HelloKitty's Lanhammer Experience
Posted 2013-09-19 hellokittysc2
I was flying into San Francisco Airport on Friday Night, I was super exhausted because I arrived at around 12 A.M. It took around 2 hours to get me from SFO to Conan's place (Suppy). Once I got over to his place all I could think about was why the hell San Francisco was so cold in comparison to Texas, which at the time was 90+ at Night time.
After chilling at Suppy’s place for the first night with no blanket, I realized that I was freezing in his room, instead of sleeping in his room I was able to maneuver myself to the living room - where it wasn't as freezing as the San Francisco weather was meant to be.
During the first day I managed to eat some breakfast with Suppy. It was actually pretty awesome because I never got to know Suppy personally. Beforehand it was more of as competitor more than anything else, and for anyone wondering Suppy does sleep talk, which scared the hell out of me haha! - “Amino Acid, peptide bond.. “ - Were really scary to hear during the night.
We got to the Lanhammer event without any problems and in time because Suppy’s matches were early while mine were in the afternoon. We were also sharing a computer, so there was almost no problems. I am not going to lie, I was very happy with the fact that I was able to shake hands with EG players, without any hesitation, because they recognize me as a professional gamer and their colleague in the same field.
During my stay at the actual Lanhammer event I was treated as a VIP. It was the nicest thing that’s ever happened to me. I've never been a VIP in my entire life: the free food, free water, free access pretty much anywhere was literally the most legit thing I've ever experienced.
While Suppy had a lot of fans to talk with, I was able to connect with a few players who were also competing in the StarCraft II tournament and focus on my matches.
Throughout the competition I was able to make it out of my group with a 4-0 match score. I was very happy with my result because I know I will most likely face somebody who’s got a 3-1 ratio(most likely a master level player) the very next day. For the rest of the day all that was going through my head was the opponents that I am going to face the next day.
The group stage of day 3 was pretty bs. It was almost impossible for some players to advance out of the group just because the way the brackets were setup. If you were someone like Machine, who actually finished 2nd in the group, you would be much better off compared to the rest of us. My first opponent was CatZ, he was a very strong player who has recently became a Grandmaster on the Korea server - an incredible feat on its own. As I was going into this match all I could think about was how I am going to all in this greedy player. Much to my surprise, I ended up taking the series of 2-1. I was able to convincingly defeat Catz .
I was extremely happy with the fact that I was automatically top 16 until I learned that my next opponent was the winner between Demuslim and Hendralisk, both of which were very good at their respective match-up versus protoss. I thought of a few builds versus each players but honestly, It was very hard to decide on what build order I should've used per player/map. After a few hours, I received the news that Demuslim had won his game. This put me in a tough situation as I am historically weak vs Terrans in general. I thought of many ways of playing versus Demuslim but I had been out-vetoed in the map selection. With the final map being Star Station I was left with one choice vs Terran, go for the all-in. It seemed like Demuslim knew exactly what I had planned this entire time and blind countered me with 3 bunkers (safest build possible). After struggling to do anything I was forced to tap out, leaving him in the Winners Bracket round of 12 defeating me 2-1.
I knew in the Losers Bracket I had to struggle against other professional gamers. My first opponent was Suppy, the one that I had to share a computer with in order to compete in the tournament itself. I had a good profile on what Suppy will do but he had his “zerg+1 group” to consult and plan for my play style. I ended up falling 2-0 to Suppy and was eliminated from the tournament itself. At first I was extremely upset because I was quite confident going into the match. But then I realized that it was more or less a coin-flip between the two of us, as we were possibly the closest practice partner and friend in eSports.
After losing to Suppy I was pretty upset but I was able to maintain my composure and meet with Fnatic fans. All I thought about was to celebrate with some of the other pro gamers and have as much fun as I can in San Francisco. We went to an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ that same night. Although the wait took forever we were finally able to seat ourselves with Blitz, Ghostclaw, and a few of Blitz’s friends. It was one of the nicest and tastiest meal I have ever had in my life. Maybe because I was ridiculously hungry and exhausted :D. The night ended with Blitz, me, and Suppy talking about the state of game of both StarCaft 2 and Dota 2.
Day 4 was the last day I was going to stay in San Francisco, so I decided to run around and figure out what exactly is San Francisco. In the early morning Blitz, Suppy, and I boarded a train that took us directly from Berkeley to downtown San Francisco. The temperature was amazing, the air smelt great and the people were very stylish! We first visited the Twitch office along with some of the Dota 2 Casters such as: Purge, Godz, and Eosin - who was a professional North America Dota 2 Player. The office was literally the best office I have ever visited. Aside from working, the employees had the best treatments I could ever imagine. They had a ping pong table, catered food, drink machine, as well as many other services on the Twitch office floor.
After visiting the amazing Twitch office, where someone actually recognized me! We went to the Evil Genius Hive. The place seemed very sketchy as the stairs were old and made weird noises as we were trying to get to our destination. At the EG Hive I was able to see some familiar faces such as: Cody Conners, Anna Prosser, and many others. It was nice to see the real Evil Genius Hive in comparison to what was going through my mind.
After a long day of visiting Twitch and EG, I was finally off the hook from the hills of San Francisco, awaiting for my ride back to the airport and having some of my last moments with Suppy. He's one of my closest friends in eSports, we shared many thoughts regarding StarCraft 2 as a whole and our outlooks for eSports. I have to say, Conan is probably the most knowledgeable player in eSports and someone who I really get along with. We share a lot of the same feelings about eSports and where it'll be in the future.
Overall I thought the event and trip was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had as a gamer. The VIP treatment and the fame amongst pro gamers and fans really blew me away. I once dreamt of such privilege as a gamer but never thought it could be so real and exciting! Stay tuned for my next adventure as I will tell you more about how I feel as a progamer!!
Special thanks to my manager, Elroy "noname" Pinto, Fnatic, my teammates, my sponsors Ezio, MSI, Steelseries, Twitch, Winamax, Dxracer, Bouncer4you, FSHost, Origami Sound, and Slappa.