London Spitfire are planning for the finals this weekend. On media day we got the chance to chat with Bdosin and Closer on their strategies and approach to season one in Overwatch League.
Starting with a twelve man roster and cutting it down to the seven players you are now, what would you say is the biggest difference for you?
Bdosin: When we had a lot of people we were able to try a lot of different strategies. During that time everything was more focused on quantity over quality, when it comes down to strategies and all that. But now since we are down to seven, we are able to focus much more on quality. I think this is the best way to describe it.
Closer: Because of everything that happened, the team overcame a lot during the first season. Therefore, the teamwork and culture is much better now.
How did it feel to move from South Korea to Los Angeles? You are still playing with a lot of the people you played with back in Korea, but how do you like being in Los Angeles in general?
Bdosin: It still kind of feels like I am on holiday here, because I am overseas. On the other hand, it’s still work, so I definitely feel that kind of pressure. Mostly, I really miss my family, but overall it has been great over here.
Closer: I miss the four different seasons from South Korea. But it is also nice having good weather all the time, it is like California just has one season. Also, the limited Korean selection is kind of [a bummer], but I am able to try and taste different and new things, so that is nice.
How did you guys chose Overwatch? Obviously, esports is much bigger in Korea than here. How did you guys figure out you wanted to play Overwatch? Did you expect to come to the states at any point and play the way you are now? Was that part of the plan or is it just something that you weren’t expecting?
Bdosin: I started Overwatch because it was fun and I justed played a lot. I got better and that lead to becoming a pro player. We had no idea to reach this point, or that by playing Overwatch we would end up where we are now.
Closer: One day I was playing with my friends at a PC bang. I kind of thought ”Oh, I am sick of the game I am currently playing. Let’s see what other people are playing.” So I ust picked up Overwatch and became fond of it. We really just fell into it and had no idea of the scale it would reach. My previous team won back in Korea, so this was one of the stepping stones for me.
Fissure was in the news lately, because people had problems with his attitude towards the playoffs. They were trying to figure out why he wasn’t playing. How do you guys feel about the importance of communications on a team? Is it better to have everyone talking Korean and be from South Korea? Or do you think that maybe diversity might drive a team more? After all, this is the best final to show that, because we have an all-Korean team vs. a completely mixed team.
Bdosin: I never gave much thought about what Fissure said. Communication within a team is very important, therefore I think speaking just one language is one of the biggest strength we have. Communication is just so much easier that way.
Closer: I think it would be great to have teammates from different nationalities and who speak other languages. But if we had any other native speakers right now, our communication would be pretty limited. If we are able to get over this barrier, then I think it would definitely be fine.
You have seen southern California and New York now, and I am sure you did some traveling. What places in South Korea would you want to show your fans?
Bdosin: Gangham – because it is very famous now. Also Wassam.
Closer: Gyeongju. It’s a city in middle south in Korea. It is well known for its traditional setup. You can experience traditional Korea, the humble people and food.