Well, for a long time I’ve been following the MOBA eSports scene a lot, but I’ve also spent quite some time around the Starcraft and Starcraft 2 community. But usually I don’t find the eSports news that interesting, although I managed to stumble upon an interview with EG.IdrA, which was posted on May 23, 2012, and I couldn’t really help it, I just had to write a post about it. And why would I take notice of this interview in particular? Simple, IdrA has got a, let’s just say, an incredibly special personality, he is one of these people who trash-talk a lot, his temper is unbelievable compared to most other pro players and he says exactly what he thinks.
For those who may not know who he is, he is a Starcraft 2 pro player from team Evil Genius and he is more known for his trash-talk and ragequiting during games, as well as dropping out of games he should’ve won when he thought he had lost, than he is for doing well in tournaments. As a matter of fact he is one of the better paid players but it’s a long time since the Starcraft 2 scene saw him standing at the top of the podium after a big tournament.
Well anyway, talking about IdrA as a player is not why we’re here, we’re here because IdrA did a quite amusing interview with Real Talk yesterday, and in this case he is not showing any mercy when going at Naniwa (another pro Starcraft 2 player). His anger towards Naniwa seem to have nothing to do with any in-game disputes though, no this has to do with Naniwa provoking him on Twitter some time ago. The following quote is from IdrA’s interview:
“Quantic is looking to get rid of him, and as soon as they manage to he is going be done in esports, or not making the kind of money he thinks he should.
You can ask anyone who’s willing to talk about it in the industry, and they will say they f***ing despise him. So he needs to learn to shut the f**k up.”
Although IdrA may not be sweet talking to anyone, you may notice that he is particularly angry this time, for some reason. Although I sense it has got a little more to do with selling himself than actually being angry this time. Obviously this may have something to do with the fact that IdrA may not be the best player out there, but nobody is better at advertising his team than he is, even if he does have somewhat controversial methods to do so. He is about the only one I can think of who has managed to make himself a name and a turn it into a name worth a six digit number by saying what he thinks and not holding back.
With that being said, I must say I appreciated the video interview a lot, as it’s not often the interviews with pro gamers go too deep into their personal life and everything around it. It’s nice to get a look into it now and then as it’s quite different from sitting at home and playing with your friends. Also who knew that IdrA isn’t much of a gamer except for when it comes down to Starcraft? Apparently he is more into sports, golf in particular.
It may not be the first time, and it will not be the last time we hear this kind of talk from IdrA though, I can ensure you of that. For those interested in watching the full interview: