Category: Interviews Published on Friday, 03 June 2011 16:38 Written by phANT1m Hits: 23310
He is referred to as the Devil Terran, and if there is one thing you should know about a devil; it is that it may be down but it is never out of the game. His name is Benjamin Baker and he plays under the identifier DeMusliM. He was deemed as one of the most formidable Terran players out there until he broke his arm. He is healing and he is on his way to the top.
PolarfluKe: Hey man, how are things going?
Benjamin ‘DeMusliM’ Baker: Hey. Pretty good, just been laddering a lot and enjoying myself in Cologne.
Pf: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
BB: My name is Benjamin James Baker, I’m English and 21 years old. I love playing video games, I love watching movies and I enjoy having a good time!
Pf: What got you into RTS gaming?
BB: I played games all my life, I think my mum even said I could play Sega before I could walk. When I was roughly 9 or so I went over to a friend’s house and he had 2 computers set up to play Starcraft. We played it a bit, we’d have 2 guys on each pc playing 1v1, but technically 2v2 all coming up with ideas, it was pretty fun*laughs*. Then after that he introduced me to Warcraft 3 - Initially I was just playing AoS with him a lot, I loved the look of the demon hunter, then found myself playing ladder and the team manager of the UK thought it would be worth giving me a shot at WCG UK.
Pf: During your Warcraft 3 era you were one of the top humans in the EU scene. What were your long term plans? Did you plan on staying long or retiring or something else?
BB: Actually I didn’t really have long term plans with Warcraft 3, I enjoyed the game from time to time, but didn’t play it too much - it seemed like an awesome side income during high school/college - it wasn’t bucket loads, but compared to my friends dishwashing it was really awesome. I always had my eyes set on Starcraft 2, I remember telling my father that I was aiming to play it, and initially he just wanted me to focus on my education, but later really supported me when I was doing well in the beta. Infact my first Zotac I lost vs. Jinro in the first round (was the first tournament of the beta) and Jinro apologized for the strategy he used on Desert Oasis, so when I came downstairs and told my parents my dad just gave me that disappointed look. The next week I lost vs. Dimaga in the finals 1-3 and my dad was a little more impressed, the week after I beat Dimaga in the final 3-1, and my dad was very happy. Went a little off track there but hey! *laughs*
Pf: What are some of the main lessons that you have learnt playing Warcraft 3 that you have transferred to Starcraft 2?
BB: All types of keyboard/mouse control came in really handy. Some things like how to improve fast and maintain shape came in handy too. Also tournament experience and general multitasking although it wasn’t too intense in Warcraft 3. I had to unlearn a lot of things though, general mindsets like if you’re not doing anything, you’re doing something wrong; in Starcraft 2 a lot of the time that is quite the opposite and it has taken me quite a lot of time to tone down my aggression.
Pf: During the beta and early launch you were one of the top Terrans around, what made you opt to play as Terran?
BB: I hate seeing low health bars. In Warcraft 3 I played human for the same reason; we had priests and heal scrolls and could repair buildings. I could not stand running round with an army that had low health and there was nothing I could do to heal them up. Pretty silly reason, but I also love the combination of marines and medivacs; the noise is just awesome.
Pf: Do you ever think you will perform a “MorroW” and switch races?
BB: I’ve thought about it now and then, I have a tendency to speak out when I think something is wrong, or just simply whine. I love Terran too much, I think in fights you can do more with Terran than any other race if you do it correctly.
Pf: You were regarded as one of the top Terrans until you broke your arm and disappeared, with a lot of people writing you off since you could not make it to the IEM World Championships and had to drop out of EPS and did not get an invite to NASL. How was that phase? Not being able to play and also not ready to silence the rumour mongers yet.
BB: I’ll say it was one of the worst times of my life actually. I knew when I broke my arm I was certainly on my way up, then having everything kind of slip between my fingers was just heart breaking. Then I broke my arm for the 2nd time within 5 weeks and yeah, I felt really really gutted. I was watching games and I knew I could do just as good or better, and I spent a lot of time dreaming about playing, but when I actually touched the pc I just didn’t feel the same, my arm was completely numb, slower than it was before and I knew what I wanted to do, but could not actually do it. I just felt very hopeless. Luckily a lot of feeling has come back to my arm, I’m still not 100% but I believe I’m easily in the top 5 Terran players right now in Europe. I’m really looking forward to do well again.
Pf: You made your comeback appearance on ESL.TV with a show that is following you as you start playing again, where you stream your games and talk to Rotterdam about the games. How has the experience been?
BB: Kevin and I are very good friends, so anything with him is a joy. The experience has been pretty fun actually, I like streaming and I will certainly set up my own in the future and I’ve really enjoyed interacting with the fans. Overall it has been very positive and I like joking around. The amount of people supporting me too was crazy, I didn’t realise there were so many fans and such. With the amount of motivation I had from 3 months of not playing, and then this - the whole thing has been awesome, and I will be setting up a stream in the future to pay them back, as well as winning tournaments.
Pf: In the ESL show you have been termed “The Devil Terran”, do you think this title suits you and why?
BB: It was down to my aggressive play and micro. I was usually very aggressive and micro orientated and didn’t really give my opponents a chance to think. So yeah, I think it suits me*laughs*, I also think in person I am a bit cheeky, so calling me a cheeky little devil kind of fits. I like most of the nicknames people have given me such as Gentleman Terran or Pirate Terran (due to the scar) - but yeah I think the Devil Terran is quite fitting.
Pf: During the show you played on your smurf account GladHeAteHer, you played as random and showed you are pretty good with the other 2 races. Has it helped you find weaknesses to exploit when you play as Terran? Or is it just for fun?
BB: How can it not help you find weaknesses to exploit? I discovered a lot of things playing random now and then, while practicing 1 race is fine and dandy, and probably the best, spending a little time just learning the other races and then pow, in 1 game you get all-inned by something you’ve never seen before, and wow a whole window has been opened up for you at this timing - it really does help.
Pf: How did you join up with Team EG?
BB: IdrA actually contacted me while I was in mTw, he said he would like a good Terran in the team to practice with, and asked if I was interested. That sparked initial interest obviously, then talks happened for a few months with both EG and mTw. Eventually a transfer was made and I’m very happy so far with how everything has gone on.
Pf: You were supposed to have been going to Korea to play in the GSL, with IdrA moving back to the US it has been put on hold. Do you still want to go play in the Korean GSL?
BB: You know, I don’t actually like the GSL too much. The amount of tournaments in the western world is staggering, to stick in GSL and just play that one tournament is nice and cool if you get far in code S, but otherwise it’s really not worth it. I like living where I am, maybe I’ll boot camp here and go there eventually but I have no plans right now to move to Korea, unless they are more lenient with visiting foreign tournaments.
Pf: EG is in the works of setting up a house in the US, do you think you will ever move there or will you just go there to boot camp?
BB: Anything is open right now, I’ve already said that I want to boot camp there for at least a month or so, and just train internally with the guys. But, in the long run, training in Europe is 10x better for a player than North America, so it would only be for short stints I think to learn the strategies of other servers, and train with teammates on a personal level.
Pf: What are your thoughts on the pro-house that TLO has setup in Stockholm?
BB: Positive thoughts for sure, TLO is a good guy, and so are the other people in the house and I hope it runs smoothly. I actually wish I was asked, I think I could have spiced up the house a little,or actually a lot. *laughs*
Pf: Do you ever want to stay in a pro-house or are you fine in your relaxed atmosphere?
BB: I’d like to experience it at least once. I believe it’s just as relaxed in a gaming house as it is my own. We have 3 computers set up here all in the same room, and we have regular boot camps with players like Naama and such. So I am pretty close to it already.
Pf: You have also gotten into the Grandmaster league after beating Brat_OK, in your view how does Grandmaster compare to Master?
BB: Not sure how it compares, I love having everyone in 1 list, but skill wise there is not much difference I think. If you are in high masters, you play vs. high grandmasters most likely anyway. So yeah, it’s just pleasing to see the 200 player list rather than 50 divisions and looking for players.
Pf: What do you think separates good players from great players?
BB: Handling losses and knowing what to do with them, I think that’s probably the biggest thing. Also being able to cope with pressure on the big stage, as that is where the real great players make their names.
Pf: What are your thoughts on the MLG/GSL exchange program?
BB: I don’t really know much about either to be honest. So I can’t really comment at all, although I like the idea of sending foreigners to Korea to give them a chance. I don’t like all the hype around GSL being the BEST league of the world, when most of the scene I know can’t compete in it.
Pf: From each race, who do you think are the under-rated players?
- Zerg - Stephano - he doesn’t really get much of a mention out of go4sc2 but he is pretty darn good. I’m not sure if it’s because of Zerg's recent surge in strength, but I think he will be around even when people figure out how to beat Zerg.
- Protoss - Tod/Sase - both these guys are already good, and I can only imagine them getting better.
- Terran - Diestar - this guy doesn’t really get much mention, but he’s always placing highly in tough tournaments.
Pf: Who are your favourite players to watch and why?
- Brat_OK - I think he has a similar style to me, when I was unable to play I’d watch Brat_OK and keep a close eye on him since I felt if there was anyone who I was close to in terms of play, it would be him.
- Kas - He is just very solid.
- Whitera - I love his stream.
- Idra - I love his occasional comments against players when he loses. *laughs*
Pf: What do you do when you are not playing Starcraft 2 or cooking?
BB: Pretty tough one considering Starcraft 2 takes up most of my time. But going out for a drink here and there, socializing, meeting new people - parties. Recently met up with a nice girl so spending some time with her too.
Pf: You have a pretty interesting nick, how did you get it?
BB: I really liked Muhammad Ali when I was younger, my nick started as The MusliM, but the '“The' didn’t really look cool, and turned to 'De'. It’s really silly, if I knew I was going to get famous, I’d have had a much better nick like BarbecueMan666 or GladHeAteHer. *laughs* Although seriously speaking, I am actually pretty happy with DeMusliM.
Pf: What has been your most memorable Warcraft 3 moment?
BB: Beating TeD at LAN in Chengdu when he was unbeatable vs. human in front of all the Chinese fans.
Pf: What has been your most memorable Starcraft 2 moment?
BB: Losing vs. Whitera 2-3 at IEM Kiev, I know if I met Sjow in the final I would have done really well, and it’s haunted me. I never want to lose so deeply in a tournament again.
Pf: What are some of your plans for the year?
BB: To get insanely good.
Pf: Any last minute shout outs or pieces of advices?
BB: Well, Thanks EG and its sponsors; Intel, SteelSeries, Monster Energy (<3), Kingston HyperX, 6pool Gaming and Bigfoot Networks. I’d also like to say thanks to my friends and family for all the support. I’d also like to thank everyone for keeping some faith in me, especially team EG itself and my fans despite me being a clutz and breaking my arm twice. I won’t let you down.
And there you have it people. The Devil Terran is back and is ready to tango with all those who want to dance with the devil. He may not want to go play in the GSL at the moment but everything else in the west he is ready for. For all those doubters out there stay tuned and enjoyed the action that the Devil Terran is ready to provide you with.