So, another interview for you, and we've got couple of brand new questions and aswers. Zicomo interviewed first Dota2 female caster to know more about what's she's got in her mind and how she is actually does what she's doing.
Hello guys, today I've got famous Dota2 streamer Sheever here. She is 27 years old and lives in The Netherlands. Anything I missed?
Sheever: Well no, that is basically me :)
How did you get into Dota? Was it introduced to you by your friends or you found everything out by watching streams?
Sheever: Well I got into DotA 1 a long time ago via battle.net in Warcraft 3 and later with Frozen Throne, though I did not play it as much as I do now. I never got to know the competitive scene and just played it a small amount untill World of Warcraft was released. It was my sister that got us Warcraft 3 Reign of Chaos so I guess I got into it because of her. About Dota2, I did not start playing untill last December when I got my beta key, and since around that time I also just quit World of Warcraft while still being in the habbit of playing games basically every night, the switch was easily made to start playing Dota2 as much as I played WoW before. I never really watched streams of Dota2 untill I already had a key myself and wanted to know more about how to play certain heroes etc.
You have your own site with purple background, and it’s nice choice. Any special reasons for it though?
Sheever: Well my website, just like the logo's and overlays, is made by a friend of mine who created a housestyle for me, and that purple was in there aswell so we just continued using it. And ofcourse I find the purple used a pretty kind of purple, that should be obvious :)
Can you share with the community your way from a junior caster for GosuGamers? And any obstacles that you had to face through?
Sheever: Well I was not really planning to trying to become a caster, ofcourse I had seen Toby already and thought it would be cool if I could do something like that, but never really acted on it. I was just streaming myself gaming at the time, other games besides Dota2 aswell. I wanted to do more so I helped to organise an amateur tournament, and for the first match we thought it would be fun if the games were streamed. So I started doing that, at the start of the match without commentating, just spectating. But then we figured (me and another admin) that we might aswell commentate on it. And I just kept doing that for the rest of the tournament (a lot of matches, all games bo3 with over 50 teams participating so a lot to cast). During that another amateur tournament asked if I wanted to cast their matches too, to which I said yes. Somewhere along the line someone from GosuGamers suggested I apply to them as a caster, by the time I submitted my application I had about 70 casts up on my Youtube. I got accepted as a trainee caster and even got a chance to cast some of the bigger teams fairly soon already when there was no one else available for them. As for obstacles, there has not really been any apart from the reaction of people.
Okay, quite interesting for new casters, who want to try become skilled in commentating and famous in the community. Did you launch your site before joining GosuGamers or it happened after, when you were more motivated for such thing?
Since there are many people out there who wonder how to they get a chance to work in well known organisations of Dota? Any suggestions to those guys?
Sheever: I am going to say something that “Day” once said then, if you want to work in eSports; just do it. So in the case of being a caster start casting. There are plenty of games ready to be casted, and it doesnt always have to be known teams that are playing, casting inhouses or just games that are up at Dota.TV is possible too. If you do apply to an organisation as a caster (or anything else for that matter) you want to be able to have something to show that tells them that you are capable of casting (or editing etc). So that is the main thing, cast games and put them on youtube or something, and apply with something up your sleeve. And don't be afraid to ask for tips and suggestions from people around you. I did that a lot, and still do that, and it is one of the best ways to learn next to practice and experience.
Since you mentioned how people react on different things, do you find the reaction from the dota community as a female caster? I mean is it something similar to the male ones? And how those reactions affects you?
Sheever: As you might have already guessed, the reactions are not similar for female casters as they are for male casters. As to how those reactions work for me, well it really differs per day. There might be days I get a lot of flame in which case that sometimes demoralizes me, but also makes me want to try harder and be better. Other days when there is less flame I guess it is the same as male casters would have. Every caster gets negative reactions and should be able to deal with it. I do try to keep up with all the reactions because as I said I still look for tips and suggestions and even in flame can be a hint of that. The positive reactions I get usually outshine (though not outnumber) the negative ones that I receive, so in that sense they do strenghten me in a way.
I found this on your website: "I am currently looking for a new job" - could you explain that? Is it related to eSports?
Sheever: I am currently looking for a new job because I lost my old one. If I would be able to find a job in eSports that would ofcourse be great, but my search is not limited to that.
Do you think predicting a perfect picks and bans of a match are one of the important aspect?
Sheever: Well sometimes maybe, but it is not as important as knowing why the pickups were done. I mean if a caster is able to predict all bans and picks, then you have to assume that the teams would be able to predict the bans and picks of the opponents aswell. And that is something that can be deadly as the drafting phase is a very strategical phase that shapes the rest of the game.
Female players show us some competitive gaming in every game discipline. Do you think we need something that must be done in eSports to encourage more female teams/players and streamers? Any obstacles for female casters?
Sheever: I think overall any community is better off if there were a more even split between males and females. But to say that something needs to be done, that would be positive discrimination and that is something that should not happen. Females should work just as hard as guys in esports if they want to be succesfull and should not be put ahead of others. I hope that in time this will happen as eSports is maturing more and more. The biggest obstacle is the necessity of a thick skin, a very thick skin, since the community is not really an accepting one and change seems scary for a lot of people. And they will make their dislikes known. If females work hard and have that thick skin I believe they should be able to make it in eSports.
Did you watch Dreamhack Summer 2012 finals? Did you expect MTW to comeback against all time favourites Na’Vi?
Sheever: I did watch the DreamHack finals. After that first game that Na'Vi took it was already clear that the second game was not going to be any easier for them. I was not expecting mTw to win, but they played remarkable and definatly deserved the wins in both games that they took.
You casted a remarkable game few weeks ago, “22 minutess - 89 kills”. Can you describe now what you felt casting such a unpredictable game action?
Sheever: That game was just pure crazyness. Darer made clear they were going to roshan, and Mouz responded to that. Can't really comment on it that much appart from that it was just one really crazy match where Darer to their commitment to Roshan perhaps a bit too far.
Are you going to The International?
Sheever: I don't know that yet. Still debating with myself.
If it wount happen to you to get there, will you still stream games from The International?
Sheever: I probably will, just like I did with all the International Qualifiers. I tried to stream as many as I could via Dota.TV. But if I won't be streaming I will at least be watching ofcourse.
Which team do you think will conquer this year's The International?
Sheever: I don't think that there is anyone that can answer that question :) As we have seen the last month or so, the performance of the teams can fluctuate heavily, and with The International we can assume that every single team has practiced and bootcamped and trained so hard for it that we will see some very good play coming from all teams. One thing that will be interesting to see is ofcourse how will EU/USA do vs Azia. For that I am also already looking forward to the ProDota2 Playoffs because that might give us a glimpse of that.
We've seen teams disbanding or having their team line-ups changed. What do you think about this kind of changes, that happen too often last days?
Sheever: ): It is an issue with Dota2 that teams indeed aren't as stable as I think they should be. But this is also a game that (not counting DotA 1) is still in it's starting year. It is no more than logical that teams need to find their way and their flow before being able to be a consistent team. So I hope/ believe that this will work itself out in time, as the scene grows and the amount of sponsors and tournaments grows aswell.
As new heroes are added to the pools with regular updates from Valve, do you feel some heroes are now neglected in Dota2?
Sheever: I don't think anyone could say that any of the heroes is neglected before all heroes are in. I trust that Valve works hard and continues to do so even after all heroes are in to keep things balanced and interesting.
Any combos or strategies that you think might be used by the teams at The International?
Sheever: Like I said earlier, all teams will train and practice hard and they will probably come up with combo's and strategies that we have not seen yet. Especially since there will be heroes in the pool that are not yet in now. So there is not really anything that we can expect apart from the generic strategies that will be there (midgame, lategame, pushing, turtling, etc). I think we will see it all.
We see many teams providing their own in-house tournaments, and if you are invited by any team to cast their in-house tournament would you accept that offer? Also if you have an offer from multiple teams then for which team would you like to cast the in-house tournament and what the reasons for it?
Sheever: Well I love casting, so bacially everyone that asks me to cast something will get the same answer: I would love to, though matches that I cast for GosuGamers will have prio. As for which teams I would like to cast the in-house for, that really doesn't matter for me. I have at this time no favourite team so don't have any answer to that.
How long will you cast Dota2? Any other games in mind?
Sheever: I will be casting Dota2 untill I stop liking it, which for now is not going to happen. As for other games I would like to cast, I have no clue. I have not casted anything else than Dota2 before and have not been playing that many other games so no game comes to mind which I would like to cast next to Dota2.
We'll be winding up this interview now. Any shoutouts?
Sheever: Big shoutout to GosuGamers who are giving me the oppertunity to cast awesome games. Shoutout to Tigrish and Falko for supporting me in numerous ways. Of course a huge shoutout to the viewers that watch me cast and play and support me in it, whether by just watching or by giving me tips and help me get ahead. And a thank you to JeeSports for the opportunity to have this interview.
Thanks a lot. It's been a pleasure interviewing you. Hope you enjoyed and Good Luck to all your future projects .
Sheever: Thank you too, it was fun being interviewed and did enjoy it.
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