Team8, who regretfully lost the opening match against SKT1, came back from a 2-game deficit to defeat the defending champions, KT Rolster, and enthralled its fans. Team8, who garnered both its nickname as 'Dream Team' and the fans' attention, was visibly nervous throughout its match.
But the players recovered their form in the second match. Sea, BaBy and Jaedong were able to muster up three wins to put KT on a 2-match losing streak, while bringing home their first victory.
Q How does it feel.
A Jaedong=I am so happy for our first win. I was sad that I lost my game and our team lost in the opening match, so I prepared hard, and it is rewarding to finally get a win.
Sea=I always thought the season openers to be very important, and I worried a lot because we were pitted against such strong teams. However it feels awesome to come back from 0:2 and reverse sweep them.
Baby=I personally thought the first week would be very difficult. We were going up against last season's champion and runner-up, so my goal was to get at least one win. I am happy to have achieved 200% of my goal (laughs).
Q The team atmosphere must not have been good after your loss.
A Jaedong=There were so many fans for the opener and their cheers were so loud, I really wanted to win. I wanted to pay them back with a win, but I was sad that I wasn't able to. Each game is critical in the first few weeks, so I have zero tolerance for silly mistakes, and that made my loss that much more regrettable. Since we won today, though, I should move past it and start anew.
Sea=I was so sorry for my teammates. I was so sad that I threw away my advantage and let my opponent come back. However since we got our first win, I believe I will be able to go on and do well.
Baby=I was the only one with two wins (laughs). But I've always had good results during the earlier parts of the season (laughs). I will practice hard to carry this momentum forward.
Q There must have been a lot of pressure on your shoulders due to the fans' expectations.
A Jaedong=It would be a lie if said no. I tried very hard not to let the pressure get to me. At the same time, though, I was determined to do well to live up to my fans' expectations.
Sea=The pressure to do well is ever-present in the world of professionals. I enjoy the attention (laughs). I did not expect so many fans to cheer for us. I expected JD to have a lot of fans, but I had no idea he was this popular (laughs).
Q There must have been a lot of pressure starting 0:2.
A Sea=I was flustered when I saw that Stats had the BO advantage. I think losing a won-game last match made me really nervous. I wasn't doing so well but then I thought of Coach Han and I got the motivation to turn it around. He provides me with so much criticism and advice all the time (laughs). At least he said 'good job' when I won. Next game, I will try to impress him with a clean game. It is oh-so-difficult to get him to like you (laughs).
Q It looked like you were making decisions on the fly.
A Jaedong=I didn't expect a Terran so I didn't practice alot of ZvT. There were moments when it was so close but Mind lost his valks easily and the game just turned completely in my favor from then on. I knew I had won right then.
Q Being the anchor must have been pressuring.
A Baby=Our first team victory depended on my victory so I was very nervous. However, Wooki had just moved to KT and they were about to go on a 2-match losing streak, so he seemed more nervous. That made me relax at some point and I was able to approach the game comfortably.
Q Your goal for the season.
A Sea=So much happened for us to get together as a team, so I don't ever want us to be separated again. We will play our hearts out. I will practice hard to live up to our fans' expectations. We have a game next Tuesday, and I thank Baby, who made the team atmosphere cheery and conducive to practicing.
Baby=I'm off to a good start with a winning streak. I will play hard to maintain this momentum. I BM'd my last opponent by d-matrixing his ovie, and I will continue to get in my opponents' head with ceremonies.
Jaedong=We are all working together well, and the coaching staff has been doing their best in instructing us, so I have high hopes for this season. Kespa put in so much effort to ensure that we were able to practice in a good environment. For example, we met the Director Cho Man-Soo and Manager Koo Ma-Tae yesterday, and they bought us pizza. They have been taking good care of us, and I give a very heartfelt thanks to them.
Source: Daily E-sports