This one time Tgun walked into a bar, there was no Kimchi.
First thing, thank you for taking this time to join me with this interview. For those readers at home, would you mind telling us a little about how you first got into eSports? Did one Christmas you open up one of your presents and inside was a Sega that kick started your passion for computer games? Or was it more something that you grew into as you got older?
I was always competitive growing up. First it was soccer, then tennis. Computer games were no different. I’d try to beat my brother at everything – and fail, badly. Eventually I got better - I used to be pretty good at Counter-Strike, but never really knew about “e-sports”. I just thought it was cool to challenge each-other and see who the best was. Then StarCraft 2 rolled around and I got pretty good at it. Good enough to get offered a spot on a team and trips to events – it just sort of snowballed from there.
Sibling rivalry, at its best! I have to admit, it’s always a fun story finding out how others decided on their gamer tags. What made you decide to go with ‘Tgun’? Is there a story behind that name?
Sorry to say the story isn’t really interesting. I was about.. 13 when I came up with it. I was playing a Half-Life mod called “Natural Selection” where one of my best friends was called T_RaT. So I thought hey, that looks cool.. what else has three letters? Lo and behold, I had a gun in my hands. In the game, if that wasn’t clear. Thus, T_GuN was born in all of its alt-caps 13 year-old glory.
So you made it pretty far in StarCraft II, what got you into it and what continued to keep your interests in the game?
I always loved SC:BW, except I didn’t ever really get into it competitively. I just played lots of UMS and never really got too great in 1v1. I didn’t know anything about strategies or the scene, so that obviously wasn’t a help. Picking up SC2 was a no-brainer and my competitive drive kept me more interested than anything else, honestly.
You then moved into a gaming house in Korea, what did you think of the gaming culture over there, compared to here in Australia?
It’s miles apart. In Korea, it’s treated like a proper job. You wake up and your day is legitimately dedicated to improving. You eat breakfast and talk about the game. How to improve, what to practice, etc. When I was there, I was lucky to get an hour break to go to the gym or for a walk – and I loved every second of it.
How long did you end up staying in the gaming house for and do you feel like it helped you get better? Would you move into another one?
I was there for three months and it definitely helped me get better. At the peak whilst I was over there, I wouldn’t hesitate to have called myself a favourite over any other Australian player. I may move into another one – that’s a question that I’d evaluate if it came up, as the only reason I moved back (from Korea) was to be with my girlfriend.
Okay I must ask, what was your most memorable moment whilst in the house? Did anyone pull a Dyrus and almost burn down the house?
Hmm. There was a time I had completely won a game whilst streaming to ~2,000 people, started to spin around in my chair and kicked the power cable out, that one was pretty cool, but the best would involve our first Korean team-mate, Oz (Kim Hak Soo). We were practicing as per normal when he gets up and walks over to the fridge. Our practice environment was a pretty simple one – everyone was quiet and focused. The only chatter was quiet between people generally asking questions about games. While we’re all in the middle of games, Oz shouts out “There’s no Kimchi! Koreans need Kimchi!’. So we did what any reasonable team would do. Finished up our games and instantly rectified the problem, because not only did the Koreans need Kimchi, we all needed Kimchi.
I, myself, don’t know much about the StarCraft scene, but one recognizable name is definitely mOOnGLaDe. How was being on a rather notable team with other named people? Did you feel like there was always competition for recognition? Or was everyone pretty relaxed about it all?
There isn’t really direct competition for recognition. Everyone helps each-other on the teams and is generally relaxed.
What are your thoughts on the competitive differences between StarCraft II and League of Legends? Do you think we’ll see more and more players move from one game to the other? Or does SC2 still have as big a following to continue this game giant?
Not really sure how to tackle the competitive differences. Almost all of the SC2 communication (in the SEA region) is done from one website, thus it’s much easier to follow when tournaments are, how to attend/watch, etc. Both games are as competitive as each-other – to clarify, the players at the top are always fighting to improve against each-other. However, in SC2, there isn’t such a clear #1 anymore.
You may see one notable SC2 player swap over in the near future, but apart from that, I doubt it will be a common occurrence.
Now you’ve moved on from StarCraft and joined us on the Summoners Rift, even managing to pick yourself up a spot in the newly formed team, Eviscerate. Could you please tell us how long have you been playing for and what lead you to be picked up by the team?
I’ve been playing my new account for ~3.5 months now. I lost all of my old accounts and decided the easiest thing to do was to just make a new one. (I have since recovered one of them.) - Previously, I had played a fair bit. I made it to Plat 1 on the NA server (at the time Swip3rR was about the same MMR as I was) and decided to completely quit LoL to maintain my focus on SC2. Hindsight is a beautiful thing.
Do you feel that coming from a game that focuses heavily on micro-management, that it might give you an edge over your opponents?
Honestly, there is no real transfer of skills between games. Some of the very top SC2 players are ranked very lowly. It’s a completely different game with a different skill-set.. so, no.
With the meta shifting again (changes to towers durability reducing the strength of fast push comps and 2v1 lanes), do you have any ‘sleeping’ champions up your sleeves?
I’m actually happy that 2v1 lanes are being weakened. My strength is in a 2v2 lane and a lot of my opponents had been forcing a 2v1 to avoid it. Sleeping champions.. maybe. It wouldn’t really be a sleeper if I told you now, would it?
Well played.. Quite a lot of tournaments are to be expected to be announced for 2014, I could imagine that Eviscerate have pretty big plans up their sleeves. Have you guys set goals on where you want to be and what keeps you motivated to continue with the competitive scene after leaving SC2?
We want to be the best. I want people to recognize me as, at least, the best support in Australia. That’s what keeps me motivated.
If you weren’t competing as a player, is there anything else in eSports that you would be interested in pursuing?
Not particularly. I would probably still turn up to events because the atmosphere is amazing and the people are wonderful, but I would simply be a spectator.
Thank you for your time Tgun. .Just to wrap things up, I must ask; If you could be any champion in League, who would it be and why?
Longhorn Alistar, as he’s the Sheriff of Summoners Rift. Pulverizing people who don’t respect his authority and headbutting them off to jail along with his deputies.
Good call! Well, thank you for joining me in this interview. I’m Alicifer and I look forward to bringing you all more interviews and more in the future! Stay tuned.