In-game Nickname: Hoodrych
Real Life Name: Adam Brown
Location: Washington, D.C.
How did you get into gaming?
Used to play Doom, Heretic, Warcraft 1 at a friends house over Crossover Cable LAN's back in the day.
Favorite game of all time?
Do you still play FPS
I still play QuakeLive which is an updated version of Quake3 from time to time. Looking forward to a new fps "Brink" that's releasing soon.
Type of mouse, keyboard, and headset?
Travel, Kayak, try new restaurants, recently been cooking and making some delicious ass meals.
When did you start playing WoW?
2005? I hardly remember. Back when killing MC bosses was a big deal.
What classes do you play in WoW? Which are you competent with on a competitive level?
Warrior pretty much exclusively. I think I can play druid decently, most would disagree
Current PvP Spec?
34/7, Imp Slam
Are you planning a spec change in 4.1
I haven't given it too much thought yet, but I think I'll stay more or less the same spec and maybe pick up Glyph of Spell Reflect.
That's where the bros went.
What's the background on the name, Hoodrych?
I've had the name hoodrych for 8-9 years in different games, pulled it from that Mannie Fresh song randomly - no hidden meaning
What about the hr symbol?
The symbol is somethin a friend made for me and I've kept it through the years.
You've also been called "The Boss." Where did that nickname come from?
A lot of people think I gave myself this nickname being egotistical or something, when really I think it was because of some Slim Thug song I used it as a joke in one of my earlier movies, "like a boss". And it just kind of stuck when someone referred to me as "the boss" at an MLG.
What is your most important gaming accomplishment to date?
Nothing specific. Looking back, playing WoW at a high-level consistently has given me a lot of opportunities. I consider the benefits from that an accomplishment.
Why are you a hardcore arena player and not a hardcore raider?
Used to be a hardcore raider, as soon as arenas were introduced the competitiveness of 2v2/3v3 format's compared to managing 40 Man raid bosses just appealed to me more.
What goals do you have for your gaming career?
Hopefully continue down the same path in one way or another. I've been able to travel, make money, meet people and do things I would never have been able to without gaming.
Which other wow player(s) inspire you/do you respect?
Toez, Nadagast. Players who have been consistent throughout a majority of the seasons, who are always looking for ways to improve on something, and who don't "blame the game", even when faced with extreme counter comps. I respect players who don't care about ranks/titles/win-records and aren't afraid of losing.
I've heard you moved to the East Coast. How do you like it?
That's correct. I had a good job opportunity come up and I took it. Change is good and I was in a position to make the move. I'm doing great over here, things have worked out well for me. I miss the PST timezone and having a low ping to West servers. Oh, and In-N-Out.
I hear ya on the In-N-Out! What's your order?
Double-Double with grilled onions.
Not animal style?
hahah! nah, that's too much for me.
Are you still happy playing on BG9? Any plans to migrate to an eastern server in WoW?
Things are good. BG9 is kind of stale at the moment but i'm assuming most BG's are. I'll probably wait untill after the patch to see the activity with region wide queuing. I've also thought of transfering to an East BG as well for ping purposes, but nothing definitive yet.
You've made a lot of great movies. Do you have a favorite?
My personal favorite is probably HR3. HR5 is close and woulda been better without Skype imo. I feel like Skype is kind of devaluing movies as "cool skillful things" are seen as kind of regular when you factor in player audio.
Do you have plans for a new movie any time soon?
I hope to make a new movie as soon as warriors become semi-fun to play, and as always, I will try to out do myself.
What's the most critical aspect to any team's success?
Handling a loss. Winning is easy. Being able to appropriately criticize and improve after losing, is very important.
Current ideal team composition?
So what's going on with your team? Are you still with the same guys or are you looking for a new team these days?
No, solid team right now, I'm just messing around on different charters. Nadagast hasn't been playing much, spending more time in SC2 and Velsus is in the same boat and just all over the place. Long arena queues and imbalances have been a damper.
Are you guys slated for any tournaments? Maybe see you guys live at Blizzcon?
Nothing definitive with that right now. WoW is kind of in limbo as far as tournaments go. Only time will tell.
How does a player know when they might be ready to try and go pro?
My advice would be to try and play with good/top players. Run non-FOTM comps. When you start taking/splitting games with other top teams, or top teams want you to play with them/try comps out...you're headed in the right direction.
What do you think separates you from other good warriors?
Communication/Leading. I think a big part of good warrior play comes from leading or directing your team. You can be great at interrupting, applying pressure, or going defensive - but keeping composure and directing the game is #1 to me.
As one of the best warriors in the business, what 3 pro-tips would you give a warrior that's new to arena?
- Don't over complicate things. A lot of warriors see highlight videos and feel they are supposed to charge every cast, spell reflect everything,and pummel everything. Sometimes it's better to just stay focused, keep calm, and do damage.
- Communicate a lot. You have a very simple job and limited utility. It always pains me to see really good warriors that are doing everything right but just never contribute to the overall game. It's like, you're sitting on a warlock mashing 5 dps buttons, or worse sitting in a root waiting to be dispelled - you can at least call what cooldowns you're noticing, enemy positioning, if it looks like your healer is going to be CC'd, etc.
- Gear and Spec are extremely important. Different gear is better for different teams, and understanding your spec/talents and what abilities will apply to the comp you're playing is almost as important as what globals you press.
What do you enjoy MOST about WoW?
Being able to separate yourself amongst other players/teams by really just being on another level. This isn't the case for warriors in the current patch :|
What are your thoughts on World of Warcraft Arena and where it is going?
I think the next patch, 4.1 or whatever, should be really interesting. The game isn't very good right now, but you can tell Blizzard has been taking advice from actual player suggestions and I really think they are trying to improve the overall PvP balance. I'm looking forward to 4.1 and also the region wide Arena queuing.
Could you give us your perspective on the current state of warriors and the direction you, personally, would like to see them go?
I think the current state is garbage. I don't like playing it. I don't like playing against it. I used to love jousting warriors and weaving in and out of auto attacks, the meta game of keeping up demo/rend/thunderclap, baiting stuns for Second Wind procs, and who could keep MS up on multiple targets the best.
It's completely gone now, I can randomly 30k warriors and be randomly get 30k'd back. With 1 charge, ridiculous damage through cooldowns, it's just gotten a really gimmicky, clunky feel to it and it just doesn't appeal to me. I'm hoping 4.1 can help with the damage, the DRing off stuns, and freeing up globals. But I would still like to see warriors fade away from 5 damage ability mongos and move to actual positional target choices and get offensive utility through a greater MS or some kind of damage relief - getting on a target to relieve pressure or taking advantage of there position and not just getting on what can't get away from 30k slams.
If you could change one thing about World of Warcraft Arena, what would it be?
Less interrupts, self-heals, instant CC and less forgiving aspects like Glyph of Poly/Blind, etc that I feel really promote less thinking.
Alright, last question - what song are you listening to right now?
Radiohead - Bloom
I would add that I think these interviews are great, I'm liking the direction AJ is going with everything, and it really helps the WoW community as a whole to have a site like this. Shoutouts to Nerdstomper, ArenaRating, Shani, Bill German and the crew at SIDS Tattoo shop!
Wait, a tattoo shop? There's got to be a story (or a picture) there.
Yeah, this is a half-sleeve design that I created: Hoodrych's Tattoo
Thanks again for talking with us Hoodrych. Good luck with everything!
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