StarCraft II is arguably the hardest game esports has to offer these days. The RTS by Blizzard Entertainment has been around for six years and is said to be the game that basically started off the esports era in 2010. Nowadays, the game has not as much viewers as it used to have, but we guarantee you that this does not affect the level of play at all. You don’t believe us? Okay, then! We’d like to call a very special person to the witness stand.
Tonight, we have the honor to welcome a true StarCraft II icon. A man who’s beaten more players than anyone cares to count. A man who’s played about 1,200 tournament games in 2016 alone! A man who’s earned more than 100,000 dollars prize money in his career. Of course, we are talking about the one and only Artur ‘Nerchio’ Bloch from Euronics Gaming.
Nerchio is a zerg player from Poland who started playing StarCraft right at its release. He’s been one of the most consistent players in the non-Korean scene and has won countless tournaments. Although we didn’t hear too much from him during the Heart of the Swarm era, Nerchio has shown incredible results in 2016. He is regarded as one of the world’s greatest professionals in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.
Not only did he win the 2016 DreamHack Open: Valencia but he also attended the Global Finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series at BlizzCon this year, a feat which hasn’t been achieved by many players outside Korea.
Nerchio talks about the beginnings of his gamer career and what he had to do to become one of the best. He is convinced that a good player requires both a strong mindset and a healthy lifestyle to keep up with the other pros. In addition, you need confidence in your skills and a reliable team that supports you.
And what’s in store for StarCraft in 2017? Will Nerchio continue his impressive run in the StarCraft tournament scene? Or will he maybe try another game? And how will the dire situation in Korea influence the next season? Let’s find out!