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An interview with the Tyrant

Lee Jae Dong, also known as “Jaedong”, was one of the bonjwas of Brood War and known as the Tyrant for his very aggressive playstyle and dominance. A bonjwa is a person that dominates the StarCraft scene for a longer period of time with extraordinary win ratios and winning top tier tournaments – and that is exactly who Jaedong was. As Brood War started dying out in the pro scene, it was announced that several masterful players and bonjwas were moving over to StarCraft 2 and Jaedong being one of them.

After being picked up by Evil Geniuses he started showing fantastic results in the StarCraft 2 scene with a victory in a Hyper-X tournament, beating MC with a 4–2 score, and following that up with getting into the Top 4 in DreamHack Open: Stockholm and WCS America Season 3 as well as earning 2nd places in DreamHack Open: Summer, DreamHack Open: Valencia, DreamHack Open: Bucharest, WCS America Season 2, WCS Season 2 and the WCS Global Finals.

And now he is here at DreamHack again to finally end the year of “almost” with a victory in the grand finals, but it’s not going to be an easy thing to do. His opponents are top notch players from all over the world, including the WCS champion sOs.

We at DreamHack got an interview with him just after his last game in the first round of the Winner’s Bracket against INnoVation, ending up with a 1–2 defeat for Jaedong, taking him down to the Loser’s Bracket.

You just played against innovation, and he managed to  win 2 – 1. But you looked really strong in the first game, especially with that wonderful ling/baneling/muta-timing. What do you think went wrong in those games?

I thought INnoVation likes to make three command center every time and have a very greedy opening, so I tried not to make any upgrades, and just go ling/baneling and infestor/muta and a pretty strong timing.
(Editors note: Jaedong is talking about his first game only)

So right now you will actually go down to the lower bracket, because of the double elimination. Do you think that you still have a chance to win the entire tournament?

Yes, I can start from the lower bracket, and I can go up.

Do you think you will be able to win the entire thing? We have heard from some players that they are really worried about going down to the lower brackets, but for example TLO said that he wasn’t too worried. Do you think you are confident enough to go all the way up again and win the finals?

Yes, I’m sure.

Last time you were here in Sweden, at DreamHack Summer, you came second to StarDust. Did that really get to you, or was it okay because it was in fact StarDust?

It was okay because second place is okay, I wanted to take the first place, but second place is okay.

Who do you think will be the hardest opponent for you in this tournament?

INnoVation is the hardest player for me, I could beat him, but I made too many mistakes. No player is hard for me.

What do you think about DreamHack? We did hear from iNcontroL that you really like DreamHack. Why is that?

Because there are many people at the venue, and I often get a big crowd, and I like Sweden.

What do you think about NaNiwa?

Nothing really, I will play against him.
(Editors note: Question from news reporter)

Are you afraid of him?

No, I’m not afraid of anyone.
(Editors note: Question from news reporter)

Thank you for the interview, and good luck in the games!

After the interview Jaedong faced his team mate JYP in the 2nd round of the Loser’s Bracket and was defeated 1–2 in a series of very close games.

Photo: Frederike “Wolf” Schmitt, Carl Oscar “kalaspuff” Aaro and Helena Kristiansson, esportphoto.com
Text and Interview: Alexander “Zeweig” Lind

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