The human Terrans, the high-tech alien Protoss, and the insect-like Zerg are constantly locked in an eternal war with each other in the world of StarCraft II – so it makes sense that the three races would hate each other.
But the question remains: do some of those same feelings translate to the progamers who often stick to their preferred race for years, sometimes for their entire career?
Yes and no, say some of the StarCraft II players of Red Bull Training Grounds.
"I think it's natural for people to hate on the other races they don’t play,” said Chris "HuK" Loranger, who uses Protoss. "There are a lot of players who are whiny and hate on other races, but everyone does to some degree, even if they're very mannered and don't complain."
Ryan "State" Visbeck, who also favors Protoss, says progamers do tend to socialize more with others that play their race, but mostly because they have more to talk about. "It’s mostly because we can learn a lot more from each other's styles than we could from Terran or Zerg, we play the same race,” said State. “It’s not like we have a loyalty for each other, it’s just that we have a lot to talk about."
Zerg player Jens "Snute" Aasgaard agreed.
“When you want to talk strategy, you can talk more to players who play your race,” he said. “So it’s kind of a thing, but it’s not too special.”
Many players do hear trash talk about the races, but the insults tend to be joking in nature, said Chris “Illusion” Lee.
"It’s usually people will just complain about the same things,” said Illusion, who uses Terran. “Right now the flavor of the month is to complain about Protoss because they have so many options and the Hellbat got nerfed."
Dario "TLO" Wünsch said he’s way more devoted to his team, Team Liquid, than a race.
“I honestly don't care if you're Terran or Protoss or whatever. There are very few people that don’t get along with each other,” said TLO.