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Who Is Who in This Season's GCS Coverage

03.06.18 | MR_Moonstruck 1490

Introduction

With the most exciting Warcraft competition of the year beginning tomorrow, we thought it would be great to do some quick introductions of the English-speaking crew that will bring you coverage of all the action, all the downfalls, and all the triumphs of GCS this season. Huge thank you to Neo, Remo, Ugri, and David for agreeing to answer these questions from all the way across the globe, and a big thank you for all the coverage you have already provided and will continue to share with us.


 

Before you get lost in all these amazing interviews, here are some links to follow and to keep up with all the GCS action in the upcoming week:

Back2Warcraft Twitch
Back2Warcraft Twitter
Back2Warcraft Instagram

Ugrilainen Twitter

Warcraft3.info Twitter
And for fun, I decided to put the link to warcraft3.info itself at the very top left of this page! Wow, I am sneaky.

Interview with Remo

 

 

 

Spoiler!

For any readers who are new to the Warcraft scene, can you please give yourself a brief introduction?

I'm Remo. I'm a Caster. That means I watch high level competitive games and yell at my screen for hours on end. 
 

What are you most looking forward to this trip to China?

Foggy winning Gold!
 

What is your favourite memory from past trips to China for WC3? (Does not have to be Warcraft related, but if you want you could do one Warcraft memory and one touristy memory)

Favourite Warcraft related memory was Foggy getting 2nd place, last August. Favourite non Warcraft related one would be where the mayor of Yinchuan invited us to a fance dinner to discover the most delicious lamb in the world. That was in 2014.
 

How has the journey to China been so far? Any cool behind-the-scenes stories to share?

Nothing too much has happened yet. I did make a new discovery however: jumping into hedges can be much more painful than initially anticipated.
 

What has been your favourite moment so far this road to GCS, and who are you most looking forward to watching play?

Moon and Moon. His games are always so entertaining, and he must finally break the curse and perform well at a GCS offline event.
 

This year the GCS playoffs will be played in front of a live audience for the first time ever. How do you think this will affect the players and the competition as a whole?

It's gonna add to the intensity. Which is amazing for casters and viewers both. For players this can be emboldening as well. For others it adds to the pressure. Very possible that this might negatively affect the nerves of some players.
 

Any parting remarks?

This is the coolest time of the year for me. Offline war3 competition at the very highest level. This next week is gonna be awesome!
 
And our boy Foggy taking home the Gold would make it perfect.
 
 

Interview with Neo

 

 

 

Spoiler!

For any readers who are new to the Warcraft scene, can you please give yourself a brief introduction?

I'm a war3 commentator for more than 10 years now and founder of the project Back2Warcraft. We cover every important Warcraft competition in the world and help to organize tournaments, bring content to reddit and, with many many helpers, started the war3 liquipedia. We picked this game up when it was at its lowest point, so it's kind of my baby and I'm super happy to see it in the state it is right now

 

What are you most looking forward to this trip to China?

Meeting my Asian friends and Ugri. It's always so awesome how the spirit of the game unites so many nationalities and creates a family-esque vibe for one week. Apart from that, foggy winning the championship of course!

 

What is your favourite memory from past trips to China for WC3? (Does not have to be Warcraft related, but if you want you could do one Warcraft memory and one touristy memory)

Last time, we had two Germans, two Frenchies, two Serbians, one Russian, one Belarusian two Chinese and a few Koreans in one room, drinking and sharing stories. That was exactly what makes this game so special to all of us. Plus Yaws run at wca 2015,still unbelievable

 

How has the journey to China been so far? Any cool behind-the-scenes stories to share?

Shit! :D my first flight got canceled so they booked my onto another flight, which was impossible to catch. So they booked it again and I ended up on a super crowded flight and in the shittiest seats. Food wasn't too good either. I'm always a little unlucky in that regard, but the hotel seems to be super nice, so everything is fine now

 

What has been your favourite moment so far this road to GCS, and who are you most looking forward to watching play?

Mhm hawk winning the first qualifier because so many people were afraid that foggy won't make it :D also the race between the three Koreans (lawliet, chaemiko and sok) for the final slot was pretty cool. I'm super happy for hunter that he'll witness a well organized tournament and that he can show his skills on the biggest stage this summer. Good luck to him, he needs it :D

 

This year the GCS playoffs will be played in front of a live audience for the first time ever. How do you think this will affect the players and the competition as a whole?

Hard to say because we don't know if we're in a separate room or not. Hearing a crowd cheer is the best thing that can happen to you as a caster, so I wholeheartedly hope that we'll feel this special atmosphere where ever we're placed.

I don't think players will be affected by it, since once the game starts, they're in the zone and get some kind of tunnel vision.

 

Any parting remarks?

This tournament is so cool because so many players have a chance. We got our big favorites (Lyn, TH000, 120, foggy) and some very strong contenders who have to prove themselves once again (Moon, Lawliet, Infi, focus, fly). Anything can happen, especially in single elimination. Offline is always different a provides the greatest plays, so this week will be hot and hopefully we support the great games with great commentary as well.

 

 

Interview with David

 

 

 

Spoiler!

For any readers who are new to the Warcraft scene, can you please give yourself a brief introduction?

Hi, I'm David. I am the creator and developer of Warcraft3.Info. Since I am currently working in the Philippines, I took this great opportunity to travel to Shanghai for GCS.

 

What will your role be this GCS (eg, Twitter updates, writing articles, etc.)

Since I will only be there on the last two days, I don't have a major role. Most likely I will help out with some technical things and have some talks about future projects.

 

Have you been to China before? Was it for a Warcraft event?

No, I have never been there before which is why I am really looking forward to it!

 

What are you most looking forward to this trip to China?

This will actually be my first time to see people from the Wc3 community in real life. I am most looking forward to some great games, fun and interesting conversations with like-minded people.

 

What has been your favourite moment so far this road to GCS, and who are you most looking forward to watching play?

Twitch in the Philippines is pretty bad. Streams buffer even on mobile quality. Because of that, I haven't seen the Qualifiers at all. I hope Foggy makes it to the Finals again but I would also love to see more of 120.

 

This year the GCS playoffs will be played in front of a live audience for the first time ever. How do you think this will affect the players and the competition as a whole?

In my opinion this will make the event more exciting for the fans and boost the morale of players. If Foggy makes it to the finals, I will make sure it affects him positively. Did you know I used to be a cheerleader during college?

 

Any parting remarks?

Thanks for all the support from the Wc3 community, GCS organizers and Blizzard. It's great to see the game flourish in so many ways!

 

Interview with Ugrilainen

 

 

 

Spoiler!

For any readers who are new to the Warcraft scene, can you please give yourself a brief introduction?

I am a all around WC3 supporter who goes from organizing tournaments to writing articles, helping Chinese organizers with European/American players... I do a lot of different things. I am currently living in China which helped a lot in fulfilling all those missions. I covered the last 4 GCS tournaments from Shanghai and I am about to cover my 5th! 

 

What will your role be this GCS (eg, Twitter updates, writing articles, etc.)

I will write articles on Warcraft3.info so the fans can feel closer to the action. Those articles will be translated in Russian and Chinese as well. My twitter feed will give updates and pictures, so make sure to follow me @UgriWC3.

 

What are you most looking forward to this trip to China?

 It's not really a trip to China since I am already living there for four years aha. This will probably be my last one as I do not think the organizers would invite me from Europe. I am returning to France this summer. So for my last GCS, I really hope to see Foggy winning it, as my first GCS was his first as well. I am also looking forward to see how Hunter will perform, it took a lot of work to obtain one slot for America this season. 

 

What is your favourite memory from past trips to China for WC3? (Does not have to be Warcraft related, but if you want you could do one Warcraft memory and one touristy memory)

4) It's very hard to chose... WC3 wise, it's probably Foggy beating Lyn in the group stage of GCS Spring 2016 for his first participation in a Chinese tournament. I was the only European there with him and I was so involved emotionally in his feat that it pushed me to do more for the professional scene afterwards. Otherwise that dinner we had after WCA2016 with Neo, Remo, Lyn, LawLiet, Yumiko, LongWalk, Foggy, OrcWorker, Hunter and the WCA crew... We had a great time and that picture really looks like a biblical banquet
 
 

What has been your favourite moment so far this road to GCS, and who are you most looking forward to watching play?

If by "the road to GCS" you mean the Qualifiers, I cannot really name a moment. Now the Asian qualifier is a race, so there is not one defining moment that will make one contestant qualify over another. For the players I am looking forward to see I would name Foggy of course, 120 and WFZ from my Undead inner self, Hunter for how well he will represent America, TH000 because he is a genius and Moon because he is a legend. Oh, and Lyn because he is indestructible at the moment... is that too many? 

 

This year the GCS playoffs will be played in front of a live audience for the first time ever. How do you think this will affect the players and the competition as a whole?

It will not change anything, players that will reach the playoffs are used to having an audience for the majority of them. I don't think we will have a large crowd anyway. 

 

Any parting remarks?

This will be the first World Championship played with the new balance patch. It is also the first GCS event played with a live audience. The new studio is apparently stunning and there will be a lot of report made by yours truly for a full week. Back2Warcraft will cast it all. It's time to tune in everyday at 11:00 AM starting Monday!
 

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