Source: This Is Game
You've returned once again to the Ro16 of Code S. Tell us how you feel.
I think it was obvious. I haven't been able to practice PvTs recently. I've heard a lot of people say that "PartinG has sacrificed his PvT talents in order to become good at PvZ and PvP." So I took this opportunity to study up on the play styles of Rain, ParalyzE, Bisu, and BeSt, so that I could learn again. I feel glad because it feels like I'm coming back to my old self. I am also really grateful to FanTaSy hyung for helping me.
How has the transfer to SKT been going for you?
I think my situation is a lot different from when I was a trainee. And my teammate hyungs treat me well so it's good. Also, my hyungs approached me first so the transition was very comforting.
Did you expect to advance out as first from your group this season?
Honestly, I saw that I would advance out as first as long as I could beat ByuN hyung. Which is why i prepared extensively for my match against ByuN.
Were you disappointed that you placed third in IEM Katowice?
Personally yes, I was disappointed. If I still had my PvT skills from before then I probably wouldn't have lost. I lost in a situation where I wasn't even concerned so I was disappointed in myself. I went with the mentality that I was going to win but after I lost I started thinking back to my loss in Auction OSL. So when I got back to Korea I started asking my hyungs for a lot of advice. I am very grateful to my hyungs.
You have group nominations ahead of you. What kind of group do you want to make?
This is the last WoL tournament so I really want to make a splash. I want to create a group with Squirtle hyung, Mvp hyung, and Life so I can go head to head against the best of the best. And Life is the best Zerg so I really want to face him at least once.
This season's goals and players who could stand in the way of reaching those goals?
I have the mentality that I am the best so I think I can make it at least to the semifinals. Personally I would like MC hyung to keep his word about picking Protosses for the Ro16.
People are saying that "PartinG is an immortal."
I was known as a high templar in the past. Of course I like being called an immortal too. Apparently people call me "the Soul Train" overseas. I am so grateful for that kind of nickname. I also hope people won't just forget the nickname, "high templar" also.
Anything else you would like to say?
It hasn't been long since I moved in to the SK Telecom team house but all the hyungs and coaching staff have been so welcoming to me that I am so grateful. I want to thank my teammates Mercury hyung, hudadak, Journey hyung, Doh Yoo Yun, JyJ hyung, FanTaSy hyung, Dark, s2, Sacsri hyung, and soO hyung for helping me with practice. And personally, I am most grateful to my Protoss hyungs who helped me out. I was able to win today because of them. Truth be told, I wasn't able to use a build order that I had planned for LosirA today. The build order was recommended to me by KimDongKyoon. I want to make sure I show this strategy for the Ro16. I hope KimDongKyoon won't be disappointed.
Source: This Is Game
This is your first Code S Ro16 ever since the 2011 Sony Ericsson GSL October. How do you feel?
I am glad. I believe I achieved this result because I worked hard. However, I still have the belief that I need to work even harder.
Your only opponent was Ryung but you took him down twice in order to advance. It seems like you are once again showing your dominance in ZvT.
I played just like I did for practice. Not everything went the same but I think it was close enough.
Was there a special reason as to why you played a ultralisk style rather than the popular mutalisk style?
From a long time I would use ultralisk/infestor compositions. But I also use mutas a lot. I just used the appropriate strategy at the right time.
Against PartinG you took a complete 0-2 loss. Why do you think so?
He had a one, two second advantage with his strategy. I should have tried to defeat him with an unexpected strategy.
In the final round vs Ryung, you tried really hard to obstruct him from expanding.
I decided to implement that kind of play style after watching NesTea and ByuL play that way. I can't help but feel like I was able to learn that kind of strategy because NesTea hyung uses it so well.
Anyone you specifically want to face for the group nominations?
I haven't given it much thought. I think the players who work the hardest will win.
For this season, only the best of the best Protosses remain.
Thankfully during my match against PartinG, I only showed a fraction of what I had prepared for today. Which is why I think that I can defeat any player regardless of who it is as long as I can prepare well.
Do you think you'll face any difficulties when you have to play HotS for next season?
I think it's just going to be fun. I like to use all the units available for my race so I actually don't mind when new units get added. I think I'm going to be able play stylishly.
Feels like we are seeing the old king of banelings LosirA again.
I want to become a player that can take on any challenge that comes my way and a player that can maintain myself regardless of the scenarios I'm put in to.
Anything else you would like to say?
I want to thank the head coach, his wife, and the coach for always working so hard for us. I want to thank everyone who helped me with practice, especially NesTea. I also want to let ByuN and Ryung know that they did a job well done. I am going to work hard so that I can show even more fun games from here on out. I want to become a player that slowly climbs the ranks. Lastly, I want to thank the fans for cheering me on and our sponsors LG Electronics, Steelseries, Googims Company, and Coca-Cola.