In the fifth episode of my 'Grilled' interview series Lee "PuMa" Ho Joon, of Evil Geniuses, discussed his past as a BW professional in eSTRO and later Sparkyz, some of his famous team-mates ( Leta, IdrA and iNcontroL), his biggest SC2 moments (NASL S1+2, IEM V Gamecom and Dreamhack Winter 2011) and his perspective on foreign fans.
[Note: This interview was conducted in March but with it being a larger scope career interview the subject matter is still relevant.]
Time line of topics discussed:
00:18 Ending up as team-mates with IdrA again in EG after being together in eSTRO.
01:29 All-killing Air Force ACE in his second ProLeague outing.
02:03 Upsetting sAviOr in the MSL preliminaries.
02:50 Beating Nal_rA in the OSL preliminaries, spoiling the end of the "Nal_rA's oldboy" comeback show.
04:13 Intimidation factor of facing big named pros in BW.
05:31 Artosis saying PuMa was one of the most frequently requested BW practice partners.
06:35 Sparkyz team-mate Leta as a player and person.
08:02 The less well known Sparkyz player PuMa thinks was really good but couldn't show it in official matches.
09:15 Practicing with IdrA in eSTRO and whether the American got angry when he lost back then.
10:17 PuMa's thoughts on IdrA's behaviour to opponents on stream.
12:01 The reaction of Korean pros and the Korean community to IdrA's BM.
13:55 PuMa's first reaction upon meeting iNcontroL
15:22 Winning NASL Season 1, beating MC in the final
16:03 MC saying he would have won the NASL S1 final if the 7th map had been different
16:47 Beating MC by a large margin in the GamesCom final in contrast to barely winning in the NASL final
18:14 What changed between losing in 7 maps to HerO at Dreamhack Winter 2011 and winning over him in the NASL S2 finals
19:25 Losing to Stephano in the semi-finals of Assembly Winter, thoughts on the French player
21:15 His use of the 1-1-1 style and which other player he thinks is really good at it.
22:19 How an average practice day breaks down for PuMa
24:07 Thoughts on the popularity of Korea in the West due to StarCraft
25:18 How many out of hundreds of wild boars iNcontroL could take down unarmed in the woods before being overwhelmed.