Team8 is a collection of ace's. Hwaseung OZ's Jaedong and Killer, Wemade Fox's BaBy, and MBC Game's Sea, Jaehoon and Tyson were designated as their respective teams' ace's, and picked up by KeSPA's new team. Among the players, Tyson is the bottom feeder for the 10-11 season in most-wins. He is dead-last despite his respectable 29 wins. This just shows the depth of Team8. Even after the team's inception, Tyson has been ranked consistently at 6th in the in-house tournaments. It is almost as if he was MBC Game's ace only in name.
On the 6th, however, Tyson reminded us of why he was deemed an ace: he executed a brilliant strategy against ACE's firebathero and steamrolled him. We met with this hot player Tyson.
Q Thoughts on your first victory this season.
A My results were poor towards the end of last season, and then our team disbanded. I am happy that I got my first win, and also that our team won. My teammates said if I win my match, we will win 3:0. That put a lot of pressure on me, but I am happy that it came true. I want to prolong this moment of happiness for as long as I can.
Q Did you prepare to play Firebathero.
A I thought I would use this strategy if I met a Terran. We have to do something about Terran these days because everybody is going greedy builds. I hope a lot of other players cheese the heck out of Terran so they won't opt for greedy builds so easily. However I am sad that the Firebathero had to be my scapegoat.
Q What do you mean?
A Our dorm is in Itaewon so I get to see him and his friends a lot when I go out. A lot of them are also very dark-skinned. I have a soft-spot for dark-skinned people I guess (laughs).
Q There is word that Coach Joo was worried by your gameplay.
A I went into a slump towards the end of last season and couldn't practice properly because our team disbanded. My gameplay suffered a lot as a result. I practiced very hard but I wasn't good enough to play in the last two matches. I am still lacking, but slowly making progress.
Q You used DT's.
A I put a lot of time into devising this strategy but I didn't want it to be exposed so I rarely used it. It was based on a lot of theory-crafting but it worked well today.
Q There was a long break [before the season started].
A It served as a time to look back upon myself. I entered into a new team and the other players were so good. I wanted to be just as good as them, but my hands couldn't keep up. I decided to go back to my rookie mindset. The team atmosphere is amazing. Everybody contributes. Everybody is nice. I just need to play better.
Q Team8 is going up against Woongjin Stars on the 18th.
A I'm still not good enough to have a spot on the lineup. It's a relief that I have two weeks to prepare for this match, though. I will prepare thoroughly and bring another good strategy.
Q How do you place in the internal tournaments.
A I am 6th out of 6. It's depressing. I see myself as an extra on the team. Coach Joo sometimes jokingly says "just play your role as backup well." It gives me motivation to practice harder.
Q Any last words.
A Team8 has a great atmosphere. I won today and our team won too, continuing our winning streak. I will do my best to maintain this positive atmosphere and momentum.
Source: Daily E-sports
Here is Fomos' interview with Tyson, translated by OpticalShot