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Interview with Simon Lindström Hearthstone Champion of sweden

Ο Simon Lindström είναι το αστέρι της Team Darkstar και θεωρείται ως ένας από τους πιο ανερχόμενους Hearthstone παίκτες. Είναι γνωστός με το Nickname Schismatron ανάμεσα στο κοινό του Hearthstone, ενώ ασχολείται επαγγελματικά με τα e-sports ελάχιστα χρόνια.

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Hello,

  • Please provide us with some information about your self.

Hi! My name is Simon Lindström. My nickname in-game is Schismatron and I’m a Hearthstone Pro Player.

  • What was your first e-sport experience and in what game?

Team Fortress 2, I joined my friends’ team when they wanted to play competitively and I had fun trying to become good for years, but I never really got anywhere.

  • When did you first pick up Hearthstone?

I started watching streams of Hearthstone in September 2013, I think the first streamer I watched was Ek0p. I was intrigued as a previous Magic: The Gathering player to start in a new game on equal footing and signed up for beta directly afterwards. I got the beta key in late October 2013 and got hooked instantly.

  • Did hearthstone provide you with what you where looking for in an e-sport?

Yes and no, consistency-wise it doesn’t really, purely mathematically speaking it’s extremely hard making it to the big leagues in Hearthstone without having godlike abilities and being that much better than everyone else.

  • What are your accomplishments in esports, and in Hearthstone?

I think my biggest accomplishment is semi-consistently proving that you don’t need to abide by tiers to the letter, to win something. Every win I have had in Hearthstone has always had something special about it, being me sacrificial pacting people in a qualifier to Assembly summer 2015 or playing Mill Druid in the Swedish National Championships which I ended up winning.

I have won and lost a lot of tournaments, but my biggest material accomplishment is definitely taking first place in ESPORT-SM vs Powder in the grand finals!

  • How did you feel when you won your first major event?

It took a while for my feelings to arise, and for me to settle down and realize that I actually won the thing. After that however, I was speechless, arrogant and wouldn’t shut up about discussing strategies that I used in the match with other competitors. Overwhelming happiness is a term I would use for that situation.

  • What will be your next move in E-sports; Tournaments?

My next move is a big secret that I cannot supply you with unfortunately. But I have things brewing, some big, some minor. In esports exclusively the only real plan I have at the moment is to keep on keepin’ on and try to stay on the top of my game.

  • How often much do you practice during tournament season?

I usually get in about 4-6 hours worth of practise per weekday including minor weekly tournaments.

  • For new players to hearthstone, what would be your best advice?

Do your best to put logic into all the situations that you can see. If you can’t see some situations at first that’s fine, we all need to learn how to crawl before we can walk, and walk before we can run.

Just try to play on curve, (that means using all your mana every turn, as good as you can) and don’t try to rush the match. Hearthstone isn’t about winning as fast as possible, but rather as reliably as possible. That means that sometimes you have to kill your opponent’s minions instead of hitting your opponent directly. This is something even top players struggle with and it isn’t easy to decide when you need to trade and when you need to make a direct attack. But it is something you can never attempt to practise too early either.

Don’t get discouraged if you face someone who gets a clear advantage over you, sometimes you will get unlucky sometimes you will not. It’s up to you and your learning curve to start being the person who gets that advantage. However long that may take, it’s well worth it once you understand the depth of this game.

  • How do you see the game in the future for profesional players?

In comparison to previous years it is beginning to look a lot better. We have a more open scene now, everyone has an equal oppurtunity to get the Blizzcon points. That means that it is easier for highly skilled players, that aren’t recognized, to appear on the big screen and compete in front of thousands of spectators.

I predict a more diverse top-player mentality, there won’t be a «best player in the world» aside from claiming the World Champion title. But there will still always be players that are considered to be better than everyone else, so instead of Top-1 it might be something like Top-5 players in the world.

As long as tournaments keep appearing and people keep watching them, the game will flourish.

Thank you.

Ευχαριστούμε τον Simon Lindström για την ευχάριστη επικοινωνία και την γρήγορη ανταπόκριση, επίσης ευχαριστούμε για το φωτογραφικό υλικό τον Abraham Engelmark.

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6 comments

  1. Ο/Η Αλέξανδρος Χανάς λέει:

    Nice interview! Hope to hear news from Simon about his next succession soon.

  2. Στέλιος Παρλίτσης Ο/Η BlackPhantom λέει:

    Great interview and I wish Simon good luck both to his life and the rest of his e-sports career!

  3. Ο/Η Lazos Lazou λέει:

    great interview !! we hope to see and face players like him soon !!!

  4. Ο/Η Kitsi λέει:

    One of the greatest players of hearthstone at last give us some details for his career at e-sports events and we hope we can meet him in-person.Best of luck in your hearthstone career.

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