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If you have read interviews of other players, you all know that their love for gaming and rise to fame didn’t start with just Warcraft 3. Almost all of them played some sort of Real Time Strategy (RTS) before taking on Warcraft and most of the time it is Blizzard’s preceding title that gained fame around the world, a game called StarCraft.
ReminD emphatically agrees that he is a pro-gamer. And the choice that he had made about 365 days ago is one he still stands committed to. While this may be a common norm amongst outsiders, pro-gaming in Korea is still not big in Korea save for StarCraft. “There are so many gosus in Korea but I feel there are not enough leagues for war3". Strange as it may seem, the nation that embraced StarCraft and has more people playing that game in Korea than outside it, seems to be a little drawn back on taking Warcraft 3 with the same vigour. "There seems to be a lack of interest in Warcraft 3 and StarCraft is much more popular there", says ReminD. ”Added to this, there is severe competition among players with many top talents all fighting for very limited seats.”
ReminD in the early days of his pro-gaming (2nd from right)
Many thought that ReminD would take the gold in this. Many even went as far to claim that this competition was totally based on who, out of the 3 players, would win: ReminD, Sky or Deadman. ReminD seemed to be cruising towards this belief, but suddenly his clan mate WE.IGE.Sky put a short stop to all of that. What really happened in those games?
“I didn’t prepare a proper strategy and Sky’s strategy surprised me, I was always going Demon Hunter/Panda but that wasn’t very helpful. He had prepared very well and his strong push was so tough to play then.” Considering that it went 4:0, which shocked a lot of players, ReminD is now well prepared and has a couple of strategies to counter it.
ACON 5, the 2 Finalists.
When he started this game, ShowTime, Dayfly and many others inspired him to do his best. He looked up to these players as idols and practiced day in and day out to reach their level. ReminD, who uses the philosophy practice makes perfect, believes that nothing can be gained without practice. How did he go about practicing to get better at the game? "I laddered a lot". The common mantra between many players, ReminD advises anyone new to the game to ladder because you get an exposure to many different strategies.
If one views ReminDs profile, you'll see that he has over 89 percent with not just one but all races. So what was the secret behind that? To gain a better understanding of the game, one needs to know his enemies well, and what better way is it than to place yourself in the enemies shoes?
ReminD during his MWL Match
ReminD played a lot of games to get a feel of the race and settle on its micro by learning the hotkeys and costs of the units as well as settling down on a comfortable grouping order. He often met many players on ladder whom he had requested for custom games and constantly worked on a loss by seeing what else he could have done. Watching replays of pro-players helped him immensely, too. He watches replays of all races and not just that pertaining to his primary one, the Night Elf.
When one talks about ReminD, one can’t help but mention WE.IGE.Soju somewhere along the line. So how special is Soju in the making of ReminD?
“Well, Soju is my teacher and I am very close to him. Right back when I was a total noob in RoC, he had the best stats on ladder and helped me evolve Night Elf play. He is a genius, but he doesn't spend time on the game. I learned war3 from his playing, watching him play. It took a long time to become good at war3, I learned over many, many mistakes, watching and analysing how the game is played. But I always wanted to win, willed to beat the best players. I am also very lucky in matches so it helped." And thus in Soju did he see a worthy ally as was amply shown in the 2v2 Battle.net Championship where they reached the finals. He has dibbles and dabbles with his second race Orc and one can clearly see his proficiency even with that race in the devastating 2v2’s with his clan mate WE.IGE.Soju.
Ever since he started the game he began with Night Elf and it’s not really hard to see why, seeing they portray some of the best looking units. But ReminD believed that what you should begin with is what you should stick with and thus hasn't looked back. However, he has been tempted to change to Orc many times because Undead gives him a difficult challenge.
If you have ever faced an Elf player and lost, you can blame it on imbalance and rest assured a community of players will join you. ReminD, who has played a lot of the other races, doesn’t feel so. It’s more about changing your attitude and strategy to suit the needs. “All Orc players who think Talons are imba and shit, should really see Grubby’s replays and his playing style to adapt. At least it's not as hard as Human vs Undead!”
Wait a second, Orc vs Elf is not imbalanced? And Human vs Undead is? “There is no imbalance, you should understand. It is only the player who makes the imbalance in a race. His thinking and timing is what makes race imbalance.” Well ok, but you did talk about imbalance in the game and now I am curious to know about the matchups and their relative strengths.
“A lot is to be fixed really. Some matchups are not perfect at all. In my opinion, it is the following.
NE == HU
HU > OR
OR > UD
UD > NE
NE > OR
“It is a little on the edge but not imbalance, that is important to see. Little advantage for each race but only Undead is pure imba!”. What are the changes he suggests then for racial balance ?
“No good UD player can be really beaten without much micro and perfect play. Please fix cold tower delay, an Undead's main base is so imba ^^. Many problems against undead, Undead heroes too could use fixing. They seem to be very good together. Other races seem ok. It is not the race, but the player that is imba always!”
ReminD is a wise lad who sees a lot into the future. While most gamers his age earn the money they receive on movies, girls, or snazzy clothes, he saves most of it for later use. He doesn't believe in wasting money that is earned through hard work and therefore thinks that it should be used wisely. Many wondered what he had won during the Bnet Season Finals where he currently holds the record for winning it twice in a row!
“I got $9,000 and a computer, too ^^.” Great stuff considering that he almost dominated the competition first time around and the second time against a tough Undead player in FuRy. However, Season 3 he fell a little short on his target. What happened in that? He had faced Farseer who had beat him considering that Orc is at a slight disadvantage in that matchup. “Well, I can’t blame anything, I just played stupid and was out of focus, nothing more.” Oh well, probably the next season will hail better tidings. He believes that he wasn’t very smart this time around and the thought of playing on one of the other ladders would have almost guaranteed him a place in the finals. “I didn’t think of it this time, I feel I was not smart, but maybe next time.”
His manager Zax, is all praise for him.
And what about his parents? “Well initially, they didn’t support and thought different. But now after seeing me play, they support me a lot”. ReminD has one sister currently lives in China and a year older than him, who supports of his gaming, too.
Remind with his sister at the beach
ReminD has always been a mannered player and answers fans as much as possible. He doesn't ignore anyone, but one must also not abuse that friendliness. He tries to answer most whispers to him, this however doesn’t mean that I am in any way warranting the “go ahead whisper him” idea. He has often got insults and abuses too from guys and he finds it amusing. He believes that his fan collection is large and happy, but he considers it lucky, yet again.
"It is a big honour to have a fan club and I thank all my fans who support me. I also promise to bring a lot of success this year in war3 and dedicate it to them".
Note: ReminD has mentioned that he will give a replay pack to the interview, once the MIL League is over, so keep watching this space for that replay pack!
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