TL.net interviewed IEM Katowice 2020 champion Rogue shortly after his 4-1 grand finals victory against Zest.
Wax: How does it feel to win IEM Katowice twice?
Rogue: It feels good to win it twice, but I'm more happy just to win the championship at all.
It seems like it will be quite hard for any other player to win it three times, so I want to aim at becoming the first three-time champion as well.
The finals were very one-sided. Did it feel that way to you, or was there something more tense going on beneath the surface?
I was able to play it out a bit easily because I knew a lot about Zest's style. I thought that if I played it safe, I might have a hard time like Serral. So I really thought I would have to go for some all-ins.
How did you break down Zest's style? Was it because of the many PvZ games he played this tournament, or because you're familiar with him through ladder play?
I haven't run into him much on the ladder, but he played a lot of vs Zerg matches this tournament and only used a limited range of builds, so it was a bit easy to break down his style.
You said you had originally planned to take it easy this year in your on-stage interview. Could you elaborate on that?
The game wasn't that fun for me so I was thinking I'd take it a bit easy, but I got a bit lucky and won the tournament, and I think that puts some fun back in the game.
How did you get lucky?
I made a lot of plays that aim at luck, and most of them ended up hitting. I cut out safe play completely, playing a lot of all-ins or baejae strategies [Baejae: doing risky builds assuming an opponent will NOT go for certain counter-options, thus gaining an advantage if one guesses right.], and they just worked out so well.
Do you play more macro-oriented when you're confident in your skills, and go for more risky strategies when you're not confident?
No, I just thought if I played safe, it would make things too comfortable for my opponents. They're all good players, and if I felt it would be too tough to play against them if I started off by giving them an advantage. So I just picked all-ins and baejae strategies.
I think the other players also thought that I had a safe style, so they only prepared for me playing safe.
In the foreign community, you became famous as the only-honest-Zerg after your interview last year admitting that Zerg was OP. How is Zerg now?
Honestly, I admit what needs to be admitted. But now, honestly, even though I won the championship, I think Protoss is really good right now.
So you beat Zest because he revealed all his strategies, not because Protoss is weak.
I think if Zest went for some different things, if he went for more mind-games, I would have lost.
In your quarterfinal interview, you wanted to see Maru vs Serral in the finals. Maru then said that wasn't how you really felt. Who's right?
Me, I just felt if I had that mind set, it would put me at ease even if I lost, so I said it because I wanted to go into the game with a calm mind. I do want to see Maru-Serral, but when I saw Zest advancing to the finals, I really wanted to advance as well.
What did you think when Jin Air teammate sOs typed "you will be a champ" to Maru as he GG'd out of their game, considering you were also in the bracket?
I didn't understand what that word meant, so I didn't think anything of it.
Any last comments to the foreign community?
I'm honestly really sorry to the foreign fans because I couldn't show them that many fun games.
The thing is, the way balance is now, it's tough if you play safe. I think the game needs to be patched in a way that players want to play macro games.