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The FoV of War
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, This is my first interview for WCReplays.com and I have had the opportunity to interview the top UD player 4K.FoV. FoV needs no introduction, however I will go ahead and give you one anyway. He has been a strong player on the Korean scene for a long time. However his recent exploits of beating 4K.Grubby and SK.MaD]Q[FroG in our WC3M tournaments and his impressive win at the ESWC, especially after having lost the first game of the finals, is stuff dreams are made of. FoV is feared and widely regarded as a top UD player. His Crypt Lord and beetle strat made Grubby quite uncomfortable, though today, his interview should make you really comfortable. Thanks to MYM]Poison who was kind enough to act as a translator to make this interview possible!
nOnAmE.: Hi 4K.FoV, can you tell us your name, age, and what attracted you towards gaming?
4K.FoV: Hi~ people of wcr ^^;; my name is DaeHee Cho, I am 21 years of age and I like to have fun in what I do and because gaming is fun, I am a pro-gamer now.
nOnAmE.: You have to be quite innovative to come up with a name like FoV, so can you share with us how did you come up with a name like that?
4K.FoV: ForeVer, my nickname FoV comes from the word ForeVer, it doesn't mean anything I just thought it would look good so I took it and it has stuck with me.
nOnAmE.: Since when have you been playing TFT? What race were you in ROC?
4K.FoV: I have been playing Warcraft 3 since it came out, right from the start I was a Undead player and I continue to play with them.
nOnAmE.: You have stuck with UD for a long time now.. How come you decided to take up this race? What attracted you to it?
4K.FoV: I was chilling and before I started seriously and I was playing with my friends, I saw that none of them were actually playing with Undead, so I decided to pick Undead as my race and I have not looked back since~.
nOnAmE.: Can you share with us something about your groupings?
4K.FoV: Sure, my groups are:
Group 1: First hero + Ghouls
Group 2: Second hero + other units
Group 3: Third hero
Group 4: Crypt
Group 5: Slaughter House
Group 0: Altar
nOnAmE.: You recently finished 1st at ESWC, What was going on in your mind as you played your final opponent, the UD player SK.MaD]Q[FroG?
4K.FoV: First and foremost I would like to clarify that the interview in which I said 'MaDFroG was easy' was wrong-translated, but already a large number of people thought/think that I am arrogant, so if I were to lose in the finals, everyone would be laughing at me, so I decided to put my head down and concentrated more and more to win the final.
NOnAmE.: Could you tell us what happened during WCG? You bowed out of the tournament fast. What exactly happened?
4K.FoV: Hm... In the Quarterfinal stage I had the pleasure of meeting the current top Orc, SK.Zacard, I tried my level best to beat him but I lost the game. However if I get a chance to play him now I will beat him.
nOnAmE.: What sort of preparations do you undergo for any major tournaments?
4K.FoV: I don't undergo any sort of extra preparations for major tournaments, I just practice more and more with my clan-mates.
nOnAmE.: You were rather unheard of before you beat 4K.Grubby and SK.MaD]Q[FroG in WC3M. After that you seem to have cemented your position as a top UD player. What sort of practice do you have with your clan mates?
4K.FoV: Like I said earlier, I did not go through some special practice... I just played and played and I eventually got better. "Game, Game" keep playing.
nOnAmE.: Currently you are part of clan 4Kings [4K]. Can you tell us what do you know about this deal?
4K.FoV: Firstly, Grubby wanted to come to Korea for gaming, and he was on the lookout for a good set of players to form a clan with, so he approached us.
nOnAmE.: What do you feel about your new clan-mates, i.e. Grubby, Zeus and FuRy.
4K.FoV: To tell you the truth I have never actually met them in real life, but it would be fun to meet them, and yes since I have played against all of them in WC3M Tourney I know a bit about all of them.
nOnAmE.: Do you feel Korean leagues are more competitive than foreign leagues like say the WC3L? Or WC3M?
4K.FoV: Well I have not been able to give my absolute 100% in the online WC3M/WC3L matches due to the lag that I play with, however those matches are just as tough, if not tougher than the Korean league matches that I play. Though I have been a WC3M champ, in comparison I have not qualified for any Korean solo league, I still feel that even if I were to play without lag for WC3M/WC3L it would be still as hard as before.
nOnAmE.: Can you tell our readers; with how much lag do you play in WC3M and other foreign tournaments?
4K.FoV: Hm If the person hosting the game is a good host then I get 0.5 - 1 sec lag. However most of the times I have to play with 1 - 2+ sec worth of lag.
nOnAmE.: Please list your achievements to us.
4K.FoV: Being a part of Fairs pro-team and I have played several Ongame.net league matches, I am also a three time WC3M champion and I am the new ESWC champion.
nOnAmE.: One of the most shocking news of the fortnights was DayFly's decision to retire from pro-gaming... Given the time and effort you have put into the game, do you feel that you could find yourself in that same situation?
There is a huge talk that goes on between MYM]Poison and 4K.FoV. What you hear next may shock you.
4K.FoV: This Warcraft scene in Korea is...well.... (Sigh) all I can say is that I'm ready to make the same decision as DayFly.
A long silence follows.
4K.FoV: Hm... Well yes, DayFly is a year older than me so, yes, if I were Dayfly's age, I would have also made a similar kind of decision.
nOnAmE.: Which players from outside of Korea do you admire?
4K.FoV: From the international scene the names that 1st come to mind are SK.HeMan, SK.FatC, aT-ToD, my clan mate, 4K.Grubby, and SK.MaD]Q[FroG.
nOnAmE.: Have you played 1.17 beta? What are your thoughts on the new changes?
4K.FoV: No, I haven't played 1.17 beta; also I haven't read the 1.17 changes. -_____-
nOnAmE.: Who do you feel are the true representatives of their races?
4K.FoV: Hm. let me think about this I guess they would be
For Human - Swain[FrienZ]
For Orc - SK.Zacard
For Night Elf - Check[FrienZ]
For Undead - Hm... I don't want to answer ;p.
nOnAmE.: What are the strats you use for orc/night elf/hum and UD?
4K.FoV: My favorite unit of choice for most matches is ghouls. So,
Against Human - I make 3 hero + Ghouls + Statues, and I add Destroyers if I need them
Against Night Elf - I stick with the Ghouls + Gargoyles strat.
Against Orc - I use Ghouls + Fiends.
Against Undead [mirror]: I prefer to use Ghouls + Destroyers.
nOnAmE.: Which is the most easiest/hardest difficult match-up for you?
4K.FoV: For me the most difficult matches are the mirror matches, however I find humans to be the hardest. As for the easiest match-ups... I wouldn't say anything is easy in TFT but for me matches against Night Elf and Orc are relatively easier as compared to the other two match-ups.
nOnAmE.: Do you use neutral-heroes? Which is the one you like using the most?
4K.FoV: Well... I don't use neutral heroes -_-;;.
nOnAmE.: Describe an average day in the life of DaeHee Cho.
4K.FoV: Well, my day is not an interesting one, but since you asked my day starts at 11 in the morning, and then proceed to have my lunch, I then work out a bit, and proceed to watching cartoons, then I go and play TFT I have my dinner and I continue playing TFT until I get sleep.
nOnAmE.: Which is your favorite, Coca-Cola or Pepsi?
4K.FoV: I'd rather pick 7-up, neither coke nor Pepsi ^^;;
nOnAmE.: What is your favorite food?
4K.FoV: I prefer rice.
nOnAmE.: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
4K.FoV: Well... If I keep performing well and getting good results I will continue to play TFT, or after a certain period of time I would like to become a team leader or a coach or something to that effect. However if I don't get good results I would be interested in opening/working in a bakery.
nOnAmE.: For how long will you play TFT? Are you waiting for SC: 2 to come?
4K.FoV: I will continue playing Warcraft 3 until TFT goes away from the scene, on the same note I am not waiting for SC: 2.
nOnAmE.: Is this your first interview?
4K.FoV: Nope, I had a few interviews done earlier also, but I don't remember which site were they for -. -;.
nOnAmE.: In your opinion what is the most fascinating thing in life?
4K.FoV: Get to know people so they become good friends, and then getting together with those good friends - that's the most fascinating thing about life.
nOnAmE.: What does it feel to be a pro-gamer in Korea? Do you feel lucky? Or do you have a lot of stress and would like to enjoy life some more?
4K.FoV: In Korea, gamers are distinguished on the basis of SC gamers and non-SC gamers, there is no distinction level on the grounds of Pro/Amateur gamers. Sadly enough non-SC gamers have a lot of stress.
nOnAmE.: What do you study?
4K.FoV: Actually I'm a WC3 gamer and I spend most of my time playing Warcraft 3. I don't study anything at the moment.
nOnAmE.: What is your motto in life?
4K.FoV: My motto in life is 'lets not interfere with other people's lives. Lets have a better life ourselves!'
nOnAmE.: Any shoutouts?
4K.FoV: No shoutouts -_-;;
Thank you 4K.Fov for your time, and we wish you the best of luck with your new clan 4Kings and for the future matches ahead of you.
ReplaysWhile FoV cannot give out his replays, we have compiled a little pack with seven of his replays from the WCG Korea Qualifier. In the pack, you can find two games against Justice, two games against Anyppi and his three-game match versus Zacard.
[ Download FoV Replay Pack ]
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