The Peruvian legend player, one of the most popular video games in the world, reached the final of the League Movistar Latin America and won with his team, Jesus Haming. This is Sebastian Niño Zavaleta, better known in the world of e-videos as "Oddie"
Israeli Gaming, based in Argentina, won the title of the Latin champion on April 20, after winning the Rainbow7 3 on 1. In this way, he assured him to pass MSI middle invitation, which will be developed in Taiwan and Vietnam between 1 and 19 May. This event is the second most important match of LoL in the world, behind the World Cup.
– [Peruano se consagra campeón en la liga latina de LoL]– [Los mejores jugadores del mundo en Street Fighter V]
League of Legends is a video game of multiplayer genre online battle arena (MOBA, for an acronym in English). This game is faced by two teams, of five members, whose main goal is to destroy the central building that is based on each group. Players must choose a character (or "hero") to face the battle.
This was the final of the League of Latin American Movers:
Sebastian Niño Took off It's 21 years old. He was born in Lima, spent his childhood in the warm region of Piura, and his current team in the League of Legends is Isur Haming. From a room in Chile, in the midst of his preparations to depart for Vietnam, we talked to him about his history, his beginnings in video games, the eSports competition scene, and his horrible retirement.
– How were your beginnings in the League of Legends?
It all started when I was 10 years old. I was born in Lima, but I spent my childhood in Piura. There I had friends from the neighborhood with which Dota played. We were all very close and faced the elders of the neighborhood, at the age of 19 or 20 years. So started my taste for video games.
I started with Dota, it was very good and my friends too. Everything was very funny. One day, however, my father tells me: "We have to go to Lima". He worked as a policeman and we had to move. I was 11 or 12 years old and only started high school.
The first contact I had with the League of Legends was when my brother Fernando was in college. It turns out that Lol played. I did not know about the game, but when my brother could not finish the matches.
Then I had my own account and started playing fun, a few hours a day when I finished my homework and everything. At 14, I became very good. He had a very high level that could already be considered a "pro" for the lower ones of LOL. At that time, my brothers and I signed up for a tournament that was close to my house. There I saw the best Peruvian team in those years: Arenales NET Gaming. They played against Lyon Gaming, another great Latin American team. In this tournament, the guys from Arenales NO Gaming saw me and realized that I have a similar act even though I am only 14 years old. It was between 2010 and 2011.
– Was it your first contact with the legendary legend?
In fact, yes. I lost the tournament, but when I returned home I saw that the guys of Arenales NET Gaming contacted me on Facebook. We met and they offered to join the team. From there I began to find out about the competition, from which I did not know anything. Obviously I accepted his offer and started playing, not for fun, but for being the best.
– See videos of professionals, also reinforce you?
The guys from Arenales NET Gaming told me about a site where all pro-players (professional players) broadcast their games, it was Twitch. I did not know anything about this, and he told me, "How did all these things happen to me?" & # 39; Then I began to train harder and harder. My whole career has always been like this: it's practiced a lot.
– How did he move to the international stage?
Dash9 (from Colombia) was the first foreign team to talk to me and, apparently, I accepted the proposal. With Dash9, we reached the final (from Aperture 2015) against Lyon. Against that team, we played two finals and lost.
– Did you move to Columbia?
No. All my Dash9 experience was online. I was between 15 and 16 years old. Also, I could not move because I was in school.
– And after Dash9, you went to play Mexico. You came to play in Lyon, right?
Yes, but before I played for Lyon I was in another Mexican team. When I finished the deal with Dash9, I said: "I like this online, but now I want to learn." Then I took a break and I entered the university.
– How long was the break?
It did not last for half a year (laughs). The Mexican Gaming Gaming team called me and again played the League of Legends. I told myself: "Okay, I do not have any difficulties (with the studio), but I want to play, I want to be a pro-player."
– Gaming Gaming was the first international team to move you from the country?
Yes, I first played with them online, but then Riot (the creators of LoL) asked all team players to live in Mexico. It was when I was 17 years old, I almost turned 18 years old.
– How did you take your family?
Every tournament I played I said to my father: "If I win, I go to Mexico." He took it normally, not too much, until everything became more serious. When I confirmed that I would leave, he worried, I was thinking about the dangers of that country. However, he then accepted and prepared the trip.
– I understand that your parents are very supportive of you.
The strongest support from them came after joining the Mexican team Lyon Gaming. When we reached the final, I took them to Mexico, to a giant stadium. They got immense surprise and began to take it seriously.
– What differences do you see between the Latin American competition scene and the Peruvian?
In Chile, the scene is more competitive, even from training. However, in terms of the mentality of the players, how to take the games, there is not much difference in the truth.
– And the differences with the European League?
The difference between the teams is based on the seconds that are needed to make the best decision in the game. That's a big difference.
– How is living from eSports? Do you have a fixed salary?
Yes of course. There are schedules, depending on each one or what the coach requires from you. You need to do what they want from you. ESports is a job.
– What can you tell us about your future plans?
I still want to be dedicated to the League of Legends, in what I can get or until I stop playing the game … I know that at some point I will have to stop going back to school, I will not be a lifetime , but for now I do not mean retirement.
– What are your expectations for Msi Mid Invitational?
What we are now striving is to go as far as possible. Latin America always comes to the next round of the group phase. Our goal is to reach that point and move forward. We are now in the so-called "group of deaths", Group A. It's a challenge for us, but in the matches we need to beat everyone.
– What can you recommend to people who want to start a career in eSports?
I would tell them to first ask themselves if they really love the game, because they will live with him with their dedication. And that's precisely the main thing, dedication … If you try to become a pro-player and you do not like the game so much, you might be bored … If you want to be someone or want to be recognized, it's worth it you try. It's worth a lot. That's what I did and now I've come to this end, and I do not regret anything.
► League of Legends is a free download game. This can be obtained from the Riot Games website. Available for Windows and Mac.
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