Source: This Is Game
How does it feel to make it first out of your group into the Round of 16?
It feels so good. I practiced a lot because I wanted to go to Las Vegas, but I was worried when I was placed in a difficult group. I'm relieved that I was able to advance like this.
You lost in the OSL final against Rain.
I wasn't overly shocked. When I looked back, I just lost because I didn't play well enough, so I was able to brush it off and prepare for my GSL matches.
How did you practice?
I didn't practice specifically to counter my opponents' styles all that much. Instead, I kept playing games on ladder in order to keep my fundamentals solid.
You gave up going to MLG for the sake of playing in the GSL. Don't you feel some regret over that?
I don't. Because of how important this GSL is to me, I gave up going to foreign tournaments in order to keep up my endurance.
How would you rate your performance today?
Out of 10 points, I would give myself an 8. People perform a lot of all-ins against Creator, so I tried doing some early-game attacks of my own, and that worked very well. To prepare for Mvp-hyung, I watched the VODs of his games against Life during the GSL finals, and I think that that was what let me play so well against him today.
You made good use of your trademark Lair-tech play today.
I've recently realized that in order to put myself in a good position when I transition to a Hive-tech unit composition, I need to make vigorous use of my Lair-tech units to give myself an advantage. Instead of trying to follow other players' styles, I decided to stick to my own, specifically practicing strategies involving Lair-tech units.
Your former position as top Zerg has been overtaken by a number of other Zerg players.
When I see Leenock and Life doing well, I feel an urge to learn a lot of things. If I watch other players and grasp the strong points of their styles, I think that I might be able to retake my position as #1 Zerg.
Do you have anything more to say?
I want to thank my team's sponsors, Lotte Chilsung and Razer, as well as our partners, MYM and Wayi Spider. My coach had to go off to a League of Legends tournament in Taiwan, but I was luckily still able to do really well. I want to thank my coach's father for coming with me to the GSL studio, as well as the friends, family, girlfriend, and fans, who have cheered for me. The CSAT is coming up soon - it's not a test you want to have to take more than once. I hope that the people who do take the CSAT score well.
Source: This Is Game
How does it feel to make it out second into the Round of 16?
I felt psychologically defeated after losing to DongRaeGu, but I'm glad that I was able to make it into the Round of 16 in such a dramatic fashion.
You were crushed during your match against DongRaeGu.
DongRaeGu largely goes for late game-oriented play, so I prepared mostly for the late game. That got me in a lot of trouble during the match.
After DongRaeGu advanced to the Round of 16, you were faced with two Terrans. Was this a help to you?
I felt some relief because I'm more confident in my PvT than my PvZ. I've recently been on a winning streak against Terrans, so I went into those matches with confidence.
Your PvT has seemed to improve lately.
It has definitely gotten better since before. I hope that I can maintain my current level of play into the future.
You had to play against Mvp, who has defeated you painfully in the past, in the final match.
Back when I previously lost to Mvp, I had little experience in the booth. Being beaten by Mvp back then actually gave me an advantage. I had already had experience playing against him in broadcasted matches, and since I've become a stronger player since then, I believed that I could win.
You showed some all-ins during your PvTs today. Has this been a change in your style?
I mostly play macro games during broadcasted matches. I felt the need to change up my style once in a while, so I tried doing some all-in rushes today. I wanted to change things up in order to throw my opponents off guard.
What are your goals this season?
Because Life has done so well lately, I feel that I need to perform well, too. My goal this season is to reach the semifinals. Since I can go to Las Vegas if I just make it to the Round of 4, my goal for now is the semifinals.
This is your first Code S Round of 16. Why do you think that you haven't been able to advance previously?
Today, I was thrown off because my mouse sensitivity setting wasn't set properly, and that was what lost me my first match. A lot of similar things happened to me during previous Code S matches, and the additional weight of being in Code S made me very nervous. But with today's victory, I felt like I've gotten a foothold onto the stage of Code S.
Do you have anyone whom you would like to face in the Round of 16?
Zergs have been far too strong recently, so I want to avoid them. I want to play PvPs if possible, so I'm worried that so few Protosses have gotten through so far.
Zergs have been very strong recently.
I think that SC2 is more imbalanced now than it has ever been before. It's impossible to fend off Zergs. If two players are equal in skill, the Zerg will win 8 or 9 times out of 10. That's how broken game balance is right now. I would like David Kim to patch the game already.
Do you have anything more to say?
I want to send my thanks to Life, BBoongBBoong, Terius, a foreign player who goes by the ID TTPIG, and all of the other pros who helped me with practice. I was very shaken after losing against DongRaeGu today, so I want to thank my coach for helping me regain my composure, as well as my clan mates and Lee Hwang-hyeon's brother for coming to cheer for me. Finally, I want to thank Ttesports for sponsoring my team.