The StarCraft II season is (mostly) finished. Despite the few series left to be played on stream, we have a pretty clear picture of our playoff teams. If you’ve been following along, you already know how I feel about the teams. You might be (more) curious about what the teams themselves have to say about their performance so far and their upcoming matches. Fortunately, I surveyed some of the more prominent teams in the league so that you can get a glimpse of the view from the trenches.
On the regular season:
“Team isn’t surprised it is doing so well, it is as expected.” – Robbie “Tesla” Plata, Temple University
“I would say it’s hard to be disappointed by ending the group undefeated. However, a lot of our success was thanks to our aces [Derek “TheoRy” Travisano] and [Matthew “Plurmorant” Schulz], so we still have lots to improve, especially our 2v2. I managed to hit masters myself (albeit barely), so hopefully we can have another strong 1v1 player as well.” – Jiseok “jiseokcube” Choi, Georgia Institute of Technology
“The only teams we’ve lost to all season are Temple and Waterloo, so we’ve done about as expected.” – Kevin “Hjax” Konrad, University of Connecticut
“Overall, we felt really good. Our one loss was really close, but we’re not too worried about it. Lambsauce had an amazing performance this season.” – Sasha “Karma” Krassovsky, University of Washington
“We were a little disappointed with the outcome of our last two matches since we could’ve very well gotten the first seed in our group, which was essentially the group of death out of all four conferences. I honestly feel very disappointed with my performance since our last two matches depended on me winning the ace match which I lost both times.” – Kevin “omgabanana” Yu, University of Chicago
“We’re doing okay. No big disappointments. Everything is going to plan.” – Hewson “Hewston” Ju, University of California, Berkeley
“Unless we lose to [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute] this season we’ve been performing as planned so far.” – Joshua “Flume” Chan, University of California, San Diego (prior to their loss against RPI)
“Our loss to RPI I think is our biggest disappointment, it feels especially bad because I felt there could have been done more on my end on the 2v2.” – Zach “Cloak” French, University of California, San Diego
About the upcoming playoffs:
“We aren’t about dodging, we’ll beat whatever team we come in contact with because we have too much depth.” – Robbie “Tesla” Plata, Temple University
“Honestly, most if not all of the teams are pretty scary for us. I think we can say we’re one of the top teams, but we’re definitely more at the bottom of those top teams (in terms of overall level). We’re definitely not going down without a fight though.” – Jiseok “jiseokcube” Choi, Georgia Institute of Technology
“We can beat any team but Waterloo. Even Temple is beatable.” – Kevin “Hjax” Konrad, University of Connecticut
“Our team actually feels very strong going into the playoffs, despite our somewhat bad seeding, since one of our core players is returning from a leave of absence in the spring. Also, playoffs happen after our finals (we’re on the quarter system), so we will have a good amount of time to prepare for playoffs, unlike our last two matches, which were back to back during midterm season for our school.” – Kevin “omgabanana” Yu, University of Chicago
“We’re not feeling much pressure regarding the playoffs – these are just more matches to play. We’re ready to take on anyone we’re seeded against.” – Sasha “Karma” Krassovsky, University of Washington
“Gonna qualify for playoffs for sure. Looking to be topdog again. #FeelsGoodMan.” – Hewson “Hewston” Ju, University of California, Berkeley
“Since we can’t really dodge any team from the group of death, it would just be nice to not play any of the qualified teams in the first round. It would also be nice not to play University of Washington early on since they finished second in their group. I’d rather play Georgia Tech.” – Joshua “Flume” Chan, University of California, San Diego
“For [the] playoffs, I think as long as we nail down some 2v2 builds, we will be in a much better position going forward. Like Josh said, we can’t dodge anyone so I guess we’re going to have to see how things go.” – Zach “Cloak” French, University of California, San Diego
Well there you have it: the players’ unadulterated thoughts. They’re all pretty confident and, at the very least, we can expect to see these teams fight tooth and nail (keycap and mouse?) for the championship title. You already know what I think of these teams and now you know what they think. But what do you think? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!
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