April 6, 2013 — Welcome to the first of (hopefully) many player interviews featuring the members of Columbia StarCraft. This interview will give us a closer look into the mind of Henry Ling, AKA Animostas.
» Please introduce yourself.
My name is Henry Ling and I'm a sophomore at Columbia College studying astrophysics and music. I'm originally from New Jersey, and I play Protoss for Columbia University's CSL team.
» Where does your username come from?
Animostas comes from a word in an outdated English dictionary that I changed the spelling to.
» How did you get into gaming and StarCraft?
I was always really into video games when I was young. I remember owning a PlayStation 1 and a few generations of Game Boys, but I didn't own that many games because my parents always felt like it was a waste of time. Even so, I always kept up to date on new releases for games I would never play, and closely followed the storylines and developments for all sorts of games.
Eventually I got into StarCraft: Brood War in high school when I was 14 because it was the most difficult and unforgiving game I had heard of and more importantly, the iCCup client was free and I didn't have to go through my parents to buy another game. What I loved about StarCraft was that it was so easy to lose, but also incredibly satisfying to win. I played Brood War for about a year and got to D+ as Terran on iCCup. StarCraft II came out shortly after and I have been playing since then.
» How did find out about Columbia StarCraft?
A friend of mine from high school told me that his older brother was playing for his school's CSL team. Naturally, when I got into Columbia, I looked to see if there was one for Columbia, and immediately joined.
» What were your first impressions of the team?
I remember Matt being really good, but still really humble about his play, and I remember Martin complaining about Terran a lot. But overall, everyone seemed really friendly and passionate about the game.
» How has Columbia StarCraft improved your play?
As my friends stopped playing StarCraft II, it was always difficult to find some motivation to continue laddering. So even though we're all playing on the same team, the team has always been good for motivation because we're all competing to get more points than Alex.
» What's your favorite thing about the team? Least favorite?
It's always great to have a bunch of people in the same room that are really passionate about the same thing. Columbia StarCraft is exactly that. It leads to a good environment where everyone wants to improve.
What can be frustrating about the environment is that if you're not one of the best players at Columbia, you're not really involved in CSL. We have so many people in our Facebook group that are interested in StarCraft, but there's not a very good or direct way to get all of them involved and give us a bigger presence on campus.
» Who's your favorite StarCraft player? Favorite team?
My favorite player is Creator. His play is always very consistent and solid, and he aims to just use his mechanics to outplay his opponent. I don't have a favorite team.
» What's your favorite unit?
My favorite unit is the High Templar. It has an incredibly high skill cap, and with good mechanics, you can spread them around the map and control a lot of space.
» What has been your most memorable StarCraft moment?
My most memorable moment in SC2 would be getting to Master league in Heart of the Swarm. It was the 6th time I had gone from Diamond to Master, after dropping to Diamond league 5 times in Wings of Liberty.
» Speed round: favorite food?
» Favorite movie?
5 Centimeters Per Second
» Favorite TV show?
» Favorite music?
American, Japanese, and Korean pop, American, Japanese, and Scandanavian heavy metal, Taylor Swift
» Favorite book?
It by Stephen King
» Favorite game?
StarCraft: Brood War
» Favorite quote?
"[censored]" - Martin Li
» No way I'm putting that.
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
» Jesus. You're banned.
Shut up nerd.
» Share something that most people don't know about you.
I was never really interested in music until I started getting into heavy metal in middle school. At that point I started considering studying it in college and somehow turning it into a living.
» Would you rather fight an Alex-sized duck or 100 duck-sized Alexes?
I would rather fight 100 duck-sized Alexes, because large ducks can kill people.
» What are you doing on a typical Friday night?
I'm in Hamilton with the StarCraft club, playing League of Legends.
» Who is your ideal girl (or guy)?
My dream girl is someone that I can talk about anything with.
» You just found a million dollars. What would you spend the money on?
I would use the million dollars to buy a laptop, so I wouldn't have to bring my desktop over to practice every Friday. Then I'd save the rest of it for something and give some of it to my parents.
» Tell me about the weirdest dream you can remember.
In my weirdest dream, I was in an arranged marriage with a really hot Native American girl, and the tribe said that if I tried to leave then they would kill me.
» Alright, thanks for the interview. Any shoutouts or closing comments?
Thanks to everyone in the Columbia StarCraft club for making it a lot of fun, and to Blizzard for making such a great game.
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