Flowervin: I got a lot of similar requests for questions, and I wanted to start off with personal and easy questions, so to start - who here has watched Runner-Flowervin TV? (Their streaming channel)
*SBB, Fate, Jjonak, ArK, YBT, Carpe raise hands*
ArK: A lot of Korean players all get it done at the same place, called Atelier. It’s like around $40-50 for a haircut.
FV: *gasp* so expensive!
YBT: The hairdressers are all American?
ArK: No they're all Korean.
Fate: I got my hair done in the US too, it's expensive where I got it done as well...
YBT: So that's your hair done, right?
ArK: From what I can tell, Fate.
Flowervin: Me too, I’m shy too!
YBT: But he’s very enthusiastic and talkative in comms. Though sometimes he’s like “shall we go in?” and then he’s like “oh, wait, maybe not?” and gets a bit shy like that.
YBT: This is a very important question. Also relevant for Runaway.
Pavane: Of the players here?
FV: Oh, is the dirtiest person not here…?
YBT: Oh, well that makes it very obvious.
Pavane: *reaches over to clasp Meko's hand*
Meko: I keep a basic level of hygiene.
Pav: That's true.
FV: Washing your face, teeth...?
Pav: He has a superstition tho, he doesn't shower before a game.
Meko: Yeah, the game goes well.
Pav: So he just washes on game day.
YBT: So for Meko it’s like a kind of personal ritual to not wash before a game – what about other players? I feel like this might be a thing for DPS players.
YBT: Like, Number 2, right?
Carpe: I'm the same LOL
YBT: You have to do a Number 2. Gotta keep your body light. What about Jjonak? Any rituals?
Jjonak: Number 1 for me.
ArK: I used to have a lot, but they’re down to 2 now. One, I eat basically nothing before a game, and two, I wear mismatched socks.
FV: And then you win?
ArK: Yeah, I used to be in a slump and then I started wearing odd socks and the games felt like they went well.
SBB: Not as much as you might think. For me it’s underwear. If I wear red or flower-patterned underwear, the game goes well.
Meko: it was like that during LW Blue too.
SBB: I have a lot.
FV: My daughter wears those…
YBT: He’s a big fan of flower-patterned shirts and sweaters to begin with…
SBB: Yeah, my bag’s flower-patterned too.
YBT: He doesn’t wash… so Fate?
Fate: My superstitions change all the time, like if I have a piece of underwear I wore the last time I won, then I’ll wonder if they’ll help me win again. Or, like, if I kept a handwarmer in my pocket last time…
Fate: Yeah, if I really carried the game last time…
SBB: Yeah, and then if it doesn’t work out the next time, you stop.
Fate: Right! Because then that’s why you lost.
SBB: I once got a multi-kill from a pulsebomb, and I could hear screams from the front row, so I just got up right them and screamed back at the person. And then a bunch of other people screamed with me. Everyone has really big reactions.
SBB: Yeah, you feel electrified.
FV: You feel it too?
Jjonak: I feel it.
ArK: And when they yell like that, the arena echoes/vibrates a bit.
ArK: Not for a specific team, but there are fans who paint their faces, wear shirts, bring flags
YBT: Ppl who are really into it
ArK: Yeah, they react really big when there’s a big play. They get up and yell and create that kind of cheering culture.
Carpe: We use English words like payload, and discord…
SBB: The English words are longer than Korean.
Carpe: Yeah, that makes it a bit inconvenient. So sometimes I miss Korean.
Fate: I just think Korean is the best LOL
Libero: I think Runaway will win.
Carpe: Me too.
Jjonak: Yeah suddenly it feels like Runaway will win.
SBB: I’ve lost against them on LW Blue, so I know what they’re capable of. I think they’re definitely capable of winning. Runaway.
YBT: Ah, emphasis!
Meko: Haksal-nim is insane…
YBT, FV: *bursts into laughter*
Fate: Of course, I think Runaway will win…
FV: We’ll do our best…
YBT: This means the Final tomorrow will be a very close game!
FV: This video will be out after the finals.
Q. This meta is very different from OWL, and the team doesn’t have a lot of time to practice together – how are you preparing?
Pavane: We’re really focusing on the basics, what we do best. We do have 5 NYXL players but we also have 2 players from other teams, /1
Pav: Well, the players have been used to fairly good training conditions in the US, and we prepared as best we could, but right now in Korea it’s so incredibly hot – different from in the US, where it was cool at night /3
Pav: Last year I was an unofficial coach for the team, and this year I’ll use that experience as best as I can for our team. Thank you. /5
YBT: The players all came to Korea after the OWL finals, in the first week of August. So that’s 3 days of practice/scrims so far. And this year, while Blizzard is helping out with basic stuff, /6
YBT: The 2016 OWWC team was chosen by vote, and I casted for that tournament where the SK team won without dropping a map. Last year, I became a committee member as well, but we didn’t have roles like this, we just picked the players. /9
Flowervin: Hi everyone, as Community Lead I’ll be promoting the OWWC on my stream, on Youtube, so please support our team!
Everyone: Team Korea Fighting!
YBT: PLEASE. /14