How do you feel about advancing to RO16 after beating Innovation?
I thought it was a "Group of Death." I was very stressed because my ZvT was down during the practice. Nevertheless, I feel so good about advancing.
You must have prepared especially against Innovation.
I prepared as usuaul. I asked my practice partners to mimic Innovation's play style. Also of help was the WCS replays that were released. 80% of my practice hours were invested in TvZ against Innovation.
Fast transitions in the first set against Gumiho was impressive. [edit: talking about transtions after scouting Gumiho's mech, I think]
Was there any difficult moment in the series against Innovation?
My builds were slightly disturbed because of small mistakes (losing overlords and allowing hellions in the base) in the first two games. Innovation's relentless push is always a threat.
You showcased very fast creep spread. Did you watch Scarlette's games?
Yes. I used to believe that I was best at creep spreading, but Scarlette's creep spread made me think otherwise. I have learned a lot from her games, thanks to WCS replays.
After losing the first map, you chose Derelict Watcher. Was the large open middle space a consideration?
I honestly did not think of that map until yesterday. Dream recommended that map after he lost to Sleep yesterday. I realized there were some good places for spine crawlers as well as routes for run-bys.
In the 3rd set, despite the narrow paths around the map (Yeonsu) you profitted quite well with muta-ling.
Micro matters. I tried to keep a careful eye on mine-targeted zerglings and move them towards marines so that they would take damage. [edit: is it possible to know which unit is targeted by a mine?] I think the outcome of 4M v. muta-ling depends a lot on controls.
Recently Zerg players focus much on muta-ling play even when they go for Hive. Are Infestors not very helpful?
Infestors are helpful, but the change to its attack type made it very difficult to actually inflict damages. Plus, today's ZvT is non-stop slugfest where you need constant stream of units, so unless you are quite ahead it is difficult to find time or resources for Infestors.
You received Nestea Award and advanced to RO16. What do you think of your chance this season, keeping in mind that it's your only chance to the Blizzcon?
I don't know. I will go with the flow. (laugh) It's the last season of the year so I think it is an opportunity to be the champion, beating strong contenders on my way. I don't mind being in a "Group of Death" I even saved some builds for later rounds, so I don't mind facing any race. I would be modest and predict my chance of getting to the final @65% (laugh)
Any last words?
I thank my coach, family, girlfriend, and fans. Thanks to Dream and other Terran players I ran into on ladder. I heard that some in the community thought I was yester-year's news and wouldn't beat Innovation. Hopefully I have changed that perception today. I will do my best for the global finals.