I remember checking a replay a friend gave me, that was maybe 12 years ago, of a guy that was creeping the big red camp on Turtle Rock with only a Bloodmage and two critters. That was hilarious, and effective!
You don't know ANGRY_KOREA_MAN? This guy is crazy and bad mannered. He has a website with pictures of cats where everybody yells 'KOREA!' posting replays.
Well I went to check it out!
Replays were really entertaining so I stuck around. And i tried to play Humans but rarely used an Archmage...
What made AKM such a polarizing player were his harassing strategy and his chatting habits. He only talked using CAPS and had only a few lines he would use (with small variations) :
- SHUT UP I HATE YOU! (whenever someone talks to him)
- KOREA IS MANNER! (after the opponent says he is not)
- CHIT HACK NO MANNER! (whenever he is accused of hacking ~ or if he suspects his opponent to)
The word 'MANNER' is used extensively with all sort of meanings.
Discovering the AKM world then was probably my first peak into the troll/meme culture. AKM developed a small but loyal fan-base over the years.
One month ago he was back on twitch and agreed for an interview. Obviously, answers are all CAPS!
Dear AKM, thank you for agreeing to this interview! Tell us a little bit about your background and how you started playing WC3
BROOD WAR WAS MY GAME, I WAS DRUG INTO PLAYING WAR3 BETA WITH THE ALLURE OF A 2VS2 LADDER, WAGON_ON_WHEELS WAS MY 2VS2 PARTNER AT THE TIME, WHICH IS STILL THE CASE ACTUALLY.
BROOD WAR DIDN'T HAVE A LADDER AT THE TIME SO THERE WAS NO REAL WAY TO COMPETE AT THE GAME. BESIDES THE FAILED LADDERS OF YESTERYEAR SHOUT OUT TO TAO OF GAMING LADDER AND CLOUD LADDER. DURING MY BROOD WAR YEARS WE HAD CHANNEL "CLAN X17" COUPLED WITH MANNER_BOT ON US-EAST, THIS WAS WHERE THE LINGO BECAME SOMETHING SO INGRAINED IN MY BEING.
WE HATED CLANS BECAUSE THEY ARE HACKERS, SO WE MADE A CREW CALLED THE "TYSON_CREW". NOW YOU SEE THE TIE TO KOREA AND HOW THAT IS SOMEHOW TIED TO AKM. SO WHEN THE FPP COMES OUT WE CREATE NEW NAMES, THE RULES OF WHICH ARE THAT THEY HAVE TO BE ALL CAPS NAMES, IN KEEPING WITH THE CREW RULES, I HAD JUST GOT DONE READING ABOUT HOW A FRENCH MAN SAID IN CHAT TO SOMEONE "DIE IN TWIN TOWERS FAT AMERICAN HAMBURGER".
I LAUGHED AND CREATED AKM OUT OF THE SAME ILK, BUT NOT QUITE SO OFFENSIVE. AKM IS ANGRY, AND HATES EVERYONE EQUALLY SO IT ISN'T RACIST, AND WOULD NEVER STEEL FROM A CHILDREN. BUT KNOW THAT KOREA IS MANNER!!!.
ANGRY_KOREA_MAN : where does this ID comes from? You apparently are American and you do not sound angry at all on stream!
THE NAME ANGRY_KOREA_MAN CAME INTO EXISTENCE FROM ME PRETENDING TO BE A KOREA MAN, AND KNOWING ALL OF THE TIMES KOREA RAGE, I USED TO PLAY ON GAMEI AND VS SOME KOREA MEN WHO SHOUTED MANY BAD THINGS, WHICH I THOUGHT COULD BE PUT TO GOOD USE IN WAR3, PLUS I WAS AT THE TIME VERY ANGRY, AND NEEDED TO BE ABLE TO SAY 'SHUTUP I HATE YOU', THIS ANGER STEMMED FROM THE WHAT WAS AT THE TIME TO ME A TOTAL FAILURE AND HORRIBLE MESS THAT WAS WAR3, IN ALMOST EVERY WAY.
THAT BEING SAID, THE ANGER REELING FROM ME, THE YEARS OF ONLY CAPS AND HAVING THE TYSON PERSONA, THE ANGRY KOREA MEN WHO HACKED AND SAID THINGS LIKE 'YOU MAMA SHE CANDY OR SUCK THE MOMMY / YOU ARE HAVING MENTUAL PROBLEMS?'
THESE WERE WHY KOREA WAS CREATED, TO HELP OTHERS UNDERSTAND KOREAS MANNER AND TO MAKE KOREA MANNER AGAIN, WHICH IS PART OF WHY KOREA IS BACK...
You are very famous for using the Bloodmage as first hero 99% of the time : how and why did it start?
THE BLOOD_LAW_PRINCE IS A SPECIAL MEN, HE HAS THE MANNER OF PRINCE & THE ABILITY TO DO MANY THINGS LIKE HARASS PEONS, THIS WAS MORE SO BEFORE THEY CAPPED HIS DAMAGE TO 6 UNITS WHICH MAKE KOREA ANGRY, IN GENERAL IT HAS MANY THINGS TO OFFER, AND LEVEL 6 UNIT IS MANNER, AS SOLO HERO IT HAS THE GEAR WHICH MAKE HIM USEFUL IN ALMOST ALL GAME, PROVIDED KOREA CAN LEVEL UP AT SOME POINT.
Can you walk us through your strategy against all races?
: STRATEGY, IN BEGINNING TIMING RUSHES WAS KEY TO VICTORY, IN THE CASE OF VS UD THEY DIDN'T GET DESTROYERS AS SOON AS THEY DO NOW, AND DIDN'T BOTHER WITH DETECTION AS IS NOW PRETTY STANDARD STUFF, SO IT WAS EASY TO IN MANY CASES WIN GAMES VS UNDEAD WITH A LEVEL 5 HERO AND LARGE ARMY WITH JUST A DECENT UPGRADED MANNER MORTAR AND WOMEN TO SLOW AND SUCH, THINGS HAVE CHANGED NOW UNDEAD IS NOW VERY MUCH MORE POLISHED, DESTROYERS WITH SPLASH DAMAGE KILL TOWERS, AND THE NUKE OF UD IS VERY POWERFUL, NOT TO MENTION NEW PATCH MAKES SOLO HERO IMPOSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE NEVER ENDING SLEEP.
: VS HUMANS TRY TO COUNTER ARMY EITHER BY GETTING SLOW TO KILL MANY FOOTMEN AND THEN CHANGE TO BREAKER AND MORTAR / KNIGHT WITH UPGRADES, GOAL IS TO GET TO THE POINT OF ORANGE BIRD TO KILL THE HEAVY UNITS LIKE KNIGHT AND OTHER BIRDS, EVEN GYROS GIVEN THEY TRY TO COUNTER YOUR GYRO BIRD IS GOOD VS GYRO BECAUSE OF SPLASH, AS ALWAYS PEONS ARE THE MANNER KILL, I LOVE TO KILL HUMAN PEONS BECAUSE IT GIVES BLOOD_LAW STRENGTH, KOREA IS MANNER WHEN PEONS DIE.
: AS FOR NE, NE IS BM I HATE NE. THEY CHIT CREEP WITH BUILDINGS HAVE DEER WOMEN AND BEARS, THIS ISN'T MANNER, KOREA ALWAYS KILL WOMEN FIRST THEN BEARS AND MEN ON SIDE. HATE NE NO MANNER.
: ORC BM OR IS BM NO MANNER BMBM TT NO MANNER BM IS NO MANNER AS WELL, HE HAS INVISABLE CHIT, CHOPS MY BLOOD_LAW WITH SWORD, THE RAIDER BLOOD_LAW SO SLOW BECOME HARD TO MOVE IN GAME. BUT KOREA MANNER WITH SLOW AND MAGIC POWERS, BECAUSE KOREA IS MANNER BM ORC NEVER WIN.
Burn, to avenge
The Undead nuke seems like a massive problem for the poor Bloodmage?
UD IS NO MANNER I HATE THEM, THE BEST WAY TO HANDLE UD IS TO NEVER FIGHT THEM UNTIL UNITS ARE THE ARTICLE OF ORDINANCE, BLOOD_LAW COME IN TO PLAY AFTER EXPERIENCE AND LEVEL 3 / ORANGE BIRD COME IN TO PLAY, BUT VERY LITTLE BEFORE THAT.
Why do you skip barracks? It seems quite hard to level your Bloodmage up early game?
FOOTMEN ARE NO MANNER, KOREA HATE FOOTMEN, LAZY SLOW ONLY OK TO SLOWLY DIE DEATH OF NO MANNER, SUITED BY NO MANNER ARCHMAGE, KOREA WILL CREATE IN ONLY SOME INSTANCE IN WHICH THERE IS REASON TO USE.
Is patch 1.29 changing anything for your strategy?
NEW PATCH IS BAD FOR KOREA, ALL HEROES HAVING BETTER ABILITIES ANS SPEED IS BAD FOR KOREA, SINCE KOREA GOT NO BUFF, THE CHARION SWARM MAKES UD KILL ALL AIR PLANS IN ONE HIT, ALSO NO MANNER, AS IF PANDA WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH, SO KOREA HAVE TO CHANGE MANY THINGS WHICH ARE STILL IN THE WORKS.
You developed a steady fanbase of players enjoying the seemingly goofy strategies on your website?
KOREA IS MANNER, ANYONE WHO WATCH IS BECAUSE THEY ARE KOREA IN HEART.
KOREA SITE IS UP, UPDATES TO REPLAYS ARE COMING AS WELL
What about that cat avatar?
THE SOFTEST KITTEN IS KOREAS FINEST MANNER, NOBODY FIND SOFTER KITTEN BECAUSE KOREA IS SOFTEST, THE CAT THING KIND OF CHANGED INTO A POPULAR CULTURE THING WHEN THE WORLD STARTED TO USE INTERNET, BUT KOREA LIKE KITTEN BEFORE.
Anything you want to add or wished I asked?
BLIZZARD IGNORE THE AMERICANS WHO YELL TO CHANGE THINGS IN GAMES, THEY ARE BABOS, I HATE THEM.
THE CHANGES MADE IN WAR3 AS OF NOW HAVE TAKEN AWAY VALID STRATEGIES I USED TO HAVE, I DON'T THINK THAT THEY HAVE ADDED ANYTHING BUT BEING ABLE TO USE THOSE HEROES IN THE SAME OLD WAY THEY HAVE BEEN USED OR WOULD HAVE USED ANOTHER HERO, WHICH WAS A NET LOSS OF MANNER, AS FOR DESTROYERS, NERF THEM, YOU HAVE DL WITH CARRIONSWARM WHICH MELTS GYROS, CHANGE THE DESTROYER TO HAVE NO MANA, AND INSTEAD HAVE 3 SET USES OF THE SPLASH WHICH THEY GET FROM TAKING AWAY MAGIC, THIS GIVES THEM A LOT OF USEFULNESS STILL AND REMOVES THE DEVISTATING ISSUES OF COMING IN WITH THEM AND WINNING THE GAME IN 20 SECONDS.
SO MANY SMALL THINGS CAN BE DONE TO CREATE MORE VARIETY IN THE GAME, SOME OF THESE THINGS ARE NERFING IMBALANCED THINGS WHICH WEREN'T REALLY MEANT TO BE USED IN THE WAY THAT THEY ARE BEING USED, MAKE NECROS BETTER IS A START, SO MANY VERY SMALL TWEAKS CAN CHANGE THE GAME VERY MUCH, THESE HERO SPEED CHANGES CHANGE A LOT IN WAYS WHICH I DON'T THINK ARE GOOD FOR THE RACES WITHOUT SPEED AURAS, OH MAKE SHOPS SMALLER, SO THAT YOU CAN FIT THEM INTO A BASE BETTER...
If you would like to know more about AKM, you can :
After all, the Bloodmage's official presentation really reminds us of AKM. No surprise there! :
Many of the stoic high elves, reeling from the loss of their ancient homeland, Quel'Thalas, have given in to their hatred and despair and embraced the dark side of their magical natures. Calling themselves 'Blood Elves' - these cold hearted refugees seek to expand their remaining magical powers at any cost - even if it means courting the infernal powers of the Burning Legion! Though still loyal to the Alliance, the Blood Elves' passions will lead them not only to the highest pinnacles of power, but to the darkest depths of madness.
See you around and in the meantime, don't die in a fire... KOREA!