The Korean Starcraft pro tells Red Bull eSports he's not worried about "Bomber's Law."
StarTale’s Choi “Bomber” Ji Sung is feeling good about his chances in the WCS Season 2 Finals in Germany this week. Thanks to a terrific showing in WCS Korea, where he made it to the semifinal round before Rain halted his momentum, Bomber told Red Bull eSports that he was feeling good about his chances.
My first match is versus Grubby and I’m very confident,” he said. “And versus First and Polt, too.
His confidence might not be shared by StarCraft fans who believe in Bomber’s Law, the theory that given the chance, Bomber will always disappoint and, if he does not, it will be to have an even bigger disappointment later. It’s the kind of inside joke that builds up around players like Bomber, who have been near the top of professional StarCraft for years, but who have trouble taking home first-place trophies.
Bomber himself doesn’t worry about the meme, or take it personally. “I think it’s a fun factor for fans,” he said.
Certainly, there’s no shame in his performances over the last year. He finished second at last spring’s Red Bull Battlegrounds against MC, an even more formidable Protoss opponent back then than he is now. He then lost a finals match to Stephano at last fall’s Lone Star Clash, at a time when Stephano was near unbeatable on the international circuit. He got knocked out at MLG Fall 2012 by Leenock, who was arguably the strongest Zerg at the time. Calling these “disappointments” is probably stretching the definition.
But there is that matter of his defeat by Choi “Polt” Seong Hun at IPL 5 last fall. Bomber shares his WCS Finals group with Polt, and Polt is currently playing some of his best StarCraft. That could spell trouble for Bomber if they meet in the group.
All Bomber can do is keep practicing his core Terran play. In that he’s supported by a StarTale practice system that he says really helps him, and his favorite scrimmage partners from the team: Kim “Avenge” Nam Joong, Lee “Curious” Won Pyo, and Kim “Hack” Young Il. He’s also armed with some of the harsh lessons he got from Rain in their last encounter in the WCS Semifinal.
I learned my weak points and practice them so I don’t do it again,” Bomber admitted. “[I need] to make more Reapers to search.
Reapers are the cornerstone of Bomber’s game in Heart of the Swarm. They have gone from being an irrelevance in Wings of Liberty to being crucial scouting and harassment weapons for Terrans like Bomber. “[With] the Medivac Booster and Reaper changes, those two units are the most important units in Heart of the Swarm Terran [play].”
He just has one little problem with Heart of the Swarm as it stands, and that is the Protoss Mothership Core. He’s hoping to see a nerf applied to the unit, which has become such a powerful early-game defender and harasser.
But overall, Bomber is playing great StarCraft, aided by a Terran faction that has gotten much stronger with the release of Heart of the Swarm and the end of Zerg dominance. When he plays in the Season 2 Finals at Gamescom this week, he’ll have another chance at facing off against the best players in the game and proving why he deserves to be counted among their number.
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