Thorzain on his move to EG: '[They] made the best offer by quite a lot'
Rod "Slasher" Breslau sits with DreamHack Stockholm champion Thorzain for an interview about his transfer from Mousesports to Evil Geniuses, staying in Korea and plans for GSL participation.
In his first interview since joining EG, Thorzain explains in detail what made him leave his old team and join the American-based powerhouse. Marcus confirms that there were offers from other teams as well, but neither could match the deal Evil Geniuses offered.
- "It was basically only between EG and Mousesports. The other teams gave me offers similar to what I had previously in Mousesports, so none of them were very interesting. EG made the best offer by quite a lot. In the end I spent a lot of time to think about what to do, but I decided to join EG to give myself new challenges. I've always had some kind of competition in myself to become the best in the team. Even though Mousesports has many great players with Stefan "MorroW" Andersson, Grzegorz "MaNa" Komincz, and others, I think I was the best player on the team, the most consistent. It wasn't that challenging for me."
Although there exist the factor of no one, even Mouz, matching the contract offered by EG in terms of salary, Marcus says that there has been another big thing that influenced his decision:
- "I like to have good teammates obviously, but in the end I realized if I was going to take off another year from school, I'd want to be in Korea, and teammates wouldn't matter as much. Going to Korea was one of the bigger aspects of my decision. [Mouz] could have and probably helped me find somewhere to practice, but EG could send me to the SlayerS team, and that's a big plus."
Thorzain also reveals plans to got to Korea after the next DreamHack and try to qualify for the next GSL while simultaneously working towards improving as much as possible. Even if he fails to make the Code A cut, we'd likely see the Swede compete in the GSTL as part of the joint Slayers/EG roster.
Finally, Marcus takes some time to talk about the ongoing transition of KeSPA players from Brood War to StarCraft 2. To the question if he is worried about BW pros taking over and winning everything, Thorzain replies:
- "Not worried, more excited. I just want to see what happens with those guys. If they translate their Brood War skill over to SCII, they should be the best, but we'll have to see. I think they'll be top players in SCII, but I don't think if you give Flash two more months he could win a best of 20 with MVP. It's going to take them a while."