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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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