Thoughts on winning?
-The Ro8 is a Bo5, so just winning one game isn’t cause for great celebration, it’s just that I have a slightly higher chance of advancing now than my opponent.
You seem to be in a poor condition.
-I got a cold recently, but it didn’t severely impact the game.
You were sniped by Horang2 in SPL.
-I have nothing to say after I lost, I was just really angry at myself. I did what I should’ve most avoided in a key moment, and because of me, our SPL record this week is poor. Next week I need to focus more and get some wins for the team.
Did yesterday’s game affect today’s?
-After only a day, playing the same race on the same map, really has its effects. I tried to focus and play well. When trying to expand I was harassed, but the Drone only got down to red health and didn’t die, so I don’t think I was behind. I was confident that my macro is better than my opponents.
Did the SPL loss affect anything else?
-Wins and losses are both normal. I kept trying to adjust my mindset. But even though I say this, I’m sure my loss impacted my fans a lot [laugh]
Both MSL Ro16 and Ro8 opponents are newcomers from Samsung.
-A lot of people might say it’s because I have good luck, but since it was matched according to rankings, I don’t have much to say. No matter how lucky or unlucky I am, I will never think about the luck in the match-ups. I’ve advanced from harsher match-ups before, and I’ve advanced from easier match-ups before. I will use today’s momentum and advance to the Ro4 with ease.
-Recently there have been a lot of games, but I still hope to get good results in all the remaining games. I hope my teammates and I can work together to get a good result in SPL.
Thoughts on winning?
-After winning the first game today, next week I’ll have an advantage. I will have a little less pressure than Zero, and it’ll be good that I can play how I want next week.
Was today’s mindgame prepared?
-Depends on my opponent’s position, I knew if it’s cross positions so I can play mindgames. So after I confirmed it was cross positions, I used the mindgames that I practiced. Overlord scouting is a bit later in cross positions, so I had a high chance of success. Of course, if you find out earlier it’s easy to defend [laugh] For today’s game, I prepared strategies for every spawn position.
You’ve reclaimed some momentum recently.
-It’s too early to say that. I still want to raise my SPL win count, but haven’t been successful. I’m sorry to the head and assistant coaches. Also, I’m sorry to the fans. I can only try to play more exciting games later. Every time the head coach comes to the individual leagues, I lose, so recently the head coach stopped coming. He didn’t come today either [laugh]
Thoughts on next week’s games?
-Zero and I have a good relationship, so there was no pressure at all in today’s game and we had a good chat. Out of the two of us, one can make Ro4, and we both have the seed status from Ro8, so we’re both prepared to play openly. But even so, I feel a bit bad after winning [laugh] But, it’s only one game, and Zero has played very well in SPL. Next week we have four more games to play, I trust he’ll forget about today’s loss. I need to not be careless, and I think I can get a good result.
Thoughts on winning?
-After winning the first game, more or less there’s a reduction of stress. Today’s win abruptly reduced a lot of a my pressure [laugh]
This is the only matchup in the Ro8 between two previous champions. You won last time in SPL too.
-I’m very confident. Hydra is a player who likes to go on the offensive, and last time I won because I successfully defended the opponent’s Mutalisks. Today, I got an advantage early, so I worked hard to convert the advantage to a win.
Was today’s strategy tailored against Hydra?
-It wasn’t specifically tailored, I just wanted to give him some pressure early before switching to macro. But I didn’t think it’d get such a good result, and allowed the rest of the game to be easy.
Hydra is the defending champion, thoughts on playing him?
-I’ve slumped for too long, and people saying it’s a battle of the champions are making me embarrassed [laugh] I approached today’s game with the mindset as if it was my first MSL.
You’ll finish the rest of the games next week.
-Even though I won game 1, it’s possible to lose next week. Today’s win has passed, I will treat next week’s games as the first games.
You haven’t played a Bo5 in a while, was it difficult practicing?
-I prepared a lot, and felt good. I will work hard to make the Ro4.
-Thanks to my teammates who helped me practice like Roro. If I make the Ro4 next week I will definitely treat to a meal.
Thoughts on winning the first game?
-I’m glad to have the high ground on the road to the Ro4. I need to prepare a lot for next week’s games too, I must win.
You only scouted the nat at 7 but scouted the high ground in 11.
-It’s hard to explain this difficult timing in words. I only scouted it after calculating it. If it was 7 it would’ve been bad, but I was lucky it was 11. But if Leta-hyung mined at the natural I had a different strategy. That’s the key point of this timing, but it’s hard to explain this scouting in words [laugh] But, I trust one day everyone will understand this kind of timing and scouting [T/N: WTF lol]
How did you scout Leta’s opening?
-Today, to some degree, I predicted his opening. I feel like sometimes, Terrans playing against me will use the fact that I only scout the natural and put down the CC at the high ground. Today I predicted it, and Leta-hyung was using this strategy [laugh]
Are you confident in the next game too?
-I’m very confident in TvT. Also, the game isn’t on Thursday but on Saturday, so I have more time to prepare. Before that we have to play Woongjing in SPL. We must win to catch up to SKT.
Woongjing has strong Zergs, do you have a strategy against Queens?
-I practice a lot of with Woongjin Zergs, and I often meet Queens. There might not be a solution, I can only wait and see [laugh]
-Even though Barracks and Sunny had today off, they still helped me practice, I want to thank them. I also want to thank Coach Hery who has always looked after me. Also, a lot of people on the team got sick recently, it’s the changing seasons time, everyone needs to be careful not to get a cold.
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