Source: Daily eSports
How do you feel about winning the championship?
With this particular finals ahead of me, I had a lot of worries. For a long time, people had this image of me that I would always lose whenever I went up against a teammate. Having to undergo a team-kill in the finals was really cumbersome. But I approached my match after letting go of those feelings and it ended up getting me a good result.
It must have been difficult to prepare for the finals.
Both TY and I chose one teammate to help us practice. I focused practicing with jjakji and TY chose to practice with Stats. Whenever we’d meet up with each other we’d joke around a lot. We’d say things like, “Hey, why are you working so hard?” And, “Practice went so well for me yesterday.” We’d show off to each other and joke around like that so that we could enjoy ourselves while preparing for our match.
You fell in game one to TY’s multi-tasking aggression.
As game one was going on, I noticed just how well TY was utilizing the map. My mentality busted open and I was on the verge of becoming someone that wasn’t Zest. But I was able to cut that off because of game two and I was able to prevent that kind of change from occurring.
You won game two really easily.
That strategy was almost entirely formulated by jjakji alone. The use of the warp prism and the unit composition that was needed, and even the build order itself was all possible because I listened as much as I could to jjakji’s advice. He was a really big help.
You faced a lot of Terrans this tournament. Was TY the best out of all of them?
After playing against TY today, I was able to realize once again just how cumbersome of an opponent TY can be. The TY that I knew all this time during practice was not the TY that showed up on the finals stage. When TY performs on camera, especially on a finals stage, he becomes much more stylish.
What was the deciding factor?
As I mentioned before, it has to be game two. I lost an advantageous game one so I was about to lose it. If I had lost game two as well then I would have become someone else other than Zest. But I decided to play it strategically and I was able to grapple onto my mentality again and also grab the momentum.
TY made the mistake of constructing two factories in game six. Were you aware of this?
I scouted it using my oracle. I assumed it was a result of him being so preoccupied with trying to handle the adept/oracle pressure. So I figured I’d be fine if I just kept making the right units and blocked his attacks well.
You’ve grabbed a WCS Global Finals placement spot.
All this time, I’ve kept on getting matched up against strong players for the Ro16 so I kept on getting eliminated. So I hope that this time around that some bracket luck will follow me. I’m sure that I can think about aiming for the championship as long as I can just get to the Ro8. I want to win the Global Finals as well.
In the GSL/SSL crossover match, there will be three KT players and SKT’s Dark present.
I know that I’ll be going up against Stats. I have a lot things that I need to pay back to Stats. I want to win my match against him this time and break the image of being weak in team-kill matches. And I also want to face a Zerg. Since Dark is the SSL champion, if I beat him then that means I can become the best champion.
Were you able to say anything to TY afterwards?
We didn’t really have much time to talk. I just let him know that he did a job well done and I also said that I thought I was going to lose because he did so well in game one.
Anything else you would like to say?
I don’t ever want to undergo a team-kill again. Even though I have to endure one anyways for the crossover match, it doesn’t change the fact that I dislike them. Since it was difficult for us to prepare for our match, I want to let TY know that I understand how much he suffered and also thank jjakji for helping me with practice. As promised, I’m going to treat him to something big. I want to thank the supervisor and the coach, and thank my mother, my family, and my friends for coming from so far away to cheer me on. I am able to find more and more strength because of my fans that kept cheering me on. Lastly, through this championship victory, I want to become a Zest that can fly to even higher heights.
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