Hello Nick, can you first tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I’m Nick De Cesare, I’m 18 years from the USA and I’m currently living in Arizona, but soon I’ll be living in Korea :). I play Terran, and have been back and playing SC2 now for 3 months.
For the people that have watched your stream might have seen that you like the tech play, what can you tell us about your play style?
I was toying around with Mech when I first came back, but then eventually want to the standard bionic play. However now after learning the curves of all the styles, I play mech in TvT and TvZ, and bionic in TvP. I was playing bionic TvZ until recently, where after some talk w/ good Korean friends came to the conclusion that mech will ultimately be superior in the long run. I prefer very macro heavy oriented builds relying on harassment and minimal defense to slowly creep ahead.
Now till the fun part, I heard that you are going to Korea to participate in the Code A qualifier. Tell me more about that.
Well, I owe a lot to Marko who introduced me to MVPGalaxy and MVPLeader, shortly after that I became to play strictly and for the most part, only Koreans and on the Korean server, despite the heavy lag. Eventually I became really excited about the level of play from them, and just how exciting the mental games were, after these feelings re-sparked, I then immediately wanted to go to Korea to compete with the very best as soon as possible. I was offered to test for the team MVP, and was helped to prepare for the tests with players like MVPTails, MVPFinale, Galaxy, Talent, MVPDream, dRg, etc. Ultimately I didn’t pass to eligible to live in the A-team house, however I was then immediately invited to their “B-Team”-esque house, where they assumed I should become good enough very fast. So if all goes well, I’ll be leaving for Korea the day after MLG and going to live with MVPGalaxy/etc in their pro-house, and compete in GSL etc :).
When you are going to Korea what will happened to your old team GosuGamers?
I’m still staying with GosuGamers, as I made that clear even had I made the MVP house or whatever. And I should be leaving literally the day after MLG, or shortly there after. Also happy that two of my new very close friends might be possibly joining, but I’m not so sure on the details of all that, plus it’s not something for me to talk about in detail :).
We have seen a few Koreans that signed contracts with foreign teams like MC, NaDa and now PuMa. What do you think about the Koreans are looking for competition outside Korea and also the other way around where we see foreigners that get the chance in Korea like yourself?
I think the Koreans that are looking for foreigner teams, only care about money really. I’m sure everyone knows that Korea is the place to be to get better, and you’re only going to get worse playing vs inferior mechanics and build orders from foreign players. So I think the players that have officially 110% committed to foreign teams, have actually given up hopes of being a champion in SC2, but instead, would rather help others and themselves get some money.
As for foreigners and such, the biggest dilemma is that a lot of them probably give up really fast. Due to the language barrier alone, it probably makes living in Korea really hard on some people, as well as home-sickness. I think that foreigners who are absolutely serious about this game and want to be the very best they can, need to commit to Korea.
Thanks for your time, is there anything you would like to add?
I’d like to thank GosuGamers.net and all its staff for helping me get back into StarCraft 2 and giving me the break that I really needed, and I’d like to thank all my close friends and practice partners such as: Juan, Skew, Artosis, iNfeRnaL, MVPGalaxy, MVPLeader, and anyone else that has helped me along this road, it really means a lot to me to have come this far. :)
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“About Acer, it is a great support, they are very professional and everything went smoothly with them.”
Yesterday Team Acer announced their new StarCrft 2 team, I sad down with the former MYM and MgZ) manager Frederick “Kaoru” Gau to talk about the new team and what the future holds for them.Hello Kaoru, Acer just announced that they are forming a StarCraft 2 squad. There are some known names mixed by some not so known names can you tell me a bit about the team and the players?
Let’s start on players, when we were in MYM, we wanted to get Nerchio & Osho with Mondragon, because they are 2 very talented players and they are performing very well lately. Let’s say we take a big name with Nerchio and a raising star with Osho. The last player is ParanOid he was one of the best on StarCraft Broodwar and he is doing well lately on StarCraft 2, however he just misses the opportunity to win some cups to come back on the front of the scene!
We didn’t want to have only “Big names” because it is also a duty of teams to help less known people to blow up, that why we made a mix!
About Acer, it is a great support, they are very professional and everything went smoothly with them. I really like their page and their vision of E-sport & Team, they want to do the best support possible for players and bring them in LAN at the best conditions and for me it is the most important thing. Also Acer is one of the biggest company on the market and they know the business, I’m really confident about the future of the Team.You got only Zerg players in the line-up and I read that Mondragon, do you see any problem with this?
I don’t think it is a problem to have a full line-up with once race, if players are performing well. Also when we started the adventure with Acer we had the possibility to get those players, and we took this opportunity! After we don’t see any problem about it because as far I remember the Top Team on the 1st opus were heavy oriented on Zerg, and the leader of this team was… Mondragon!
But don’t be scared, if we have the opportunity to add Protoss & Terran, we will do it! If we don’t we will add another Zerg ;P
As a new team with a big sponsors I assume that we will see you guys at the bigger tournaments soon?
Of course, we are going to send our players in any big event, in August we will see Nerchio during the IEM, that will be really great because he will be able to attend to this lan and everyone is waiting him for this event. After we are planning to do to all event where our players are invited or qualified, but we will certainly focus on Europe in a first time, because we have to be sure that everything is going smoothly, we don’t want to rush MLG or Korea, and make mistakes. Blizzard announced his Europe invitational in Warsaw also, if we should be here also!
You has been around in the community for ages what do you think about the future of eSports, specially now when a company like Acer picks up a StarCraft 2 team?
1st of all, you can’t compare E-sport now and 10 years ago, everything has changed, structure as team raised and we got really professional team and huge community and a heavy support from sponsor & companies.TeamLiquid unified all communities around their page, and that make everything easier for making event of getting feedback or viewers for event and Team, and we are at the moment really soon of the “real” professionalism of players, but were still far away from Korea where E-sport is considered as a sport not as a nerd activity.
About company like Acer, i think it is always great to be support by company like it, and I think they understood the latent potential in E-sport, maybe we will see other company who are not “E-sport oriented” come to support Team & event, like in Korea.
About Acer choice to support Team as StarCraft 2, i think it was logical, they started with Trackmania & LoL, now they are getting the most esportable game under their wing, and that was a logical step for them, and now they will do it at full speed, I can’t wait to see how things will be going.
Nice to talk to you about your new team, is there anything you would like to add? Good luck in the future!
The last word ! I really excited about Acer Team, and there is a really exciting adventure incoming, I hope the best to all my players!
Mondragon & Me look like a old couple because we are stick together for months but don’t worry we are going to make something huge for Acer!
I should also thanks our partners and sponsor : Roccat, Bigfoot, Nvidia, Addidas and of course Acer.
Thanks for the interview and let’s meet everyone in different Event !
“To have the pleasure of commentating the best players in the world is a complete honour.” – dApollo
The castes around the world are taking more and more space in the community and I wanted to sit down and talk to one of them to see what they think about casting and the community in all. This time I will bring you dApollo that recently co-casted the Dreamhack Summer 2011 tournament with Sean “Day” Plott.
Hello dApollo can you start with telling the readers a bit about yourself, who you are and what you do.
Hello, I am Shaun ‘dApollo’ Clark and I am 21 years old, I am a member of team dignitas and currently live in the United Kingdom. I have been playing RTS games competitively since 2005 but currently I am working and living around Starcraft2, I am a professional coach, player and commentator, you may have seen me commentate such large events as Intel Extreme Masters, World Cyber Games and more recently Dreamhack.
Let’s start form the beginning, what made you decide to start cast StarCraft 2 games?
I initially moved to South Korea in the Summer of 2010 to play Starcraft2 with Idra, Artosis and Tasteless, I spent all my time playing there with them. I actually lived with Tasteless and we were really good friends, he pushed me more in the direction of commentating and when I arrived home in England around September 2010, I applied for the casting position alongside Day9 at Intel Extreme Masters Cologne to give commentating a shot.
What is it that drives you to keep casting?
First of all, the support of my fans and people who enjoy my casting, I will push hard and work harder to provide good commentary! They drive me forwards! To also have front row seats, to have the pleasure of commentating the best players in the world is a complete honour. I simply love the game, there isn’t a single day since Starcraft 2 was released that I didn’t watch a stream, watch a replay or even play myself.
You have been casting live events lately, what made you succeed with your casting?
To be honest, I don’t know. My initial cast at IEM wasn’t the most successful, it was the first time I had commentated and to open a debut at such a large event lol. I had a lot of negative feedback from the angry mob within the forums but I really enjoyed it, I spoke with Artosis and Day9 about it and they said I have the potential to do really well because my knowledge of the game is pretty high I just needed to tweak my mistakes, so thats what I did. Since then, after every event, I took feedback from other casters, other pro players and I worked hard on every single cast and change my errors and improve my performance.
I have commentated with a lot of other people, but to have Sean to lead and to fall back on is great. He knows so much about the game that when there is something that I might get stuck on or not understand he can fill in and vis versa. He is never lost for words and will never drop the ball, he is consistently full of energy, while casting so its an amazing combination and a pleasure! I think the secret to success between Day9 and I is that we feed off each others energy and somehow manage to survive long broadcasting sessions.
Day said that he has never been so nervous than he was in the Dreamhack Summer 2011 final between HuK and Moon, how was your experience casting that series of great games?
The experience was amazing, I felt exactly the same but the biggest feeling came to me when HuK took the victory. I was so proud words could not explain, I am friends with Chris and we have been talking on and off since the beta, I remember after my first cast at IEM, he sent me a direct message saying I did an amazing job and wanted to thank me! I understand how much work he has put into his Starcraft, grinding it out in Korea for so long without stamping any huge wins for a while and to win a huge tournament like Dreamhack, is simple outstanding.
Recently most of different tournaments and showmatches are promoting their event with the castes as the main attraction and not the players. What is your thoughts about that the casters getting so much fame in comparison to the players sometimes? Do the casters take to much space?
I think this will obviously change in time, players are coming and going, winning and losing, commentators are always the same consistent face people see, so it makes sense at the moment. Until we get our Jaedong, our Flash of Starcraft 2, it will remain the same.
Who’s your favourite player to cast and why?
I was trying to think but I am not sure.. Probably SaSe at the moment from outside of Korea, I know he practices and works hard, I was so impressed by his group stage play at Dreamhack.
You are a part of the dignitas organisation, what’s your role there?
I have been a player for them since 2006 I think, they are my gaming family, they have supported me for a very long time and I can loyal to them for that. I play in online tournaments when I can, otherwise I guess you could I say I am there in house commentator and coach :D
A bit about you future, what’s your plan in the near future? Are you booked on any major events during the summer?
My next large event will be in Finland in the beginning of August for Assembly. I am currently trying to make and save enough money to move out from home so I can start streaming and uploading content, its a huge problem at the moment for me and thats why I don’t stream of have a youtube channel. Hopefully that will change in the upcoming months!!
Thanks for you taking the time to answer the questions for the blog, anything that you want to add?
Thank you to all my fans, everybody who supports me, it really drives me on, I really do appreciate it. Obviously a huge shout out to my team, team dignitas and all its sponsors, Alienware, Intel, Razer! Follow me on Twitter and check out my coaching!
Hello Sebastian, you have been around the community for a while but for the people that don’t know you tell them all about you.
Well, I am nothing but a true nerd and have been in love with StarCraft since 1998 in other matters, I’m also an anthropologist, a Youtuber and soon-to-be a maker of apps to smart phones. I also like to chop wood, it clears my head :)
Tell me more about your YouTube channel and what you do.
My Youtube channel is @polygonrevue, though nowadays I refer to it as http://www.ggvision.tv – I simply like that name better. It started as the video-appendix to my old StarCraft: Brood War blog that absolutely no one ever read, but nowadays I have transitioned completely into video content and quite recently also Starcraft 2 commentary.
I used to do in-depth interviews with famous players and personalities in the StarCraft scene, and even though I still do that I have now transitioned into casting the game itself – and I’ve got quite a few elaborate plans about how to provide the Youtube-based community of StarCraft 2 viewers with a new concept for enjoying the game.
What is it that drives you to continue producing content for the community and casting StarCraft 2 after so much time, and without having reached the levels of guys like Husky or Day?
First of all, I’m driven by a very true and childish passion for StarCraft – the strategic depth it holds I’m not a good player and I have no desire to become a pro, I simply enjoy watching, thinking and talking about StarCraft.
That is one side of why I do what I do, the other side is more concrete and not childish at all I want to earn a respectful income from doing what I want to do, which is online entrepreneurship. I believe that via Youtube and with the StarCraft scene as the foundation, I can be the online marketer that I’ve always dreamt of being – which makes GGvision.tv into a business, and I’m treating is as precisely that.
Let’s talk some about your upcoming future, I heard some rumours about you are going to attend to DreamHack Summer in Jönköping. What can you tell us about that?
I can tell you, with much pride and awesome feelings in my nerd-heart, that I will be one of the two official casters for StarCraft 2 at Dreamhack Summer 2011 – in Swedish for national TV. That is as exciting as it sounds, though it also presents some interesting translation problem. There will be a lot of Swinglish, for good or bad :)
Sounds exiting! Will this event be streamed for everyone to watch?
Yes indeed, it will be broadcast exclusively for SVT Play – making it available for everyone in Swedish to watch for free. I do believe that alternative streaming options will be available for the international audience as well.
Thanks for your time Sebastian, anything that you want to add? Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this interview :). Other than that I would just like to mention to your viewers that I broadcast six a days a week, every week – providing commentary of the StarCraft 2 elite in a way that I hope is both entertaining as well unique from everything else you see both on Youtube and in the big tournaments.
Also, later this summer I will be providing more value of a different kind – a whole new clothing label that goes by the slogan ‘Epic Shirts for Awesome People’. When there’s more to say about that, readers of this blog will know it first…. ;)
Check out the game between Mondragon and Brat_OK casted by Sebastian “GGvision” Sjöberg. and Dario “TLO” Wünsch.