- You won the first round of "Savior vs OGN Sparkies"
▶ It was very stressful because my first match had generated a lot of interest ever since the group selection. [read about it here]. I think because of what happened then I practiced for this match extra hard. I was very focused, too.
- People were calling it the "game channel derby" [CJ is preparing to launch a game channel]. Were you aware?
▶Truthfully, I didn't think much of it. I just focused on the match. I only had one week to prepare for it so I didn't have time to think about anything else.
-Both of your potential next opponents strongly want to face you. Who do you want to face?
▶I don't have a particular preference. The second match will yeild a winner, and once my opponent is decided I will start to prepare. In order to keep the promise I made during group selection, I have to come in first in group A, so I will try my hardest.
-Many reacted by saying you were very mean.
▶It's because of the group selection. I don't want to dwell on it any more. If I must comment on it, a part of the reason behind it was that I wanted to make the group selection fun and interesting for the fans.
-What's your goal for this season
▶To get a seed for the next. If I can get a seed, my goal will naturally upgrade from there.
-You had to beat your teammate.
▶It's the second time, after the last OSL. Last time, I thought it would be a good experience so I took it in stride. But this time when it happened again it was difficult, especially practicing. And I feel like the three of us ended up in the same group because of me so I felt sorry.
-Your match with Casy[Name] was an incredible dogfight.
▶My attacks were constantly being blocked. The drops weren't working well either. So in the midgame I felt very much in danger. My resources were bottoming out and I thought I might lose. I tried to calm down and play carefully, and that's when I realized that my opponent was also running out of money. So I stuck in there, and kept attacking.
-You will face Savior
▶It's what I wanted since the group selection. Casy[Name] was good too. On our way here we agreed that whoever gets to face Savior will beat him no matter what. And I will.
-Your ZvZ is suspect.
▶I'll get confident through practice. I will allot as much time as I can to prepare for Savior. That's how I will win for sure.
-Any word before facing Savior?
▶I lost to him once in the Proleague. Finally a chance for revenge has come. I know I can win if I work hard.
-This victory seems to mean more than usual.
▶I wanted an even longer match. I wanted to see Nal_Ra use everything Protoss has, Aribters, Carriers, everything. I wanted to beat Nal_Ra after he did everything he could against me. Whenever I lost to Nal_Ra I lost only after showing everything I had. I hoped that would happen today too but I won before it could happen. So I'm not as happy as I thought I would be.
-Was your Three-CC a specific strategy to counter no-gate double nexus?
▶I didn't go three-cc just because it was no-gate nexus. I saw what happened, then I watched Nal_Ra's play after that and I decided that three-CC had a chance of working.
-Your Turrets were a big hit.
▶It was unexpected luck for his Shuttle to die to my turrets. Those turrets weren't exactly for defense - they were to pressure Nal_Ra. "Don't come through that path" was what I was trying to say with those turrets. But when they actually shot down Nal_Ra's shuttle I could feel the balance swinging my way.
-Who do you want to meet next?
▶I have a history with both players. I don't care which one it ends up being. I would like to face Nal_Ra again with elimination at stake. I told him so before our match. If I lose and end up in the final game, I want Nal_Ra to come up and face me again.
-Has the decision to enter the army changed you in any way?
▶I had given much thought to the army issue since a long time ago. It hasn't changed me. I believe that I must game until the day I leave. I'm simply going to do my best in the games that are given to me.
-Many fans are hoping for Boxer-Yellow in the ProLeague Allstar game.
▶Facing Yellow is always fun for me. He'll have to chose his map wisely. Tossgirl might face him depending on the map.
-What are you goals for this season.
▶I want to leave a powerful image, so I will go all out against every player I face. My opponents will have to get nervous when they face me.
-What are your long term goals?
▶For the moment,I want to be the kind of player who is still a pro into my 30s. I feel that someone has to be the one to do it. I will be a player who can return to the scene after returning from the military.
-As expected, the strength of your Hydras was different from the rest.
▶Hydras fit me, maybe because I used them so much while I was still an amateur. I want to use Mutas too but my record isn't that good when I do, so I stick to my style. I decided to stay with my style when I play protoss. I noticed that Pusan must have been thinking about my hydras too, because he built four cannons from the very beginning.
-What about the early drone rush?
▶When the protoss tries to harrass zerg from buliding hatcheries, if the zerg fakes a drone Maynard and instead attacks his cannons, the cannons will fall. During practice this would always work as I planned, but Pusan seems to also have known about it too. Most protosses arn't ready, because they get attacked even before the zerg has a spawning pool. But Pusan had good defense. I realized it would fail and immediately pulled the drones back.
-Your next opponent is Boxer.
▶That's what I wanted. I want to pay him back for that Proleague loss [Pantech 0 - 3 SKT]. If I had just beat him I could have recorded one win against each team, but that loss left a mark on my record. I will win no matter what.
-How are the new maps?
▶I havn't played all the maps yet so I can't say for sure. Arcadia II is definately not bad for Zerg.
-This was your first match after your LASIK surgury.
▶There was no trouble. I'm glad I won.
-What are your goals for this season?
▶I have no big ambitions yet. I will approach this league with the mindset that I will beat each player I encounter.
-You will be featured in the Allstar game.
▶I think I will play in the 2v2. Probably with Sigamari from Samsung Khan? Personally, I want to face iloveoov. My record with him is so bad, so I would like to beat him.