Hello H4nn1! Although I'm sure by now everyone knows who you are, would you please introduce yourself to the HoN community and the SK-Gaming crowd?
As winner of the Gosugamers HoN Awards 2010. in the „Best overall player“ category, who do you think is most worthy of that title at the moment? Who do you think is the most dominant player on the competitive scene?
When the current Online Kingdom line-up was announced, many expected you to simply crush all opposition in a manner similar to what fnatic and Evil Geniuses did for the most part of 2010. While you did have some impressive results you didn't quite live to the expectations yet, though. Do you think it's just a matter of time or is the competition just too close for one team to have a monopoly on tournament wins, unlike last year?
Unlike the vast majority of other teams, there doesn't seem to be a set role for each player within Online Kingdom with each of you swapping roles and heroes from game to game (Except for Joakim 'Akke' Akterhall playing the main support). Do you think that's something that possibly holds you back or are you confident that each of you can play every hero to it's maximum potential?
Considering all of you have immense LAN experience from the past, and some of you even winning the DreamHack Summer tournament a year ago, do you think that LAN experience will make you more prepared for what you'll have to go through at DreamHack Summer 2011. and maybe give you an edge over less experienced teams?
Now, there's been a lot of talk about whether the format of the tournament is a fair one. TS Gaming and Reason Gaming, as winners of the Swedish only IOL LAN Finals, have been given spots in the semi-finals while a myriad of top teams will have to go through a tough and exhausting BYOC Qualifier, including yourself and teams like fnatic, KD Gaming, Team unZ and others. How do you feel about the tournament format?
Which two teams do you expect to advance through the BYOC Qualifier and which one of the Swedish teams would you rather meet in the semi-finals? What are your chances of defeating them?
In the recent Honcast.com video interview Marc "Maliken" DeForest announced a "competitive circuit unlike anything eSport has seen before with a massive prize pool". What do you think it is? What do you think the competitive scene needs the most in order to develop?
The recent 2.0.35. patch brought some fairly significant changes, particularly to the map. The "Secret Shop" was removed and replaced with "The Observatory" and the Kongor area has been overhauled. What impact, if any, do you think those changes will have on how the game is played?
Alright, thanks for your time. The last question, as always, is reserved for you. Any last comments or shoutouts you'd like to make?
Beside that, to all the people crying about the server issues lately, it doesn't make it any better. S2 is trying their best, maybe the whole capacity thingy that Maliken was talking about could have been solved or at least looked into way earlier, so that the ddos attack wouldn't have taken such a huge impact, and I'm actually pretty sure they knew about it as well, who ever did it. The only thing, that I've missed is a proper update possibly at the HoN startup, that when you start the game and are about to log in, you know where you are at, instead of trying to login without any knowledge whether it's gonna work or not. I know there is forums, there is twitter, there is what not but the casual gamer and also I would enjoy it the easy way of just seeing it at first sight and not having to look up for it, cheers."
Online Kingdom roster:
Kai 'H4nn1' Hanbückers
Marc 'Mag1x' Müller
Remigiusz 'Powzilla' Pusch
Mathias-Benjamin 'SemiJew' Larsen
Joakim 'Akke' Akterhall
Stay tuned to SK Gaming as we bring you an interview per day in anticipation of DreamHack Summer 2011.!
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