Q: Hi Byron, also known as the Rogue hero Reckful! You've one of the best Rogues of your time and arguably best Rogue ever. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: I'm 22 and played games all my life, so probably pretty similar to anyone reading AJ. For how I got into gaming:
When I was two years old, I started playing Mega Man on regular Nintendo. My brother played a lot of MS DOS games when I was growing up (he's 10 years older than I am), so I played some Civilization 1 and Bullfrog's Syndicate, but I mostly played console games. The most memorable ones are Secret of Mana and Super Mario RPG for SNES and then later on Final Fantasy 7. Eventually around 1999 my brother, who is a programmer, wanted to make a Pokemon MMORPG when Pokemon was peaking in popularity. We went to buy an MMO to see what they're like. We first picked up the Everquest box but someone working at Circuit City told us Asheron's Call was much better and to get that, so we did. I ended up playing that for years. He never made Pokemon: The MMORPG.
I also enjoy photography, playing the guitar, and pot limit Omaha.
Q: What have you been working on since you've left WoW if you don't mind sharing?
A: When I quit WoW the first thing I did was watch Breaking Bad for 2 days straight, getting from season 1 episode 1 to season 4 episode 7, where it was at the time.
Then I decided to leave the house... I ended up at a casino playing poker. I did well for a beginner and had a few 10-day periods where I made almost 10 grand. I haven't been able to sustain that, though. My favorite game is pot limit omaha and it's rarely running.
And at some point my dad wrote a book. He had me edit it for him. The main character is a fighter pilot named Wreckful (heh). My brother made some useless site http://reckful.info to advertise the book but I'd prefer people going straight to the amazon for the book and to my facebook or twitter if they want to talk to me.
I'm also developing an iPhone game and will post some updates when it becomes available.
Q: So I know you've probably gotten this question a thousand times, but do you have any thoughts on returning to WoW?
A: I heard Rogues became amazing/overpowered shortly after I quit, and with NAO and live streaming becoming so popular it was tempting to come back, but I didn't. So I probably won't. Who knows, maybe MoP will manage to pull me back.
Q: Rogues have changed vastly in Cataclysm such as the vanish changes. How did you feel about them in this expansion?
A: Because Rogues could finally play Shadowstep again, I enjoyed Cataclysm more than WOTLK. After TBC I couldn't imagine playing without Shadowstep - I had that famous picture on the last day of season 5 with Mutilate still not trained because it seemed so boring. And it was.
Cataclysm made everyone hate Rogues with Recuperate. It was overpowered at some points, maybe all the time. I loved it of course - it gives you a strong independent feeling, like you can come back and win any fight even if you're at 1% and they're full.
The Vanish change arguably did make Rogues too easy, but with matches as long as they were at the beginning of cataclysm it wasn't incredibly impactful. Maybe it is now.
Q: How do you feel about PvE gear in this season? Rogues have been the class that has been able to abuse it the most.
A: Like everyone else, I never liked PvE gear in arena... unless I had it. To be serious - we're playing the game to have fair fights, if I had it my way everyone would have identical gear in arenas. People without PvE gear feel like they're bringing a knife to a Warglaive fight. Or whatever. I quit before anyone was using PVE gear in cataclysm, but I heard the Rogue trinket was critting 40k+, and all legendaries have been pretty crazy.
Q. Have you had a chance to look into MOP at all? What's your opinions on it? How do you feel about the Preparation / Shadowstep choice?
A: It depends on match length, but it wouldn't bother me that much, actually. Preparation matters less as matches get longer, and I've never liked cooldown spamming games anyway. And I'd actually take the Burst of Speed ability. It's better than Shadowstep - especially in any long fight, it's going to get you to the target way more often, and the biggest problem as a rogue is sitting in novas when your healer can't dispel you. I'd even say it sounds overpowered to be able to freedom yourself with no cooldown on demand, even though it costs energy.
Q. Who in your opinion is the best Rogue now?
Since I haven't played in so long I have no idea.
Q. What's the best tip you could give to a PvPer?
A: Watch buffs/debuffs/cast bars more closely
Learn all the defense & offensive abilities of each class
Keep experimenting for the most efficient ways to use your own
Q. Do you mind sharing what you told Snutz at blizzcon?
A: I didn't think of it until after the 2nd match, but I told him to use Bane of Doom. At the time every single team had a Resto Shaman so it was rarely useful and Warlocks never thought of it. Against a team that couldn't dispel it, like the Korean PHD, it was much better than Agony, more burst and more sustained, the burst sometimes getting kills. It didn't show up as a debuff on the blizzcon spectator client.
Q. Thanks for your time Byron! Do you have any last comments or shout-outs?
A: Shoutouts to Sodah, Snutz, Venruki, Pookz, Cdew, Azael, Hyped, Yog, Benys, Talbadar
Some more old screenshots if anyone's interested: http://imgur.com/a/1hQT1
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