We are the StarCraft professional players of Red Bull Battle Grounds NYC, AUAA
Hello reddit! The eight players of Red Bull Battle Grounds can be seen here: http://battlegrounds.redbull.com/about
redbullESPORTS will be relaying your questions and answers to the players for the next hourish!
EDIT* - [3:04 PM ET] We're all done! We will continue answering a few more questions. Thank you for joining us and don't forget to tune in this weekend to watch the event!
"Overall it was awesome, because I could play against them and their level was even higher than my current games. When I started to play more with the CJ players my level increased.
My favorite part about being in the CJ House in Korea was getting to socialize with the players, and the practice environment was so perfect. It was easy to understand why the Koreans improve so much faster when they have pro houses like this." - Snute
@MC why are you so awesome? Love you. Marry Me.
"If you hot girl I can marry you. If you man, please no." - MC
Which programmers do you think are good but are underated or overlooked by most people?
"The dudes who made Chrome made it work pretty fast." - Snute
You can make one change in the game right now what would it be. Would like an answer from at least one of each race.
"Delete Oracle." - Bomber
"Delete Void Ray." - Scarlett
"I would give protoss lift (like terran). Only production buildings though." - MC
"I want to be able to chrono boost units, like the Immortal to shoot and move faster." - Parting
"I would delete the mothership core." - HyuN
"I would delete the corruptor and add scourge!" - Snute
"I would add shield battery. I want to recover Immortal shield." - sOs
"I would delete protoss." - Golden
Hey PartinG, Looks like Cloud Kingdom is in the map pool, The Soul Train ready to leave the station?
"Yes CHOOO CHOO" - PartinG
@koreans, who's the best foreigner in your opinion?
"InControl" - MC
"Naniwa" - PartinG
"Naniwa, Scarlett but no good Terran foreigner" - Bomber
To HyuN, where can I get those amazing stretchy pants you wear to European tournaments.
You can buy it in Korea haha - HyuN
This is for all:
If there was a 2v2v2v2 tournament between the 8 of you, who would you want on your team?
"Hyun!" - MC
"Golden." - Parting
"Parting." - Golden
"MC." - Hyun
"Golden!" - Bomber
"I want to change to Bomber." - Golden
"Then I change to MC." - Parting
For every player if possible : What is the worst thing about being a pro gamer , what you guys really dont enjoy and what would you like to change ?
"The pressure of going to the military, I'm no longer young." - Hyun
"So much travel, we have to spend so long flying everywhere to go to tournaments and it's exhausting." - Scarlett
"Carrying all this money. My back hurts and it keeps falling out of my pockets so I always have to pick it up. So much stress." - Snute
Bomber, what do you recommend for newbie Terrans to practice most and best strategies to improve? sOs, how does it feel to be WCS champion? Thanks
"Just practice tons of marines... easy" - Bomber
When you take breaks from SC2 do you play other video games? If so what are they? If not what do you do with your free time?
Thanks and good luck!
"GTA 5, Heathstone, Pokemon. LoL is so boring. I love GTA" - MC
"Nothing" - PartinG
"Some racing games" - Golden
"Nothing" - Bomber
- For anyone, Do you have any advice for the aspiring pro gamer?
"Please don't try it at home." - MC
"It's important not to get stressed." - sOs
"You should never give up, and always work hard." - Parting
"Welcome to hell." - Hyun
"Choose protoss!" - Golden
"Yes, play protoss." - Bomber
Parting, MC, sOs
New Oracle is good, yes? What do you think of the patch
"Oracle is pretty awesome, but I want the Carrier to be better because it's useless" - MC
"I would have preferred to get a Carrier patch instead of an Oracle patch" - sOs
"The turn speed feels very good, but the normal speed is too fast" - Parting
"If you eat kimchi, you'll also play faster." - Snute
- For anybody: What player do you think is the smartest (not necessarily the best) player in SC2?
"Life." - Scarlett
"Rain." - Parting
"Me." - MC
"Taeja." - Snute
"Life." - Bomber
"Me." - Hyun
"Hyun." - Golden
- For anybody, What is your best offrace and what rank is it?
"Protoss, Top master" - Bomber
"I'm proud of it because when people use my builds it means that they're good and they make sense, they're good enough to copy. It doesn't matter if they copy my builds though, because I always change them more." - sOs
to all players: what abillity in starcraft 2 would you like to have in real life?
"Blink!" - sOs
"Recall. So when I can come to New York I can just go home." - MC
"Same as MC!" - Parting
"Overchar... no wait, Recall." - HyuN
"Cloak. I can't tell you what I would do with it though." - Golden
"Cloak!" - Bomber
- For anybody, what race do you think is the hardest to play as? The easiest?
"Zerg is the hardest to play, Protoss is the easiest" - Bomber
"Easiest play is Protoss, Zerg is hardest" - Golden
"Zerg is hard, protoss... hahaha" - HyuN
"Hardest is Terran, protoss is easy" - PartinG
"Terran is best EZ race, because terran is just chesse rush and win. Protoss is really hard bc so many micro, SOOOO HARD, really hard. if you play protoss just give up or change race, Zerg is soso because of inject and creep tumor" - MC
"easiest race is Zerg just inject, creep tumor and attack ez win. Terran is a hard race" - sOs
To Bomber. Do you feel like your age, and military experience give you an advantage over younger opponents? Or is it a handicap to yourself? NOW GO AND TAKE FIRST PLACE BOMBER. <3
"I think with age comes slower micro" - Bomber
Thank you for joining us! We'll be taking a couple more questions then wrapping up.
Scarlett: How have you felt about your play throughout this year? Do you feel that you're at the peek of your game?
I felt like I was playing well when I was practicing in Korea and for the few weeks afterwards until I took a break~ Other than that, I haven't actually been happy with my play.. I don't think I'm at the peak of my game at all right now unfortunately
To Bomber, sOs, MC, and PartinG - 4 Zergs, who worries you the most??
"None, They are scared of me" - MC
"None" - Bomber
"None of them" - sOs
- For anybody: WCS 2014, Good or bad?
"Good except Challenger should be group stage" - Scarlett
"Good" - MC
"Good" - PartinG
"Bad" - Bomber
"I dont know" - HyuN
"I dont care" - Golden
MC, on a scale of 1 to Bosstoss do you Bosstoss?
"I am always the bosstoss, because I am so handsome" - MC
Any players you particularly don't want to face and why? Which player would you like to face in the finals, assuming you make it to the finals, and why?
I am most afraid to play PartinG because he is Protoss in my group. In the finals I would like to face any Zerg. I hate Protoss. - Bomber
sOs I dont like PvP. In the finals I would love to play Golden ;) - MC
MC - What your favorite food from canada
"Canada has food?... Maple Syrup? Subway" - MC
PartinG: How many Immortal all-ins will you do?
Hyun: When will we see our hero SpiderHyun again?
sOs: What are you going to do with all that WCS (esports) money?
"I dont think about spending it, I just want to save it" - sOs
"Ill use it against HyuN" - Parting
"WHYYY ON ME" - HyuN
To all players (Especially Scarlett I guess):
Do you consider yourselves to be role models for non-professional gamers? Does the fact that people look up to you mold how you behave in front of the media and in online communities?
"Honestly, not really. I know people do look up to me but I don't really behave differently because of it.." -Scarlett
What is your favourite moment from Starcraft 2?
"Red Bull Battle Grounds 2012, Austin, TX." - MC
"Winning BWC." - Parting
"When I won DreamHack Valencia. I think if I win Red Bull Battle Grounds that will be the best." - HyuN
"Winning Red Bull Training Grounds Santa Monica, of course." - Golden
"Winning HomeStory Cup." - Snute
How much Red Bull do you consume every month?
I drink on average one red bull a day. - Bomber
to all the zerg players, what do you guys think about the new burrowed roach speed? I think its very strong but kinda underused!
"Useless. I don't get why they buffed it, I used it against Taeja at the HSC finals and it was useless." - HyuN
"I would never expect it. I will never use it." - Golden
Do you have groupies?
"You think I have some? Some girlfriends but they have boyfriends" - MC
How do you feel about being the only Terran in this tournament? Do you feel confident in your TvZ and TvP?
"I like TvT so I am sad that I have to match with TvZ and TvP" - Bomber
Everyone: What are your thoughts on New Polaris Rhapsody and Cloud Kingdom being in the map pool?
"Trying all the new maps is fine, but zerg can't win on New Polaris Rhapsody. Even if the creep lives through the lava it doesn't matter. Cloud Kingdom is perfect for my all-ins." - Parting
"I never played the new ones, but Cloud Kingdom is nice because it reminds me of the old times." - sOs
"I didn't play the new maps, because I was so busy. But Cloud Kingdom is interesting because I love this map in Wings of Liberty." - MC
"I was happy that I didn't have to play Protoss Kingdom in the past few months, it's very hard for zerg." - Scarlett
"Is the guy that made New Polaris Rhapsody coming to Battle Grounds?" - Golden
"Cloud Kingdom is okay, but Lava map is unfair for zerg. But I'm terran so I like it." - Bomber
Scarlett, when you come back to Canada wanna get froyo?
"I don't even know what that is." - Scarlett
For anybody: What is a typical day of practice for you guys? (how long playing? min/max games/hours?)
"When I wake up, eat, shower, practice about 5 hours" - MC
"I practice at least 9 hours a day and sometimes +2/3 hours more than that" - Bomber
"9:30 wake up practice... 1 AM finish" - PartinG
"Do what I want" - Golden
"I dont know" - Snute
My little brother and I are big fans of yours and we just wanted to say GLHF!
"Thank you" - Golden
"Lord of the Rings" - Bomber
"armageddon" - HyuN
"Independence day" - Golden
- For any of the Terrans and/or Protoss. What is your opinion on the current oracle?
"Most imba in StarCraft II HISTORY!!!" - Bomber
"I'd have to use some bad words." - Golden
"Because of the patches and DK (David Kim) is Bonjwa" - Bomber
Do you like it when fans ask you for pictures or autographs at international tournaments or are you kind of shy?
Are you feeling completely healthy again after resigning from Challenger League in Season 3?
Good luck this weekend, I will always cheer for you :)
"I am kinda shy but I enjoy helping out my fans. I am feeling good with great condition being able to rest in the US instead of flying between tournaments" - Bomber
PartinG I'm big fan! And I must ask do you feel like you're back to your competing best or still have any kinks to work out? I hope you win! :)
"I'm feeling in my best shape." - Parting
To MC, If you played in a 4v4 at Redbull, what 3 teammates would you pick?
"HyuN, Scarlett, Snute" - MC
Bomber--- what do you think of the new widow mines? Has your play changed because of them? Do you find yourself relying more on tanks now?
Scarlett--- do you think you'll ever use the new Roach burrow move upgrade? Perhaps against Protoss or another zerg?
Thanks for your time!
"I already used it some!" - Snute
"Even before the buff you did." - Scarlett
"No I didn't" - Snute
"Yea, when we were both in Korea your standard ZvZ was roach all in; then if it didn't work, roach all in again with burrowmove. I might use it in ZvZ, but it's bad for ZvP." - Scarlett
Bomber, what is your favorite food?
My favorite food is korean bbq - Bomber
Parting, you're going to win both Red Bull Battlegrounds AND WCG right? :D
"Yes" - PartinG
To all ~ Which do you prefer--a big tournament with many different opponents, or a smaller tournament like RB Battlegrounds?
"Smaller one cause it doesnt take much time" - HyuN
"Doesnt really care but more players more fun" - PartinG
"I just want big prize money" - MC
If Texas held another big tournament, would you come back? Is America your favorite place to attend tourneys?
Would you recommend for more foreigners to try to get into eSF/KeSPA team houses, or is it just more suited to your intense practice schedule?
"Those who REALLY want to should do it. But, those who don't really shouldn't do it. If you don't feel motivated, you shouldn't go. If you actively think about it and you have the opportunity then you should go." - Snute
Bomber, can you elaborate about your upcoming military service and you carreer as a progamer? I havent' been able to understand wherher this will be your last tournament before it or if you will be playing as a full-time pro next year.
PS: You are the most awesome player ever, Bomber fighting!
PPS: Oracles imba!
"I will try to push it back and play at least until end of 2014" - Bomber
PartinG, you've always been my favorite player, how do you feel about your 2013 performance, and what and how do you feel heading into the new year?
"Bad...It didnt bring good performance, I am going to win at least 2 tournaments in 2014" - PartinG
One of the major changes made for Starcraft 2 was the mining scalability when adding additional workers to mineral patches. For those who don't know, in BroodWar each additional worker added gave diminishing returns all the way up to 5+ workers. In SC2 these diminishing returns only start when added a 3rd worker at which point you reach the hard cap on mineral mining. As a result, players receive no mineral advantage when mining from more than 3 bases, where as in BW they had an incentive to continue expanding up to 5-6 mining bases. Since continued expansion is less of a priority, the result is more passive and "turtley" games.
This graphic from the SC2BW mod shows what I'm talking about. http://i.imgur.com/56JZY.png
As professional players of both Starcraft games, do you view this as a problem in Starcraft 2 game design?
Would you fix the problem of passive play through mineral scalability of another game mechanic?
Are there other BW mechanics you would like to see introduced to Starcraft 2?
"If Blizzard made gas units more interesting, that could help. If Blizzard made more gas-heavy and mineral-light units it would promote expanding a lot. The High Templar is a good example of how getting additional geysers and cutting minerals can be incredibly effective." - Snute
Paring, is it true you're going to military after this Redbull tournament. If so why?
Thank you so much Redbull for all the great content, really enjoy the amount of content coming out.
"No, I haven't even thought about going." - Parting
To all: What do you do to pass the downtime at tournaments when you're not practicing?
"Sleep." - Scarlett
"Read books, sleep, browse the internet. Nothing interesting." - Snute
사랑해요. 워이삭 선수랑 정윤종 선수는 제 제일일 좋아하는 프로토스예요!
Who do you think the best player of each race is? What do you think about OGN not being part of WCS 2014?
"Just like me. Not Rain." - Parting
"Right now - sOs for protoss, JD for zerg, Taeja for terran. Of all time - Me, MVP, and Nestea." - MC
"JD and Soulkey for zerg, sOs for protoss, No top for terran - but many that are very good." - Bomber
What was the best thing in the CJ Entus house? (be specific please <3)
"No mosquitos!" - Snute
For Snute: Do you still plan to open early Pneumatized Carapace against any eventual Terran opponents?
"Depends on the map, but sure. If your plan is to play long term and if you get it at the right time it doesn't hurt your economy too much, and you're able to see everything." - Snute
MC, any ceremonies?
Golden, your chances of winning this are 40/40, right?
Snute, how was your time at CJ? Who was your favourite person/player in the house?
sOs, the blizzcon trophy was heavy, eh?
Hyun, are the crazy pants on?
Redbull - thank you so so much for doing these events, production is awesome and the players are amazing.
"Bbyong, Hydra, and effOrt, they spoke the most english and were really friendly and helpful. I like them a lot." - Snute
Who do you think is the hardest player you will face at this tournament and why?
"Bomber, because my ZvT is my weakest." - Snute
Snute, what was it like practicing in the CJ house in Korea and did you learn anything? Do you feel better now!?
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