Source: This Is Game
Your first time advancing to a finals stage. How do you feel?
I was anticipating a difficult match. I feel so good that my prepared strategies got executed well. I would never have expected to have defeated INnoVation by a score of 4-0 since he's such a phenomenal player. Even if I did somehow win, I was expecting at least a score of 4-3.
You grabbed both a first time finals chance and the youngest royal roader opportunity.
This will be my first time experiencing a finals stage ever since I became a pro gamer. I am so glad. I am even more glad that I get a chance to grab the youngest royal roader achievement. I will prepare extensively and win that title.
You chose to play on maps that you had never used before through this tournament.
I got to decide what maps to use at the scene so I was planning on going for all-in strategies if I won the first game. My plans ended up working out well. I didn't really have a specific set of strategies for each map but I decided to choose maps that were comfortable to play on.
When did you know that you had secured your victory?
I had a feeling that I was going to win the minute the score became 3-0.
It seems like INnoVation's momentum has diminished since the hellbat nerf.
I think he's been on a decline ever since the hellbat nerf took place.
Who would you like to face in the finals?
I hope Rain makes it through. TvP is just a little more comfortable. I can't help but feel that my chances of winning the championship will get higher if Rain advances (laughs).
Supervisor Gerrard kept coming up to you after every single game.
He advised me not to let my guard down even if I won.
The last time Prime had someone in a championship finals was three years ago when Polt was still on the team.
I will do my absolute best and try to do what I can do.
Why do you think your momentum is so good right now?
I have been able to practice in a better environment ever since the move to the new team house. My practices are now more systematic than before.
Anything else you would like to say?
I want to thank my parents for cheering me on until the end, and thank FXOsC hyung and my teammates for helping me with practice.
SK Telecom T1 Rain
Source: This Is Game
You've advanced to the OSL finals for a second time in a row.
I was expecting a difficult match to ensue because I got really nervous and my momentum was not as good as last year's. In my opinion, I think I was able to win because I was able to re-gain my composure after the re-game occurred.
A lot of people said that Bomber was going to win because his momentum was just so good.
The maps were just not good. I even thought that I probably wouldn't be able to make it through. But oddly for some reason, even though all my games today were improvised, I somehow established even better results than usual.
Around when did you feel like you had brought the atmosphere of the match into your favor?
After I won game two. I was able to win this game even though I took a pretty big hit from his early game strategy. I figured that I had brought the pace of the match into my favor with my game two victory.
You won WCS Asia last year and grabbed 3rd place in the World Championship, but you've been very stale since then.
I think I just didn't have any fear during then because I was a rookie. I was feeling down because of the Proleague experience a little while ago, but I think my match went well because I realized that I had nothing to lose because the Proleague playoffs was over.
You started off the series with a loss in game one.
Usually, if I take a complete loss, it affects me pretty greatly. But this time the loss was just so pathetic that I just told myself that I just didn't get lucky.
You won game four because you found out about his secret expansion on Star Station.
That was an expected result. I knew it was a little meaningless since I found his expansion a little too late, but I had a feeling that he was going to go for a secret expansion.
You will be facing Maru in the finals.
It's not like I'm good friends with him or anything but he is a young player and it felt like he was going to achieve some great stuff. I have a feeling it's not going to be an easy fight. I think every situation is just not in my favor. I'm going to see this as a kind of homework that I have to overcome.
How do you think the finals will go?
I am going to have to prepare extensively because the maps are just so disadvantageous. I was able to win all this time by playing the way that I wanted to play but I am going to have to make complete and thorough preparations for the finals. I am going to have to choose carefully about what I want to do.
Anything else you would like to say?
I want to sincerely thank FanTaSy hyung, hudadak hyung, Mercury hyung, and KT Flash for helping me with practice. I want to thank my fans in the online community, and the fans who come to the actual scene to see my matches for cheering me on. Our team's atmosphere has not been so great lately so I hope that my teammates, the supervisor, and the coach will all remain strong now that I've made it to the finals. We have a 2 week break coming up but it looks like my Terran teammates will have to continue to keep helping me with practice now that I've made it to the finals (laughs). I want to apologize to them in advance as well as thank them in advance. I will treat them to a delicious meal regardless of whether I win or not (laughs).
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