“Iron Wall” Soulkey secured himself a place in first-ever grand final match and will face the winner of Innovation vs. Symbol (May 23rd) in the 2013 WCS Korea Code S grand final on June 1st.
In the round of 4 of the Mango Six GSL Code S, Soulkey defeated teammate sOs 4:3 to move on. After surging ahead 3:0, he let sOs catch up to tie the score at 3:3. But with his signature iron wall defense, Soulkey came out victorious to advance to his first finals in his 1,257 day career. ESFI’s Samuel Cho translated Soulkey’s post-match interview with Thisisgame.com below:
This is the first time in your career advancing to a final. How do you feel?
I feel great. I don’t think I’ve ever felt this way in my career as a pro-gamer. I will definitely take the entire tournament. However, I do feel a little sorry to sOs.
It was a team-kill semi-final. We were wondering how your prepared for the match?
I practiced with teammates. The Zergs practiced with sOs and the Protoss’ practiced with me. I think it went pretty well. I thought I was going to completely shut him out but he started to play well starting the fourth set and I of course made many mistakes.
We have seen that you tend to start off excellently but deteriorate as the match goes on.
I lost my cool. It happened in the fourth set and it’s something that I’m going to fix.
You won the first three sets with ease. Why do you think you were able to do so?
I think winning those first three sets so easily is the reason I started to go downhill in the fourth. (laughs) I think I threw a wrench in sOs’ builds for the first three games. It was mostly due to build order wins.
You were cannon-rushed twice in a row in the fifth and sixth sets.
I had prepared for such a scenario and thought that even if it worked I would be able to win. But I made poor decisions. I wasn’t going to go 15 Hatch in the sixth set but I did anyways and got cannon-rushed again. I knew it would go to the seventh and final set as soon as I saw the cannons.
You must have felt incredibly pressured going into that last set.
I did think of that. But I knew that if I played how I prepared I would be able to win.
sOs attempted an all-in in the last set. Did you anticipate that?
No, not at all. But I did take precautions. To make matters worse, his timing was faster than usual. I noticed that it would hit a much earlier timing and I knew as soon as I scouted that it would be a nightmare to defend.
Then how did you prepare to defend?
Not too long ago, Kim Nam Gi (former coach of Air Force ACE) came to the practice house and said something. He asked why I didn’t pull back my units when there were forcefields in play. I told him it was because I thought I could win the fight. I remembered what he said during the game and tried to play as safely as possible. Normally, I would have gladly taken the fight.
Your fellow finalist will either be INnoVation or Symbol. Who would you like to face?
INnoVation. I have more to show in my ZvT as opposed to my ZvZ, and it’s just a more entertaining match-up.
Do you think you’ll be able to win this season?
Of course. But more important is my desire and my vow to win it all. This season is the perfect opportunity to bring that vow to fruition.
Any last words?
I want to thank all the Protoss’ on my team for helping me prepare, and if I do end up winning, there’s something I’ve promised to do for
them. I also want to do something for sOs when I get back.