Interview with Na`Vi.HappyZerg

Uploaded by natusvinceretv on Sep 9, 2011

Xeo: Hi everyone! We are in Na`Viís office where
weíll talk to the player of our StarCraft team ñ HappyZerg.
Say ìhiî to everyone.
HZ: Hi everyone!
Xeo: SoÖ the first question Iíd like to ask is:
how was it going in Korea? Did you see anything cool?
HZ: Everything was cool and interesting.
I liked Korea very much. It seemed that you came
to the other world. Well, thatís itÖ I practiced a lot.
Xeo: So you lived in this GOM-house. There were some funky photosÖ
I saw that the house wasnít big. How many people lived there?
HZ: Actually, that was a four-roomed apartmentÖwellÖ
and we lived and trained there. The conditions were good and
we had whatever we needed. There were a laundry, a washer, etcÖ
Xeo: So, who did you live with? You said that some Europeans
had been the last to come. So, did you live alone before?
HZ: At first I was the first to come and lived alone
because everyone went to MLG and then they came back and
I lived with GSL-casters and foreign casters: Doa, Wolf, Maul Trap.
Besides, Torch lives there ñ an organizer of my Korean hangout and
a Korean caster Chisado. Some other players and Korean guy Slok ñ
he is Korean American and other guysÖ
Xeo: By the way, how is it correct to pronounce it? SASE?
Xeo: SASE, nevertheless?Ö
HZ: Yeah, still it is. Sase from Sweden, QXCÖ FX. Soul from USA.
Fenix also arrived for a couple of days, as well as Naniwa and Thorzain ñ
they spent there one day.
Xeo: Did you have any hangout there or were you constantly playing?
HZ: Well, I did what I came there for. Generally I was practicing.
Xeo: Thatís clear enough, I saw you streaming at 5 a.m. Ö
How did you rest there?
HZ: I slept which is the best rest, of course.
You should make breaks for sports activities and exercises,
because itís impossible to sit steadily. We went out to the river,
there were football and basketball stadiums there and lots of street work outs.
Xeo: I see, youíve been to different teams and talked to Korean coaches.
Do they make their players do some physical exercises and
eat cereals with milk instead of porridge, etc?
HZ: I donít know such delicate peculiarities,
but almost all Korean teams have their gyms and they attend them.
So, their physical activity depends on them.
But itís the fact that they have some cardio activities.
They make some fitness, so itís not the pure gaming process.
And concerning the timetableÖ each team has its own one.
E.g. Slash team has the most accurate routine ñ
they train from 11 a.m. till 11 p.m. with a break for a meal,
but they also play till 3 or even 4 a.m. Their timetable is very tight.
Everything is scheduled. At the same time, in some other houses itís easier.
Xeo: You mentioned it was possible to find someone
for practice at any given time, didnít you?
HZ: Technically, yes. Thereíre always people who donít sleep.
At least youíll find someone at Ö for sure.
Koreans always play, even if they have day off.
Xeo: Tell me, you in the top 250 or even 150. Am I right?
HZ: I reached the top 100 onceÖ
Xeo: Could you tell us how it happened that
you went for a walk for 2 hours and didnít get to the masterís league?
HZ: It just happened like that. We didnít know when
the grand master league starts. So we all went jogging and when we came
150 slots were occupied.
Xeo: It turned out that that you were beckoned to go jogging.
HZ: No, thatís just accidentally.
Xeo: And other Korean guys just gave him some money
for not letting you into Grand Master league.
HZ: Haha, no, it just was an accident. By the way, Sase
was promoted to Grand Master league.
Xeo: Congratulations to Sase!
HZ: Sase is a cool guy. Indeed, if I had had more time
I would have promoted myself to. My rate was good;
The only thing was a lack of time.
Xeo: What Iím interested in is how did you stream your gamesÖ
Did chat distract you during practice?
HZ: To tell the truth, itís a huge stress to train in Korea.
You donít have skill indicator there. For example, in Europe you work out
the strategy, go online and win some tournament or get to the semifinal.
And you understand that this strategy works.
Actually, I started to play better. Earlier I wasnít able to beat
certain player and now I can do this. But in Korean thereís only GSL
and nothing else. So you just sit and practice. You feel like you have a progressÖ
Xeo: There are over 500 people in GSL. So the competition is really big.
HZ: Still the better player wins. They just need to work on the maps.
They will already have some good maps for September, 3rd qualifier ñ
these are GSL maps without these Shattereds, Metalopolises, XelíNagas, etc.
Maps will be balanced and the qualifier will be fair.
The qualifiers I played had XelíNaga Caverns (which is very bad for Zerg),
Metalopolis (which is good for Zerg) and Shattered (which is not that good for Zerg)
in the mappool. So all Zerg players lost on XelíNaga,
won Metalopolis and had to face a tough game on Shattered.
Xeo: So it was basically a best of one: you get 1-1 by default
and the third one is decisive. Overall, what did you eat there?
Did you eat any dogs? There are some chopsticks for you!
HZ: I have my own chopsticks!
Xeo: Your trophy?
HZ: Yeah.
Xeo: By the way, show that thing you were given in Korea.
HZ: Aw yeah, this is a trinket for mobile phone,
it was given to me by SKT1. Some advertisement hereÖ
for everyone who knows this team.
Xeo: They paid for that, didnít they?
HZ: Thatís for SKT1 fans. I attended Proleague finals and
I got very lucky to do so because they planned to hold it in China.
But as there was typhoon, they switched back to Korea.
So we were lucky enough to attend it: it was a huge stadium
in some park also really huge. There were a lot of people,
the event was really big.
Xeo: Did you talk to progamers? I saw some pictures of yours.
How would you describe them as personalities?
Some think of them as pure ìbotsî that have no life, etcÖ
HZ: Actually most of them are good and versatile people.
They donít have ìstar feverî or whatsoever. They donít act like
ìI am pro, I am the best, donít approach meî.
On the contrary they are very friendly, especially they treat well foreigners.
They respect them and follow their run in Korea.
Xeo: You said Koreans started to recognize you at some point, right?
HZ: After a week of my stay there, all coaches knew me.
Also I made friends with progamers, took photos and they knew me
when I started to practice with them online.
There was Nestea, the triple champion, and he treated me very well:
I helped him to prepare for his GSL matchÖ
Speaking about Nestea, he likes more to think before this match
and not to practice. He considers the best way he should play so
he asks Zergs to play certain map versus certain terran.
He watches this match and decides for himself a strategy he should use
because he observes everything. So it happened that I played for him
before his match versus MVP. The next day I made friends with him
and he treated me really well.
Xeo: Who else famous did you play with?
HZ: I played with a lot of players but I canít tell you nicknames
because many play under smurfs. Well, I played with Zenio, Ensnare,
MVP, Genius, PumaÖ A lot of players including people with Korean accounts.
When I was about to leave Korea I was already able to read some Korean.
But overall I could not understand their nicknames that well.
Xeo: Donít they have such popular nicknames in CIS like
ìI sharpened my axeî or ìVasiliy-the-reaperî and things like that?
HZ: They do. They have completely random nicknames just like us. Some ìRobochickensî, etc.
Xeo: Was it hard to you to change for Korean style?
Does their gamestyle differs from European one?
HZ: Korean style is more aggressive. Everyone likes to play macro game
in Europe because they have slower micro mechanics and
they prefer macro: ìIíd better do another expand, get more army and engageî.
Koreans are generally more aggressive: they do all-in strategies from
one or two bases, they have excellent timing. But their micro is really incredible.
Terrans there have insane micro. When I first arrived and started to play,
I had to face a drop from two medevacs.
I had some zerglings and 6 banelings. Playing in Europe I am sure that I can defendÖ
I started to surround him and he just focus fired all my banelings
for like two secondsÖ He simply crushed me on hit and run
and I was simply like ìwhat the hell has just happened?!î.
Xeo: Please tell me why were you called ìKwang Kwang Zergî ?
HZ: Kwang Kwang means Bang Bang.
It was because of heavy sounds I made using my keyboard.
Xeo: You were like a pianistÖ Do they play the same?
HZ: Yes, it just depends on their keyboards which make different sounds.
I just had that heavy sound on my stream.
Xeo: Alright, I think weíve been talking for a long time and Hireling
will ask you gameplay-related questions in the text-interview.
Itís not much time left for WCG and how are you planning
to win Ukrainian national qualifier?
HZ: Well howÖ Iíll just attend and win it.
Xeo: Good spirit! Will you rest now for a while?
Itís been a timezone and climate change and so onÖ
What are you going to do for the following few days?
HZ: No, on the contrary. Everyone who came back from Korea
have one common mistake: they relax and their gameplay level decreases.
It comes when they start to play with Europeans and
realize that they are now much stronger.
This is a common mistake of many well-known players.
Xeo: Yeah, letís avoid telling such nicknames.
HZ: Thatís why I will try to play as much to keep the same tempo and not to relax.
Xeo: Okay, thanks for an interview, keep on fighting! Bye!