Your thoughts on taking down MC and becoming the new champion?
I am ecstatic about today's victory. I was happy to be playing against SK and MC with whom we have a partnership and I'm sorry I had to take him down but this really was the best way for it to happen.
You won 4:1 but was this expected?
I thought it'd be 4:2 or 4:3 either way. However, the first map was one which could give you a lot of momentum with a win so that must have made it easier for me to take the series.
You used the same strategy in the first two sets
In Set 1, I had different strategies ready for each of the spawn spots and it happened to be close by air positions. In Set 2, I was planning to go for a warp prism rush if I saw my opponent getting greedy so as soon as I saw MC take his natural, I executed that strategy.
In Set 4, you lost to MC's warp gate rush
I knew my opponent was going for such a strategy but it came much earlier than I expected. I couldn't hold it because it was a 10 gate build instead of 12.
MC is a solid opponent so how did you prepare for him?
I'm sorry to MC for saying this but I spent the least amount of time on this match out of this entire season. In all the other matches, I made a lot of notes and analysed countless VODs but MC has such diverse play that this was difficult. So rather than the match itself, I focused more on taking care of my condition and maintaining the right mindset.
It was the first outdoor match so how did it feel?
Other finalists told me that I should take care of my nerves before anything else. However, I'm not one to get nervous easily so that wasn't a problem.
LG-IM now has a champion of each race
Before the finals, I didn't pay much attention to this. However, once I had actually won and stood alongside Nestea and MVP, the realisation hit me. I'm extra happy about the fact that our team won the GSL twice in a row since LG Electronics started sponsoring us.
Jeong, Woo Seong handed out the prize so how did that feel?
I feel that it's common courtesy to face someone in the eyes when you talk to them but in this case, he was so good looking that it was a bit intimidating. I'm so happy to have had the chance to talk to Mr Jeong and shake his hand.
It took you one year since your début to win the championship so what do you think about that?
I recently read in a self development book that if you keep imagining yourself achieving a certain goal, you can reach that goal eventually. That's why I was able to convince myself that I would win sooner or later but this was certainly sooner than I expected. I guess the book wasn't lying.
Being the second Protoss GSL champion is a great achievement so how far do you think you can go?
It's still too early for me to be called the new Protoss President. I think if I win the next season and the one after that, I will be worthy of the title. All I've done so far is win the preliminary vote.
You won in a macro game in Set 5 so what was the secret?
The secret was to use a build well suited to the map. On the other hand, that also makes the strategy the most executed on that map. This means you have to consider the possibility of being countered and taking that risk was the key to victory.
Bisu is popular because of his handsome looks and progaming prowess and many compare yourself to him
I'm not even close to Bisu's level yet. Nal_ra, Bisu and Stork are legends that I still look up to and only when I have advanced my career a bit more can I be counted among them.
If you were to make a prediction for tomorrow's GSTL?
I've known Choya from Starcraft 1 days. I am also close to FXO players so I hope they take the win. FXO should win since they have Leenock who I think is the best Zerg ever. However, GSTL can be very unpredictable so it's hard to make the right call.
Now, you have WCG and WCS to look forward to
WCG is one of my main goals. I want to do well. WCS will be held in China so I want to do well there too. It's just that you can't be guaranteed to do well in both tournaments. I'll just try my best for every match.
Anything to add?
First of all, I want to thank the coach and his wife for coming all the way to Busan to support me. I also want to thank the Protoss trio: YongHwa, Ready and First. Lastly, I want to thank all the other team-mates who came to Hae Woon Dae to cheer me on.
I'm glad about the fact that my family was able to watch me win and want to ask my parents to wait a little bit longer because I'll soon have enough money to buy a house. Lastly, I want to wish Choya the best for GSTL and want to thank the sponsors: LG Electronics, SteelSeries, Googims, Nvidia and Coca Cola.