I'm really happy that I won. I never thought I would win when I started, and I'm crazy happy now that I have!
Your opponent was Life, an infamous player in online play. Did you expect a tough series?
Yes, I consider Life to be an extremely good player. I practiced very hard for this match, and I think I was rewaded for it!
Who helped you practice for this match? Any words for them?
RagnaroK from TSL helped me out. Also, three anonymous gamers helped me out as well, but I can't say who they are~.
You played a very long game on the first map. Do you feel okay about playing super-late game PvZ? Did you ever feel that you were on a timer and had to win quickly?
I think it's about half and half, and the better player wins. It's a bit tricky to play Zergs who turtle with brood lords, and I think Zerg is a little bit better when it goes very late.
In a few sets I did feel pressured to end the game fast. However, I prepared mostly for long games, so besides a couple of games, I think I played my games safely and patiently.
Life exploited your cannon timings to run lings into your base early in a few of the games. Did that affect you a lot?
Yes, it had a huge affect. It took me off balance mentally, and it made me really nervous. I didn't expect him to come with lings that early, and it made me get off to some disadvantageous starts.
Life went for some big attacks on lair tech in a few of the games. Did you expect that kind of play from him?
Yes, I did have it in mind to some degree.
Did Life play the way you expected for the most part?
Hmmm, no it was was very different. He just has such a free-form style, you never know what he's going to do. So his play differed a lot from my expectations.
You only all-ined once, on Metropolis. Was there a particular reason for this?
No particular reason. I just wanted to take at least one game with an all-in.
You used a lot of Stargate play, why was that?
Life enjoys all-in play, so I came with strategies that let me play safely, check what he was doing and react to it accordingly.
What do you think went wrong in the two games you lost?
I think I got messed up by his style. The way he went for pokes and defended was good, it messed me up a lot.
Did you have something prepared for game seven if it went that far?
Honestly I didn't have anything prepared for it. I practiced focusing almost entirely on the first four sets, with a plan to win 4 – 0. In the games after that, I freestyled it.
This is your second big payday after WCS. Any plans on how to spend it?
It's a happy dilemma. I'll give some to my parents and grandparents, and the rest I plan to save.
Many Protoss players are doing well lately. What do you think of your position among them?
I'm very behind in terms of career accomplishments, but in terms of skill, I don't think I'm lacking at all. I think I'm maybe in the top five.
This is off topic, but since the timing happened to work out this way... What do you think of the HOTS beta?
Ah, lol. I don't really have much interest in it right now, though my teammates seem interested.
Anything you want from the expansion?
Hmm... Personally I want to keep playing Wings of Liberty T_T. When HOTS comes out, I'll just have to learn it because there's no other option.
Why's that? The learning curve is too steep?
I think that I'm good at WOL right now. Of course, it could be that I end up being good at HOTS as well. But I'm a little bit afraid I won't get results there, though I'm still confident.
Any final comments?
I'm very happy that I won TSL4. I hope I can get more opportunities like this in the future. Thank you everyone
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