TI6 Interview with Jack “KBBQdota” Chen

Christopher: Hi Jack, your here at TI this year as a translator. How has your experience been and what have you been doing? Have you got a chance to work with Valve before?

KBBQ: I have had a good time so far, but I haven’t gotten a chance to stop and smell the roses as much as I would want to. As a translator I help with the teams, casters, and production for the Chinese side. There are also a bunch of random duties such as the hall of heroes or where ever help is needed with language barriers. As usual it has been a lot of fun and have been able to meet a lot of people. I have been with Valve for the past three majors.

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Stats Do Lie – TI6 Interview with Nahaz

Christopher: Hey Nahaz, how are you doing today?

Nahaz: Pretty well, how about yourself?

Christopher: I have been great. The games have been exciting and I have been able to catch up with a lot of talent. Go ahead and give the readers a brief introduction about yourself for those who may not know you.

Nahaz: I am a college professor by trade. I got my PhD in economics at Duke University. Just a couple of years ago, kind of by chance, I got into Dota stuff. I have a brother-in-law, who is much younger than me, that introduced me to the game. I really loved it and got to know a few people in the scene and started doing statistical analysis of Dota. Somehow, because I talk for a living, I got in front of the cameras.

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Toffees: Dota Host and Family Man

Christopher: Hey everyone. I am here with Steve Pierce, also known as Toffees, the host of TI Today. Go ahead and give me a brief introduction about yourself for those who may not know you.

Toffees: My name is Steve Pierce, I go by Toffees. I have been playing video games as far as I can remember. So to put that into perspective, the first job that I ever had I was unpacking hay bale containers in the middle of the summer so I could buy a Voodoo 1 graphics card to play EverQuest beta when it first came out. So I have been playing along time. I discovered Dota right before The International 3. Some friends were telling me to play, but I was a hardcore World of Warcraft raider. WoW kept getting easier and easier and later a friend told me, “If you want a tough game, come play Dota with me.” At the time I never really liked top downs. I never really understood them and didn’t know the mechanics of it. So he sent me the link to TI3 and told me to watch the tournament in my spare time. I actually watched the finals and then went back and watched every game in the tournament because I was caught up with how exciting it was. From the moment I had watched the entire tournament, there was about a three week lag where I turned over leadership of the raiding guild, transitioned out of WoW, cancelled my subscription and went full blown Dota2 nonstop addiction.

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Off the Rails with Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kanner

Christopher: Hey everyone, I am here with the meme king supreme, living his dream, SirActionSlacks.

Slacks: Oh god, the meme king. Is that my legacy? I’ll take it. Screw it.

Christopher: How has this event been? I have seen you run all over the place.

Slacks: You know, everyone has their own view of the international. It’s a fun thing you go to to watch with friend and enjoy yourself. To me it has always been hell week. I don’t stop moving. Every day this week I have woken up at 6 o’ clock and worked until about 11:30. Then I drag my dead body into my bed and sleep. It has been hell on earth and I am loving every moment of it dude. The Dota is hype. The fans are hype. It is like that movie Crank. I feel like I ever stop my heart will explode. But it is amazing as always. I think this one is the best one yet.

Christopher: From a scale of Swindlemelonzz salty tears to USA winning TI last year, how do you feel?

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Interview with Miles “Maximilian” Christiansen

March 1st, 2014

This interview was done at Socal Regionals 2014 after Maximillian had qualified for Top 8 in Killer Instinct.

Christopher: Chris: Hi Maximillian, Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us. Go ahead and tell us a little bit about yourself.

Maximilian: Sure, My name is Miles Christensen, I have been developing web content for fighting games for the past three or four years professionally, but casually since 2007. Through this process have gotten a lot of opportunities to work with companies such as Capcom, Namco, and even Double Helix.

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Interview with Robert “Wobbles” Wright

April 8th, 2014

This interview was conducted in Houston at Texas Showdown 2014.

Christopher: Hey Robert, thanks for taking the time to do this interview with me. Go ahead and tell me a little bit about yourself.

Robert: I’m Rob “Wobbles” Wright. I played Melee for 9 years competitively before retiring and for most of my career I mained the Ice Climbers. I got into Melee because one day I was cleaning my room out and found my copy, and remembered having so much fun with it that I deleted my save-file so I could re-unlock everything. When my brother saw, he started playing with me again, and then I started googling strategies on GameFAQ’s to try and beat his Sheik (since I played Link at the time). This eventually led me to Smashboards, which led me to my local scene, and things snowballed from there.

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Interview with John “Choiboy” Choi

April 20th, 2014

This interview was conducted prior to the conclusion of Norcal Regionals 2014.

Christopher: Hello John. Go ahead and tell me a little bit about yourself.

John: My name is John Choi and I’ve been playing and participating in Street Fighter events for about 25 years, since the original SF2 World Warrior hit the arcades. I got into the Street Fighter scene with World Warrior much like a lot of people did at the time. Except people dropped out of the scene but I’ve just kept it up throughout the years. My main character of choice over the years has been Ryu.

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