An Interview With Sean Plott - AKA Day - Page 14
EB: Good. Now, I hear you love Sen?
Sean Plott: I simultaneously love and hate him we have a very tumultuous relationship.
EB: (Giggling) So anyway if you people don't know what we are talking about, please go watch the Funday Monday #322, right? I got that right?
Sean Plott: That is correct. I recorded that one last evening. Yeah!
EB: Any replay, especially a Newbie Tuesday replay that was submitted to you, that made you really go, "What is this guy doing? I can't believe what I am seeing with my eyes."
Sean Plott: That has only ever happened in a positive way. Someone asked me earlier, "I wanna start playing StarCraft but I don't know what I should do", and all this stuff and I remember I started going through my usual Day and said, "Okay look, you wanna make sure you have a game plan, bla bla bla" and one of my room-mates just came up and said, "Look. The game's designed to be fun. Just mess around and have fun. After a while you'll just figure out what kind of works and what doesn't, and then you can start thinking about your strategies. First thing is to just make sure you have fun." And I was kind of like, "Ooh. Yeah, that's actually a lot better of a point." And since that time I had a pretty dramatic opinion shift, in terms of how to step in.
When you watch a lot of the newer players play, you see a lot of that come in. There's all of the problems like, you might not be playing quick enough, you might be making some of the wrong units, but you can clearly see this theme of, "Oh! This unit is awesome! I am going to make 50 of them!" Especially the Thor, I think it's a popular unit to, "Oh I am going to mass that thing to ‒
EB: Void Rays!
Sean Plott: Oh my God! Void Rays, the most massed unit in the game!
I honestly think that's the correct way to go about it for an intro to the game, but interestingly there's just so often ‒ a player will do something that I'll kind of go, "Oh-huh? Why-I never seen anything like that." And I'll think about it and be like, "If you actually refine that a little bit, that would be quite strong." I've actually had some cool strategies pop out from weird goofy things that have been performed by players that are honestly not very experienced at all, actually doing things in a fundamentally off-fashion but it's definitely cool to learn that way. I honestly make myself regularly tune into some of the non-featured streams on Team Liquid, the people who have maybe 10 people viewing. There will be some sort of Gold League player, ‘cause it's just incredible the amount of ways that you can pull this game off and still be successful.Continued on the next page