The day has come. Rickard "SortOf" Bergman is now heading towards Korea to represent Sweden in the prestigious IeSF main event. Such a great occasion couldn't be wasted, and the man has taken advantage of the opportunity to settle down for two weeks in the NSHS progaming house. Interview with the Zerg phenomenon on second page.
What do you think you can learn from the Korean gaming style?
I'm really hoping to just find holes in my play so I can fix them and refine my performances. It is something that I really need in order to reach the next level.
Are the trip and support primordial to your career?
This trip is a great opportunity for me to experience a professional training environment which will be of great help for me. It's one more step forward in my progaming career, and and I want to express my gratefulness towards MadCatz and Western Wolves for making this possible.
How do you think you'll react to the contrast between these two separate scenes? The foreigner and the Korean one that is.
I'm not sure. I think the biggest difference for me will be the atmosphere of the gaming house, since I've never experienced that before. I'm not really familiar with how things work in the Korean scene, so I guess I'll have to adapt quickly. But Koreans seem really nice in general and the food is great as well!
What do you believe are the advantages of staying in the NSHS gaming house in comparison to others? And the disadvantages?
A tough question due to my luck of experience, but it's definitely great that they have a lot of strong Terrans since it seems to be my weakest match-up right now.
Anyone you're looking forward to meet?
Well I'm obviously looking forward to meet everyone in the NSHS house. Hopefully I'll have some time to maybe meet up with some other people as well.
How did you prepare yourself for the big event? Any predictions on the tournament's unfolding?
I think I've prepared myself fairly well. It has been hard to prepare perfectly, though, due to my busy schedule lately but I'm expecting to do pretty well, perhaps even win the whole thing.
You had very impressive performances at WCS Europe and Dreamhack lately, and although you couldn't claim the golden medal you still left a pretty solid trace. What do you see as the reason of your eliminations and what approach will you take to fill these gaps?
Well I'm always looking for ways to improve and I think Korea will be great for that. As for my recent not-so-good performances I think it came down to the shape I was and the confidence I had those days.
Do you think Korea's going to be the cure to regain your assurance?
No, but it will help me gain the means to do so. I think to regain my confidence I need to have another good performance and practising in Korea will certainly help with that.
How do you think you will adapt to the unique culture of Korea?
Actually, no idea. I'm just going to take it as it comes, I guess.
Could you give us a rundown of your plans for the next few months?
So far, it looks like IESF, and then Dreamhack Bucharest. It is likely that I will be attending MLG Dallas and Dreamhack Winter too.