The second day of the round of 16 streamed live from OGN's studio featured Pure vs Mini, JangBi vs Mind, the ex-CJ trainee Sea.KH vs Snow and HiyA vs Larva in the second matches of each of the four groups.
Mini managed to beat Pure on Blue Storm with a little help of love battery, his signature building. With some impressive micro and multitasking, Mini feels confident and aims for the semifinals.
How do you feel about winning?
I knew I would win. If I couldn't win here I would get eliminated.
You had the image of a weak player when it comes to PvP.
In official competition that used to be the case but in practice PvP was my strongest match-up. As a progamer I was often played on maps were PvP was expected.
You defended the enemy's two gate strategy with ease.
Two gate is good if it's close distance. You build the gateways close to enemy's entrance to reduce the distance zealots have to travel. The moment I saw that the zealots are coming from afar I knew I would win.
You built a battery today as well.
If the situation allows for it, I use it rather often. It's just that it didn't happen so much on broadcasts. (laughs)
What's your goal in this Starleague?
In the last two seasons I was eliminated at the round of 8, so this time I want to go to the semifinals. But first I have to get out of this round.
In the game of the day, Mind stopped JangBi's attempted BeStesque play with heavy gateway production on Fighting Spirit. Remaining calm and shutting down one Protoss expansion after another in a highly organized matter, Mind's play was in deep contrast to PianO's chaotic multifront unit donations against Mini in the previous round.
Share your thoughts on winning.
It feels good to play at OGN's stage after such long time. On top of that I won the game so my pleasure has doubled.
Were you nervous about facing the OSL champion?
I wasn't nervous. Honestly, during my progaming days I worried before games a lot, but as if by magic I wasn't nervous before the game. I think I would've done well as a progamer if it was like this before. (laughs) Still, facing such a great player I could really get into the game.
At which point did you know you would win?
The early reaver threw me off so I thought I should go for a longer game. I watched over my troops movement and controlled the game as time went by. When the twelve o'clock expansion fell I knew I had it in the bag.
What is your goal for this competition?
I want to survive to the last.
Do you have anything to add?
I stream on Afreeca, so I would like to thank my viewers. I will repay them with good results in the leagues.
In the second PvP of the day, Snow faced Sea.KH on Sin Peaks of Baekdu.
What are your impressions?
Kyunghoon and I are close friends so we know each others' styles well. I used my brain and went with a two gate build and won the game.
It has been a long time since you played at OGN's stage.
Ever since I arrived to Yongsan (the stadium) I've been trembling. Along with the fact that I drew to play with Kyunghoon whom I wanted to avoid the most, I was quite anxious about today's match. Playing at Yongsan again reminded me of the progaming era.
You have been taking an upturn recently.
I don't know about others but I'm staking everything on this competition. My determination leads to good results.
What is your goal for this league?
At least the semifinals, but I want to go all the way to the final.
Many of my friends came to Yongsan today. I want to thank them.
Despite his highly favorable record against the ZvP specialist Larva, HiyA wasn't sure he'd survive a late game scenario on Return of the King. As always, the Fishiking tells it as it is.
What do you think about the game?
I couldn't end the game quickly because of the lack of energy for scan but probably because it was his first time at OGN's stage, my opponent kept showing shaky play and I was able to come out on top. I thought I could lose if it went to late game but my experience with offline games helped me overcome Larva.
You went into the match with a 13-3 record against Larva. T/N: 20-7 according to SoSPA TLPD.
Larva has strong mechanics but he shows weakness when it comes to agressive players who force engagements.
It looks like you will be able to advance into the next round easily.
Seeing the race distribution in my group I thought I'd have to beat the Zerg and then beat either of the two remaining players to advance. Since one of the remaining games is a TvP I can't rest on my laurels but winning today I should be able to relax a bit.
How do you feel about the ongoing Brood War competition?
I have no regrets. Only my skill is worse now than during the progaming era so I worried a lot. Fortunately it has been okay so far.
What are your goals for the competition?
Seeing the big prize for first place, I am of course aiming for it, but my first goal is to advance to the next round. Then I'll change it.
Speak your mind.
Now that two major leagues are running, I'm as busy as I was as a progamer. I also enjoy playing the game. I want to thank the people operating and sponsoring the events. It's late now but I also wish you all the best in the new year.
Original interviews by Daily eSports journalist Kim Yong Woo - firstname.lastname@example.org
Shoutouts to QuickStriker, lemata and pr3ch for consulting on the translation and generally being awesome ^^.
Note: The short introductions are not translations, only the actual interviews.
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