C9 Portia on Battlegrounds tournaments: “It’s disappointing that we don’t have much support from Blizzard yet.” – InvenInternational
For quite a lot of avid gamers, hitting #1 in anyone recreation could be a dream. But Cloud9’s Lee “Portia” Dong-jae has accomplished it many instances in many various video games, together with Hearthstone Constructed, Battlegrounds, Shadowverse, Auto Chess, Teamfight Tactics and even hit Challenger within the KR server of League of Legends. And on high of all of it, he is named one of the best Wardancer participant in Lost Ark.
For the previous two years, the expertise gamer has been focusing on Hearthstone Battlegrounds, streaming on a regular basis and solely taking breaks to forged main tournaments. Inven sat down with Portia to speak about Battlegrounds, Lost Ark, and streaming as a aggressive participant.
Could you introduce your self to the readers abroad?
Before, I used to largely play Hearthstone Constructed. I began streaming when Auto Chess was launched, largely focusing on auto battler style video games. I moved onto TFT and Battlegrounds once they have been first launched, and even streamed each video games from time to time. Now, I stream Battlegrounds as my predominant recreation and Lost Ark as a interest.
You’ve hit #1 in ranked and have received tournaments in many various video games all through your profession, however you’ve stayed with Battlegrounds for years now. Why do you want Battlegrounds greater than the opposite video games you’ve performed?
That was one thing that I thought of for a very long time. I wasn’t in a position to determine which recreation I ought to be taking part in as the primary recreation for my stream. I as soon as streamed each Battlegrounds and TFT, however taking part in each video games on a regular basis was too troublesome and tiring. I may in all probability play each video games as a interest, however I needed to play each of them competitively. I used to be too wired and couldn’t focus on both of the video games.
I had to decide on one recreation to focus on. Battlegrounds was much less nerve-racking to me — it’s a lighter recreation with shorter playtime. It’s easier and makes much less adjustments to the sport in comparison with TFT.
Competitive Battlegrounds has persistently been a subject of concern within the western neighborhood. Korean Battlegrounds gamers have bought extra possibilities to play in tournaments because of the streamers and match organizers. As a aggressive participant and streamer with in depth match expertise, what do you consider the aggressive Battlegrounds?
I’d like to see extra Battlegrounds tournaments. I feel that Battlegrounds is a recreation that might be profitable within the esports scene. In reality, Battlegrounds tournaments are held periodically in Korea, together with the current Oronamin C main and the common Afreeca invitationals.
Fundamentally, Battlegrounds is enjoyable to look at. I feel it’s an incredible recreation for streaming due to it’s intuitiveness. Even in case you don’t know much in regards to the recreation, the numbers make the fights intuitive and straightforward to grasp. Deck tracker additionally calculates the win charges of every battle, making the sport simpler to grasp.
RNG makes the sport extra thrilling since you actually can’t anticipate the outcomes. I died to a zero.2% likelihood within the match in opposition to RDU. At the identical time, there might be surprising outplays that may win you the sport. For instance, in case your opponent performs Scallywag combo comp, you might counter it with minions like Voidlord. In the identical match I died to the zero.2% likelihood, I received a spherical by countering Nadina with Rat Pack.
I feel it’s vital for Blizzard to open extra tournaments for the aggressive scene to be larger. It’s disappointing that we don’t have much support from Blizzard but.
Portia dying to RDU to zero.2% likelihood
Portia profitable a matchup that appeared unwinnable by taking part in a Rat Pack to counter Nadina
As you mentioned, RNG and abilities are what make Battlegrounds enjoyable but in addition one thing that gamers argue about. In your opinion, how much does talent matter in Battlegrounds?
To begin with, I don’t suppose Battlegrounds is as deep as different auto battler video games. That doesn’t imply that Battlegrounds is simple, however there are some troublesome points in different auto batters like scouting what different gamers are taking part in and fascinated about attainable objects and synergies.
One of the talents in Battlegrounds is knowing the meta after a brand new patch and it takes time for gamers to know which minions are sturdy. Also, understanding the tempo of every foyer is essential. The reality that Battlegrounds doesn’t present the true-time comp of different gamers creates a brand new talent itself as a result of it’s harder to determine whether or not you need to play protected for a high four end or take dangers to win the foyer.
So with these two abilities mixed, I feel understanding the meta after the patch to go for the proper comp in every foyer is a very powerful talent in Battlegrounds.
Various codecs have been examined for aggressive Battlegrounds occasions. Besides the essential free-for-all format, there have been 2v2v2v2 and 4v4 codecs. What do you suppose is one of the best format for tournaments?
For now, I don’t suppose 2v2v2v2 and 4v4 tournaments are best as a result of they aren’t codecs that are supported within the recreation shopper. There are some points that observe whenever you pressure groups in a recreation that doesn’t support them.
However, I feel 2v2v2v2 will probably be very enjoyable if there may be in-recreation support for it. For instance, Auto Chess has the two-participant workforce mode the place gamers can move their models and objects to their teammates. TFT can be getting the identical format up to date. I feel Battlegrounds will probably be extra enjoyable if they will make a brand new format for it.
As a C9 streamer, you’ve been streaming nearly each day for years, solely lacking a day this 12 months to forged a Battlegrounds match. Many streamers, whether or not they’re new or skilled, get simply drained and take lengthy rests. What recommendation are you able to give to streamers who need to stream extra persistently?
I feel a very powerful factor is to not be too harassed. RNG is a factor in auto battler video games and in lots of different genres. Losing to a nasty RNG may cause quite a lot of stress, particularly to aggressive gamers. When I started streaming, I typically bought tilted from the losses and ended streams early. I feel I bought used to it as I’ve been streaming for years now.
Lots of avid gamers start to stream as a result of they do properly competitively. However, streaming will inevitably trigger distractions from the sport as a result of you’ll lose a few of your focus on streaming and there may be stream snipers. Some streamers don’t need to present decrease ranks on the stream, so that they flip off the stream till they restore their rank.
For any participant in any recreation, there will probably be instances when you possibly can’t carry out in addition to earlier than attributable to causes like change within the meta, private situations, and RNG. If you’ve streamed for some time and also you’ve gained some viewers, these viewers watch you as a result of they like your character and your stream. Whether you might be #1, high 50, or high 100, viewers know that you’re a nice participant. I feel it’s vital to grasp that rank and MMR will not be every part.
Now let’s discuss Lost Ark. While you’re a aggressive Battlegrounds streamer, you’ve been spending your time on Lost Ark loads, too. What is the charming level of Lost Ark?
Lost Ark is an RPG recreation about gathering issues. There are many issues to gather like talent factors, Adventurer’s Tome, Mokokos, and Island Tokens. You can do these with your folks, too. By gathering these, your character will get stronger.
Compared to different Korean RPG video games, taking part in all of the content material in Lost Ark is cheaper. By finishing day by day and weekly quests, you earn objects used to improve your character. In Lost Ark, these quest rewards are largely untradeable objects that belong to your character. You can get pleasure from many of the recreation content material solely with these rewards. It is a big advantage contemplating how costly different Korean RPG video games are.
I feel probably the most charming level for Lost Ark is Commander Raids. Most of the Commander Raids are eight-individual raids, which require co-op performs. Earning MVP title on the finish of every raid can be an incredible feeling.
Boss raids in lots of different RPG video games might be crushed by upgrading your character enormously to destroy the boss with out having to grasp it. Lost Ark balanced each character upgrades and understanding boss patterns properly as a requirement to complete the raid. Both pay-to-win and free-to-play gamers can benefit from the recreation the way in which they need to. Paying cash helps beat the bosses, however understanding the boss continues to be required.
There can be enjoyable in selecting the trail in your character. Most different RPG video games have one appropriate reply that you have to make. Lost Ark additionally has meta picks, however there are numerous prospects you possibly can select primarily based on your private favorites. For instance, there are various totally different selections for engravings and tripods.
Is there a category that you need to advocate to the brand new gamers?
I like to recommend taking part in Martial Artist characters. Martial Artist characters have excessive well being factors and armor. They are additionally properly-rounded — they have first rate DPS, utility abilities, and mobility.
Could you inform us extra about your character?
My predominant character is a Wardancer. As a Martial Artist, the Wardancer has an honest DPS, excessive well being/armor, and one of the best mobility. It additionally has one of the best get together synergies. Wardancer is taken into account a great class on the Korean server. It is one of the best instance of the all-rounder that I’d advocate to the brand new gamers.