FunPlus Phoenix has defeated Invictus Gaming to confirm their place in the worlds finals. GimGoon, how are you feeling right now?
GimGoon: I am glad that we’ve managed to win. I’m personally satisfied, I performed better compared to my last series.
Thank you for participating in this interview. In both Spring and Summer split, both teams took a Bo3 series off against one another. What was it like, facing off against Invictus Gaming in a Bo5 for the first time in the Worlds Semifinals?
GimGoon: I think there is a significant difference between Bo3 matches during the regular season and a Bo5 match like today’s one. I think we put in a lot more preparation for the Bo5 series, trying to predict what kind of picks our opponents will bring out, which we actually got a lot of things right in.
You mentioned that FPX put in a lot of preparation and it showed, with their draft having been on-point throughout the series. With the massive pressure of facing off against TheShy today, what did you focus on during your preparation? The champions you have played, Mordekaiser, Renekton and Gangplank, have all worked out in your favor. Could you provide more insight into the picks?
GimGoon: Before today’s match, I had mentioned that TheShy has been looking quite scary in his last few games. While I was still fearful of him, we would lose if my plays were affected by this fear. I played with the mentality that things will all work out in the way they’re supposed to. We prepared champions for specific matchups, and I think all of them worked out well.
There was a lot of skirmishes during the series, with 50-60 kills games that truly represented what the LPL style was. Weren’t you nervous about playing that constant fighting style on the Worlds stage?
GimGoon: During the game, I was too busy fighting to think about stuff. When my teammates want go for a fight, I just follow their lead. We weren’t really anxious at all, and we just played the way we usually did.
This is a significant achievement for you, having made it all the way to the Finals in your first-ever World Championship. You will be waiting for the winner of the second Semifinals match [between SKT and G2]. Who do you think will be the victor, and who would you personally like to face in the Finals?
GimGoon: I’m not quite sure who will win, but I would like to face G2. I believe we have similar playstyles, and I would like to meet them in order to determine who is better.
Do you have any last words?
GimGoon: I guess you can never tell what lies in your future. I am quite happy about going to the Finals, and I will do my best.