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Tonight @ 20:00h: RO 16! Meet Andre, iznobest & sunZor!

Tonight at 20:00h the first matches from the round of 16 will be broadcasted LIVE on Twitch.tv/NSSLeague – TUNE IN! And tell your friends! It will be much cooler than MLG anyway :).

At 20:00h sunZor vs. Thoms will go at it, and at 21:00h it’s iznobest vs. Andre! We’d like to tell you a bit more about these players, who have been rather anonimous during the tournament so far. And how better to do that than by letting the players tell you themselves? That’s why Draco has sent out interview questions over the past few days – click the button to read the players’ answers and find out more about who will be going head to head tonight for a place in the round of 8!

UPDATE: The matches have just been played! Lots of people tuned in, and if you missed it the VODs can be found on www.twitch.tv/nssleague. I’ll also upload the matches to Youtube later and put links to them on the results-page.

– iznobest

Our first interviewee is iznobest, who has not lost a single game so far in the tournament!

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Steef Kurstjens, a third year Biomedical Science student. Currently I’m doing my internship in the lab, at the Nijmegen Centre of Molecular Life Sciences (NCMLS). I am a big metalhead that loves gaming ^^

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What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
I’ve never played games that are as competitive as SC2. I played games like warcraft 3, diablo 2 and world of warcraft in the past, but never on a high level. As WOW started to become a terribly bad game, me and all my friends switched to SC2 about 1 year ago.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
For sure that is Grubby AKA Manuel Schenkhuizen. I’ve followed him since back in his old W3 days and I’m cheering for him every tournament.

How do you like the NSSL so far?
I think it’s great that Frank set up this event. It has been great so far, and the further it is progressing , the more the tension is starting to rise. I really hope to get into the semi-finals, that would be amazing. Also I am hoping that it will be really crowded at the finals, would be nice to have a big audience cheering.

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
Well it really depends on the opponent as for now. As there are still people ranging from gold to high master. But as I am first in my group I certainly hope for at least a top-8 spot.

You’ve been pretty dominant in the group phases, did you expect them to go so well?
I looked up most of the opponents. I kind of expected to get through, although I didn’t expect to go through without losing a single map. In group phase B I was up against 3 zergs. That was pretty nice as zerg is my best matchup.

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
If theres anyone I really like to beat it is ofcourse Druidzpatjuh, who triple-cheesed my friend Soul. I detest cheesers in every way and I have no respect for them at all.

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
All my friends

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
Also all my friends that play SC2, and that will probably be about it. It is not a very interesting game to watch if you do not know what is going on.

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
Because I’m a macro-oriënted player that plays actionpacked games.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
A lot of thanks to Frank for putting so much effort into organizing this.

– Andre

The second interviewee is Andre, who will be facing up against iznobest tonight!

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Andre. I study natural sciences at the RU and I have lived in Nijmegen for the past 8 years. I love playing games, like card games, board games, sports, and of course computer games (though starcraft is the only game I’ve ever played competetitvely online). So when I saw a poster of the NSSL I thought it would be fun.

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What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
A couple of friends introduced me to starcraft a long time ago (even before broodwar). So I started playing at their house, either on Battlenet or over LAN. Over the years we have spent many afternoons and evenings playing and watching each other play and had a great time at it. Of course I also started playing at home and had a lot fun. But even a great game like broodwar gets old after more than 10 years, so I started playing less and less. Then SC2 came out, and as soon as I had a computer that could run it, I had to try. And I am impressed, it really is the same game, but better.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
I do not follow esports anymore, so my favorite esports stars are old Korean heroes like Boxer, Nada, Nal_ra, Reach, etc. and a few European players like GG99-Slayer. For some reason I also have a soft spot for NTT (how can you not love a player who can fight off armies with just SCVs). But if I had to pick one, it is Boxer for his great micro and creative strategies

How do you like the NSSL so far?
I am enjoying it. It is well run, good website and includes some nice casts (druidsPatjuh vs Thoms was really good).

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
I would have to be lucky to reach the finals, but there is always a chance.

Did you expect to make it this far into your own tournament?
I did expect to make it out of the group stages.

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
Not anyone in particular.

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
I am not particularly happy with my first opponent iznogood, who I think is quite good. Other players that impressed me are druidzPatjuh, Thoms and Sunzor. I haven’t watched all casts, so there are probably more players that I want to avoid.

Are you bringing any fans to the finals?
I do not know yet.

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
I usually root for whoever plays my race. So that could be a reason.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
I just want to say: Good job! to everyone who is involved in the organisation of the nssl.

– sunZor

Coming out of a close group, sunZor will be facing off against Thoms tonight!

First off, please tell us a bit about yourself
Well, I’m Roelof a.k.a sunZor. I study Public Management at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. I like soccer, going out and of course StarCraft2!

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What is your history with eSports and Starcraft in particular?
I don’t really have a history with eSports, altough i played Medal of Honor: AA and SH professionaly a long time ago. Since then I’ve been trying out multiple games, but Starcraft 2 just gets to me, it’s really well designed.

Who’s your favourite eSports-star?
MarineKingPrime.

How do you like the NSSL so far?
It’s a great initative and very well organised. Too bad it doesn’t get the attention yet it deserves.

How do you like your chances of making it to the finals?
Not that great, but I think I have a fair chance.

Did you expect to make it this far?
When I checked out the level of players I was playing against, I kind of expected it, altough I haven’t played SC2 for a few months.

Are there any players you’d like to face in the knock-out phase?
Not particularly.

Are there any players you’d rather not face?
Any protoss player :

Are you bringing any fans to the finals.
Yes! I think so.

Why should the neutral viewer be rooting for you?
Because I play a race that is very interesting to watch, and I always try to do attractive play, with many drops and much action.

Lastly, is there anything you’d like to close this interview with?
I’m sorry for the short answers, but I’m going to a festival right now ^.^

– Thoms

Unfortunately Thoms didn’t have time to do the interview. If he manages to advance to the round of 8 you might get another chance to get to know him :).