TeamLiquid staff had a brief chance to talk to Rain and Last after their showmatch at BlizzCon concluded. Due to time constraints, only several questions were asked, but some of the answers will keep you wondering what we might see the next time these two players play on stage.
Q: How is transitioning back from SC2 to SC1, and how is playing on stage again in front of a crowd at BlizzCon?
A: I started off as a SC1 player and moved to SC2. I was sad because I didn’t win in SC1, but now that I won and played at BlizzCon, it means a lot to me.
Q: With the recent success with Zerg in the PvZ matchup, and the absence of Bisu, how will Protoss try to even out the matchup again?
A: It depends on the maps. Even on some maps where Protoss isn’t favored, if there is a little space that Protoss players can work with, it’s doable.
Q: What do you think of the longevity of Starcraft: Remastered? How long will professional play continue to last for?
A: So SCR is still popular in Korea so it will go on for a while. My concern right now is that most of the current players are the same age and most will go to military soon, so this will be a critical time.
Q: Any words to your foreign fans that continue to support you for this long?
A: Thank you for supporting through SC1 and 2. I will do my best to try to pay back the fans support.
Q: With EffOrt showing some holes in the 1-1-1 that you used so effectively against Jaedong in the KSL, do you think Terrans need to innovate another new build now?
A: The 111 strategy is traditionally strong against Zerg, but EffOrt showed that you can overcome it. But watching EffOrt have a counter play against the 1-1-1 gave me ideas on how to counter his strategies.
Q: With most Terrans having so much trouble against Protoss except you and Flash, how do you think Terrans will adapt to best move the matchup more in favor of Terran?
A: Traditionally, Protoss is strong against Terran so even I have difficulty in the matchup. The only way I can grow is to stack experience and play more, and see what works.
Q: You had a small period where you did not perform in offline tournaments. How does it feel to be once again considered as a top-tier player?
A: Every time I was eliminated early on, I was very disappointed in myself. The KSL system where you have to play your opponents multiple times played to my favor. I will try my best to maintain my top form.
Q: Do you have any words to say to your foreign fans that still support you?
A: I wasn’t really aware that there were foreign SC1 fans. But now that I know there are fans out there that support me, I will try my best to make up for their support.