INnoVation successfully advanced to his first-ever career final after rolling through Symbol 4-2 in the second semifinal of the WCS Korea Season 1 Code S tournament. He now faces Soulkey in the grand final on June 1st. ThisIsgame.com interviewed INnoVation following his match:
How do you feel about moving on to the first finals in your career?
I’ve wanted to win this season ever since it started. I’m glad that I am now just one step from making that dream a reality. I’ve always wanted to play on the stage of a grand finals and I cannot wait to finally do so.
Was there anything you prepared specifically for Symbol?
His Roach play is very good in every aspect so I prepared for that. After his Roach aggression on Daybreak, I was surprised when I lost to it in the next set. But still, my general focus was to safely reach the late-game.
You played astoundingly well in the first three sets, giving you an incredibly favorable position.
Everything went according to plan. Actually, everything went better in the actual match compared to when I was preparing for the match. I thought that I’d easily get through the match. Of course, that came to bite me back when I underestimated him the very next set.
Why did you choose to go 11/11 in the second set on Star Station?
Just because. (laughs) In a bo7 series, you need something like that to throw your opponent off. Star Station is just one of the maps where the 11/11 was favorable.
We thought the match would end with a score of 4:3 like Soulkey vs. sOs did.
I thought of that as well. I got a little nervous to be honest. But I played well in the sixth set, so there was no need for a seventh.
We saw you utilizing Siege Tanks in the sixth set.
I spotted his hidden Baneling Nest with my Medivac. I knew that if I defended the game was mine so I produced more and more Tanks.
You must have prepared for Nydus play.
I played the third set thinking he would go for some kind of all-in. Fortunately, I was able to spot his incoming drops early. Nydus play was the strategy I prepared most for, but he only used it once. Now that I think of it, I probably would have lost if he had used it more than once.
You have beaten every strong Zerg you have come across this season. And now all you have left is Soulkey.
It feels like a final boss level. I know that his ZvT is very good. Even when I lost to him in Proleague I knew that he was an excellent player. It’s going to be a difficult and taxing match. But since it’s going to be a broadcasted match, he might not be able to play to the best of his ability. I predict I will win 4:2. Maybe even 4:1.
Soulkey watch today’s match in Yongsan today. He said, “He’s going to have a hard time finding a practice partner on my level.”
He’s right. There aren’t many Zergs that can stand at his level. But I’m not too worried.
Any last words?
I actually have something to say today. (laughs) Many have cheered me on and looked forward to seeing me play. It’s great that I was able to win today. I also want to thank my family for their constant support. Now that I’m in the finals, I will give my all to take this championship title.