Americas Championship Series 2017

09.09.17 | MR_Moonstruck , Fumbler 667

ACS kicks off TODAY with exciting bracket matchups and $1375 USD (~€1142 EUR) on the line!

Who will take home the FALL 2017 Ice-Crown? (That's a Frozen Throne reference, nerds!)


 

Group A and B matches commence today, followed by group C and D on Sunday. The first match of each day will start at 13:00 EST, and will be streamed by DPort and WackedStrats on DPortGaming's Twitch Channel, Ena, and Thendis. What follows is a short introduction for each match, spiced up with interviews with many of the players (NOTE: interviews are hidden as spoilers to make the document easier to navigate.)

The full bracket for ACS can be found here. The bracket is updated live during the event.

The Matchups

Group A Bracket

Longwalk vs. Fenix

United States.pngLongwalk enters this tournaments as one of the most seasoned players, having participated in tournaments such as GCS, Blizzcon, and WCA going all the way back to 2006. Peru.pngFenix is a micro master Night Elf from Peru.

Interview with Longwalk

Spoiler!

1) Tell us a bit about yourself (what do you do outside of Warcraft, why do you play Night Elf, what is your favourite/least favourite matchup, etc.) 

Hey, thanks for doing this interview! I'm 26 years old, and I live in New York City. I like using my free time to work out, play tennis, hang out with friends, and spend time with my girlfriend. 

I've always played Night Elf because I find the mechanics of success most interesting: whether you can set the tempo/pace of the game, how you manage the decision between aggression and defense, and carefully timing expanding versus teching versus attacking. I find that Night Elf involves the most delicate balance between slowing down your opponent and furthering your own goals, and it feels almost like a dance or art. My favorite matchups have always been against Elf and Human, because I've had the most practice there; my least favorite matchups are the other two races, because I've had the least practice.

2) How excited are you that the Americas have our own championship series this year?

I'm extremely excited, and honoured to be invited - and while I'm surprised at how large the prize pool has gotten, and how much support there is, I can't say I'm that shocked. There are a ton of dedicated people who still care about the game, and who actually act on this dedication to bring it to a larger audience. I'm glad to do my part to make this championship series interesting, entertaining, and a success.

3) You have attended some very prestigious competitions in your Warcraft career, such as Blizzcon, Digital Life, and World Cyber Arena. How did it feel as a North American participating at the highest level when your opponents are mostly European and Asian players? 

This is a great question. This exact topic has been a constant source of thought for me. At one point in my career, I was simply happy to be a high-ranking North American, and accepted that I would never trump Europeans/Asians. Then, I tried to make the leap by increasing my playing time, but was still unable to reach the top worldwide, perhaps due to practice hours, dedication, or simple lack of belief that it was possible. Later, I tried to find ways to take games off the top professionals by exploiting weaknesses, looking for loopholes, and basically using my lesser amount of practice time as a strength, rather than a weakness. 

Overall, this is an evolving struggle. It has taught me a few things. First: that simple, hard work, brute force in terms of time spent, and dedication can take you so far, and should be the first step in anything that you want to master.

Second: that your success very likely depends on what you estimate to be your own value. I think I was always comfortable being a top American, and happy with the reward-to-time-spent ratio that I achieved, but I'm not sure I ever believed I could be the absolute best, and I think this held me back by already setting a limiting wall.

Third: it is a thrill to be an underdog, and that this can be misleading. There is way more pressure on the best player to succeed, to meet expectations, and to perform perfectly. So, as the "underdog" American, I always felt freedom to do riskier strategies, hoping to win with the luckiest ones, because if I lose, who cares? This was a liberating feeling, but also a self-sabotaging one. Because this is often the easy way out. It takes more courage to play your real strategy and play your best, because losing means admitting that you simply weren't good enough to win.

The short answer to your question is that being the top North American has felt exciting and inspiring, and has taught me the value of having real mental discipline - not the cliche type, but the kind that you can't really describe until you've seen what happens when you operate without it - in achieving your goals.

Longwalk vs FeRfe in the finals of the WCA American qualifier 2016:


 

To write this article, I looked a little into Longwalks career achievements. According to Liquipedia, he took a map off Moon in Digital Life 2006 when he was only 15 or 16 years old!

Interview with Fenix

Spoiler!

1) Tell us about yourself (what you do outside of Warcraft, as well as how you play Warcraft, why do you play the race you do, what is your favourite match-up, etc.)

Hi, my name is Paul Escovar and I’m from Peru. I work as operator for  a small TV channel and I like my job a lot, as I am working together with a friend from childhood. Warcraft has allowed me to get to know great people, I would never regret having played this game. For now, the time I can play is limited because I am working double shifts, but I always try to play daily to not lose the rhythm. I must admit that I wasn’t always a Night Elf player; sinceI started with Undead but there came a moment in which I ate the skull of G’uldan and I became a Night Elf (kidding). I think the Night Elves were my favorite from the beginning but I didn’t want to play them because it’s a very difficult decision to switch races, especially when you are still learning the basics. I like playing against Undead players, it’s one of my favorite matchups.

 2) How excited are you that the Americas are getting our own tournament (Are you excited for the chance to compete in the spotlight? How do you think it will help the American scene?)

I am glad for the tournaments that are taking place in this region, since it was long forgotten. This will help increase the competitivity among all of us and new talents will emerge. I think this region has great players, we just need more events to raise the level of playing.

3) How would you describe the Latin American Warcraft community right now? (How often do you play Warcraft? How do you practice? Since the Americas community is much smaller than Europe or Asia, is it harder to reach the same level of skill? Do you know other players from the area you can practice with, or is it hard because the community is so small?)

For now, I am unable to elaborate an opinion regarding the Latino community. I have set myself aside for personal reasons. I know there is a clan named LS in which most of the best Latino players are competing and improving a lot, since they clash against other clans from Europe and the rest of the world. I have been able to practice with many of them, and there are some players that are above me, such as Fred, Walter, Mackay, and even MartialSpirit, because he gave me very difficult games the last tournament. There are players with good skill here and I can practice with them. With a little more dedication, we could improve our level even more.

Thank you for the interview, and please allow me to send greetings to Dulce, she is someone special.

Ramrom vs. Aventador

Peru.pngRamrom is a Peruvian Human player who qualified through the LATAM qualifier without losing a single map. In his first match he faces off against United States.pngAventador, the North American replacement for Canada.pngInsuperable. Aventador participated in the North American qualifier and won both his first two matches 2-0 before being defeated in the finals by United States.pngAccCreate (grid for the ACS NA qualifier can be found here).

Interview with Ramrom

Spoiler!

1) Tell us a little bit about yourself (what do you do outside of Warcraft, why do you play human, why did you start playing Warcraft, who is your favourite player of all time, etc.)

Im 24 years olds im from Lima, currently studying  economics at the university. In my free time I play chess , pool and naipes. To be honest I play those games well, at almost the same level as I play WC3. I play Human because I compared the best players for each race and understood Human always has the biggest comeback probability to win a game even if it's almost lost. I started playing WC3 when I was a child, I used to visit to my grandparents and they had a cyber cafe, so I saw how the customers played it and I liked it. After that, in my school when classes finished I went to the cybers with my friends and we played a lot of w3 (playing like noobs of course), at least 3 to 4 hours each two days. And my favourite player of all time is ted.

2) You were very dominant in the LATAM qualifier, how would you say it went in your own words? What are your expectations for the tournament?

I'm so glad about winning, I stopped playing WC3 for about 8 months and now I'm back specifically for this tour, so I'm training against all races in w3arena to get my to best skill level and my expectations are to beat all xD

3) How well do you know the other players in the tournament? Are there any players that you are really looking forward or not looking forward to playing against?

In my group I only know my opponent directly and the others 2 players are Night Elf, so I have good match up against those. Im looking forward to playing against a lot of Elves, so I'm watching many Elf versus Human match ups on differents maps, and hope to surprise my opponents.

Group B Bracket

Kodos vs MacKay

United States.pngKodos is an American legend on W3Arena known for his out-of-the-box strategies and memorable personality. He faces off against Chile.pngMacKay, an up-and-coming player considered to be the best human in the Latin American scene.

 Interview with Ls.MacKay

Spoiler!

The following is an interview conducted by Martial Spirit, originally in Spanish but translated to English by Martial Spirit:

The Latin American community of Warcraft III has several players that are recognised internationally. However, a mystery overwhelms us: Who is MacKay? He is known to be from Chile and played in the LS Clan for the NWC3L and WC3CL and had great performances in the ESL Summer Cup. He does not have a Facebook account (or at least it is not public) and only people close to him are in direct contact. MacKay agreed to give an interview, so that all the people that like to see him play can get to know him a little better.

 1) Hello MacKay, thanks for accepting the interview. Can you give us some basic information about yourself?

Thank you for the invitation.

Full name: My name is Joaquín Elías

Age: I am 20 years old

Race with which you play Warcraft III: My main race is Human

Nationality: Chilean

City: I live in Puerto Montt, a city located in the south of Chile

 Favorite activities: Sports, I try to go to the gym every day and if I miss a couple of days I get in a bad mood. I also like soccer, I'm a fan of the Universidad Católica Team of Chile. And finally music, in college I was in a class where everyone played two or more instruments, so to get contaminated was inevitable! I learned to play guitar and bass, and I am currently learning piano.

 Career that you are studying for: I am in the first year of Industrial Civil Engineering.

Favourite food: I do not have a favourite, now, everything that has meat is welcome.

Do you have a message for the fans who follow you?:

Well, thanks to those who follow me and always support my games, although I always say the same. If they want to learn they should watch someone really good and not me, as I still have a lot to learn.

2) When did you start playing Warcraft III?

 In 2012 if I'm not mistaken. I started playing between Tarreo, which was a Chilean private server and Blizzard’s Azeroth server, although the latter was disappointing due to the amount of hackers of all types, that still inhabit the server until today.

3) Can you describe your career as a Warcraft III player?

I started playing in Tarreo, where I was recruited by sPG, a clan that had many years experience in WC3. With them, I trained very often and the older players gave me tips to improve, to watch many replays and all that. Since there were not too many players, I preferred to play ladder on Azeroth where I could easily find a rival.

In 2014, W3Arena appeared and the majority of remaining active players moved there after Tarreo and Ombu were taken down.

This year, LS managers decided to revive the clan to play leagues, and they invited me to participate. So now I find myself playing my first competitive leagues and I try my best.

4) Why did you choose the race you play?

I chose Human because of its heroes, the other races have heroes that take all the attention and the rest of their units are pushed to the background. The Human heroes are different, they have a more defensive tactical scheme, and are only a support to the set of units of the race.

5) How do you describe the scene of Warcraft III Chile in general? Are there other active players who aspire to play at a higher level?

Since I play, the scene in Chile has been dead, I never saw a greater interest of the players to improve, and to that must be added that Chile is the country with the least amount of WC3 players in Latin America. Ls.Aleatorio is the only compatriot of mine who really shows that he wants to reach a higher level.

6) Do you know about the WarNet server being deployed in Brazil? Would you play on that server if the ping is much better than on W3Arena? How do you think that would benefit the Latin American community?

Yes, I know a little about what is coming with WarNet. I will play there and hope all Latinos will, one of the main goals that we have as a Latino community is to become competent and united in a single place to participate in the tournaments. We need to stand together, not separated in GameRanger, RuBattle or Battle.Net where they don’t know about what’s going in the Latino scene, leaving themselves to die by the cold hands of those servers.

7) Did you know the OmbuServer? Why did it shut down and was there nothing to replace it?

I knew it by name, the Argentines and Peruvians always said that they played there ,but I never entered.

8) About the ACS (America Championship Series): Are you excited about participating? Do you think you deserve the invitation? How far do you think you'll get?

I am excited, but not because I will participate, but because America finally has a tournament of its own, and that means this game is reviving on this side of the planet, and that is what makes me happy! Now, regarding my participation, I do not want to make any predictions, I'd rather think of how I'm going to win my first match than think of how far I'll go.

9) Can you name some Latin American players that you like? Do you think there will be more Latin American players to give us good surprises like you are doing?

Walter definitely, I follow his games in the Clan Wars of LS (NWC3L and WC3CL) and the tournaments in which he participates. He always offers good games against any player and for me, he is the Latin American favorite to win the ACS.

10) Can you name the best players that you have beaten in ladder or in tournaments?

OrcWorker, WarchiefRich, Yaws, Sonik, and Xelsing among others.

11) You play on Netease, right? What is your biggest win there?

I was on Netease some time ago, it ran better than w3arena but then turned all laggy and I stopped playing there. I do not know what's my biggest victory. All players have weird names and I do not think I've beaten anyone particularly strong, since I did not play enough to reach the high rankings.

12) Is there any player that has been winning from you, that you want to win from soon?

Shadai, I lost in a very ugly fashion from him, I hope to find him again in a match and make it better this time.

13) Who is your favourite professional Warcraft III player and why is he your favourite player?

Sky was by far the best Human of all time, immortal in mirror and against Undead. He is my favourite player because although Human is considered a race that plays on the defensive, Sky was the opposite, had a very aggressive style, against Elf especially, plus a perfect timing.

14) Why is the Human race having a hard time in the professional scene? Do you think that something should be balanced in your favour?

 I think it is in a transitional stage, Human has had its moment and now the other players have found the correct way to counter them. WC3 is like this, you have to adapt to the changes that the game constantly undergoes. In general the game needs changes, but I still do not have a full enough knowledge of the game to do a good analysis.

15) Do you think Warcraft III has contributed something to your personal development? Do you feel that Warcraft III has made a difference in your life? Why?

Sure, WC3 is not an ordinary game, one has to strive to go beyond goals, and that you see in life, too. One has to slowly achieve goals.

16) You have already beaten players with semi professional level and you are considered the best Human player in Latin America. What are your next goals in Warcraft III?

For now, I intend to become more solid against all the four races because I am very irregular. I want to learn what I can from the leagues and competitions I am playing.

A picture of LS.MacKay, taken from the interview with Martial Spirit

Headintheclouds vs Hunter

 Peru.pngHunter is considered one of the strongest Latin America players in the tournament, along with Peru.pngWalter. Peru.pngHeadintheclouds is filling in as a last minute replacement for Ireland.pngWearefoals, bringing the total of Peruvian Night Elf players up to four.

Interview with HunteR

Spoiler!

1) Tell us about yourself (what you do outside of Warcraft, as well as how you play Warcraft, why do you play the race you do, what is your favourite match-up, etc.)

Well, besides playing Warcraft III, I work in a financial entity called SCOTIABANK, I am a musician (drummer), I study Systems Engineering and I also workout from Monday to Friday. My favourite matches are against Undead and Orc.

2) How excited are you that the Americas are getting our own tournament? (Are you excited for the chance to compete in the spotlight? How do you think it will help the American scene?)

I like the idea that America is keeping Warcraft III alive. In this continent, there are many Warcraft lovers and we need inclusion in the global scene.

 3) How would you describe the Latin American Warcraft community right now? (How often do you play Warcraft? How do you practice? Since the American community is much smaller than Europe or Asia, is it harder to reach the same level of skill? Do you know other players from the area you can practice with, or is it hard because the community is so small?)

 Well, I know there are many players in Latin America, I would lie if I said I know them all, but I know there are many players that are active and use W3Arena and some others use Netease.

I don’t think it’s impossible to reach a good level, but the problem is that we can’t compete under the same conditions because the Europeans and Asians have a different internet speed. I played Netease with 390 ms ping and I checked the Asians’ streams (they had only 60 ms ping). The ping difference brings us limitations when attempting to perform micro-demanding tasks and playing a game in a risky way. Sometimes we have 0.5 to 1.5 seconds of delay, and sometimes it’s even worse than that.

 

Group C Bracket

FerFe vs. Skuyt

In the last Americas-wide tournament WCA 2016 United States.pngFeRfe showed a strong performance, only losing to United States.pngLongwalk, despite being tied in amp wins against each other throughout the playoffs (Longwalk was initially defeated by FerFe, but won the rematch after coming through the lower bracket). He will be playing Argentina.pngSkuyt, who frequently participates in NWC3L.

Interview with FeRfe

Spoiler!

1) Tell us a bit about yourself (what do you do outside of Warcraft, why do you play human, what is your favourite/least favourite matchup, etc.)

Hi, I’m feRfe. I play osu besides WC3. It’s good for training micro, if you’re into that thing.

2) How excited are you that the Americas have our own championship series this year?

Very happy and excited of course. Hope more good things come. The dream would be weekly cups at reasonable times for the Americas like Gera for Europe.

3) What are your expectations for the tournament? Who do you think will win? Are there any players that you are hoping to play against or really not hoping to play against?

No idea, just want to play my best and have fun. May the best player win.

Walter vs. Sayso

Peru.pngWalter is one of the most globally active South American players today, participating in NW3CL and even appearing on Grubby Stream on the W3Arena ladder. He is generally considered one of the top Latin American players. In his first match, Walter goes up against Australia.pngSayso, who lost his first match against Sweet in the AUS/NZ qualifier only to make an epic comeback, winning four matches in a row, including one against Sweet, to win the AUS/NZ qualifier.

Interview with Sayso

Spoiler!

1) Tell us about yourself (what do you like to do outside of Warcraft, why do you play undead, what are your favourite/least favourite matchups, etc.)

Hi, I'm Sayso from New Zealand I play Undead and random. I previously played alot in 2006-2009 and have a few active stints since then and have recently came back at the start of 2017 to find Undead winning. I have always hated Undead v Orc and been bad at it (which is why I started playing random) and I have always done very well against Night Elf. Outside of Warcraft, I work a regular 9-5 job at a big company, go to the gym most nights, and on weekens typically play golf/tennis and hang out with friends or the girlfriend.

2) The Warcraft scene is dominated by Europe and Asia. How do you feel as an AUS/NZ player? (Do you find it difficult to increase your skill as a player outside of the Warcraft hotspots, are you excited that AUS/NZ is included in this championship series, etc.)

In the past when I was most active, NZ had a great scene with a lot of good players, local lan and online tournaments such as WCG and local netcafe tournaments and I used to play league games 2-3 times per week. These days, it is a lot harder to find leagues and tournaments for everyone and especially in NZ so i was happy to see that ACS had a NZ qualifier. The hardest part at the moment is finding ways to play with decent ping as Netease is 300 ping and w3a is Euro bots so also has a very bad ping. Luckily we have recently started a AUS/NZ team oCe so I have people to play against. 

 3) You qualified for ACS through the AUS/NZ qualifier. How do you feel the qualifier went, and what are your hopes for the main tournament?

The qualifier could have been better, I don't think I've played very well, and not everyone who is strong in the NZ/AUS scene showed up... I hope to do well but it's a very poor timing for me (5am NZT after a long weekend...)


 

Despite the poor conditions, we hope that Sayso will be able to play his best and have an enjoyable tournament!

Interview with Walter

Spoiler!

1) Tell us about yourself (what you do outside of Warcraft, as well as how you play Warcraft, why do you play the race you do, what is your favourite match-up, etc.)

Well, I work as an accountant in a company that provides services to other mining companies. I play Warcraft III when I don’t have to work. Sometimes I have a double shift and I can’t play too much. There is always an important tournament I want to play and I usually train using a smurf account I have in Netease. Regarding the race I chose it’s funny because I started playing Orc, but I always had issues facing mass huntresses and I didn’t know how to stop it. It was then that I said to myself: “If you can’t beat them, join them”, and that’s how I started playing Night Elf. I played this race so many times that I grew fond of them. My favorite match is against Human because I am amused by the fact that they do whatever is necessary for expanding.

 2) How excited are you that the Americas are getting our own tournament (Are you excited for the chance to compete in the spotlight? How do you think it will help the America scene?)

 I am very happy that America has a tournament as big as ACS. I am super excited because lots of people are going to see me play and there is more adrenaline. After so much time, we finally have a big tournament, I can’t describe the emotion and I hope this is not the last time. This tournament will be a great motivation for the American community, I know many players that have returned to the scene just because they found out about ACS. I hope the community grows big enough to compete against Europe and Asia.

 3) How would you describe the Latin American Warcraft community right now? (How often do you play Warcraft? How do you practice? Since the Americas community is much smaller than Europe or Asia, is it harder to reach the same level of skill? Do you know other players from the area you can practice with, or is it hard because the community is so small?)

Well, I am the administrator of a Warcraft community on Facebook, and we are growing more and more. Some players play on W3Arena and some others play on RuBattle, which is not as competitive as the first, but still many players go there and have fun playing. I am part of a Latino clan named LS (Latin Soldiers), we practice and play every night for achieving a more professional level. Some Latino players are also playing on Netease.

I honestly think it’s hard to reach the level of Moon, th000, etc. because we don’t have a competitive server yet (there is a Brazilian server in the works and we hope it will be functional soon, so we can play with decent ping at last).

 

Group D Bracket

MysT vs. PriesT

Brazil.pngMysT and United States.pngPriesT is one of the matches I am most looking forward to. Both players are putting in their hours of training for this tournament, and I am sure it will show. MysT is coming back to play this tournament after a 10 year hiatus from Warcraft, now with a daughter and his own business. He still practices 2-3 hours a day on NetEase though, which makes me hopeful to see some of his ingenious strategies such as solo alchemist or tinker first. PriesT is a solid human player from the United States and has been streaming every free moment he has had for the past month (be sure to check out his Twitch account here). Due to the dangers posed by hurricane Irma, there is a chance that he will not be able to attend the tournament. We pray that he and his family will be safe in this time, and that he has the chance to show us how all his training has been paying off! 

Interview with MysT:

Spoiler!

1) Tell us about yourself (I hear you have a pizzeria, and your daughter is so cute! Also if you want to talk about how you play Warcraft, such as why you play Night Elf, your favourite match you have played, your favourite/least favourite race to play against, etc.)

Hello Moonstruck, firstly thank you kindly for doing this interview with me, supporting the WC3 community and keeping this amazing game alive.  

My name is Rodrigo Martins, I'm 30 years old, lawyer and owner of a restaurant as you are aware, a pizzeria, married and have a small daughter! 

Nowadays I usually play Warcraft 2-3 hours a day, including weekends, usually laddering on w3arena and NetEase servers. On the latter I've been playing for 1 month, and gives a solid and pretty good practice, and thanks to Lonlife, who arranged for ping issues to be fixed and allowed me to play on that great Chinese server. 

I've play the Night Elves race since when I started playing this game because it is the race that gives you the possibility to do many kinds of different strategies, creeping orders and this gives so much flexibility for the race, making a lot funnier to play on high level games, since you can choose many different kind of strategies, building orders, heroes...

Regarding the matchups, it usually changes from time to time, but nowadays my favorite matchup is Night Elf vs Undead and the match that I like the least... Hard question, love all matchups! Since I play a lot of games as random, would be Orc vs NE (myself as orc)!

2) You have had a long history as a Warcraft player, participating in tournaments such as the World Cyber Games in 2007. What are your favourite memories from your Warcraft career and what advice would you give to a young player looking to become a competitive gamer?

There are many memories from my Warcraft 3 career, will talk about a few in topics:

a)  WC3L Season 7 in early 2005: I wasn't known in the worldwide scene and was playing for jNg team, and we had a match vs 64AMD Team and the most feared player in that team was 64AMD.Caravaggio who was considered one of the best Human players in Europe and worldwide at that time. I was set up to match against him and my strategy at that time was solo Tinker, dryads and bears against Human, and the strategy worked perfectly twice giving me a solid and strong win over him without any problem at all, and the Tinker hero had been included in the game for just a couple months at that moment! I remember watching the replays and the observers went crazy when they saw a Tinker popping up from the tavern, and they said it was "an insta loss" for me and that maybe I was nervous and took the "wrong hero at the tavern" because of matching up versus Caravaggio, and when the game finished with a level 8 Tinker everyone was like "WTF is going on". It was a pretty cool presentation.

b) Playing solo Alchemist vs Moon was very entertaning and I had so much fun, it was a really memorable game. Sadly I had some lag issues in the middle of the match and things went bad for me in that game, but still it was a pretty nice game, and showed that different strategies and heroes can fit well if used on the right way. There is a link below for this game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abIDvgKb2oE&t=1851s

c) Winning against ToD and making it to the top 5-8th in WCG 2007 was also a memorable moment. I was retired for almost one year already before the Brazilian qualifiers for WCG 2007 and some Brazilian players friends of mine kept telling me to at least participate so I did, and had a couple of weeks of training, but as I got in mood and felt it was being pretty fun, I practiced really hard for these couple weeks and won WCG 2007 Brazil, then flew to Seattle (which was a pretty nice place) and had a good time there. When I found out I was going to play vs ToD at playoffs, I knew I had to surprise him since I hadn't practiced at all for a long time and was so rusty. So I used a Priestess of the Moon strategy, which worked really well against him and gave me the win for those games. Everyone went crazy and many players and people from the event came to compliment me.

The 1st match of the BO3 against ToD in WCG 2007. It seems the losing player wasn't too happy with their performance based on their 'gg XD'

The advice I would give to new players would be watch replays of the best players out there and practice on the best ladder system you can, which nowadays is the NetEase ladder. Some places to watch games and learn would be youtube channels Back2Warcraft , warcraft3art, those two I usually watch myself. Also watching good players of your main race streaming on twitch for example, is a great way to learn the game.

3) How do you feel that the Americas now have our own championship series in ACS, and after dominating the Brazil qualifiers, what are your personal goals for the tournament?

I've been practicing on the NetEase ladder for almost a month now, and I'm getting better and better each day that I play. 

It took me a few games to feel comfortable with the game again because I quit playing after WCG 2007 and stayed away from this game for 10 full years, but those ladder sessions on that great Cchinese server are  great practice, the kind of practice that I couldn't have in the past, so I'm looking forward to have a good performance in the coming tournament.

It is wonderful what everyone still does to keep this game alive, I would like to thank everyone who putssome effort to help out the community and try to make this game grow, even 14 years after its release.  

I would like to give a big compliment to you for this interview, to ena1337 who's a great guy and always helps anyone and everyone and makes a great work on his twitch/youtube, to Back2Warcraft's Neo and Remo for great streams, to Grubby for still playing this game and making everyone tuned to Warcraft3 on his FollowGrubby twitch/youtube, to Dportgaming, warcraft3art, over-admire, martialspirit, ESL, Alex the head admin of WNet Arena, and everyone that puts so much effort and hours to make this game great and keep its competition alive and healthy.

Hope we have a great tournament and give a lot of entertaniment at ACS America and future tournaments!

Thank you for doing this interview!

MysT was also kind enough to send us a picture of himself :)

Interview with PriesT

Spoiler!

1) Tell us about yourself (what do you like to do outside of Warcraft, why do you play human, what are your favourite/least favourite matchups, etc.)

My name is Jonathan Walker, my kids are my life and they both are my best friends. I do really enjoy playing other games, I've played competitive halo, and cod. I've been to MLG Orlando twice, placed top 64 in halo 3. Right now, if I'm not playing Warcraft III, I'm playing WoW (yes, I know). When I started playing WC3,I played 200 games of random and I just picked the race I thought best fit my play style, that is why I play Human. I really enjoy doing lame strats versus Elf, so I guess Elf is my favourite match up, but it is still very difficult for me. I hate Human mirror, it's way too random in my opinion.

2) How excited are you that the Americas now have our own championship series? Have you participated in tournaments like this before?

I'm excited that the Americas have a tournament like the one coming up. I participated in some nation clan wars last year, as well as ACS. The only thing similar to this kind of thing back in the day for nations was really WCG. I wasn't able to advance in those tournaments back in the day because USA players always double tagged on their friends accounts and the admins didn't even know how to install WC3. The offline qualifiers back in the day were a little bit before before the time I started taking this game somewhat serious.

3) The Asian and European scenes really dominate Warcraft, how would you describe the North American scene to those who are less familiar with it? Do you know any of the other players participating? Are there any that you are looking forward to playing against or hoping not to having to play against?

The Asian/European scenes have mostly always dominated RTS genres. It's just a culture thing, I think. There are just more players that play in that part of the world. The North American scene consists of some players still playing on bnet , a lot of 2v2 games and 4v4 games. I have some friends that are from Canada that still play a lot, but not too many. The NA scene isn't too popular, I honestly think the only way it gets revived is if there is a huge announcement @at BlizzCon this year, WC4 or WC3 remastered or so. I know mostly all of the NA players that got invited to ACS, I'm good friends with Insup so I would like to play against him, but not early in the tournament. I think DanGer is a really good guy, and he trusts the game. Which is what you gotta do to get better. I don't want to play LongWalk or any human player. In my games against LongWalk, I don't lose versus strats, or him being unpredictable, it's just that his micro is insane. He always knows what to attack and what not to attack, always has the right units attacking the correct units and so on... oh yeah,and he plays Warden! :(:(

AccCreate/DanGer

Peru.pngDanGer is one of the most accomplished and well-known Llatin American players in the tournament. He enters this tournament with the desire to win for his fans and the confidence to play his best. United States.pngAccCreate is a custom game player who qualified without dropping a map on the North American qualifier, who is hoping to show the fans interesting games with his "suicide strategies."

Interview with AccCreate

Spoiler!

1) Tell us a bit about yourself (what do you do outside of Warcraft, why do you play Night Elf, what is your favourite matchup, etc.)

I am AccCreate also known as “Funky_Sh1t” on US@East. I am a custom game player in clan dyw and my winrates in general are rather poor. I am 20% on tourney, 42% on random, and 48% on total under the account name AccCreate on US@East. On w3arena, I go by AccCreate and am 49%.

To be quite frank though, I do believe my skills are a bit higher than what my winrates suggest. I just personally enjoyed having below 50% winrate as it is funnier when players underestimate me and then lose on bnet custom games. Unfortunately, I also believe my skills are far inferior to the skills I had last year, as bnet is not an encouraging place for 1v1. As for w3arena, I live in America, so I constantly have to face 285 to 480 ms ping, which is not encouraging for practicing 1v1.

Outside Warcraft III, I am a senior in Columbia University in the City of New York. I am a Computer Science major and an Applied Mathematics minor. Other than studying, I guess I eat, then eat, then eat, then sleep, then eat. Nothing unusual.

My favorite matchup is actually Night Elf vs Orc. It is more or less the only matchup I practice, and everytime I lose on bnet, I have the excuse of “blademaster imba” or “crit imba”.

My worst matchup is Elf vs Human. I just feel like it’s impossible to win from a good Human, as I have more or less no practice against Human, Undead or Elf on bnet. Just 2 years ago, I constantly played only against Human, but as those times have passed, my only hope against those races is to play by memory.

 2) You are Korean correct? How long have you been living in America? You performed remarkably well in the qualifier, would you contribute any of this to being from one of the best Warcraft countries in the world?

I am a Korean American. I am an admin on Lawliet, Checkpooh, and Remind’s streams.

I am actually surprised I performed well in the qualifier. Personally, I was disinterested in the tournament until I saw the roster and figured that if some of those players came to represent North America, it would be rather embarrassing. With the support of Hackslayer, I decided to sign up hoping that I would face him in the finals as I have next to no practice in Night Elf mirror (similar case against Human and Undead). It seems I got the better end of the stick that day though, and got lucky with the wins.

3) How would you describe how the qualifier went? What are your goals regarding the main tournament next week?

The qualifier was actually rather easy. The semi-finals against Hackslayer were the most difficult for me because he is a great player when he is serious. He is a player that has beaten Insuperable three times in a row on bnet once, and a player that is better in mirror. The finals were somewhat expected as Aventador- is a player I see quite a bit in bnet custom games and I have a near perfect winrate against him.

My goals for the tourney is probably to troll and make the viewers laugh at my game. I don’t have much thoughts on winning the tournament and will probably be going fun suicide strats just to see the responses of the viewers. After all, a 49% w3a player shouldn’t be in the tourney in the first place. I only signed up just in case Longwalkusa was not playing in tournament since someone has to play Night Elf in NA ;).

After the interview, AccCreate also sent these messages:

Oh yeah, and I'm rather talkative guy in nature.

Don't expect much of me in the qualifiers! I'm probably going to lose right away and just watch the rest of the qualifiers.

But I guess I will try to make it as entertaining as possible for the viewers. I already do know my skill level and I do hope that Longwalkusa or Hunter wins regardless.

(as I am nowhere close to their levels. Now I'm out~)

He also wanted me to mention that him and Hackslayer have fake stats on W3Arena and BNet, so it seems there is more to this North American Night Elf than meets the eye.

AccCreate vs Aventador ACS NA Qualifier Finals:

 Interview with DanGer

Spoiler!

1) Tell us about yourself (what you do outside of Warcraft, as well as how you play Warcraft, why do you play the race you do, what is your favourite match-up, etc.)

Hello, my name is Daniel Linares, I studied Psychology and I am a specialist in Human Talent Management and Organizational Psychology. I am a professor in a college program of leadership, and I spend most of my time doing that, besides my studies, career, family, work and of course some Warcraft III. Lately, I have put a stop to some activities to give me more time for playing Warcraft III in order to be prepared for ACS. When I started playing this game, I enjoyed it a lot, I started playing (like most amateurs) campaigns, and I initially chose the Undead race, but then I felt the need for a change and I liked Orcs because of the wyverns that were part of the meta game back in 2006 (the I started playing). Here I am now, playing Orc. My favourite match is versus any race, but I am slightly inclined to play against Night Elf and Undead.

 2) How excited are you that the Americas are getting our own tournament (Are you excited for the chance to compete in the spotlight? How do you think it will help the America scene?)
How would you describe the Latin American Warcraft community right now? (How often do you play Warcraft? How do you practice? Since the Americas community is much smaller than Europe or Asia, is it harder to reach the same level of skill? Do you know other players from the area you can practice with, or is it hard because the community is so small?)

I am enormously happy and thankful for participating in this amazing event, which will have great impact in the community, especially the Latino community, since many players from different countries have shown their interest in improving and showing their skills. In my community, I am one of the few old school players that remain active. It’s amazing to see many players reinvent themselves for being able to adapt to the current gameplay, since the meta game and the playstyle have changed considerably. I have faith that I will be able to see more Latino players after ACS, because this event will open many doors for future events, create more followers, and so on.

The Latino community is growing little by little. I see many players on social media making interesting comments, having small tournaments, tutorials, interactive videos and other stuff that, in each player’s own way, they support this beautiful cybersport. However, there are still some limitations that make things difficult for us to develop a professional level. One of these factors is the chaotic situation that Venezuela is living nowadays, probably one of their worst historic periods, and some friends decided to step aside from WarcraftIII due to these problems, since they don’t have internet services and if they do, the conditions are very poor. Something similar with the internet happens in Peru, because it’s not a very good service. Same with Bolivia and other countries in the region. Thanks to the W3A team we have W3Arena, a server that is a great source of practice since it has American hosts for custom games. However, in ladder there is a huge difference between playing with 200 ms ping and playing with 10 ms ping. Another awesome server is NetEase, where the pros are training, but hey, you and I know very well that it’s an Asian server and it’s almost impossible to play there due to the lag we have. Happily, some programs like Lonlife, UU, and WTFast help us relieve the latency, but some of them are costly.

In addition to these limitations, there is also the mindset of some players, who feel comfortable playing custom games in GameRanger among themselves and they don’t have the will to compete and stand out. These guys get in shock when they play in a competitive server like NetEase. You don’t only need economic incentives for improving, you also need to love this cybersport.

I know a few players, some of them have a remarkable level in the Latino community, and I can practice with them. These players are Hunter, Fenix, and Walter. Despite the size of our community, I see future talents such as RamRom, Bomber, InHell, MartialSpirit and Goku, among others. I mean, I don’t see an excuse for not growing as a community, this is up to us.

I want to thank you guys for this interview and say that I will be there not only to play this tournament, I will be there for winning it. Thank you Over-Admire for the invitation, and Ena for the support and friendship, and of course thanks to you Mr Moonstruck for getting this interview done.

Funding for this tournament 

This tournament is being entirely crowd-funded, so any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. Thankfully, we were able to hit the minimum $800 benchmark to run the tournament, thanks to huge donations from Thendis and Alex Sousa. Awesome prizes are available for donors, including replay packs of all the games, official t-shirts, and even the opportunity to livecast the group stage BO3 of your choice with DPort himself. Be sure to drop by at Matcherino and get yourself some goodies!

Acknowledgements

There are so many people without whom this article would not have happened. A big thank you to Ugrilainen, Ena1337, Over-Admire, and Martial Spirit for putting me in contact with all the players that were interviewed. Thank you to Fumbler for writing parts of this article, and for Pimz for doing the editing. Thank you to all the players who were extremely kind and accommodating in answering the questions. Lastly, big thank you to Martial Spirit who translated all my correspondences with the Spanish-speaking players (I think he did more work for those interviews than I did!) and for allowing me to publish his interview with Ls.MacKay here, and to our growing team here at Warcraft3.info, especially David and Ugri for all the help they have been giving me since day one.

Comments

Insuperable, Kodos and Wearefoals dropped out last minute, and were replaced by aventador-, Headsinclouds and Bomber. The updated schedule is available [url=http://wiki.teamliquid.net/warcraft/America_Championship_Series]here[/url].
Excelente articulo. Muy interesante conocer, el punto de vista de los jugadores, sobre ACS. Gracias, por hacer lo que hacen. Saludos:).
Thank you Fumbler and Moonstruck for this work. We had many NA dropping last minute, thankfully SA is more dedicated!
Why all the drop-outs? :'( BUt nice concept! I hope I will have time to follow it :)
TKS UGRI, IT IS NOT EASY TO MAKE ACS AND IT GIVES PEOPLE OF NA A STAGE TO SHOW THEIR TALENTS
Great article moonstruck!, nice seeing Chatwin here in the comments!
Thank you so much for the appreciation Smoke, Ugri, Gohan, Chatwin, and Over-Admire! ACS is super important for the Americas, and it has been such an excellent tournament so far :D
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