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Testie Playing SCII @ BlizzCon with Head Balance Designer Pillars Looking On.

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Nick "Testie" Perentesis - The #1 Canadian SCBW player recently sat down and talked with SC:L about his expierences after winning WCG '07 Canada, the upcoming WCG 2007 World Finals, BlizzCon, and StarCraft II. He's an amazingly talented foreigner and is said by many to be one of the few, if not only, player to have any chance at one of the top three spots. The World Cyber Games 2007 Finals in Seattle, Washington are set to begin. Some of the SC:L staff had the pleasure of meeting Testie at BlizzCon - he's exactly what you would expect - awesome!

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SC:L
What do you plan to do in the Seattle WCG downtimes?

Testie
Poker for a couple hours every day. No more than a couple though. I have not played a game of BW since WCG Canada ended on Aug 26th. I intend to practice hard later in the month for WCG.

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SC:L
From the current national WCG qualifiers, aside from the Koreans, who do you think will be your biggest challenge?

Testie
Mondragon. But it's difficult to say aside from the koreans. I always meet the koreans. So, currently Savior is in my way. And is obviously the biggest challenge until the next biggest, Stork and Hwasin.

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SC:L
What do you think will happen to the competitive BroodWar scene outside of Korea after StarCraft II is released?

Testie
It will probably grow as big as Warcraft's, but likely far bigger until Warcraft xx hits. As e-sports continues to grow it may become the biggest RTS game yet with many competitions world wide, as it will definitely be the best and most exciting RTS on the market (after brood war). So for future gamers, they will have a fun time taking the plunge, travelling the world, testing their skills, and getting better and better contracts over the years.

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SC:L
You recently got the chance to play StarCraft II at BlizzCon, what did you think? Does the game stay true to the original? Did you like it?

Testie
It stays true to the original and it was just fine. I was really impressed with the team and their ideas & attitudes that kinda reassured me they'd make a really great game. I just want to play Pillars in it so that he has someone really good along side him to balance the game ahead of time.

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SC:L
Are you going to continue to play BW after SCII or will you pick just one? And what factors will influence your decision?

Testie
I don't plan that far into the future. I may or may not be playing games at that point in time. Time will tell.

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SC:L
What has your favorite StarCraft experience been thus far? What has been your favorite moment in a StarCraft match been so far?

Testie
This is probably a lie, but here's one. When I reached the finals in Canada's WCG 2004. It was back when I still cared so everything was really riding on the line and I had never been more excited in a tournament before. It was the very first of the few times I really put an immense amount of time and practice into a tournament. The finalists celebrated immediately. We were both new to it and we were so excited we didn't give a damn and just talked to eachother while playing the finals and kinda had a really happy time. (1st and 2nd didn't differ in prizes).

There are many more favourite moments though that are and aren't part of the matches. From micro-memories to great games to simple things said.

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SC:L
What inspired you to play StarCraft at your level? How did you get so far and do you still enjoy it as much as when you started?

Testie
Nothing. Much like the rest, I was an addict and loved the game. I certainly enjoyed it more when I was new. It's nearly 10 years now. 10 years, of the same game. You get good at one activity if you avoid many others in your life. Some people do, most don't. So for most, don't waste your time if a certain skill level does not show itself. And if you are going to go hardcore, don't make the mistakes I did. Go at it with all your passion and drive and take it seriously, take huge chances, and succeed. You won't know this until it is atleast after 1-3 years of playing though. (Only if you have already proven yourself to be among the best). Do not be like other players who fool themselves that they are one of the best because they took games off them from time to time, and waste even more of their time.

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SC:L
What type of ladder system should Blizzard adopt for SCII? (old style, PGTour style, WCIII, etc?)

Testie
Don't care. Elo? PGT? Just get rid of the randomness. Or again, have it optional. (Feels like we are asking blizzard for too many optional settings). It separates the community and doesn't give it as much of a fun feel as when there are dedicated channels to laddering. I'm sure that won't be a big problem.

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SC:L
Do you have any plans to return to Korea?

Testie
CJ gave me their card at Blizzcon. I just haven't called them yet to the open-ended offer. No plans at the moment. No plans for plans either.

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SC:L
What unit should Blizzard not mess with too much in StarCraft II?

Testie
The hydrazealrineultrazergdefilmutatempDT-a-lisk. To put it vaguely, zerg has a certain feel to it. In both video and in game play. All of its units look great in art and would be terrifying to see in real life. Same with the toss units, that's why the soul hunter didn't cut it. Imagine seeing it in real life... surfs up.

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SC:L
How was your BlizzCon experience?

Testie
Like other tournament experiences. Awesome. Meet the same old faces in different places and just have a good time. And any tournament becomes extra awesome with the Tasteless effect. Blizzard really knows how to take care of its players so there's no complaints to offer, only gratitude.

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SC:L
You met some of StarCraft Legacy's staff at BlizzCon (LordofAscension and Redcloak) - what did you think (any thoughts?)

Testie
It was kinda brief all in all. I think LordofAscension fell in love with me. Redcloak thinks i'm a moron despite being polite enough to not show it. But in his defense, it's pretty justified. But I liked them both just fine. Funny and cool guys. I feel like I just answered a question on what I thought of my last dates...

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SC:L
What's the best part about your gaming lifestyle?

Testie
There are far more cons than there are pros about this life style currently. But, despite what I previously mentioned in this interview, I have absolutely no regrets.
The best part though? Flying around the world and just loving every minute of it once you touch down in another country.

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SC:L
StarCraft Legacy wishes you well in Seattle - any closing thoughts?

Testie
Dear gamers, many of whom are lazy. Get good grades, and help your parents out. Those who are already model children, keep up the good work. And for gods sake, pick up after yourselves. Sadly, they don't listen to their parents so the sentence will also do nothing. But it still needs to be said.
And to my competition, they had better hope my passion and drive for the game don't return.

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Testie is one of the few foreigners to do very well in the competetive SCBW scene; for the past several years he's made a solid name for himself. The cockiness, the indifferent facade, the domination - its all part of his style and no one can deny - he is very good at what he does. SC:L wishes Testie the best of luck in the 2007 WCG World Finals!

-SC:L Staff

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