This is a translation of the official post-match interview of the Triumphant Song Gaming after the final match of the China Team Championship 2019. The team TSGaming is composed of five players, HerO(jOin), Solar, Cloudy, EF and Hickok.
We'll be using the initials for abbrevation in the following interview.
Q: Congratulations for our champion TSG! How do you feel right now?
C: Winning the champion is so exciting, a feeling completely different from individual tournaments.
h: Winning the champion of a team tournament is completely from that of individual tournaments, and it's also a valuable treasure for our team. We have experienced so many difficulties during this period, and finally we are the champion, I am so happy.
S: This is the champion of the first large offline team tournament in China, which makes me very happy.
E: The feeling of winning a champion must be excitement! Although I did nothing, I was still very excited.
H: Winning the champion is quite exciting on the one hand, for the final is such an epic game I think. On the other hand, I admire all of the players very much, with such games nobody is a loser.
Q: Hickok, owing to your academic jobs you didn't enter the team until recently, and then you get a champion with the team, witnessing your big brothers doing everything they can to win the championship, how do you feel inside your heart?
H: This time watching my big brothers playing the game, I was so excited. I am very lucky and happy to get the champion led by them, and I also possess multiple feelings. I am about to finish my academic life recently, so after that I must be practicing hard, fighting to become a competitive player in the subsequent team matches.
Q: In today's final, in the third map of the ACE match, multiple attacks from herO which could have ended the game failed, and you almost received a turnover.
h: My first attack was defended by the opponent, and I was thinking, "Wow, that was good" at that time, but after so many failed attacks, I was also thinking about the possibility of a turnover. But I was telling myself to do everything I can all the time, just sparing no effort, and finally such effort exchanged for a champion.
Q: After the failure in the NeXT Spring, you must have been holding your breathe since then.
C: We lost NeXT Spring owing to Solar catching a fever and herO flying at night. This time we were dedicated to win, but we didn't expect the matches to be such thrilling, only winning after the final map. We are all very excited and glad.
Q: You guys always want to meet Newbee but this time no chance.
C: This tournament has also proved that every team is too strong to be looked down upon, we will make greater efforts in the next season. We also wish Newbee could get better results together in the future.
Q: Solar completed an all-kill in the semifinal match.
S: I was very confident then, no matter which player of the opponent team came up, I had the confidence to beat him, so I had already got a foreboding that I would complete an all-kill.
Q: As the manger of the club's SCII team, Cloudy, could you summarize this season?
C: The SCII team of the TSG club was founded on my own, and we took every regular season match very seriously, with finishing as the top seed in both regular seasons of NeXT Spring and CTC Season 1 proving the effort we had made. I had never won an individual title in my career, but I was very happy to win a team championship as the manager, and I was very proud of Solar and herO, for their diligence and strength.
Q: EF used to say that Solar is the best ZvT player in the world, even better than Serral.
S: In terms of ZvT, I am more confident than anyone else, about the same level as Serral, maybe just a little bit stronger.
Q: Hickok, you have been improving quickly recently, and your pace of becoming a progamer is also quite impressing, and we all expect that you can be the next young genius in China like TIME, Firefly and Coffee.
H: In fact, I don't want to grow to be anyone else, I am also not a genius. Before me, it was the great IAsonu, who also started his career as a SCII progamer only after finishing his undergraduate studying. I want to be as diligent as iAsonu, and become a better player in the future.
Q: How does Solar and herO think about the two young men in the team, EF and Hickok?
h: EF is a teammate full of innocence, he is very kind. I only met Hickok yesterday, but he seems to be just as kind as EF.
S: EF is an aggressive Zerg player, while Hickok put more emphasis on macro games. These two players possess different styles but are both very young, they will be the new stars of SCII in China.
Q: What kind of help did Solar give to you usually?
E: When I countered a build order on ladder that I couldn't solve, I would ask Solar about how to deal with it, Solar would also give me some reps to study on my own.
Q: We have been talking about your fantastic performance these days, but in GSL of this year, you didn't receive quite good results.
S: Zerg is the race that is hard to prepare for tournaments, so my recent results weren't ideal. I will prepare better in the next season.
Q: herO, you would soon start your military service, what is your goal before that time? Also, would you return to progaming after retirement? Have you ever thought about becoming a coach?
h: My ultimate goal is the Blizzcon champion. After retirement, if my body skills such as reaction and energy could still keep up, I would return as a player, otherwise I would consider becoming a coach.
Q: Firefly who made the debut about the same time as you received many attentions these days, and he also reached many good results in the GPC Tier 2 tournaments recently, so we are expecting you to make some breakthroughs in the near future.
E: I think recently I always lost in the qualification matches, every time ended up in the Ro.16. I was also quite worried, it's just I am so weak, so more effort I think.
Q: Fans at www.scboy.com want to ask Solar and herO about how to play Zerg and Protoss well.
S: Zerg is a race based on counter-attack, with so many opponent strategies to deal with, which is so tiresome, so I do not recommend you guys to play Zerg.
h: Protoss is a race that emphasize on defense more, but I prefer to attack, so I do not advice everyone to study my game style. One of the advice I want to give is that Protoss players must make a good use of probes, using them to design better strategies.
END of the interview
For the original Chinese version, please refer to https://www.scboy.com/?thread-3637.htm
This translation is authorized by the original writer 163_Tyrant.