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Road to ASM14: ZhuGeLiang interviewed before IeSF tournament

7/26/2014 6:34:15 AM

Assembly Summer 2014 is just behind the corner. The tournament will be held 31.7.-3.8.2014 in Messukeskus, Helsinki. The best Finnish StarCraft 2 players have been invited to battle over a spot to represent Finland in the IeSF 2014 World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan on the 12-17th of November 2014. The qualification tournament in Helsinki has 16 spots, where eight players were invited and eight players could win their place in the tournament by earning their qualification in online tournaments. There are still two places free in the Assembly tournament that will be decided by the BYOC tournament.

Team Menace’s own StarCraft 2 player Wenlei “ZhuGeLiang” Dai is also invited to the qualification tournament and we sat down with him to brainstorm about the tournament and how his practice has been going.

How has your practice been going on?

Due to the weather that has been rising to very annoying levels, my practice has gone worse compared to the beginning of the summer. I enjoy more rainy days due to the cooler temperature, which helps my breathing as opposed to how it is right now and it is much better to run in cool temperatures. I hope to come up with some kind of solution before the tournament.

Have you changed something in your practice regime for this particular tournament?

There’s nothing special that I have changed. I will try to research my potential opponents as much as possible when the brackets are released.

What would it mean for you personally to have the chance to represent Finland in the StarCraft 2 IeSF World Championship?

I am the only Finnish player with Asian roots in this tournament. I do not know how the fans would react, but I hope to gain their support if I win this.

The qualifier tournament is filled with great Finnish players, who do you look forward playing the most and why?

I am looking forward to playing Welmu, Elfi and Serral, as they are the three best players now.

Do you feel like this year’s offline experiences have helped you stepping up your game?

My tournament level has gone up if it’s in the correct environment. If I watch my diet and relax/rest, I will do well.

Where are you setting your sights after the Assembly Summer 2014 tournament?

Minimum top 4 and let’s see from there on.

Thank you Wenlei, and best of luck in the tournament! Any final words?

It has been a long time since there was a Finnish tournament. StarCraft 2 scene is harder than ever, so it will be an interesting event to see how well people rank in tournaments! Thanks to my team, friends and family for their support.


 - Juho Uusitalo

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