We interviewed local veteran protoss +SSG+ Luke about how he is faring in DGL and his plans for 2014.
1. Please introduce yourself for those who may not be familiar with you
Hi, I’m [SSG] Luke, a protoss player who can’t quite make masters yet.
2. How did you get into StarCraft?
I played Brood War a couple of times lanning with friends about 10 years ago, and I enjoyed it.
I got into SC2 mid-2012 because I was bored and my brother had a copy.
3. You recently took 2nd place at the DGL NoPro SC2 Cup and so far you are 5-0 in your DGL SC2 Group, how would you rate your performance so far?
I’m pretty happy with my results so far this season, but I’m only playing in open division since it’s my first DGL.
I’ll only be able to properly evaluate how I’m doing once I’ve made it to premier.
4. Goals for 2014?
I want to make it to DGC, and masters as soon as possible. I got masters for a season
last year when masters was 8% of players so that didn’t really count.
These days it’s only the top 2%, so it’s more difficult, but it’s more significant now too.
5. What is your training schedule looking like (apart from Monday Clan Wars and Wednesday Practice Nights)?
I don’t stick to any kind of strict regime,
I just play when I want to and if I have free time.
Luckily I really enjoy the game so I play quite a lot.
6. Do you have a favourite player?
I have 2 major favourites. Liquid’HerO is my favourite player based on skills, playstyle etc. I’ve always thought he was underrated,but with his recent IEM win he’s proven he’s one of the very best protosses in the world.
I’m also a huge ROOT.Minigun fan because he’s also very underrated and he streams for ~7 hours a day, and plays a similar style to mine.
7. Hobbies outside of StarCraft?
Nothing really stands out, I like sports, drumming, food, beer, motorbikes, music and techy stuff.
8. Will a foreigner win a tournament this year (noting that no foreigner won a tournament in 2013)
Possibly, I think certain foreigners are breaching the gap to Koreans. I could see someone like Acer.Scarlett winning something big, but I wouldn’t put money on it.
9. The big question, is Protoss op?
つ ◕_◕ ༽つ THE POWER OF PROTOSS つ ◕_◕ ༽つ
In my opinion, PvZ is balanced, but protoss is at a slight advantage over terran right now, since terrans have to prepare for blink timings, oracles, DTs and 2 base chargelot/archon timings without having a cost effective way of scouting which style they’re playing against.
Also the nexus cannon means protosses can almost forget about units until the 9 minute mark, meaning that protoss tech, economy and production are easier to establish than they are for terrans, which gives protosses a mid game advantage.
That said, I think the whine is way over the top, and the majority of terrans who are below master league are losing because of their own mistakes, not because of balance issues.
10. Anything to add? Any shoutouts?
Shoutout to SSG, it’s a fun team to be part of. Also to DGL for being the only real SC2 presence in SA, hosting the league, cups and clan wars.