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The Rising Star: PaTo

INTRODUCTION

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 ^_^

Control Groups

Group 1:
Melee Units + Heroes (maybe Archers if I have mass Talons)
Group 2:
Ranged Units
Group 3:
Air Units (or expansion)
Group 4:
Tree of Life
Group 5:
Hunterís Hall
Group 6:
Chimera Roost (or Ancient of Wind)
Group 7:
Ancient of Lore (or Ancient of Wind)
Group 8:
Ancient of War
Group 9:
Altar

TEAMíS THOUGHTS ABOUT PaTo

u5.Psion: PaTo is a young and skilled Night Elf player who was a great addition to the squad. He's a nice guy and fun to have around. I think we will continue to see good results from him.
u5.Sabre: I think PaTo is a young and talented player and he is also a great friend of mine.
u5.NilknarfLP: PaTo is a good player and more importantly an amiable clan mate. He likes to joke a lot, but I think he likes to whine more, especially about human!
u5.lnclnerator: I give Pato a lot of shit because he deserves it, but at the same time Pato is an integral part of team Golden_Banana, without him we would be like a monkey without its tail, a tree without its leaves, or a banana without its peel. In the United 5 family Pato is the little brother everyone picks on but will backup when he gets in over his head, we all love him :)
u5.Newblee: PaTo is one of the top motivators on our team, always asking other members to custom game. Not only has he greatly improved his solo game in the past few months, but he has also helped the other members of the team immensely. He has definitely made quite an impact on our team ever since he has joined.
u5.ViVi: PaTo is a solid player with Brazilian humor. He practices very hard even with his rough internet connection. PaTo is a true joy to have on the squad and to have known for over a year now.
u5.Canuck: One day he will mature into a full grown banana spider and travel to America in a crate of bananas.
u5.Myth: I've known PaTo since ESWC 2004, and since then we've always been friends. He's a friendly and mannered person, and is there when you need. Although i already consider him to be highly skilled, he is still young and can improve a lot. I'm sure we can expect a lot more of him in the future.
Qazzi: PaTo's so adorable I'm going to squeeze his chubby RED cheeks, wrap him up in plastic, and put him up on pedestal!
u5.bunny: I absolutely adore Bernardo I think he's so cute, sweet, and lovable! He adds a lot of personality to the team and is constantly motivating everyone to play and practice. I'm glad he's a part of United 5 and I was really happy to finally meet him at WCG in Singapore.

Leave a Comment


  1. good stuff, nice job hydro!

  2. Wow, Nice Interview, Great Job HyDRo!

  3. good job go pato!!!

  4. LoL at the teams comments HAHAHAHH that was great gj hydro

  5. u5.Canuck: One day he will mature into a full grown banana spider and travel to America in a crate of bananas.
    exactly what i was thinking after reading the interview

  6. Nice! Gogo Pato FTW!

  7. Nice interview and looking to see more from mr. Pato in the years to come. Now is he 15 or 16 years old because Hydro says 16 and the chart says 15 (not that it makes too big a difference). gl to PaTo!

  8. p.s.- Newblee looks like a vilian from some van Dam movie 3

  9. u5.Canuck: One day he will mature into a full grown banana spider and travel to America in a crate of bananas. ROFL

  10. i would tap pato he is hot

  11. Love PaTo love the DUCKY!!!! :)

  12. Sigh, he forgot to thank me for training him

  13. umm just curious .. shouldnt he be 16 now?

  14. i am now a fan of pato

  15. nice job wit the interview :D , GoGo PaTo

  16. grats pato

  17. Qazzi isnt in u5 ne more ? :D

  18. booo u5

  19. GJ hydro, great interview. Was always wondering about PaTo since i wasnt so familiar with him.

  20. Qazzi's comment on Pato is quite possibly the most disturbing thing I have ever read.

  21. Good job on the interview to Hydro and Pato. It's good to see another interview on the front page, it's been awhile!

  22. Sigh, Phi your so gay :-P

  23. Sup pato. Looks like you got an interview. hmmm, wheres my f***in shoutout (=

  24. nice interview

  25. Wow.. wonderful interview, and pato is an amazing player. i've only read two of your works HyDRo, but i really like your style. I think you'll have a great future at WCReplays, this seems like you put a lot of time into it. PaTo and u5 were perfectly portrayed in your interview. DEFINITELY worth the time i spent reading it, and i DEFINITELY look forward to seeing more work done by you.

  26. Great interview Hydro keep up the works. Why do we always put up that vampire pic for Newbiee lol. Looks scary. Love pato.

  27. LOL was thinking the same thing kage ;)

  28. k warcraft 3 is so outdated...lets go play a new game

  29. 1.8m ?? That can't be right. He looks so small.

  30. nooblee has a scarypicture

  31. 180? PaTo's tall now? :O!?

  32. lol @ Canuck's comment

  33. I always end up having nightmares after seeing newblees pic somewhere before i go to sleep, Scary ;S Sigh :P But seriously, nice interview and gl Pato! Uhm... I'm gonna pretend I didn't read Qazzi's comment...

  34. cool interview

  35. u5.Canuck's was frustrating :) . Anyways GJ,but you could've asked a lot more questions not related to gaming and a word ascosiation game would have been nice too.

  36. PATO NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS !!!

  37. PATO NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO USE CHOPSTICKS !!!
    duh

  38. "PaTo, which means duck in English" - hm...NO.. pato means duck in some other language in english surely not.

  39. Pato prolly means duck in Portuguese (since he's from Brazil, i assume he speaks portuguese)

  40. Qazzi: PaTo's so adorable I'm going to squeeze his chubby RED cheeks, wrap him up in plastic, and put him up on pedestal!
    LOL LOL LOL

  41. good job

  42. Oops, I guess I worded it wrong. I meant that Pato translated to English is duck. Rather than PaTo is duck in english :

  43. Nice interview now where are the replay packs?

  44. u5.psion isnt any more active??

  45. I want a comment like bunnys ! (from bunny) ;D

  46. haha....nice....btw ty for commecting on the admins of wcg ^_^ I am the most inexperience I think lol...anyways Good Luck...Saw you play really well at wcg gogogo...^_^

  47. Gl Pato...btw Quazzi's comment was so gay... what was he thinking

  48. Pretty nice job hyDro the interview was okay!

  49. He was joking, that's what he was thinking about. I sure did laugh, LOL.

  50. yah pato is so funny and sweet . nice interview , little short imo .

  51. Nice.. i saw pato in my country last year on CPL Chile.. he is cute :o!

  52. wow only comments from u5.. of course cuz no people like this kid and i dont too.. dont take my words as offense its america and free country as u always says i guess...... wow 16 years old!:|:| roflmao honestly bunny ur supposed to be in sk not u5

  53. less than three pato

  54. nice job. GL Pato. hero = blademaster and unit= troll witch doctor ! why pato isnt ORC :P ..

  55. Tesla-owns speaks the truth. :-)

  56. if pato is brazilian , why his english is perfect ?

  57. u5.bunny?????? wtf

  58. ROFL QAZZI YOU HOMO :P

  59. gj with the interview

  60. Good job Hydro!

  61. do i sense an upcoming threesome between pato, bunny, and qazzi? make obs plz.

  62. Pato is a sport in Argentina like a cross of soccer and polo (I watch Wildboyz :) )

  63. u5.lnclnerator: I give Pato a lot of shit because he deserves it, but at the same time Pato is an integral part of team Golden_Banana, without him we would be like a monkey without its tail, a tree without its leaves, or a banana without its peel. In the United 5 family Pato is the little brother everyone picks on but will backup when he gets in over his head, we all love him :) Qazzi: PaTo's so adorable I'm going to squeeze his chubby RED cheeks, wrap him up in plastic, and put him up on pedestal! ROFL

  64. kinda weird how hes Ne and his favorite units r blademaster and witchdoctors

  65. do i sense an upcoming threesome between pato, bunny, and qazzi? make obs plz.
    ROFL

  66. Bunny is hott lol

  67. Pato meu caro! Eu te amo assim muito, vocÍ banana loveable que come o macaco! - cranky

  68. Pato looks like he has down syndrome! lol, bad picture of him i hope

  69. How do you make comments? I wanna make a comment...

  70. TEH_VLAD LOL LOL Cute Eyebrows,

  71. Hey Its ToD in that pic!! the second one in the back!! ..and LOL again at teh_vlad's comments

  72. the much anticipated new interview has arrived

  73. ROFL @ QAZZI

  74. Yea, finally some interview~~! We're looking for more. Bunny, this what you did with ToD (I mean interview ;P) was just amazing, I can't wait for the another HUGE one. Greetings. P.S. "The rising star"? Hm... If you say so.. xD

  75. tell me how hard is it 4 16 years old guy to attend school? lol this really makes me laugh TT

  76. OH SNAP PATO FOR THE WIN

  77. I wanna beat this dude, can't get it to my head, how can a 15 year old guy play in u5?

  78. Qazzi just hijacked this interview, Phi wins.

  79. skytrax so whats the big deal if he's 15?If he was 9 and still beated you would you jump off a skyscraper because of embarrassment or something?

  80. looks like Kaka

  81. U should post interviews more often!

  82. He love to watch Creo...I absolutely agree!!!

  83. God, Qazzi's comment REALLY scares me when you look at the picture they picked for him. Keep it up, PaTo, in a few years I bet you're gonna be top.

  84. rofl at that qazzi comment!

  85. pato is that young!!! wow!

  86. the younger the better!!!

  87. Imagine combining Quazzi's comment with newbiee's picture

  88. nice interview..

  89. look whos talkin... look at ur pic mr.phi u look like Squeezed coconut or like a banana that someone threw it in the wall so please have snack away and try to live without showing off cuz people who likes u can be counted on fingers

  90. pato i just like u cuz ur from brazil and brazil is the GG of Soccer Love you Ronaldinho 4tw;-)

  91. niceee :)

  92. TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP TAP THAT ASS

  93. nice interview! pato i wish you luck with your future in the wc3 competitive end :) sounds like your on your way up ;)

  94. Last time i was in Brazil they were speaking Latin

  95. pato rulez

  96. Wow nice interview took a while to get a new one but now you have 2 new ones.

  97. u5.PATO is my effing HERO man he keeps me GOINGGGGGG googogog pato i love u dude!!!

  98. dont delete my comments. i said qazzi is ugly...thank you

  99. newbiee looks so cool

  100. dude canuck's comment ftw frikin hilarious

  101. u5.bunny: I absolutely adore Bernardo I think he's so cute, sweet, and lovable! He adds a lot of personality to the team and is constantly motivating everyone to play and practice. I'm glad he's a part of United 5 and I was really happy to finally meet him at WCG in Singapore.
    Wow, then u havent seen me ! :P lame ~_~

  102. Hey, Pato, u on Orkut :P Which football team? AC Milan and Sao Paolo here ^^

  103. i like the red eyes in that picture under PaTo's thoughts for the game

  104. Thats the gayest thing i heard sum1 say gfg qazzi

  105. lol bunnys got the hots for pato GRRR BABY!

  106. 16....that's like WinnerReset isn't it? gjgj and how is NE vs HM imba in which HMNE? = ="

  107. good stuff

  108. LOL CANUCK

  109. wow, 16 years old and a gosu, im turning 16 in may maybe ill become a gosu :P

  110. nice interview..

  111. lol at canuk's commet.

  112. lol @ Canuck

  113. Newbiee looks so cool

  114. lol @ qazzi and canuck

  115. bunny is teh hotttt! :)

  116. PaTo is over rated..

  117. good interview!

  118. lol @ qazzi comment and pic!!!

  119. Patito, is absolute!!

    GG pato!

  120. Qazzi's comment was funny

  121. I'd hit it

  122. hey... it's not human that's imba... it's the night elf...


    as a human player i feel night elf player really have the upper hand... though human vs night elf is my favorite MU but not becuz it's imbalanced (which ain't helping me... and i don't whine about imbalance cuz i've learned to play good vs night elf.. (sure i still have a lot to learn) but in the beginning when i started to play wc3 in early RoC (offline) i played night elf vs the computer ^^ so i've always liked them... but i still got hooked by the humans :p

    i doubt u read this far by something else but cousiousness (or how it spells) cuz u prolly ain't very interested of me but anyway that's a piece of my story xD

  123. haha XeO if u think newblee looks scary u should see sk.insomnia... newblee just looks plastic ^^

  124. gl to pato ! nice interview btw

  125. if quazzi looks like a peadophile... and talks lke a peadophile... OH MY GOD

  126. :'( i love you guys

  127. (\(\
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  128. ya the teams comments were pretty funny :D

  129. the fact of some1 is a brasilian does not mean that he cant speak english perfectly

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