Source: This Is Game
This is your first championship victory. Please tell us your thoughts.
I doubted whether I could win the tournament with my level of skill, so I'm happy that I was able to win like this.
During the Day 2 playoffs, you faced three Zergs in a row. Didn't you have trouble?
Even before playing, I had already anticipated the result of my match against Scarlett in the Round of 16. As long as I could play using the strategies that I was best at and could execute most reliably, I felt that I would not lose. I thought that I could also manage to beat Suppy 3-0, but I think that I had a difficult time during that match because I broke down psychologically.
Sen, the Taiwanese player whom you faced in the semifinals, had reached the Round of 4 by defeating Curious and HerO. Had you planned to use Immortal rushes when you went into the match?
I thought, "If even Korean players have a hard time blocking this attack, how can a foreigner do it?" Personally, even I was curious about how to break the Immortal rush.
Which match would you call your most difficult during this event?
There wasn't a single player whom I would consider an obstacle. The person whom I wanted to face in this tournament was Rain-hyung. I wanted to get revenge on him for the WCS Asia finals.
After winning, what was the first thought that passed through your head?
After taking the victory, the first thing I thought was, "[I just won] 100 million [won]!" (laughs)
What are you thinking of spending your prize money on?
I plan to save all of it and hand it over to my mother. I'm planning to receive some of it as an allowance whenever I need money.
Life did win a tournament recently, but this is the first championship victory by a core StarTale member.
Although Life is a fellow StarTale player, he originally came from ZeNEX. Before my games, I told my manager, "As a core player, I will make sure that I win so that you won't have to deal with people calling our team KongTale." I'm glad that I was able to keep that promise. I want to go back to the team house and tell my hyungs that we won't have to settle for second place anymore. I also want to try bragging a bit (laughs).
We've heard that during your quarterfinal match against Suppy, there was some kind of problem.
Compared to foreign players, Koreans are willing to practice to the point of cutting down on sleep. But after I defeated Scarlett, Suppy examined her replays. Having seen my timings and strategies in those replays, Suppy blindly built around 15 Spine Crawlers and Zerglings even before I had moved out to attack. My pride as a professional gamer could not tolerate such actions, so I decided to show him what for by attacking him even harder.
Please tell us about any future ambitions or last words that you may have.
Recently, I think I've done well during tournaments that have a "W" in their names, so I'm looking forward to showing good results during the upcoming WCG. I believed that I would not be able to win a tournament this year, but I feel that my worries have dissipated with today's victory, and I think that I will be able to do well even after the transition to Heart of the Swarm. The people whom I want to send my thanks to first are naturally my family members. I also want to thank my team's director, ESC, for taking care of my mental state, as well as my family at StarTale. I want to thank my team's sponsors, Red Bull, Zowie Gear, and Joy Gear. When I drank Red Bull this year, it gave me wings.