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Your thoughts on making ro8 as first place?
I was confident about advancing but taking first place likes this is surprising. I was stressed a lot by the matches so I’m thrilled to have won the winner’s match and not go to the final match.
Your first match was against Leenock
I like PvZ so I was well prepared. That’s why I chose him in group nominations. It feels great to have my revenge for losing to him last GSTL.
Were you expecting to take on MVP in the winner’s match?
Since there were only Terrans and Zergs in my group, I was well prepared. So I didn’t care who I faced.
You seem to playing much better lately. Any special reason?
Before, I got so nervous that I couldn’t control my units properly. Now, I get less nervous and play more comfortably. I’ve become used to Mok Dong studio after coming here so often. I think the Cheong Sim Hwan (T/N: herbal medicine for calming) is working well (laugh).
You didn’t leave the booth for a while after your victory
I wasn’t crying but the commentating team said that I was which was embarrassing. Same thing happened at Dreamhack last time just because I covered my mouth with my hand. I just have a habit of covering my mouth, I never cried! I was just very moved.
You take on Supernova in ro8
I think it will be hard since we share the training house. This is the first time I have to do this so I’m not sure how I’ll practise at all. Still, since one of us will get to ro4, I will play without being pressured too much.
Anything to add?
I want to thank the sponsors TwitchTV, LittleAppFactory and Razor. My father usually always watches my games and advises me on areas that I am lacking in and it’s very helpful. I want to thank my parents who cheer me on. I want to thank the players who helped with practice: Jookto, Aria, Leesy (T/N: the Korean name was Lee, Seung Yun and Leesy was the only name I could find on TLPD. It's possible the Korean name was a typoe and it's actually Lee, Seung Hyun = ZenexLife), DRG, Fin, Illusion, and theStC. In particular, DRG helped with practice even on the day before his own match.
I am friends with SlayerSEve and she encourages me before games which helps a lot. I am very grateful. I want to thank theWind, CeZanne, Gon who’s in the army at the moment, TL members, oGs members, Nazgul and Bumblebee and both the Korean and foreign fans. (T/N: Hero likes thanking people and it makes my fingers ache)
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You’ve made ro8 after some close matches
I’m relieved that I’ve advanced. I think I can play with an easy mind now that I’ve secured next seson’s Code S spot.
Were you expecting difficult games?
I knew that they weren’t going to be easy because my condition is bad today but today’s matches exceeded my expectations.
What did you think about the group?
People told me it was a group of death but I was satisfied. July was the one I chose so I was confident about beating him and I have experience beating Hero in foreign tournaments. I had some debts to pay Leenock so I saw it as a great opportunity.
Your skill level has dropped a lot recently, do you feel it yourself?
I do. The health problems do affect practice after all. Other players keep progressing but I remain stationary. My hands felt numb after my games against Leenock today. If the match went on any longer, I would have lost.
Are you working hard to regain your health?
I have a hospital appointment for next week. I will start intensive treatment next week.
You take on Naniwa in ro8
Naniwa has a huge momentum so the match will be close. I think whichever player manages to practise better will win. If I win, it will be 3:2.
What are your plans on foreign tournaments?
I won’t be attending for a while. I will only attend ones that my team thinks are absolutely necessary.
Anything to add?
I practised for three days and IMTrue helped me so much. I want to thank I want to thank True, my parents who cheer me on from home, my older sister and also celebrate with my girlfriend whose birthday is coming up soon.
T/N: I am a happy man. My favourite and second favourite players have advanced!