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Source: Daily eSports
This was your first time winning a championship. How do you feel?
Before I even arrived to the stage, I knew that I was going shed tears once I won the championship. Now that I’ve actually won, it doesn’t feel real. It feels like a dream.
You are the first person to win a LotV championship in Korea.
This was the first LotV tournament to conclude in Korea, and since I won the championship, then doesn’t that mean that I am now the best in SC2? (laughs)
Did your prepared strategies work out well?
Up until game two, things went well as planned. From there on out, I improvised.
You did a baneling drop in pretty much every game. Is that how you prepared for your match?
My Protoss teammates helped me prepare for this match as if it was their own finals appearance. Through practice, I came to the conclusion that these drops would end up working out well. I was able to complete this strategy because my peers helped me out.
What did you focus on as you prepared for the finals?
I focused on those baneling drops. I was sure that I had established a new paradigm in ZvP. That’s why I was feeling confident. I had over a 90% win percentage during practice.
Former head coach BoxeR came to watch the finals.
After I made it to the finals, I privately contacted him to see if he could come see the finals. He told me, “I’ll be there, so don’t bother calling again and just focus on practicing.”
People have been calling you “The Emperor’s Descendant.” How do you think you got this far?
I felt like giving up because I was getting no results even though I was trying hard during practice. But then the people around me gave me lots of advice and cheered me on a lot. Thanks to their help, I am to stand where I am now.
With this victory, you are one step closer to the BlizzCon championship.
Last year, I disappointingly fell out of the BlizzCon running. Because of that, my greed has gotten even greater. From here on out, I want to win every tournament I participate in and even win the BlizzCon championship.
You were known for joining the “Kong Line” for your two consecutive KeSPA Cup second place finishes.
Personally, I never felt like I was a part of the “Kong Line”. I knew that I was lacking in skill back then. Seeing the term “Kong Line” doesn’t affect me whatsoever.
What did “Kong Line soO” say to you?
soO sunbae personally also feels that he’s not a part of the “Kong Line”. He encouraged me to do well even before he came to the finals arena. However, soO sunbae often says that he “feels bad because it feels like his teammates always get second place because of him.” I hope he will get rid of those feelings.
You faced Stats twice during this season of S2SL. What was different today than from your meeting earlier?
The first time we played, I was able to finish off everything with just roaches and lings. But today, I saw that he prepared macro games really well. I know for a fact that he practices a lot on a regular basis. He was definitely a threatening opponent.
What are your goals from here on out?
I wanted to win the S2SL championship and the GSL championship. While I feel that there were some scheduling struggles, I do admit that it is indeed difficult to do well in two leagues at the same time. But now that I’ve realized this, I want to make sure that I can win a dual championship.
Anything else you want to say?
There are a lot of people I have to thank for getting me this far. I want to thank my parents for raising me. I want to thank both BoxeR and Jessica for helping me start my pro-gaming career. I want to thank current coaches iloveoov, Kwon Oh Hyuk, and Park Dae Kyung. I also want to thank the SK Telecom Corporation. Lastly, I want to thank my friends and my fans.
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