With Western Wolves recently reforming its StarCraft 2 division coupled with Nick “Ziktomini” Copello's championship win at the WCS UK National finals, now seemed like a good time to get some words off one of new members on his latest performance.
Well hello there champion! Right back from your amazing victory; how are you feeling?
I don't know what to say haha, like when I lose it's obvious what I feel but when I win, well, I don't know.
From your own words, we can say that you were relatively unknown before this achiemevent; now you're the best player from the United Kingdom. How are you handeling this sudden change of contrast thus far? A lot of interviews, newsposts, recognition – do you think it's a good compensation for all the hardwork done?
It's a really strange feeling, of course I like it as it means I must be getting better and in terms of my prospects of becoming a pro gamer it is really important but I haven't got used to it yet and I don't even know if it will stay or die down a bit until I next win something, I will just have to see and adjust with time I think.
Going into the event off the back of a great result at Dreamhack, did that affect your confidence somehow?
I saw Dreamhack as a completely separate tournament to be honest. Dreamhack was reasonably successful; however this was a completely different style of tournament, being just 16 people and knowing each round who you are going to play gives you a certain advantage.
In terms of preference which one would you pick?
I definitely prefer the WCS format. I like being able to think about each individual opponent before the games and also of course it's easier to win the smaller tournaments.
It also means more games will be streamed, which is beneficial to all of the players and I feel the viewers as well.
Well you've mentioned earlier that you knew there were a lot of stream monsters and that makes you play better. Do you see it as a pressure thing?
Yes. I think more pressure allows me to concentrate more on the games than if I have nothing to lose.
Now you've earned a spot in the continental finals, is there anyone who scares you off particularly going into the event? Perhaps there's someone who you're looking forward to meet?
I'm not particularly worried about anybody, but I would really like to beat NaNiwa. I think it would be funny to crush him after he BM'd the UK scene.
If I recall correctly, you were sharing a room with former teammate JonnyRecco. How was it knowing you where facing each other the next day for a place in the grand finals? Did you perhaps try to sneakily trap his hand in a door or slip some poison in his drink?
I would like to take credit for him being ill the next day but I don't know how I would even go about doing that.
But in all seriousness that was only a joke I didn't actually try to psych him out or mindgame him over night.
On a completely relevant note, was there any tension created between you both considering you joined a new home just a few days earlier?
Haha - nope, not at all.
You went through all of day one without losing a single map. How were you affected by suddenly going down 1-0 against Jonny in your first game of the next half?
I thought he would be able to take it from there. He is a player who grows in confidence with each win I feel and in our previous games the results were completely 50/50 but we always won either 2-0 or 3-0. However I never really start to worry when I play in LANs as I can't do anything more than just try to win and when the situation is fully in my control such as that I tend not to worry.
Holding the cheque.
Team Evil Geniuses' DeMusliM was highly regarded as the favourite to win. Did that go through your mind when you sat down to play him, or was it more a case of “I have made it this far, I’m gonna go all the way”? That was the first time you played him as well, correct?
Yes. I played him once or twice a very long time ago, but those were pretty much my first games with him. It definitely went through my mind as I played him but it didn't stop me being confident, if anything it just made me play better as I wanted to win even more.
The final map of the tournament was relatively quick. Was that your initial strategy going into the game or did you simply blind counter after a succesful read of the opponent's intention?
Well in the first two maps and in his games against Jonny he had played extremely greedy, and this combined with the fact I don't like Taldarim caused me to decide just to try to end it quickly and if it failed I always had another BO3 I could fall back on.
Another main contender to take the title was Dignitas' BlinG. Are you glad he was seeded in the other side of the bracket and you didn't have to face him at all, or do you think you would've faired up decently against him?
I was definitely glad to avoid him, if I were to have played vs him it could have gone either way I think, I don't like ZvP but I know he doesn't like PvZ either so I think I would have stood a good chance, but I would rather play players I am more confident I can definitely beat rather than ones which I feel could go either way.
On the foreigner scene, Zerg players seem to have the time of their lives by winning almost every tournament around. This obviously leads to claims and people considering Zerg as relatively imbalanced. Do you agree that your race is in a state of considerable superiority right now?
Well Terrans seem to be doing fine still in Korea during what is supposedly a period where Zerg is on top, so I think they will probably go back to Terran winning before too long, and in the foreign scene terrans have never done particularly well even while Korean Terrans were dominating so no I don't. On top of this there are obviously many other factors.
People are also taking credit away from you due to this "issue"...
Well I thought I was known more for having good ZvZ, so people who say this really have no grounds, but I don't care to be honest, I just have to play and win more.
Your final words on the main stage were "I hope Blizzard buff Zerg even more". Was that jokingly said or is it a genuine wish?
That's a secret.
Winning this event is definitely a boost in your career. Do you think that before the tournament you were overlooked by your opponents, and now, with the money in your pockets, you'll be kept an eye on closely in future attendances?
For sure, mostly BlinG and Demuslim I guess though. In terms of the future, more people will have heard of me by now so I guess people willl probably pay more attention to me.
On that matter, what are your plans for the future now? Any events you're aiming at?
Yeah I plan to go to as many as I can, a lot of them are invitationals however so I can't guarentee I will go and I'll just have to hope to get an invitation to things like Assmebly. I will be going to i46 though and also probably Dreamhack Valencia which I think is also in September, but I'm not sure exactly when in relation to the European finals.
With all the experience you've gained recently, do you think we'll be seeing you holding another trophy on a bigger scale?
It's hard to say for sure but I hope so and expect myself to win a fair few things, otherwise I will definitely consider my time playing SC2 a failure.
An interview in an interview - interviewception.
You've started streaming again lately. How often do you plan doing so?
I haven't got a fixed schedule, just whenever I feel like it really.
And to close us off, any shoutouts you'd like to make?
I would like to give shoutouts to my Twitter, @Ziktomini, and my stream, www.twitch.tv/ziktomini