Behind the scenes E01: Russia with Hundredkg
Behind the scenes ~ Russia
an original warcraft3.info series
David and I came up with an idea : basically, working together! We needed more than that of course, something original. What about those women and men that work behind the scene to provide the fans with content? Those that matter and we hardly know or talk about?
"Behind the scenes" will try to put some light on their activity, views and feelings about the scene in general. We will jump in between continents in what we hope will be an interesting and successful journey!
First step : destination Moscow / Russia with hundredkg, manager of vk group "welovewarcraft3" and doing way more than just that.
What does your nickname mean exactly?
That's just my weight... I weigh 100 kg on a scale...
Well indeed, it did not strike me the first time we talked that hundredkg=100kg. Quite an interesting nickname if you ask me. Should I do the same, mine would be probably "67kgbeforevacations72after".
I need a real diet now... but I don't worry, with all of Foggy's advises about eating nuts and watermelon, I should be back in shape in no time!
Foggy's ace card
When I met with Foggy the first time, he was only interested into two things : training and checking what was up with his group on VK : vk.com/welovewarcraft3
On his way to beat TH000 at GCS Fall, Foggy took an important decision. He gave control over the group he had created in 2015 to his friend. Ivan was an important stream moderator on his channel and already took care of the group during GCS Spring. Foggy had no time to update the group regularly and wanted to focus on gaming.
Anyway what started as a fan group evolved in a full news site that was no longer solely about Foggy but about the whole scene. It is maybe the most complete news place for Warcraft, reporting equally about the pro and amateur scene every day.
The group is now 2735 members strong and gained 700 followers since Ivan took over. A simple strawpoll can get up to 650 votes. I wish I had that much activity on my twitter page (*cough cough*) ! Foggy and Hundredkg works with two other comrades, Dimi4 (designs) and x3-Demon ("a real encyclopedia of Warcraft").
Ivan also appears regularly on Foggy's stream for a special segment "Dialogues with Hundred" which is quite popular.
Why did you become a big fan of Foggy?
I was never close to scene or community, only played WC3 at battle.net and watched some replays for many years. Just once in 2015 I came to Twitch looking for some WC3 content and found Foggy’s stream at Goodgame.ru later and started watching it, reading chat, getting deeper into the community news etc.
Although I never played for Night Elves myself, I found it very interesting. I felt close to Foggy in his approach of communication, attention, self-criticism and, most of all, his mental education.
Can we say that you became his right hand?
Yes, we became more than just a streamer and viewer, he is for sure one of my closest “pen pals”. We have a common passion with WC3 and the VK group and similar view to many things around it.
His approach of a well brought-up person lead to the fact that I started to help him with any WC3/stream activity.
Foggy sent WCA signed mouse pads as presents to Ivan
The mountain that organizes
(I hope some of you will get the GoT reference... right?)
You sir are banned from the competition!
Ivan rapidly evolved from a news/community manager to a competition organizer in chief early 2017, helping to host games for European local competitions. The scene needs those guys that agree to spend their afternoon hosting games, starting them and leaving them right away to start another, or deal with an angry player complaining about a 10 ms ping difference. Hi Kaiseris! Our regards goes to you too.
Organizing an event is also taking care of its promotion (without viewers no purpose right?), players registration, grid updating, gathering replays and transferring prizes to the winner. Being an admin is no small task.
With his many contacts within the Russian scene and then the whole European one, Ivan was approached by sponsors that wanted to give prize money to make European Warcraft more active. The most notorious one wasAgrig in February/March 2017 that funded many events including some I was part of, the FFA race based game for example (one out of many "Agrig Fun games" events).
Ivan progressively extended his contacts to Korea and China and works worldwide nowadays.
Note that he does not take care of the pros only, he also cares about the noobs amateurs as well, as shows his "Peka Cup", only allowed for low rate % players.
Some of Hundredkg created or co-created events
How do you deal with the money in your events?
Since I started,I didn’t keep any funds from WC3 for myself even though sometimes fans suggest that I could keep some of the prize money to myself.
Fortunately, my job allows me to support WC3 cups time- and moneywise and I don’t count this hobby as a way to earn anything at all. All funds which I get from VK viewers/subscribers are also totally invested into prizepools.
Not looking for glory, I am just satisfied being a worthy part of the organizer team with Ugrilainen, IISM, Neo, Over-Admire, Kaiseris, Morozov, Woker, Arienne, Vanilla and others.
I have a special thread in VK for all events which I was involved in, so after 20 years pass will watch some VODs being filled with nostalgia.
You could have been involved in WCA 2017 organizational team?
Before the sad news about cancelling of WCA-2017 I was offered to become a manager of European & Korean Qualifiers to WCA-2017, that’s true. For sure, I considered it as a big honor for me and if it would happen – I would do my best, as usual J Fortunately, we have GCS as an offline-tournament so 2017 is not empty at all.
Who you gonna call for help?
Private time with hundredkg
When I've sent him the questions, Ivan was on his way to a nice getaway weekend with friends, camping in the forest, enjoying a glass of whiskey next to the campfire. The perfect time for confidences
About his family
I am 33 y.o., I was born and live in Moscow, Russia. I Have a daughter who is 7. She is my “tiger cub” and she even watches some WC3 with me!
She likes “monsters” and sometimes asks me to “fight & win them”! I am divorced.
With Tiger cub!
Professionally I am involved in e-commerce, managing a small project of kids toys.
About his girlfriend and Warcraft
My girlfriend knows about my WC3 hobby and even tried to watch some games with me, although she “can’t get what is happening”.
She especially likes listening to me live on Foggy’s stream during "Dialogues with Hundred" - although we all hate our voices, you can never get women’s logic, don’t even try!
When I explained her that we were waiting for donations to have Gera Cup #100, I didn’t expect that some days after she would call me excited almost screaming “Did you see? Somebody donated 100K rubles more!”.
For sure when you have a hobby which takes so much time, that’s important that your girlfriend understands your hobby, but this is true for any other activity as a part of comfortable couple relations.
More funny quotes from her :D?
More quotes? Ok, when I told her that I was becoming a WC3 admin, her reply was “mmm… ok… I’ve never had sex with WC3 admin before…”.
Another one was “If you start streaming WC3 – I can walk in underwear in the background so that no one would notice your gaming fails”.
Let me say alcohol is an addition to talks with friends, not a theme for party itself. For me whiskey became a kind of “must have” in some cases, it helps to prolong the pleasure of conversations, adds arguments and increases the degree of any discussions.
“I’m on a whisky diet. I’ve lost three days already.” © Tommy Cooper, British comedian.
Players he likes watching ?
I am in contact with many players and “like” many of them. There are only two others than Foggy that I really enjoy watching the VOD of : Grubby and TGW.
Grubby attracts me by his personality and noob friendly explanations of WC3 along with huge experience and decent level of gaming.
TGW does with stream chat atmosphere and unusual playstyle with funny strategies.
I am a real fan of unusual things in WC3 like tavern heroes, rare units combo, forest tower rushes etc.!
Best memory of 2016
I have a firm opinion that Foggy's victory over Lyn can’t be taken so seriously. He was just back to WC3, his form wasn’t even close to current and Foggy wasn’t considered then as a real challenger.
So taking 3rd place at GCS beating the legendary player TH000 was really like a part of a movie scenario “New Year. Let your dreams come true” and that’s my best WC3 memory for sure in 2016.
His views on European Warcraft
The answer is obvious. The best EU players moved to Netease and try to compete with the best Asian players. We all see the abyss between the best W3Arena players and Gera Cup winners.
Nevertheless, new players like Sheik and Practiceman/Blade appear and they show decent results.
We need more cups to motivate them and at this point ESL staff do great job with almost daily cups.
For European Warcraft it would be much better if any new player (not only oldschools one) gets a seat to China for GCS!
Foggy's / Happy's fans rivalry? Will Happy go to Shanghai?
Between real WC3 fans there is a usual rivalry, as between players in any kind of sport. The toxic behavior of some of Happy’s fans is not even worth the mention.
I don’t believe that Happy would finally refuse and miss the opportunity to go to China and get more money.
All his decision-changing trolling is focused only on getting more donations.
Who will join Happy and Foggy to Shanghai?
I think it will be HawK and Orcworker. Hawk is a rare case of skilled player, who doesn’t need many practice to show decent performance, even being partly-active & streaming Hearthstone 5 days a week.
I have nothing against any new names, but I doubt that we can expect any surprise.
Have to say “big thanks” to a 15 years old Game which is still so interesting for different kinds of people, to players, fans and people who always do their best for WC3.
Special thanks goes to Ugrilainen & Foggy (others, don’t think I forgot you, but to specify 50 names in answer could be weird ^^).
"Love WC3 in yourself, not yourself in WC3". © Ivan Glazkin, Russian entertainer.
Warcraft is not only a show, it is also a Community. It's not just about who clicks the fastest or who won the last BO3. It's not just about who won the most money last year or who has the more viewers on his stream.
It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to know more about Ivan, potentially the most helpful and generous individual in the scene at the moment. We worked in the past on Showmatches and Agrig Fun games. We work together now on GCS Western Qualifiers with all the crew he listed before. He always have the brightest ideas.
I hope this article will have your attention, be shared, commented and whatnot. The scene is full of very interesting stories to write about. Next stop will be in China, the center of all things. If you are interested of course!
Ivan on twitter : https://twitter.com/Ivan_Glazkin