Monday, December 21, 2015

KGSP - The Most eSports of Weekends

This was a planned Monday blog post. And for good reason. It was the last week of the semester and I wanted to go to Seoul to meet some friends and to just relax a bit considering how the semester took a lot out of me.

A lot of my friends were also just leaving Korea to go home for the winter too, so I figured this was a good time to go. So I made the trip north on Friday morning and went to the NIIED end of the year ceremony first because why not.

Where I got a selfie with Sam from 비정상회담.

That was pretty nice. I had a bunch of friends that went as well so it was kind of a surprise to see random people at the event. Turned out that they pulled in Sam to MC the event too. That was kind of cool. Used to watch Abnormal Summit a lot. Need to get back to watching over the break.

After that I went to my friend's place and got the Magic crew together and played some Magic. That was really fun. Like we were just playing and next thing you know we've been playing for nine hours. That was a bit much cause I wanted to wake up early the next day, but it was great.

I wanted to wake up for this.

Flash, one of the best StarCraft players of all time, decided to retire. It just so happened that his retirement ceremony was on Saturday, so despite being a bit sleep deprived, I woke up and went to the venue to see him off.

It was a nice ceremony. It felt a bit too close to a funeral at some points, but it was a really nice gesture for everyone to come out and do this for him. Lots of current and ex-pros came out and it was overall a good time.

They even gave out a mug with his mug on it.

The gift bag they gave out was really nice too, and kind of important for this next part of the story. I thought the mug was really cool so I posted on Team Liquid about it. One of the mods messaged me about the mug and wanted me to grab a bag for him cause he was busy with press stuff.

So I was like sure, so I got an extra one and after the event met up with him and gave him the cup. We ended up hanging out for the rest of the day and just went to a bunch of video game related stuff. That was kinda cool.

Went to check out some Hearthstone at an incredibly stuffy venue.

Now, a bit of backstory before I continue. When I was in Germany for my exchange two years ago I went to an eSports bar a lot because those are awesome. I met some cool people there and one of those people came to Korea for the semester.

Long story short, she got invited to Artosis' Christmas party. When she told me she was going I was super hyped and super jealous. I ended up being her plus one. The Team Liquid mod was invited too so the three of us met up on Sunday and went to Artosis' house.

This is Artosis' dog. She is the most wonderful dog ever.

Seriously. I went to Artosis' house for a Christmas party. It was amazing. All of the English casters were there, some players were there and some other industry people were there too. It was super surreal seeing all these people in real life. Especially together in such a casual environment.

That was already really cool. But next thing I know the door rings again and Mike Morhaim walks in. At this point I was floored. This was the CEO of my favourite game company. The CEO of the company I dream of working for.

This is probably my favourite selfie forever.

It was insane. Like I can't even express my starstruckness for the night. It was just so overwhelming that I, some random dude, was there just chilling with these awesome people. I had to leave the party a bit early because I had to go back to Daejeon, but oh man that was a great time.

I'm not sure if I'll ever have this kind of opportunity again, but I will remember this forever. I'm going back to Seoul this weekend for Christmas, but it's going to have a hard time matching up to this one.

I even had a sweet potato latte somewhere during this.

And for documentation purposes, here's the list of people that were there yesterday. Artosis and his family, Tasteless, Wolf, Branden, Doa, Monte, State, John the Translator, GoRush, Mike Morhaim and his and family, GTR and a bunch of other people that work behind the scenes. Amazing.

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