I've never been this happy after winning a match. Even when I win, it doesn't really affect me that much. But the last game was a very tense one, so I felt really good at the end.
Playing the round of four and finals back to back – did that change how you trained for this match or the strategies you used?
As I prepared, I just played ladder. Thinking fundamentals would be important, since it was a game you would play right after, I played a lot of ladder.
You barely seemed to practice today at IPL5, just watching the other games. Was there any reason for this?
It would have been the same whether or not I practiced any more today; I just needed to warm up. I had played IPL before that, it didn't really matter.
Do you feel you're the best Zerg in the world after your Code S performance and your performance tonight?
No, not all yet. But I'm full of confidence in my skills.
Do you believe you can win another Code S championship, or do you think this is a one off thing like some other Code S champions in the past.
Well, I've won now, so I have a lot of confidence. Next season, if I don't want to be called a bubble (overrated), I will have to reach a high spot.
The last two seasons in Code S you were knocked out in the Ro32. What changed this time that allowed you to win?
Killer (Sangho) Hyung gave me a lot of advise, so I was able to believe in my skill.
You lost to an all-in build in game one after going for a somewhat greedy build, but you used that build again in later sets. Weren't you worried?
That was such an extreme build, so I didn't think he would use it more than once.
When HyuN came back to take a lead at 3 – 2, did you start to lose confidence?
I was a bit uneasy – I hadn't lost to all-ins, I lost in management games, the kind of games I had confidence in. I was very uneasy, but I did think a little that I could win.
What was going through your mind when you lost all your infestors in game seven? A lot of people thought it was over if it was not for the hidden base.
I had a big advantage earlier so I thought that I had won, but I took a fight overconfidently and lost it, and I thought that I had lost then.
Now that you've won a Code S, what's your next goal in your career?
Of course, winning many championships is my goal. I haven't determined a set goal, but it should be something I can be satisfied with.
Do you think that because Zerg has been doing well the last few months, do you think that this will be looked at as more of 'another Zerg win' than 'Sniper wins the GSL championship'?
I think it's true [that Zerg has been very strong lately]. Yesterday, I said in my interview that Terrans were so shameless. That, I just said because I wanted to say it once, so please don't misunderstand.
Mutas were only used one game today. Was there a reason the games played out that way?
I used mutas when I played HyuN in the GSTL, and I had said in interviews that mutas were good in ZvZ, so I thought they would be on his mind, and didn't use them.
It seems like the championship winning Zergs have many different styles; you and DRG are very macro, while Life is very early game/aggressive. Is it important for Zerg champions to have multiple approaches?
Of course it's good to be able to play multiple styles. But it's very hard to play multiple styles – I've tried it on ladder. I played the style I was best at.
You mentioned before that DRG gave you a lot of advice between games, what did he tell you? Also, you're the second Zerg winner on the team. Do you think you've overtaken DRG? [DRG laughs in the background]
DRG and coach Choi came and said a lot of things to me, and honestly I can't remember any of it right now. For sure, they were helpful words, but they were only helpful then, and I can't remember any of it now. [Everyone in room laughs]
Regarding DRG, I saw his career resume during IPL5, I think he's in a different class as me. I'm still a far ways off.
The fans chanted “Sniper! Sniper!” before the games. That's something that's hard to hear in Korea. Did that help you in these games.
I'm not that popular yet, so I wasn't able to hear that before. So of course, I felt good.
Did the consecutive semi-finals into finals schedule help you play compared to having a week between the matches?
Me, I like playing these matches right after each other. Instead of analyzing, I'm better at just playing according to my next opponent quickly.
You're qualified for the GSL year end event through this victory. How do you think you'll do there?
I'm not sure who's playing in it, but if I practice I'm sure I can reach a high spot.
You are one of the last Wings of Liberty champions. Have you played HotS, and what are your thoughts going into the expansion?
I haven't played a single game.
Any final comments?
I want to thank coach Choi for coming here and taking care of me. And I want to thank my teammates who practiced with me and motivated me. I want to thank my parents and family who cheer for me and watch my games. Thanks to GomTV for sending me to my first foreign tournament.
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