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XiaoKK: Dragon Tamer

12.11.17 | UgriWC3 1454

Introduction

XiaoKK is having a successful second halfyear of 2017 with a GCS qualification together with reaching AWL 2017 playoffs.

During AWL, he took out Remind pulling out a trick from his sleeve, bringing a red dragon in his opponent's base on TM. This move earned him the nickname of "Dragon Tamer" in China right after.

He was also called a troublemaker by Laofen in our last article. How confident is he before playing on the big stage? Let's figure this out! 

 You were inactive the first half year of 2017, what were you doing?

My wife was pregnant, so I did not have much time to play.

Is it true that you are a heavy poker player?

You mean like Warcraft 3 gambling? Not I do not gamble or very little

(Note : those Chinese rumors appear to be false nearly all the time! )

After a few months of competition, you seem stronger than before your break (AWL and GCS qualification). Any explanation?

I don't think that I raised my skill level in any way. I just have a better preparation before facing an opponent. 


XiaoKK

Will GCS be your first live event beside WCA Wild Card?

2009 WCG Chongqing qualifier was my first offline tournament. It was also the first time when we gathered with all my Warcraft friends.
Tiger ended winning the event.
Blast did not get the ticket for the China Grand Finals and retired soon after that. Later he also became my best Warcraft friend.

I asked So.in too: What made so many orcs qualify this time?

I think it has to do with the map pool and the rules of map vetoing which make all maps being good ones for orcs and at least without much disadvantages.

How do you predict your group will go with Lawliet, Infi and Focus?  

Those three (Infi, Focus, Lawliet) are of similar level and could all qualify. I am just a rookie and probably have no chance.

What is your objective for GCS? What would you say would be a satisfying result for you?

Just trying my best to qualify for the next round and play some good matches for my audience: That is my goal.

Who is the strongest orc player at the moment?

Against  /  I would say  Lyn.
Against  /  I like Fly100% better.

What is your best memory as a Warcraft player?

I really miss the old days in 2008 when we used to play on Haofang, just beating random guys, haha.

(Note : Haofang is a Warcraft 3 online platform still operating today)

You pulled a dragon on Remind's base for your AWL victory against Remind: Where did you learn this trick from? Is it from TeD

Ha, it is not from TeD but from 2v2 teammate Mr.Ah. 
He has a lot of tricks like this and I felt like that one could be used sometimes against strong players like  Remind.
You need to be sure that the elf's base is not sealed so you can ensnare the dragon in his main!
It was the first time I ever tried it against a player, only did that with the computer before.


The dragon wreaking havoc in Remind's base

One word about your friend Laofen, he made quite the comment about you in our latest article

Haha, yes. Laofen well, he is always like that.. quite bad mannered :D

Anything you want to say to the fans or your friends? 

I really appreciate the fans' who support me. I will now spend more time practicing and play more amazing matches on my stream for you! 

Writer's note

XiaoKK is one of the easiest players in China to reach out to. A year back he helped us trying to figure out a good bot location that would allow Chinese players to compete in Gera Cups. It ultimately appeared impossible but he always gave the time and was always patient.

Much like So.in, he can beat anybody but then has a hard time confirming a big win with another. His group seems quite impossible but who knows if Mr.Ah has more useful tricks to share?

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