FanTaSy: It's like I'm in a dream.
- This is your first ever Starleague win. Comments on that?
▲ I've never expected to win 3-0 like this. So, the Starleague win still feels unreal... it is almost like I'm still in a dream.
- Most have assumed Stork to win. Did that bother you when you practiced?
▲ Actually, if the opponent gets all the attention, it makes me feel relaxed instead. Also, I think it helps me more with practice, because I think with a situation like that, I should be working harder.
- Who practiced with you, and how did you prepare?
▲ Stork-hyung's momentum was certainly amazing, but he did not play that many games versus Terrans recently. I didn't fully analyze his recent playstyles, but I believed he will just play as he always have, and prepared accordingly. In addition to practicing with my teammates, I've also played few rounds with MBCGame's Jaehoon.
- Foreigners also have a lot of interest in how this OSL Finals would turn out.
▲ I believe that in USA or in Japan, StarCraft is not as popular as the other games. However, I don't think there are any games out there that are made as well as StarCraft. It'd be great if more foreigners come to love StarCraft (laugh).
- What kind of help did your coaching team give you?
▲ They helped a lot around the builds. In case of iloveoov coach, he helped me more with the external factors such as mentality for the finals rather than the internal factors though. To be honest, I was worried because I didn't have a clear solution until I arrived at the finals. Then, iloveoov coach told me not to think about too many things at once, but instead, think only about a single build made around one of the opponent's possible build. Thanks to that, I believe I was able to win.
- You have finally escaped from the 'Kkongline'.
▲ I've always wanted to leave, but I didn't worry about it too much. I don't think I've officially left yet though. By winning two or three times more, I should be able to completely quit the Kkongline (laugh).
- You will now be continuing the line of the legendary Terrans of SKTelecom.
▲ Both SlayerSBoxeR-hyung and iloveoov coach have always been wishing for me to win. SlayerSBoxeR-hyung have been sending me encouraging texts, and I felt sorry for being unable to live up to that all along. While it is great that I ended up winning today, I will not let the ego get the best of me and I will continue to practice hard as if I've not yet won in Starleague. If I do that, I think I might be able to put an end to the "Era of Flash", and start the "Era of FanTaSy".
- Did you have any specific thoughts about winning in Starleague normally?
▲ I really wanted that Starleague winner's badge. With that badge, you would feel pretty proud just by looking at it. Now that I've finally achieved my wish, I think that I should be playing even better from now on. Although, to tell you the truth, I wasn't sure what to do after winning, because this is the first time I've ever won in a Starleague (laugh). Now that I got that one victory under my belt, I am confident I will do better now.
- The initial reason for your nickname, "Terrorist", wasn't actually a flattering one. Do you want to have any other nicknames?
▲ I like my nickname as it is now. Other nicknames are kind of blah. I want to be remembered as "Terrorist" forever.
- Now that you have won, do you think you can challenge Flash or Jaedong head-on?
▲ I've been thinking, that if I win this Starleague, I would take on Flash or Jaedong next season. Of course, things might not go that way, but if given the chance, I want to face them in a match.
- What kind of dream did you have yesterday, and how was your condition?
▲ Whenever I have a match out of Seoul, games always go well as long as the previous day's games have gone well. Yesterday's matches have gone well, and I've slept so well that I didn't even get to dream. My condition? It was at the best as it can be.
- Even after winning 2 games in a row, you looked a little worried after the 2nd match.
▲ I was worried because I have been defeated before even when I had a 2-0 lead. The coaching team told me not to think about winning at all before starting the match, but I couldn't stop myself from thinking about winning. So, I tried to mind control myself to get rid of thoughts of winning, and fortunately, I was able to set my mind straight right before the start of match 3.
- There's a match vs. Khan tomorrow. Will you show up for it?
▲ I believe I will. I'm at my best condition right now. After having won a Starleague, I feel like I could do anything, and the game itself should be even more fun to play than before.
- What's on your mind right now?
▲ I'm really hungry now. Would love to eat my favorite, pork rice soup (laugh).
- What will you do with the grand prize money?
▲ Since I receive spending money periodically, I plan to give all the grand prize money to my parents. First, I will have to treat my teammates to an awesome restaurant... and I'm going to ask my parents to let me buy something I want (laugh).
- Any last comments?
▲ A lot of people -- the teammates, the coaching team, etc. -- have worked tirelessly for me, and I want to say how thankful I am for them. Also, there weren't a Starleague winner for quite some time in the team, and I feel ecstatic to have won for the team. I also want to say thanks to all my fans who have come all the way to Gwang-ju. I might have won today, but I will continue to practice hard like the days when I just started out playing StarCraft. I will show even better matches in the future.
Here is the SKT1 coach Park's commentary.
He said "After the appearance of LeeSsang, we haven't had a winner since then. It's great to see Fantasy to be the first one to break through the wall. We've put in an untold amount of effort in an attempt to produce a Starleague winner this season, and Fantasy is the first result of the effort."
When asked that if coach Park is feeling proud considering a lot of people have been betting on Stork to win, he answered, "I believed in Fantasy to win, no matter what other people have been saying. Recently, Protoss playstyles have been stagnating, and I knew Stork too, have not yet escaped the stagnation. The preparation was perfect. It was inevitable that Fantasy would win."
Continuing, he said, "Fantasy has that something special within him. I think that played a big part in how he won. I would like to ask everyone to find out what that is."
While Fantasy has achieved a win in Starleague, he hasn't been doing very well in the Proleague. To that end, coach Park answered, "There's a match versus Khan and Hite coming up right before the New Year's Day. We'll enjoy the feeling of victory during the New Year's Day, but for now, I will instruct Fantasy to focus on the Proleague."
(Ed. Note: In South Korea, there's two ways to count dates. One with Gregorian system and one with Chinese calendar system. In the Chinese calendar system, Feb. 3rd in 2011 is the new year's day according to their system.)
Lastly, he congratulated Fantasy by saying, "Congratulations on winning in the Starleague. Let's work harder so that when people say Terran, they will think Fantasy, not Flash."