Stork has qualified for his first individual league since the final TVing Starleague of 2012. Stork was able to beat Woongjin’s Organ to qualify for WCS Season 3 Challenger league. This is Storks first individual league qualification whilst playing Starcraft 2.
Q. You’ve qualified for your first individual league in Starcraft 2.
A. Starcraft 2 has had a tumultuous atmosphere lately, and betwen that and the national holiday I’ve barely been able to practice. I had no expectations of making it through the qualifier, and I feel like I’ve surprised myself.
Q. This is your first qualification in 2 years for an individual league.
A. It’s been too long. I don’t know what to say.
Q. Why do you think you haven’t been able to show results?
A. I know people have that perception, but I think that my results have been good in their own way. That said, losing 11 straight after the introduction of HotS in to Proleague had a really strong impact on me. On top of that, with Jangbi and RorO playing so well it looked like I was playing poorly. I started to get less attention, and it took me a while to get used to getting pointed out in a way that I never experienced in BW.
Q. With the bad mood around Starcraft 2, there must have been some impact on you.
A. Every year, there are difficult events in e-sports. We’ve had fights over broadcast rights, match-fixing, the transition and the hybrid season. As time goes by, the importance of Starcraft 2 has fallen and the eSF players were able to go to foreign tournaments as part of their agreements. Because of this, many worried players decided to retire and it all came to a head at the end of this season. I thought a lot about retiring as well, but I thought that I would regret it like many of the other players who have done their military service, so I collected my thoughts.
Q. What are your goals for this tournament?
A. I think it’s meaningful that I’ve made it through the qualifiers. Actually, with the mood around Starcraft 2 being in such disarray, I don’t feel like I was in top form. When I was playing the Losers match, I bumped into SKT coach iloveoov. iloveoov said “I want you to come back and look like you did in the days where you’d beat me and then do a lap around the stadium”. Those words helped me. Coach Oh Sang Taeks advice was also a big help. I thought to myself that I had to do well, and I had a poisonous resolve to make it through the qualifier.
Q. Out of TaekBangLeeSsang, Jaedong stands out. Does this inspire you?
A. I went to read about it on the Internet, but I could only find articles about League of Legends. I don’t understand Korean tournaments that well, so I had no time to spend on foreign tournaments. I knew that my colleagues had gotten to the finals of foreign tournaments like Dreamhack, but it didn’t inspire me particularly.
Q. Who do you want to face in Challenger League?
A. To be honest, after transitioning to Starcraft 2 I was determined to not watch other player’s replays or VODs. Because of this, my play-style has become like the style of the foreigners. I won’t be dominated by any player in Challenger. I want to shake the perception that I’ve been withering in broadcast matches, which has been due to my poor play. Through competing in Challenger League, I hope to develop play that I satisfies me.
Q. Any Final Words?
A. If I win again, I will get the chance to do an interview. I will do everything to ensure victory.