Wesley ‘LambySeries’ Seek, our new Hearthstone acquisition together with Nicholas ‘EHWAH’ Xing in June 2017, achieved a respectable 12th position in the recent Hearthstone Major in Thailand. We speak to him about the progress he’s made as a player in the last two months, his experiences at the major and more.
Bolded are questions, and text in normal font are LambySeries’ responses.
Photos used in this article are credited to nstton, the official event photographer for the Hearthstone Thailand Major 2017.
Hi Lamby! Firstly, congratulations on making it to the last 12 of the Hearthstone Thailand major. This marks your first international competition in Hearthstone; share with us your thoughts over the weekend.
LambySeries: To be honest I came into the event really prepared. I tested countless different decks and line-ups over a period of a few weeks and ended up with the lineup that I brought for the tournament. This weekend was my first overseas major so I was quite excited to both compete as well as get in touch with the international hearthstone community. It’s also my first time playing competitively for an established esports team, and as such I wanted to represent well.
Tell us more about your preparation for the tournament. Your loyal followers will likely already be acquainted with your deck-list but for the benefit of everyone go through with us your picks and the kind of style you were at for the major.
So basically how I prepared was I had a list of all viable decks laid out in front of me, like everything that was a possible option. Next, I looked at how well each deck played out in the current meta and tested multiple combinations of decks to form my lineup. Long story short, I played A LOT of Hearthstone!
I ended up with an overall aggressive strategy of 3 aggro decks and 1 midrange deck for the event. My theory behind this is valuing proactivity over reactivity. If you’re always asking for your board/threats to be answered your opponent must have the right out at the right time, if not things will snowball. The decks I brought to the event are designed to consistently apply pressure to the opponent. This strategy worked out for most of the event.
Really detailed answer and we could see you put plenty of thought into your preparation. How about pre-match rituals or mental conditioning? Did you do any work outside the game before the tournament?
Before the tournament, I would say honestly I can get quite immersed in my practice so I probably slept a lot less in the weeks leading up to the tournament as I was practicing for many hours. Practicing hard and practicing smart are 2 different things, but I guess in this case I just love the game so when I’m focusing I just tend to play more. Regarding rituals and conditioning, I tend to like a routine when things are going well; for example, if I win a match I’ll probably go through the same routine I did before I won the previous match (e.g., grab some water 10mins before the next match etc). It’s slightly superstitious for sure but it just relaxes me.
You finished as one of the highest ranked Singaporeans in the top 12 of the Hearthstone Major this time round along with Sequinox. On hindsight, was there something you would have done differently going into this tournament if you had the chance to reverse time?
One thing I feel I should have done more was practice with a larger pool of practice partners. Different people play differently and naturally have varying skill levels so getting input from more people is never bad as long as you have the ability to filter the necessary from what is not.
Were there any particular distinctions or beliefs that helped you during this tournament?
I do believe very strongly in building my own success so I never faltered in my belief that I was in it to win it. My success is mine and my failures are mine as well.
You lost 3-0 against eventual champion omxhope in the winners’ bracket, which you described as getting rekt’ed. Many people have described Hearthstone as a game of RNG rather than true competition, what do you feel set Omxhope apart from everyone else in Thailand?
I think from the get-go, I was unfavoured as his lineup was good against mine. That didnt really affect me though as i knew what i had to do in such unfavourable positions as well. I wouldn’t say i was very disadvantaged in the area of high level competition experience as well, as i have experience on such stages albeit for a different game (YuGiOh). If anything i feel the eventual champion also did his homework and prepared well for the event, understanding his own lineup as well as what he might face, along with having the ability to play well in live situations under constant pressure. I feel this is an important skill that some players may not have grasped as it is vastly different playing on your computer at home as compared to a live event where stakes are inevitably higher.
Great analysis! It has been more than two months since you began your journey in Hearthstone with Team Flash. How has the experience been so far, and how would you describe your chemistry with your teammate EHWAH?
I think this has been a very fulfilling experience for me. I always wanted an outlet to showcase my skills to the world and i believe Flash as a platform has given me the opportunities and avenues to grow as both a player and person. Regarding EHWAH, both he and i are pretty similar in the way we think and do things. We’re both really competitive and it’s great to have someone alongside me that shares my ideals and even as a friend we do hit off well so i would say we really do work well together.
You also recently begun streaming on Twitch and achieved affiliate status in your first month. How challenging has it been juggling your competitive ambitions with entertaining your fans?
This is actually interesting for me because I don’t feel the need to juggle at all. In fact I wouldn’t wanna be competitive without also streaming. I feel as a professional gamer you aren’t just about being good at the game. Sure, being good at what you do is extremely if not the most important thing in competitive gaming, however a pro gamer is also one that is acknowledged and respected by their fans and people around them and I feel through streaming i can build a connection with people that tune in.
This further adds to moulding me as a overall better player. I like having fun on stream and being serious in the competitive nature of things at the same time. If my viewers and fans can enjoy my journey with me, I can’t see why I wouldn’t want to let them.
The Thailand major marks the end of your first international tournament. What’s next for LambySeries?
Well I’m definitely gonna keep streaming so stay tuned. We arent stopping even after the summer! New expansion is coming up and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be tinkering with all sorts of new decks. There might be another major coming up in the near future so I have my sights set on that as well.
Thanks for the interview Lamby! Any last words or shoutout to your fans who were with you in heart and spirit throughout the major?
Firstly I would like to thank Blizzard for organising such a smooth and fun event, special shout-outs to Mary-Anne for taking very good care of us. Also to all the new friends I made in Thailand, you guys were awesome. Huge shout-out to all the hommies back in Singapore who supported me and helped me practice and everyone on social media that wished for me to do well too!
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