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Flash, “I almost cried after winning”
From the Golden Mouse to the MSL Golden Badge, Flash reasserted himself as the most powerful player existing today. Practicing until his arm felt like breaking was the effort he put in it to win, Flash’s facial expressions were brighter than anytime before.
You’ve opened the golden age. Your feelings?
I feel really great that I finally got the Golden Badge (laughs). In the pre-match interview, I said “I will savor the happiness after I win it” and it seems like this is the feeling (laughs). I want to continue to win a 7th, 8th starleague and become a player who works for that.
What was the driving force that helped you win?
The rib eye steak that Coach Lee bought for me. Coach Lee heard that Woongjin’s Coach Lee Jae-gyun bought Zero beef sirloin and so he looked for Kangnam’s most expensive restaurant and bought me the beef there. I think I was able to win thanks to that.
You mentioned a lot of thanks to your parents and KT.
My mother always read the comments in articles about me. I haven’t read any in a really long time but seeing my mother feeling bad after reading them wrenched my heart. But they won’t go away even if I keep winning (laughs). I wanted to win for my parents. I think by winning today there will be more nice comments rather than mean ones (laughs). I am where I am now because of my parents.
I think our team’s fans always won in terms of cheering during the finals. But our team’s director always expresses disappointment that he could do more. They really do the most they can but he always wants to show even more elaborate ways of cheering. I don’t think there is any other team that supports the players like ours does. I really want to give my thanks.
Before the match, you said that you needed to read Soulkey’s mind.
My strategy itself was built in order to counter Zero. Woongjin Zerg players play very stably and I took that and turned it into a weakness. My builds worked better than I thought they would so I think I was able to win easily. I didn’t think of Soulkey from the very start.
You are playing SKT1 tomorrow.
I’m going to go practice and am not even be able to eat dinner. My win is important but it is a very critical time for our team as well. My teammates are practicing like crazy right now; they didn’t even come to cheer for me. I want to hurry up and meet up with them and prepare for tomorrow. Previous winners often lose their next Proleague match and lose their momentum but I am going to work hard to keep it alive.
Your valkyrie build was exposed in the first set but you still won that game.
I was planning on moving out after getting two valkyries but after my opponent’s zergling saw my build, I anticipated that he would make drones so attacking was something that I had improvised on the spot. If that attack did not turn out well, the game would have become harder to play.
Why did you pick such an unorthodox build?
I started to think about the finals during the semifinal rounds and thought up a build. I showed the best macro I ever could in the semifinals and I prepared the most unique and unconventional build that I could in the finals. I figured that my opponent would be unable to predict my build and I think that worked out well.
I heard that your arm is not dong very well.
I said that my arm was ok before but the truth is that after playing 3 or 4 games, it starts to hurt bad. I’m thinking to do all that I can to fix it after the season is over. I can’t do anything about it right now, can I? I think it is time to show my true fighting spirit. (T/N: omg flash safety first )
Do you have a goal this season?
Last year I heard people say things like “It is difficult for Flash to improve any more than he is now”. But my goal is to always show myself developing so I’m doing my best to show a better image of myself this season than the last one. I want to be a player that continues to improve.
It seems like your desire to win the Proleague finals is even greater.
I heard that they were having the finals in Shanghai instead of Gwang-anri. Last time I won an individual league so this time I want to win the Proleague finals with my teammates.
They really are having the finals in Shanghai. What do you feel about it?
I first worried that fans would be greatly disheartened. But I think players are there to win wherever they play. I don’t think they had the finals in Shanghai for no reason at all. I hope the fans would be more lenient about it. It might be something done to develop e-sports more so I hope they will watch it. (T/N: In the FOMOS interview, Flash actually says that he “didn’t like the news” lol...)
Any last words?
I wonder if I have practiced as hard as I did for this than I have ever practiced before. After I won I almost cried. People around me helped me so much and cheered for me so much so I want to tell them that I am very thankful.
And before I went to the match location, my teammates told me to win. I want to beat SKT1 tomorrow, go to Shanghai with my teammates, and complete the feeling of victory.