Tiebreakers! Please keep the player hate to a minimum and thank you.
[Daily e-Sports Lee So Ra Journalist firstname.lastname@example.org]
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[TVing] STX Soul’s Lee Shin Hyung (Bogus), “I didn’t think I could win”.
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In a situation where tiebreakers could happen in the 4 groups, people may have though Group A would not go into tiebreakers. With vT strongest Lee Young Ho (Flash) and Bogus who was in a 6 game losing streak in vT, and if Flash won he would have secured his Ro8 spot.
Breaking all expectations, Bogus played brilliantly and took down Flash. Bogus says, “I didn’t think I would win, but I’m really happy because I have another chance”.
Q. You created tiebreakers with your own hands. How do you feel?
Bogus – I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect much today. But with this last chance appearing, I will do my best until the end.
Q. Why did you have low expectations?
Bogus – I couldn’t prepare a lot, and with the level of my opponent I wanted to play comfortably. I tried to not show the worst gameplay, but it ended well so I’m glad.
Q. You have shown poor versus Terran for some time.
Bogus – In broadcast games maybe because I was nervous, my situational judgments were not good. Forgetting a few crucial points often in a game, I had a 6 game losing streak. Still in practice my Terran vs Terran had no problems, so I was not in a state of low confidence.
Q. (… They left this question blank, based on answer it seems to be asking about having problems with playing both SC1/2 in Proleague).
Bogus – There is no apparent problem. Losing in SC2: Wings of Liberty, and with poor SC: BW performance I’m taking a small break. The team is doing well without me playing, so you can say I’m catching my breath. I need to raise my skills more. I am still lacking.
Q. Are you confident in the tiebreakers?
Bogus – Instead of 3 losses, and being able to even participate in the tiebreakers I am happy. Since this is the last chance, if I enter the Ro8 I’ll be extremely happy. I will learn from this.
Q. Last words?
Bogus – Recently I showed a poor performance, I will do my best and show myself winning often.
[TVing] SK Telecom T1's Jung Myung Hoon (Fantasy), “All-wins victory is the goal”.
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Recent SK Telecom T1 Fantasy’s gameplay is definitely the strongest. KT Rolster’s Flash has been showing losses often in Proleague or Starleague, on the other hand Fantasy has been doing well in Proleague and not just Starleague but even in SC2: Wings of Liberty/SC: BW attaining his wins and quiet talks of ‘*One Top’ have been spreading.
(*One Top – As you would guess, number one)
Playing like it’s his golden age Fantasy says, “If it’s now, anything I do will turn out good” and ,“I will do my best to aim for an all-wins Starleague run” showing his strong ambitions.
Q. As the Group 1st place, you entered the Round of 8.
Fantasy – My Round of 8 entrance already had been determined, but I prepared thoroughly and I felt the tension. I am happy with this result.
Q. With your spot in Round of 8 determined, you could have prepared comfortably.
Fantasy – If it was a rookie player, I would have played without too much worry. Already had the Round of 8. But doing so well, and as much attention I am receiving the risk of losing one game is becoming stressful. So I prepared even harder.
Q. There are quiet talks of becoming the ‘One Top’.
Fantasy – I do listen to the fan’s opinions often, but I don’t think I’m ready for that title. It is pleasant to hear, but the possibility of losing once makes me worried and stressed. It feels awkward hearing those kinds of talks. Getting this much attention is a bit burdensome (laugh). Maybe I got used to being number two (laugh).
Q. If there was a reason for your recent good performance.
Fantasy – Nothing special. Because there aren’t many days left for playing SC1, single game by game I’m concentrating. But the most important thing is the amount of practice I’ve already done, while practicing SC2 when I play SC1 my hands don’t become stiff and still remember the builds, is probably the reason why I’m doing well.
Q. You are meeting a 2nd placer in the Round of 8. (From the Ro16)
Fantasy – The possibility of Flash or Kim Min Chul (Neo.G_Soulkey) in the Ro8 is high. I’m thinking it’s going to be tough; I want to take the gold so I have to win. I’m confident. Right now I think I can beat anybody.
Q. You are currently in a winning streak. Do you want to beat the longest streak record?
Fantasy – The fact that I’m in a winning streak, it hasn’t really sunk in yet. I try not to pay too much attention, but the graphic showing the 10 recent games with wins looks pretty cool. From the screenshots that the fans took, I downloaded it separately (laugh).
Q. You revealed your goal finishing with all wins.
Fantasy – Honestly that was impromptu. Even if it doesn’t come true, it will become a spectator focus so it’s okay. Instead of putting burdens on myself to make that goal come true, I want to make the Starleague more entertaining.
Q. Any last words?
Fantasy – Last Proleague match versus CJ, I said my game play wasn’t good but thinking about it now, you can misunderstand and think I looked down upon my opponent. I want to say I am sorry to Jung Woo Yong (Bbyong).
Even though today was a rest day, Best-hyung, Paralyze, Sun, Kang Ki Hoon (b-teamer I think) who helped me a lot that I could win. When we go back to dorm, I want buy them a meal.
[TVing] STX Soul’s Shin Dae Geun (hyvaa) , “The Round of 8 is tempting”.
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“The day of tiebreakers?”
For the players that were in the chance of being eliminated, their fearsome counterattack continued into Group C. If he lost today, his elimination with 3 losses would have been finalized, however STX’s Hyvaa with impressive offense and defense took down Soulkey and revived and created a tiebreaker. With Hyvaa’s victory, three Zergs will fight for a spot in the Round of 8 on the 5th.
Q. You created a tiebreaker. How do you feel?
Hyvaa – In the last game my elimination could have been possible, but I didn’t know I could be this lucky. With the occasion of this tiebreaker, I will have to do my best to move on to the next round. Honestly I really wanted to reach the Round of 8.
Q. Your opponent Soulkey was on a good recent pace.
Hyvaa – Soulkey is strong, but it was a ZvZ so I thought deep. After two losses, in the Ro16 in a 2 loss state afterwards it seems I’ve beaten Flash and Lee Jae Dong (Jaedong). But Soulkey is a strong Zerg worthy of the title of ‘One Top’, I don’t know why but I felt confident (laugh). Recently I had a reason for my confidence, and the game turned out well for me.
Q. You seem to be strong against strong opponents.
Hyvaa – Strangely when I’m sitting in the match booth, the stronger my opponent I become relaxed. For good players, I can predict what they would do in this kind of situation, the games flow well in my favor.
Q. In the past when you were in a tiebreaker with 3 Zergs, you had 4 tiebreaker matches.
Hyvaa – ZvZ has so many deciding factors, and with three Zergs fighting for a spot we probably have to do several tiebreakers (laugh). To get 2 wins quickly, you have to play mind games so I have to prepare well. Through this tiebreaker I feel like I could change my image, so I want to win.
Q. You are showing good performance in both games.
Hyvaa – While playing two games, to Progamers it is stressful and hard to show good performances, but I’m trying to look at it positively. But I don’t think there’s a huge difference while doing both games concurrently. You are only lacking in practice time. It is important to adapt quickly.
Q. If you pass on to the Round of 8, will you be confident.
Hyvaa – From the Round of 8 I hear it’s a Best of 5. I like using mind games, so I’m confident in multiple set matches. Against my teammates I like using a variety of strategies; they seem to struggle a bit against it. The Round of 16 is tough, I am confident to show good play in the Round of 8 so I want to definitely reach it.
Q. Any last words?
Hyvaa – For some time I’ve shown many losses, but today I won and in the Proleague Ace match I won so I believe my parents won’t be worried a lot. Also the players will do their best to prepare to bring the match performance up, so please cheer us on. I will win my tiebreakers and move on to the Round of 8.
[TVing] SK Telecom T1’s Uh Yoon Soo (n.Die_soO), “I want to thank Stork-hyung.”
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Could there be a more thrilling revenge. During the TVing Starleague Group Selection Ceremonies, against Samsung Khan’s Stork the person who humiliated him, Soo sharpened his knife of revenge after denying Stork’s 100th Starleague victory took down Lee Kyung Min (Horang2) destroying the tiebreaker matches and eliminating Stork form the Round of 16. Also for himself made a two straight Round of 8 appearance and succeeded in his revenge.
Q. You succeeded in 2 straight Round of 8’s. How do you feel?
Soo – Recently the games didn’t turn out well so I wasn’t feeling good, but with today’s victory it feels good. I’m really happy.
Q. For the front 3 Groups to end with tiebreakers, you might’ve been surprised.
Soo – Even in the waiting room, it felt like all 4 groups will have tiebreaker matches. So I became nervous unnecessarily. Fortunately our group did not have tiebreakers and since I moved on to the Round of 8 I feel great.
Q. It is possible for a team-kill match with you and Fantasy in the Round of 8. Until now Fantasy has never lost a team-kill match.
Soo – I know well (laugh). When playing in Group B I hoped Fantasy would lose. If that happens Fantasy-hyung becomes 2nd and Grape becomes 1st, so I would not have to meet Fantasy-hyung in the Round of 8. It didn’t end like I wanted so I feel sad, I really want to avoid a team-kill in the Round of 8. If someone creates this team-kill, I will curse them (laugh).
Q. In the Group Selection Ceremonies, you were humiliated as the ‘weakest seed holder’.
Soo – On the contrary after that day it became a stimulus to help me to reach the Round of 8. In that sense, I am thankful to Stork.
Q. (This question only filled with ‘SC2: Wings of Liberty’, from the answer… most likely adjusting to playing SC2).
Soo – At first I didn’t know anything (laugh). But after winning it enjoyable. Slowly I’m getting more interest and getting more skillful, I’m doing my best. I’m still far away from where I want to be, but I know one day I will catch up.
Q. In Round of 8 you can do ZvZ or ZvP.
Soo – I want to play against Heo Young Moo (Jangbi). I am more comfortable in ZvP, and since he eliminated me last Ro4 3-0, I want to get my revenge as well.
Q. Any last words?
Soo – Despite being a vacation day, Paralyze and the *computer helped me. Fantasy-hyung always puts his all into it; everyone helps each other well (laugh). Paralyze and *computer, also for Hyuk-hyung who always comes to the matches, thank you.
[*Computer – lol It does say computer indeed, maybe practice builds or long deserved thanks :>]