Too often, novice players and experts alike lose perspective on the joy of DotA. DC player Moo injects some realism into our day.
In one of the most reasonable post-match interviews I think I’ve ever seen, Moo brings a lot of humanity to the conversation. Maybe that’s because his mom was was in the stands. She even made an appearance in his post-game interview, which you’ll find posted below.
Let me set the stage for you. Moo and his teammates on DC had just finished a series with TNC that had us on tenterhooks wondering who advance to the upper tiers of glory at TI6.
TNC dominated the first game. The final body count was 27 – 13 in TNC’s favor, a number that would demoralize most people. DC took it as a wake up call and won the next two games to move on to the next round.
Cool as a Cucumber
Coming off all the hype, being surrounded by screaming fans, feeling the elation of victory – heck, in that moment I would’ve been a self-hyping machine. I would’ve been a grinning fool.
Contrary to how I would act, Moo didn’t come off as a cocky or aloof. He did us, and the rest of the pro scene, a favor by being chill and forthright the entire time. He admitted faults, praised TNC as one of the best teams at TI, and joked with Kaci throughout.
In this gem of an interview, you’ll find Moo saying one of my favorite lines out of all TI6:
"You forget to take your eyes off the screen, sometimes. You forget to take a step back and think about where you are and what you’re doing, and how it’s going to affect you, and all the people that are watching you, that came out to watch you play a video game in front of them."
And here’s the full video of the interview:
A New Era of Nobility?
The ranks of professional DotA players are notoriously thick with teenagers and young twenty-somethings. I have nothing against either age group, but having lived through that phase in my life, I’ve found that inexperience can lead to hot-headed remarks or shortsighted comments.
This hasn’t helped the oftentimes strained relationship between eSports and the mainstream. It only takes one young-ish looking, very talented basement dweller to make the public at large equate the average eSports fan with a common troll.
Moo, age 20, somehow managed to keep a level head in spite of the flashing lights, energy of the crowd, and his own victory. The pro scene needs more of this kind of example.