After a furious battle, team FXO was able to claim their victory and secure a spot for Haeundae beach in Busan for the GSTL finals when they won against team MVP.
On July 20th at the GOMTV studio in MokDong, FXO was able to make a comeback and take the series 5:4 against team MVP during the semi finals of 2012 GSTL Season 2.
FXO was down 2:4 after game 6 and were on the verge of elimination, but Leenock, who was sent out as the ace, single handedly took down TAiLS, Lure, and DRG to grab 3 kills for FXO and allowed FXO to advance to their first ever GSTL finals.
Ever since the founding of the team this is FXO's first ever finals appearance. How do you feel?
This was not a victory by me but a result of team effort. It's not a victory for me but for our team so I think it means that much more.
You were sent out as the ace when FXO was down 2-4. Were you feeling any pressure?
All the hyungs on the team kept telling me that it was okay to lose. But because the mind control went so well I played with a calm and peaceful mindset.
(WTF IS WITH KOREANS AND MENTIONING MIND CONTROL IN INTERVIEWS?! BW nostalgia? )
Your first opponent, TAiLS, decided to play strategically because he was ahead.
That's why I planned to scout really quickly with my drone. But I saw with my overlord that he was going for a economic build so I decided to play a macro game.
How did you feel when MVP sent out Lure in game 8?
During televised matches, I lost a lot of ZvPs. I think MVP was aiming for that and kept sending Protoss players my way. But lately my ZvP has been my strongest match up. I was so worried they were going to send out Sniper but I was so relieved when I saw Lure.
You faced DongRaeGu in the last game.
I had anticipated facing DRG as MVP's ace but I did not anticipate that build order. He used a completely unexpected build order on me so I was flustered and got nervous. But I won because I kept my composure.
The game was decided after a final battle. At what point did you ensure your victory?
I knew I had won when I caught most of my opponent's infestors with just three of my own burrowed infestors. When I scouted using my overseer I saw that my opponent had no spore crawlers and no overseers of his own so I saw that as the perfect opportunity.
Did you think yesterday's loss effected DRG?
I think he was shaken up mentally by yesterday's game, and it followed him to today's game. Today I was really fortunate.
In the finals you will face either SlayerS or TSL. Which team would you prefer to meet?
This season we have been getting all our revenges from our past losses. Now TSL is the only team left and then our revenge is complete. I want to get our revenge on TSL as we win this season's GSTL.
If TSL makes it, you will have to face a ridiculous Zerg lineup. Are you prepared for that?
If we face TSL in the finals then our ace will be Tear. Tear is amazing at PvZ. I think we'll leave it up to Tear for the ace position and the rest of us will just play comfortably.
And if SlayerS makes it?
SlayerS has such a variety of players of all races that anyone could be the ace. We'll just have to play with the mentality of winning only the game that is ahead of us, instead of going for several kills at once.
The finals will be at Busan Haeundae. Have you been there before?
It will be a first time for me so it's probably going to feel like the way it felt when I attended foreign tournaments. Since we're going to Busan anyways I am hoping we will get to go to the beach and do some sight seeing before returning.
This week is the WCS qualifiers. How do you think the games against KeSPA players will go?
The top of the top KeSPA players are really good. But I still think we hold the upper lead. I think I'll be able to play comfortably. If I can just make it through the first two rounds I should be fine the rest of the way.
Any last words?
Thank you to all our friends and fans who rooted for us. I also want to thank my teammate hyungs for putting in so much effort. I hope we end this season on a good note. My dad tends to text me with strategic advice of his own as kind of a joke. It tends to confuse me a lot so I wish he would stop doing that (laughs). I want to thank our sponsors FXO, Razer, and GOMTV. I haven't seen my grandmother in a while so I plan on seeing her during Choosok. She has been telling me that she really misses me so I hope she'll be happy and healthy when I arrive to see her.