After today's victory, I will be able to work even harder in the future"
Source : ThisIsGame
Dear, beating soO, was able to record his first victory in an individual league.
Dear (of team SouL) was able to defeat soO (of team SK Telecom) 4:2 at the WCS KR S3 finals held at the Uniqlo AX Hall on the 19th. He becomes the second royal roader in GSL history, following Life (of team Startale)
You've become a champion for the first time in your life. This must be a brand new experience for you.
Even before I got to the finals, I was confident and I knew I would win. Maybe because of that I feel like I'm less happy than I should be, but I still feel really good. Because the season finals are still coming, I'm still a little all over the place.
Not only did you become a champion for the first time, but you also became a GSL royal roader.
Because it was my first finals and a chance at walking the royal road, there was a lot of pressure on my shoulders. I wanted to have it all. Because of that, I practiced harder for this than any match before. I think because of that, I was able to get a good result.
Over your career, you've had a lot of different teams.
I felt like I was progressing each time I moved between teams. After leaving from Hwaseung, I started playing broadcasted matches and after I started at STX I became a regular in the rotation. Although it's not certain at SouL, I feel like I've grown a lot. It's not a good thing to be moving teams, but I feel like it's been a great help to me.
A lot of the commentators predicted a 4:2 win for soO
I think that a lot of analysts think that I'm strong in the early and mid-games, but weak in the late-game. However, in contrast I'm confident in my mechanics and I like going to the late-game. I just had a lot of confidence in my ability to end things in the early or mid-game, which is why I had used the builds that I did throughout the tournament. I feel a little regretful about the analysis of the commentators.
At the media-day, you mentioned that you were doing the dishes even the day before the match.
I think because I was in the finals, I was exempt from dishes and cleaning duty (laughter)
Woongjin's sOs came to the finals today.
As long as it's not a match with Woongjin, I get a lot of help from sOs. Every match, he helps me as if it were his own.
In the 3rd map, you suffered a comeback from soO despite being ahead.
During the first map, I felt really uncertain. I did lose the 3rd map, but I thought of it as having switched places in a way with the 3rd map, and didn't get too disheartened by it.
You have 2250 WCS Points so far. You still haven't secured a spot in the global finals.
I'm planning to take the prize money and treat my team-mates and those I know, take a little for pocket money and then give the rest to my parents. If I hadn't won today, my situation would be much more insecure. I am planning to practice non-stop until the season finals. I think that I will get good results at the season finals.
This year, there were no repeat finalists.
I think that the most important thing for a gamer is strength of will. I think after this victory, I've gotten a bit stronger. I did win today, but I don't think that I'm incredibly good. I still have a lot of weaknesses. In order for people to acknowledge that I'm a true champion, I think that I have to keep working hard. Because of today, I can work even harder than normal.
I think it will be amazing if I can win at the season finals that are almost upon us. Because the season finals draws the best 16 players from across the 3 regions, a lot of the matches are decided by who's in better condition. I will work as hard as possible.
Is there anything you'd like to add to finish off?
A lot of people came out to the finals. I want to tell them that I'm really thankful. A lot of people worked really hard to help me practice. I want to thank Azubu_Symbol, EG_Revival, Woongjin_Soulkey, Axiom_Impact, FXO_Leenock, JinAir_Coca, JinAir_Savage and from my team SouL Hyvaa, SSanaEE and YoungJoo. I want to thank sOs for helping me as if it were his own finals, even though he's not even on my team. I want to really thank Head Coach Kim Min Ki and Coach Park Jae Seok for coming out to the finals.
Because of my victory today, I want to spend today with a happy heart and work hard towards doing well at the season finals. I especially want to thank the coaches again, Kim Min Ki, Park Jae Seok and Choi Yeon Seok for creating this position for a pro-gamer.