by Savior, Nada, and Iris
In Groups A-C, the 1st Round choice is the person who picks the 2nd round player in their group, etc.
This means Group D can become the Group of Death
A: Savior-> iloveoov -> By.Flash -> Light
B: NaDa -> Bisu -> Hwasin -> DarkElf
C: Iris -> Reach -> Shark -> Justin
D: Casy: Upmagic (Savior's), GGplay (NaDa's), Stork (Iris's LOL)
Introduction of the 4 seeds, and the 1st round picks for Groups A, B, and C
Savior: Hello I am Ma JaeYoon of CJ Entus.
OGN; In 2006 you had the best year
Savior: I finished 2006 very well and now that I have started the 2007 season, I am glad to be here
OGN: You have shown signs of being a victim to the OSL curse. Is this something you are concerned about?
Savior: I have realized this as well, but I think if you watch me it will turn out ok.
OGN: Hasn't casy asked you for a favor?
Savior: no he hasn’t said anything
OGN: Because you and Iris are both from CJ, this starleague can be good for your team.
Savior: I haven't really talked to Iris about this. I’m not sure whether to make my Group or Group D the group of death.
OGN: When you hear Bisu’s name or see his face, do you think of anything?
Savior: I don’t really know, I don’t really think of anything in particular.
OGN: A lot of people have been saying that Savior will pick Bisu.
Savior: I don’t know, we’ll have to see once I get up there.
OGN: Have you decided what you’re going to do?
OGN: Please show us your choice Ma JaeYoon.
*Savior picks… ILOVEOOV*
OGN: Why did you pick iloveoov?
Savior: Last time, I wasn’t a seed and so I was “abused” by a lot of other players, so this time around I think it’ll be a fun match vs iloveoov. I decided to make this a hard group.
Iloveoov: I have a feeling that this is the same feeling as me picking NaDa all the time. It’s not fun when you are chosen last, so it feels good being chosen first this time. I think it’ll be a fun and difficult game. Because I have a lot of losses in recent memory, I think savior for giving me the chance to beat him.
OGN: What do you think NaDa’s choice will be?
Savior: Because NaDa has been in this position many times before, I believe he will choose someone to make this starleague interesting.
OGN: please say something to your fans
Savior: I don’t think there is much to say. Please watch and support me.
OGN: Here is Pantech’s Lee YoonYeol. Hello!
NaDa: As usual, I am excited, but I like this stage, so I am happy.
OGN: Is there some sort of secret for staying on top for such a long time?
NaDa: Because I am so determined, and I enjoy this stage so much, it is easy to get back on top. Also, I have stopped drinking recently… I only drink once every 2 months or so…
OGN: Oh, so completely trashed once every two months? (laughter)
NaDa: plus I exercise regularly
OGN: What are you going to make with Group B
NaDa: I didn’t really want to choose iloveoov. We’ve picked each other so many times already, and I think sometime we will see each other in the finals. At this moment, I’m not sure whether to make it an easier group for myself or make it more interesting.
OGN: Is it Reach?
NaDa: I think it’ll be more exciting if I were to choose someone who had beaten me recently.
OGN: Ok, then can you give us a hint as to whether it is someone who has been around the scene for a long time?
NaDa: Well, actually the truth is that most of the people here are rookies…
OGN: have you made a decision?
NaDa: yes, I have
NaDa at the stage: picks up reach… puts it down. Picks up Hwasin… puts it down. Finally chooses BISU
NaDa: As I came here, I was thinking about choosing a terran, but I don’t think that is my true self. I always choose the hardest opponent. Honestly, at first I was intending to pick Hwasin. In a FiFo interview he left out my name, so I thought that if I picked him people might view me badly.
Bisu: I wasn’t expecting NaDa to pick me at all. I haven’t really lost to him, so I’m not sure why he chose me.
NaDa: No, I’ve lost to him once before.
OGN: what is your thought about Group D?
NaDa: Casy and I have discussed this before. Casy wanted… someone… a specific race matchup.
OGN: Do you think it’ll be a group of death or an easy one?
NaDa: I’m not sure, because everyone here is good.
OGN: It appears that NaDa’s lost to you left a large impact. What do you have to say?
Bisu: That’s the match that I made a scout… so I guess that was scarring. This match I’m going to have to make a scout as well.
NaDa; if he uses a scout I’m going to nuke him.
Bisu: Well, I guess if someone really wanted to use a nuke they could, so he can use one, and I’ll just mass scouts.
OGN: Let’s meet Iris!
Fans: “Byun Hyung Tae Fighting!”
OGN: It looks like you’re face lit up when you heard that. Can we hear it one more time from the fans?
Fans: YES “Byun Hyung Tae Fighting!”
Iris: because the fans cheers are louder lately, it gives me strength.
OGN: Don’t you think you should try and win a league this year?
Iris: I’m going to try and win 3 seasons this year.
OGN: If you had been #1 seed, who would you have chosen?
Iris: I would have chosen Savior
OGN: So it doesn’t matter that you are the same team?
Iris: No, I don’t care about that at all
OGN: Darkelf just looked very surprised. What about him then?
Iris: I love you!
OGN: So ist here a chance that you might pick him?
Iris: People who love each other don’t fight.
OGN: Do you know who you’re going to choose?
Iris: At first I was going to choose a rookie… but looking at who the two people in front of me chose… so I have 2 people in mind.
OGN: The camera shows Reach.
Iris: I think the camera man is very accurate.
OGN: Do you think you can tell us who else you have in mind? Have you decided? Choice Iris! Will it be Reach or someone else? Let’s see his decision?
Iris chooses… stork, no… REACH!
OGN: is there a meaning behind choosing reach?
Reach: I’m not sure if this will be easy or not… but I don’t think this is a bad situation. I was picked earlier than expected, so now this means that I have the chance to pick another person in my group. I don’t think I will choose someone who is very easy, it’s someone that when I watched his matches, I thought he was very good.
Iris: I think this will be a very good match. Reach, please become my rival!
Reach: Because we haven’t played each other on TV much, I’m not sure if it will happen, but I will do my best to show entertaining matches.
OGN: Let’s meet Sparkyz’ Casy!
*note* the intro movie gave casy the nickname “Sonic Terran” lol wtf?
Casy: I’m really happy to not miss a Starleague and enter again. I hope in the future to keep participating.
OGN: What do you think about your Group? The truth is that you have no say in the matter. Do you have anything to request of the seeds?
Casy: Well, it appears as though the seeds are choosing so many of the big names, so I think my group will end up being easier. NaDa is the nicest! I’m not really familiar with Savior, so I can’t request him. Iris’s personality is bad, and he keeps trying to give me hard players.
Casy: Iris and I both don’t want to play a certain player, but he keeps trying to give him to me.
OGN: Is it a protoss?
Casy: I can’t say that either.
Iris: I think Casy is very precious, so I try my best to raise him toughly.
OGN: Is there a possibility of telling us the race?
Iris: Casy is very strong TvT and TvZ…
OGN: I've always wanted to ask Casy something, but I always forget. Don’t people who don’t pay attention to starcraft think that Casy and Justin look similar to one another?
OGN2: I’ve never heard that before
OGN: I have heard jokes like Sparkyz team has 2 sets of twins.
Casy: Usually we don’t look anything alike, but the truth is that both of us gained weight, so we are starting to look similar.
OGN: Do you have anything to say about this year?
Casy: I haven’t been showing the best results, but this season I will aim to win. I have won once before, and last time I reach the semifinals.
End of Part 1
Part 2 - Savior, NaDa, and Iris choose the other 3 players in Group D
OGN: because there are so many terrans and only 3 zergs and 3 protoss, there cannot be 2 zerg or 2 protoss within the same group. Casy, please say something to the top 3 seeds.
Casy: I have faith in them.
OGN; Let’s see who Savior chooses for Group D
Savior: Because Group D has nothing to do with me, I will do as Casy has requested me to do.
OGN: Do you think Group D will be the group of death?
Savior: Well, since all of them are good players, I think no matter who goes in will become a group of death.
OGN: That’s a TV answer, what is your honest opinion?
Savior: I think Casy has a good chance.
OGN: Savior has chosen… UPMAGIC to be in Casy’s group. Why did you want Upmagic to be in your group?
Casy: No real reason…
Casy: Upmagic is a very good player, and I think it’ll be a tough match. I’m actually very surprised; I didn’t think Savior would actually pick Upmagic… I thought he would choose someone like Justin.
OGN: haha, but you guys are on the same team? I doubt savior would do that…
OGN: NaDa, what are you going to do for group D?
NaDa: This player is known to have a good heart, so I will choose this player.
OGN: NaDa has chosen… GGPLAY for Group D
Casy: I wanted to play a match vs a zerg. At first I wanted to play Shark, but Shark vehemently refused… and NaDa said that he didn’t have the heart to pick him.
OGN: This is the first time that we have made the format of the selection ceremony like that. We had expected Group D to be the worst, but actually it’s the best right now. The other seeds are listening to Casy so well!
OGN2: But wait, iris hasn’t gone yet ^_^
OGN: What do you think Iris?
Iris: I wanted to be a kind person, but the world doesn’t allow it to be this way….
Fans: Please show us your *cutesy charm*
OGN: Do you want to show us anything for a 2nd chance?
Casy: No it’s ok, he has a bad heart and won’t do anything.
Iris: If he shows us his cute charm then I will change my decision.
OGN: My advice to Casy right now is to throw away your pride and do it!
Casy: No, I think I will just play versus Stork.
OGN: The fans are criticizing me right now… Casy do you want me to keep going on like this?
OGN2: Casy is probably worried that even if he does do it, Iris will tell him to play Stork anyway.
OGN: Iris is so cruel… he choses STORK!
OGN: Do you have any comments about this?
Stork: No, I think it was just entertaining.
OGN: What do you think about going into Group D?
Stork: Well, the other groups haven’t finished being created yet, but I think that this group is very good for me. Previously I was eliminated in the RO16, but this time I will advance to RO8.
OGN: Can you tell us what you requested of Iris?
Casy: It was a really simple request, choose anyone EXCEPT for Stork
End of Part 2
Introduction of the new OSL map MongHan
Combination of 4 maps, Nostalgia at 1, Ride of Valkyries at 5, Gaema Gowon at 7, and Genosky at 11.
OGN: Let’s meet iloveoov in Group A
Iloveoov: I try really hard to make groups interesting in Starleague, but there aren’t very many choices remaning, mainly terrans.
OGN: iloveoov went up KeSPA rankings 16 spots to #13!
Iloveoov: When I was in a slump—yes, I’ll call it a slump—I did a lot of things, but now I’m concentrated on gaming again.
OGN: Why do you think everyone picks you?
Iloveoov: Well, back in the past, a lot of people disliked me, based on my interviews and stuff. When watching WWE and things like that, I found it fun to be completely honest rather than being humble all the time.
OGN: iloveoov has chosen By.Flash! Why did you choose him?
Iloveoov: Savior and NaDa told me to pick him…
OGN: Do you think it was a fake from Savior?
Savior: But the thing is… I don’t really remember. I remember talking to iloveoov about By.Flash, but I don’t remember what my response was.
Iloveoov: If I was in By.Flash’s position, I would think that it is a very huge opportunity.
By.Flash: Hello, I am KTF’s Lee YoungHo.
OGN; What is going on in your mind right now?
By.Flash: I’ve always wanted to play versus these great seniors, and I think it’s a great honor to play them.
Reach: I haven’t seen anyone improve so greatly in such little time as Flash. There aren’t many players that I consider to be good, but Flash is one of them. Honestly, when I play versus him I lose a lot.
Iloveoov: Although it’s not my position to say this, I’m thankful for everyone coming out. I hope this becomes a great Starleague.
OGN: Here is Group B’s Bisu!
*Kim TaekYong Fighting!*
OGN: The seeds get these nice intro videos, and the rest….
Bisu: It’s been 2 seasons since I was last in Starleague.
OGN: I’m curious… why did you make a scout? You could have gotten carriers or something.
Bisu: I think it was because I hadn’t practiced enough. I like carriers now (lol, reference to the OGN commentator). Because shark is the only remaining non-terran, but he’s on my team, I think I will have to pick a terran.
OGN: Light is a terran on MBC as well.
OGN: Let’s see who Bisu chooses… HWASIN!
Bisu: Just in case I lose to NaDa, I chose Hwasin as insurance.
Hwasin: He thinks of me as insurance… but will I really be that? Or will I be poison to him… I think we’ll have to see.
Bisu: Well, since I am in a terran group I’m going to have to practice PvT a lot. I just recently won in MSL, so my goal this year is to win an OSL.
OGN: Please say your goal for 2007
Bisu: Thanks to all the fans who are always here cheering us on. Whether it be on OGN or MBC, I will do my best.
OGN: It’s been a long time (5 seasons!). Say hello to Reach! How did it feel when you qualified for starleague?
Reach: It felt as good as when i had won Starleague.
OGN: What was the hardest for you, and what did you do to come back again?
Reach: Emotionally, it was hard for me. My mindset was that I can’t quit, and although I had thought a lot about that it’s not possible for me anymore, and my time has passed, but I got rid of all those thoughts. I believe that it was the fans support that allowed me to get through.
OGN: Who do you consider to be your rival?
Reach: Out of the players here? Or…?
OGN: No, it can be anyone.
Reach: I think iloveoov is my rival.
OGN: Wait, this is on TV, let’s try that again. Park JungSuk, who is your rival?
Reach: Uh… Byun HyungTae!
OGN: Reach chooses… Shark! Shark looks like he’s very happy right now.
Reach: originally, my choice was iloveoov. But he was already chosen. Then I wanted to pick upmagic, but he was sent to Group D. From a long time ago, people have been saying that my PvZ is bad, but I wanted to show that I am good. Also, I wanted to prevent MBC players from being on the same team.
OGN; Reach is known for being a very nice person, and he takes care of his juniors like this.
Shark: I haven’t really played ZvP for while, so I really wanted to play one.
OGN: The thing that has always kept Reach back was his PvZ, so with his revival maybe he will show his improved PvZ as well!
Reach: My goal this time around is the semifinals. If I achieve that I will reset my goal. It’s the first time I’ve been in a starleague where I am the oldest player. I think iloveoov and I are the two oldest players… and we will show the power of the old boys.
OGN: Please greet KTF’s Lee YoungHo! It’s only been a little bit since you’ve debuted but you’re already in starleague!
Flash: Lately practice has been going very well, and I’m happy to be here.
OGN: Previously it seems like all the other young players and rookies were very nervous, but you don’t appear to be at all.
Flash: Yes, I am very nervous right now, but when I start playing I lose all my nervousness.
OGN: Flash chooses… LIGHT. What do you think of your group?
Flash: It’s a very tough group, but I will try my best to get to the Round of 8.
OGN: A lot of fans don’t know about you so much, what is your best matchup?
Flash: I am best at TvZ.
OGN: So then if you were to play versus Savior, do you think you can win?
Flash: Yes, I think I can win.
OGN: Let’s welcome Hwasin! Please tell us how you are feeling recently.
Hwasin: it seems lately that other gamers are looking at me lightly. Through this starleague I will show that this is not the case. Lately, my play is good and I am having a good sense of timing in games.
OGN: Your best matchup is TvZ, but there are no zergs in your group.
Hwasin: Although fans might be worried, I will try my best.
OGN: Hwasin has chosen… DarkElf.
Hwasin: During 2006 I improved a lot, and in 2007 I will do my best to show my true self.
OGN: Well, it’s obvious that the last choice is Justin. But let’s meet Shark!
Fans; He’s handsome, sexy, etc etc etc
OGN: What do you think about these comments?
Shark: I’m used to hearing it now because I hear it a lot in other matches. I think the Hero fans are the best.
OGN: how long as it been since you debuted?
Shark: 4 or 5 years, but I don’t think it’s important how long it is, as long as I show good results now.
OGN: There is a rumor that says that you are the one that discovered the mutalisk stack (with an overlord). Can you tell us the truth behind that?
Shark: Well, I used to do that a long time ago, but it turns out that people refer to me when talking about it. My goal this season is to get to the semifinals.
OGN: It’s taken him a long time to get into Starleague, so let’s hope he gets very far!
End Part 3
Introduction of the rest of players
OGN: Let’s have a talk with Light from Group A
Light: Since yesterday, I had hoped that my group would have a lot of terrans.
OGN: Is there a reason why you dyed your hair red?
Light: Shark and Pusan suggested it to me, because it would attract a lot of attention, so I decided to try it once.
OGN: are you satisfied with the attention you’re getting?
Light: Well, I haven’t noticed a lot of attention… but back in the dorm, I get a lot of looks whenever I walk around and it feels a bit awkward. In 2006 I had a lot of shortcomings, but I have been improving my TvT a lot recently.
OGN: Do you have any final words?
Light: I will win Starleague this time.
OGN: Let’s welcome DarkElf from CJ Entus. Are you nervous right now?
Darkelf: Well, when I am playing matches I am not nervous, but right now I am nervous.
OGN: People are saying that it’s taken a long time for you to get into Starleague.
Darkelf: Well it’s been about 1.5 years, but I kept losing during ODT.
OGN: Last season, two players from CJ, Iris and Savior showed great style. What about you?
Darkelf: Like Iris, I want to have great offense, and like Savior, I want to have great defense.
OGN: What is your statement for 2007?
DarkElf: In 2007 I will not lose.
OGN: Let’s meet out last player, Sparkyz Justin. You were chosen last.
Justin: I am excited to be here at the selection ceremony, but I am disappointed that I didn’t have a chance to choose. I wanted to play against a monster… Ever since I was an amateur, I watched him and emulated him, so I wanted to play him. I asked him once if I can drop the formal speech and become friends, but he said not yet.
OGN: What does this mean?
Justin: I think that it is due to iloveoov that I am able to be here as a progamer.
Iloveoov: (awkward to translate, has to do with a lot of Korean social customs, dropping respective form, etc. basically meant that he is willing to become friends with Justin.)
Justin: Because of the overlord muta stack, you have been successful. But when you do that versus me, the game will be over.
Shark: Well then when you get vessels I will unstuck them ^_^
Justin: Also, to commentator Um JaeKyung, a lot of people have said you are the God of Eating, but seeing you in real life you are actually not fat.
OGN: Any final remarks?
Justin: (didn’t catch what he said, but I assume it’s typical stuff…)
OGN: Here is eSTRO’s Upmagic! Group D is not easy, but recently Upmagic is Top 10 KeSPA ranking.
Upmagic: When I was chosen for Group D I became nervous. I think I will have to practice a lot.
OGN: Are there any players you wanted to play, if you could choose?
Upmagic: I wanted to play the seeded terrans. I think I will show play that exceeds people’s expectations of me.
OGN: What do you do to practice your strategies?
Upmagic: I just do whatever I want to do, so a lot of people don’t want to play versus me. I will show to everyone a more diverse playstyle. This is my 2nd time in starleague, so I am not nervous anymore. Please watch me!
OGN: Here is the 3rd member of Group D, GGPlay! Strangely enough it seems that in selection ceremonies you are always introduced near the end of these things. Stork is in your group, as well.
GGplay: This group will be tough for me, because Stork is doing very well, Upmagic too, and Casy has always been strong TvZ.
OGN: Although in 2006 you did very well, in the first part of 2007 your results haven’t been very good. What do you think?
GGplay: Because of my losses, my team’s atmosphere in proleague is not very good. I will improve. In starleague I have been eliminated in the RO16, so this time I would be satisfied with getting to the RO8. Please watch over me.
OGN: Here is a player that has been waiting all day. His results lately are very impressive. Here is Samsung’s Stork! We are getting the feeling that you have gone somewhere and transformed between 2006 and 2007. Why were you showing poor results during 2006?
Stork: I’m not sure either. I was trying very hard, but for some reason during broadcasted games, I couldn’t win. Out of the 4 groups, I think my group appears to be the easiest for me. I am confident to get into the RO8. In proleague and individual leagues, I will try my best to erase the memory of my poor results last year.
End of Part 4 and Selection Ceremony
Wow, that was long. 17 pages on Microsoft Word.