One of the most famous StarCraft II players, the Champion of the WCS Global Finals and the first non-Korean player who won this title, Joona "Serral" Sotala will represent Finland on WESG 2018-2019 Grand Final. Right before the main event, we catch him to ask a few questions.
Firstly let us congrats you like the best StarCraft II player by the results of the 2018 WCS Global Finals. What does it feel like to be the best at the moment?
I’d like to take that title gladly, but sadly it’s very hard to say who the best is right now since so much time has passed. But when I won the Global finals I was very happy and satisfied.
You going to the WESG 2018-2019 Grand Final as the Bronze medalist. What is your mindset? Do you feel confident to take the main trophy right now?
I’m confident I can do well and win the event. But I might as well drop in the first group stage since the A group ended up the hardest by far. In the end, it doesn’t matter that much since you have to beat everyone in case you want to get the trophy which my aim is.
Are there any players you don't want to play against? This time you will not face Dark or Classic, but you may face Maru or INnoVation, very strong competitors.
I don’t really care who I’m going to face. All the Koreans are very strong and obviously, I’d like to face them as late as possible but I’m not really scared of them. Also, my record against Neeb isn’t the cleanest.
At WESG 2017 you were one of the favorites, but this time you will be the main favorite. And probably every your opponent will prepare something especially against you. What do you think about that?
Doesn’t change anything really. Planning your match out is pretty much expected at this point and it’s not really anything I would face for the first time.
How did you prepare for WESG 2018-2019 Grand Final? Have you bootcamping in Korea, like you did last time?
I haven’t really been preparing too much since IEM Katowice is still before WESG. I have been spending my time preparing for that group instead of now. After I get home from there I get to prepare for the WESG group. And no, I haven’t been bootcamping anywhere really.
Clearly, we have big names at WESG StarCraft II division, but maybe you can name someone viewers should pay attention to? Some young talent or veteran who is in good shape right now?
I think the names that have normally excelled will do so again. There aren’t really any newcomers in the roster.
And the last one. At the WESG you will represent not only yourself but your country as well. Does it gives you some extra motivation or otherwise makes you nervous?
Doesn’t really affect me in any ways. It is nice to represent my home country as well but I don’t think about it too much.