An Interview with Prae.Rob
A WCReplays Feature Interview
In Russia, getting some recognition is NOT easy, believe what you will. With names like Xyligan, Deadman, Happy, Abver, TitaN and others constantly impressing the world in the scene of Warcraft 3, it's nearly impossible to make your own name. Though, there are some things that can help. Like... beating eight strong opponents in a row at an NGL-one, or finishing 3rd at a WCG Russia qualifier. Prae.Rob managed to do such things, among others, and has gotten a first taste of fame. Will he build it up now that it's hot, or slowly let it burn out? We here at WCReplays.com asked him some questions, and are providing you with Rob's answers!
WCReplays.com: Hello Rob, thank you for doing this interview. Let's get started with this right away. Who's your favorite player in Warcraft 3?
Prae.Rob: I love all orc players. Always interesting to watch replays of good Orcs who are playing with a new strategy, I don't care who it is really, it just has to be funny to watch. ^^
WCR: You ended 3rd at WCG Russia qualifiers. Was it a difficult tournament?
Rob: It was my first LAN tournament and it was so difficult. I can't tell exactly "how" it was, but 3rd place for me is awesome there so I'm happy!
WCR: This means that you will play in the WCG2006 in Italy. This is your first big international event. What are your expectations?
Rob: I will do my best there and hope I won't be too nervous etc. :)
WCR: Are you usually nervous before you play important games?
Rob: If I'm playing at home I can deal with the pressure in important games but I experienced that on LAN it's much more difficult to prepare for the game.
WCR: You have joined team Praetoriani. Do you think this team suits you good?
Rob: At the moment, I only have to train a lot. Thats why i joined Prae, because they gave me the opportunity to play in the NGL. Thanks Prae!
WCR: Oh yeah, about the NGL, you've surprised quite a lot of people recently by doing extremely well. First you 4-0'd the entire lineup of StarComa Gaming, a little over two weeks ago, and last week you took out every Hoorai player put up against you. Are you surprised by yourself, and how do these victories make you feel?
Rob: After WCG Russia, I started playing better and I'm feeling that I can do alot in WC3 . That's why I started to take this game more seriously and spending more time with it, unlike before.
WCR: Nice! Last week against Hoorai, you played against three strong night elf opponents in a row, of which 2 on favoring night elf maps. Did you expect you'd overcome them, in a matchup that generally favors Night Elfs the most?
Rob: I dont think that this matchup, Orc against NightElf, is imbalanced. Everyone who whines about this matchup just doesn't know the importance of the details, minor things that Orc players need to do to win, or at least that's what I think (laughs). And I'm proud that investing all that time in the game hasn't been for nothing. I've played a lot of games, only to improve myself and to beat strong opponents, which I'm now finally succeeding in. (happy smile)
WCR: Finally, after beating Levin, Qazzi and PaTo you faced KaKi, the new Orc player in Hoorai. You went with another surprising strategy; headhunters and blademaster, with spirit walkers later on. It seemed an effective strategy, do you use it often?
Rob: I'm using it alot but on this map not often. I Just tried something else, not the usual FS FL and fast tech, like all Orcs do. We need to remember to get more fun out of this game instead of focussing only on the money!
WCR: With all these convincing results you've achieved lately, people are going to expect a lot when they see your name. Do you think you have what it takes to be Europe's next best Orc?
Rob: I dont think that I'll be the "BEST ORC" in Europe, but I'll work hard to be one of the best! (smile)
WCR: Finally, you're also in the BNet Ladder Season 4. What are your thoughts of this initiative from Blizzard, and how much are you going for it - 100%?
Rob: I'm not in the Elite Ladder because Blizzard didn't invite me, that's unfortunate. At the moment, I'm playing standard ladder to prepare for WCG but it's not so effective because now all of the very best players are in the elite ladder. But I'm not going to lose my motivation because of it!
WCR: That's good news. Before we close this, let's do some word association games:
Fun: Comedy Club
Russia: Beautiful girls
WCR: Thank you for your time, Rob. Do you have any shoutouts?
Rob: Thanks to all who are believing in me and thanks to my family and friends who are always with me in the hard times
And also thank you for doing this interview!
So it seems, gentlemen, that Rob is one to keep an eye on. He regularly participates in inCups, and he's of course also in the lineup at the NGL qualifiers for Prae. We'll see Praetoriani up against World Elite Europe soon, so this will be a real test to them. Best of luck wished to Praetoriani and Rob!
Thanks to http://www.proplay.ru/ for the pictures!
Links to Prae.Rob's replays:
hoorai.KaKi vs Prae.Rob - Twisted Meadows
hoorai.PaTo vs Prae.Rob - Turtle Rock
Prae.Rob vs sca)mace - Lost Temple