It’s an event tournament but you have won. How do you feel?
Frankly, I didn’t expect much coming to America but I am very happy to have won. I am proud of the fact that I have improved slightly.
In a prior interview, you said you’d be okay even if you didn’t win
Honestly, I just wanted to win my first match. Once I took the first match, I started playing without pressure which helped, I think.
You won every game
I think luck was on my side today and I got lucky with the builds I chose. Luck was 80% of the reason why I won.
You used an all-in build twice in a row against Stork
I didn’t prepare them. I wanted to macro up but in Set 1, my keyboard malfunctioned. Playing with the mouse only, I had a lot resources saved up. It was a strategy I chose to end the match early but I got lucky.
In both your games on Daybreak, you used proxy raxes
It’s a build I learned most recently. Seeing it in action in the GSL, it looked rather strong. You can pressure at the same time as taking an expansion. That’s why I tried it out today and it worked rather well.
Your most memorable game today?
The match against Soulkey. Especially Set 2 where I was set behind by his mutalisks. However, I had good control today.
How are you improving so quickly?
Initially when I started Starcraft 2, people expected so much from me that I also expected myself to improve very quickly. Then, I didn’t improve as quickly as I wanted and was despairing.
However, two weeks ago, my ladder rank started soaring all of a sudden which gave me confidence on top of taking a win in Proleague. I think my skill rose along with my confidence.
Is there something you want to say to the foreign fans?
I am so grateful. I may have seen a larger crowd but, a cheer like that, you would only see once per year. It makes me proud and I want to thank the fans who cheered for me. If possible, I want to attend as many foreign tournaments as possible.
After your games today, people are comparing you to Marineking. Are there any players you studied?
I studied MVP, MMA and MKP mostly. I feel like those three players are exceptional. Especially out of the three, MKP’s marine control is amazing so I am trying to imitate that even if I am not quite as good right now. Control helps especially in TvP.
Did you try HoTs? If so, how was it?
I did. I think it’s going to be fun. For Terran, there aren’t too many changes. I’m sure a lot of things will change in the future but I’m disappointed we get only one unit, the widow mine. I think having more units is more interesting so this is a bit of a disappointment.
How was the widow mine?
It’s very powerful. However, it leaves me wanting more. Still, I should be able to utilise it in tournament games. Protoss and Zergs have really powerful units added to them. I envy the other races since Terran doesn’t get any. I think Terrans are the only ones complaining.
Anything to add?
I want to thank the reporters, the fans at the event and the fans in Korea who cheered me on.
I am aware of what the world expects of me. I will make sure to show games in Starcraft 2 that are as good as the ones I showed in Starcraft 1. I will work hard even if it means I have to get another operation on my arm.