With a string of strategic plays, Team 8 beat SK Telecom T1 in just 53 minutes. Jaedong’s 5pool, Tyson’s 3gate all in rush, and Jaehoon’s quick zealot reaver attack took down Ssak, Bisu, BeSt. Team 8: “with a mind to win no matter what, our strategies ran away with the match from set 1.”
Q: You followed up your complete loss with a complete win.
Jaehoon: In the last match, I felt bad for my teammates because I lost so fast. If I’d won, the momentum might have been different.
Q: Were you guys expecting a 3-0
Tyson: Our team has a lot of strong players, so I thought as long as I won, it’d be a 3-0.
Jaehoon: With the score at 2-0, I was sure I could make it 3-0.
Q: You prepared a 5pool today
Jaedong: I thought it might be good to use it once in a while. Honestly, right before the match I almost changed my mind, but my coach reassured me. I was single-minded from then on. And because I had good luck with starting positions I was able to win.
Q: How does it feel to win with such surprise tactics
Jaedong: It always feels good to win. Because it ended so quickly I feel unfulfilled, but the win feels good like any other win.
Q: Your strategies seemed really prepared
Jaehoon: You could tell we’d prepared a lot. As soon as I spawned at 9, I thought I’d won. It gave me confidence because Chain Reaction has a lot of income imbalance in starting locations. We were stressed out polishing and honing them countless times.
Tyson: Although I mentioned Kal in the tv interview, I didn’t learn it from him, but our ex-teammate Lazy. We made it together, then Kal helped us refine it through practice. I want to thank both players.
Q: Did you have any worries about facing Bisu
Tyson: I played it with my eyes shut, flat-out assuming no dt builds. I played thinking I’d win no matter what happened.
Jaehoon: I think you did a good job of it (laughs).
Q: You play STX next.
Jaehoon: STX has really strong momentum right now. Last and mini are pretty good but if Jaedong takes out their ace Bogus I can see them falling.
Tyson: I’ll go in trusting Jaedong.
Jaedong: It doesn’t matter to me who I face. The important thing is to win no matter who it is.
Q: Anything you want to say.
Jaehoon: I was going to do something for my mother’s birthday on Jan. 29, but I forgot. I was always sorry I had never sent her a present or said thank you [t/n tsk tsk, Jaehoon]. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to her.
Tyson: It feels good to take down the mighty SKT1. We’ll close out round 2 by beating STX as well.
Jaedong: Compared to other teams, it feels like our fans are the most vocal and passionate. Although we’re in last place right now, I want to pay back their embarrassment by slowly climbing up the rankings and reaching the post season.
[Daily e-Sports reporter Park Song-ee email@example.com]
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