Some of my friend's had their birthdays this weekend, but that was like, a bonus reason for going to Seoul. The real reason why I wanted to go was the same reason as to why I came to Korea in the first place. StarCraft.
In all of its Korean glory.
I can't say that's the sole reason why I came to Korea, but StarCraft and Korea's eSports culture is a huge factor as to why I gained interest into this country. So I made it a goal from the very beginning to check out Proleague as that's the biggest Korean StarCraft event.
Last year I missed out on the Grand Finals because they started it earlier and ended it in August before I arrived. I managed to make it out to a regular match in studio during my first trip to Korea which was cool, but the dream was to go to the Grand Finals. Which finally, was this past weekend.
Thank you Team Liquid for this wonderful tickets.
It was awesome. SKT1, the most decorated and historic Korean team, versus Jin Air Green Wings, one of the newer teams that rose from the most unlikely of circumstances. It was a classic case of the new guard taking on the old.
It was in Lotte World, which is an amusement park in Seoul. First time in Lotte World, seemed like a cool place, but completely overshadowed by the StarCraft atmosphere. We got there like 40 minutes early and already seating was almost full with tons of people standing.
With matches like Innovation vs sOs how can you not be hyped?
Luckily I reserved tickets online through Team Liquid so I was able to get seats while all the standees just watched as I was let through. That was awesome. Games were exciting and despite me wanting a Game 7, I was thoroughly satisfied.
Didn't get a chance to meet any players to get any autographs or pictures, but I managed to pick up a bunch of sweet swag from the event. Gifts and decorations for years to come I'm sure. Overall really awesome event. Really glad I got a chance to go check it out.
Power Rangers poster goes away now.
In other news I just kinda hung out with friends in Seoul over the weekend when I wasn't at the StarCraft event. Went to a knock off Tim Hortons and then went to Maker Faire, a crafts event, in Gwacheon. Both were alright, but StarCraft was definitely the.. star of the weekend.
But yea, I'm done with Seoul for a bit. Three back to back weekends is a bit much. Was fun, but a bit much. It's getting pretty taxing on my time (and wallet) especially since we are well into the semester now. Not sure when I'll go back next.
I will probably not be returning here though. Granted it was ok.
Gotta focus on some school work this week, but I'm ok with this.