Ryan "State" Visbeck tells Red Bull eSports about his decision to sign up with CatZ and crew.
The state of State is now California. ROOT Gaming recently announced that Ryan "State" Visbeck has signed up with the pro StarCraft team and is now training at the Antioch, Calif.-based house in East Bay. The conversation between State and team owner Paulo “CatZ” Vizcarra apparently started at Red Bull Training Grounds Orlando last month, where State was one of eight competitors and put in a quality showing. Red Bull eSports talked to the Protoss player recently to get the inside scoop.
Congratulations on your signing with ROOT! Will you be moving to the new house? Anyone you’re particularly looking forward to training with?
Thanks — I’m really excited about the new team. I’m also very thankful to CatZ for working with me to keep my sponsorship with Game Front. The ROOT house is really close to where I grew up, so it was an easy switch for me. I moved in the same day we announced and I’ve had a blast so far. The one thing that I missed most about being on a team was having dedicated practice partners, so I’m looking forward to playing inhouse games with players like Minigun, Drewbie and CatZ.
Did CatZ or Succeed talk you into joining the team while at Red Bull Training Grounds? How did it come together?
CatZ and I first started talking about joining the team while we were at Training Grounds, but we didn’t iron out a contract until some time after. Without the fantastic opportunity of Training Grounds, I may have never ended up with ROOT Gaming.
What do you think joining team ROOT will do for your career? What makes ROOT a good team in your opinion.
Team houses are by far the best environment for practice, so I’m really looking forward to spending the next few months here as I fight to get back into Premier League. ROOT has a proven record of success in the training and development of players. My focus is currently being the best StarCraft II player that I can be. There’s no other team outside of Korea that’s better for a player’s development than ROOT.
What are the biggest advantages of being in a team house?
It’s definitely the motivation. I love bouncing ideas off my friends and teammates, but living with a bunch of guys that share the same dreams and aspirations as you really makes you give it your all day in and day out.
Do you think this change will mean more or less practice time on StarCraft? Is there a particular thing you want to get better at?
Oh, more practice time absolutely. Right now, I’m focusing mainly on PvP. It’s been my toughest matchup for a few months now and I’ve already begun talking strategy with my new housemates Succeed and Minigun.
I’m very happy that ROOT has such a deep roster of talented players. Whenever I start having trouble with any little thing, there’s always going to be someone I can turn to and I really appreciate that.
You’ve mentioned that watching live streams is a great way to study and prepare for tournaments; what are you looking for, how are you analyzing the play?
I always enjoy watching players like MC, Jim and PartinG because I can learn so much from each and every VOD. I’m usually looking for new strategies that seem like they’d fit well into my style of play.
I approach my own analysis about the same way I do for my guides, actually. I break down the opening, make some adjustments, and start mixing it into my training regimen to find out what works and what doesn’t.
You’ve mentioned travel is one of your favorite part of being a gaming pro – what’s on your wish list for next places to visit?
I loved Korea and one of my biggest goals is to return and train there again. I also really enjoyed my time in Germany for HomeStory Cup and I want to travel there again in the future.
Last time we spoke, sounded like most of your time was devoted to practice – but checking out a few shows on Netflix in your downtime; what are you watching these days, any recommendations for our ‘Instant Queue’?
There’s a new season of Breaking Bad! I don’t think it’s on Netflix, but it’s definitely a show you should check out if you haven’t.
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