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The Rising Star: PaTo
PaTo, which means duck in English, is one of the rising stars in the Warcraft scene today. He started playing Warcraft at the young age of 14 for fun, but started taking it seriously a year later when the opportunity to compete in ESWC presented itself during qualifiers in Brazil. Good things come to those who train, and he won 1st place in 2004, and finished first again at 2005. Donít let his young age fool you, because this certainly didnít slow him down. Instead, he continued on to compete, and more notably finishing top 32 during the WCG in Singapore last November of 2005.
For those of you who have been active in the Warcraft scene for years, youíd wonder Ė is this the same PaTo from jNg? The answer is yes, and when jNg was dissolved after the 8th Season of the WC3L, he decided to join United 5, since he still wanted to continue on playing competitively. It paid off for both PaTo and his clan were qualified for the Season IX of the WC3L where is he one of the most active players on the roster.
Read on for insights about PaTo regarding how he came about playing Warcraft, his thoughts about the game as well as his predictions for his gaming future!
PaToís SMALL BEGINNINGS
HyDRO: Hello u5.PaTo! This is HyDRo from WCReplays, thank you very much for you time.
u5.PaTo: Hello HyDRo and to all the readers of WCReplays.
HyDRO: To kick things off, let me ask when and how did you discover Warcraft III.
u5.PaTo: It was during the time of 1.05 Reign of Chaos, but I didnít play it so much since I was so young and I couldnít improve my skills as much as I could. I saw it the first time when I went to a CyberCafe. I was supposed to play Counter-Strike but I saw Warcraft III and I found it so much more fun to play.
HyDRO: What motivated you to play on such a high level?
u5.PaTo: Well, in fact, I just kept playing. I dedicated a lot of my time to train and practice for the ESWC 2004 Brazilian Qualifiers. I think it all started there.
HyDRO: How long has it been since you started taking Warcraft seriously? Youíre only 16 years old!
u5.PaTo: As I said, it was during the ESWC 2004 Qualifiers for Brazil, but I was playing casually before 2004 too. I guess games like these are meant to attract younger people.
HyDRO: So aside from Warcraft, what do you do during your spare time?
u5.PaTo: I like playing on my Playstation 2, listen to some music and on weekends, my friends and I go out to cinemas and eat out on different places. I need to study too during my spare time, but I donít really like studying!
HyDRO: Haha, so youíre just living the basic teen life!
HyDRO: What kind of music do you listen to and what games do you play on the Playstation?
u5.PaTo: I like listening to Rock/Trance and some Classical as well. I play mostly Koei games such as Dynasty Warriors and Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
HyDRO: For my friends and I, it was incredibly difficult for us to play Warcraft during weekdays due to school. What has school been like with Warcraft III in your life?
u5.PaTo: Well, sometimes I f*** up in school but I donít really think itís because of Warcraft III. Rather, itís all the time I spend on MSN and the Internet. Sometimes school is just so boring.
HyDRO: Haha, I can totally relate; internet just absorbs so much time. Do you perform well at school?
u5.PaTo: No, I donít really perform so well. I perform exactly for the marks that I need. Sometimes I want to see what will happen if I donít get the marks I need though.
PaToís THOUGHTS ON THE GAME
HyDRO: What do your parents think about active gaming? Do they support you playing competitively?
u5.PaTo: Well, I must say they do support me Ė not to become a "pro-gamer" but they donít mind if I play 5-8 hours a day, which is the time I spend to train during tournaments. I need to study hard sometimes though.
HyDRO: Do you have any particular interests in becoming a pro-gamer?
u5.PaTo: Hmm, I think not. But if some day I get a chance to go to Korea, I would be very interested to do it.
HyDRO: What is your favorite and least favorite match ups and why?
u5.PaTo: My favorite matchup is Night Elf vs Undead, while my least favorite is Night Elf vs Human by FAR! The reason is that in Night Elf vs Undead, I feel as though Night Elf can expand easily and can get so much units against the Undead. On the other hand, Humans have slow and Mortar Teams. I find it so strong that Druids of the Claws canít do sh** and using wisps donít solve against it because of Forked Lightning (from Naga Sea Witch) and Brilliance Aura. If I detonate my wisps he can just run away from it too.
HyDRO: What are your thoughts on imbalance since the last patch?
u5.PaTo: Hmm, I find that Destroyers are still imbalance vs Human; Druid of the Talons are imbalance vs Orc; Raiders are imbalance vs all races and Human vs Night Elf is imbalance in every aspect!
HyDRO: How did you end up playing Night Elf as your primary race?
u5.PaTo: Iím not sure, but I think I played Night Elf since my first game of Warcraft III. I liked Chimeras and the Demon Hunter a lot. Maybe if I knew about Frost Wyrms, I would be Undead!
HyDRO: Do you watch replays often? If so, which players do you enjoy watching?
u5.PaTo: Yes, I watch replays of a lot of big events and specific games if I have any problems with my game. I enjoy watching Creolophus, Soju and FoV the most.
HyDRO: When you train for prestigious tournaments, how do you practice?
u5.PaTo: I usually practice like 5-7 hours per day with custom games and laddering on USEast (Azeroth) .I wish I could practice in the Europe ladder but the lag is too high.
PaTo and UNITED 5
HyDRO: What has being in clan u5 been like?
u5.PaTo: Itís been awesome because the team is very united (lol) and everyone helps each other out a lot. The team has a great friendship and I think this is the very thing that will help us go all the way to the top instead of merc-ing and the Golden Banana duo are doing an excellent job nowÖ ONWARD!!!
HyDRO: Do you enjoy the atmosphere the clan brings?
u5.PaTo: Yea, a lot! No one has problems with anyone!
HyDRO: Do you guys have any predictions on Clan u5ís success for the upcoming year?
u5.PaTo: After all our hard work to make it into the Season IX of WC3L, our aim is to get 6th place. Although we know itís going to be so hard. If we win at plandowns, I think itís good already. I expect my mates to do good on Canada and USA ESWC/WCG qualifiers, too. Itís sad that there is no ESWC in Brazil. Other than that we hope we can improve the best we can.
HyDRO: How are the sponsors for u5?
u5.PaTo: They are great! They help us a lot with travelling expenses and equipment.
HyDRO: Who is your closest friend in your clan?
u5.PaTo: Itís Levin of course. We have been friends for a long time since jNg and fought on many trials. Plus, heís Brazilian so itís easier to communicate.
HyDRO: How did you get affiliated with u5?
u5.PaTo: Clan jNg was torn apart after losing to CNN in WC3L qualifiers, and I wanted to join another clan. I had lots of friends in u5 so I ended up joining them.
PaTo in WCG SINGAPORE
HyDRO: How was the WCG tournament?
u5.PaTo: Well the tournament was awesome everything looked different and cool. I had problems adapting to the timezone which was +8 GMT. It was okay later on, but I think I wasnít able to play my best there and the trip lasted only four days; because it took us 2 days to go and 2 days to go back. We had to stop in Switzerland and wait for 12 hours as well.
HyDRO: How were your meals while at WCG? Was it difficult adapting to that type of setting?
u5.PaTo: We ate local food during the first day, and it SUCKED for me so I just ate McDonaldís the other days. Argh, I think I need to do exercises now!
HyDRO: What did you think about the playing environment there?
u5.PaTo: Well, of course itís different from your house, but you just need like an hour to get warmed up and get used to the place.
HyDRO: Do you think the tournament structure overall was properly and effectively set up?
u5.PaTo: Yes, I think the admins were very experienced in organizing tournaments. I just felt sad that there was no loser bracket though. Itíss lots of pressure only having one best-of-three for the tournament.
HyDRO: Congratulations on your top 32 finish! To finish off this interview would you like to give any special shout outs?
u5.PaTo: I want to give shout out to everyone who appreciates my game, u5 and everyone from www.hangarnet.com.br ^_^
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