StarCraft II's biggest champ on what makes Korea a pro-gamer's paradise
Sweet victory: IMNesTeea celebrates his Global StarCraft II League win in May.
October 6th, 2011
02:21 PM ET

StarCraft II's biggest champ on what makes Korea a pro-gamer's paradise

Life is good these days for Lim Jae-duck, the professional video game player known by the handle IMNesTea (pronounced I. M. NesTea).

In a few weeks, Lim makes his overseas debut at BlizzCon 2011, the biggest convention hosted by a video game developer - Blizzard Entertainment, in this case - in Anaheim, California.

That’s after becoming the first triple-crown winner at Global StarCraft II League (GSL) tournaments, and the only champ to never drop a set at that.

“I’ve really wanted to go to BlizzCon,” he said in an interview at an apartment in Oryu-dong, western Seoul, that serves as lodgings and practice space for his junior team members.

“I’ve been invited overseas multiple times, but I never could go... This time, I’m really excited and looking forward to it, especially because it’ll be the first time I’ve gone abroad.”

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  1. cholby

    lol I can't wait for this phaggot to turn 30 and then go broke. oops, you should've gone to school and learned a skill that mattered.

    October 24, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
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    IMNestea and IMMVP are arguably two of the best Starcraft 2 players in the world. It is absolutely amazing what these professional Starcraft players can do, and their APM is sky high. With a terran and a zerg 3-time champion of the GSL, we're really just waiting for a 3-time protoss champion, but that's probably not going to happen soon since TvT is the main Code S matchup now, isn't it? I'm psyched about Blizzcon and am excited to see how that goes down. I'm also super interested in how the Heart of the Swarm expansion is going to effect the Starcraft e-Sports and professional gaming scene. Hopefully, it's balanced much more quickly than Wings of Liberty was. Anyway, we'll see. Thanks for posting this awesome article!

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    October 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
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    October 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm |