Interview with Purge from Purgegamers
Fri 10th Aug 2012 - 5:30pm
Recently I have had the privilege to sit down and interview one of the best known commentators in the current Dota 2 scene, he goes by the name of Kevin 'Purge' Godec. Purge, as the dota community calls him, is a 24 year old caster from Wisconsin who has been playing dota since the fall of 2008. Purge began making youtube videos in march of 2011 and with these videos he noticed a substantial growth in viewers and subscribers over the course of 8 months.
Purge what is the secret to your casting? Why do you think you have managed to make such a large fanbase over some of the other casters out there?
Purge: It’s not just about the casting, I have been building my fanbase for a while now. The thing is I have a very diverse group of fans. Some subscribers on my youtube channel come to watch me cast pro games but also many of them come to learn about heroes and how to play them.
To your fans out there who want to become casters themselves someday, do you have any advice to give them?
Purge: Yes, I actually made a video a while back addressing this question, im not sure if you saw it or not but the name of the video is ‘How to become an eSports caster w/Purge’’ and in this video I talk about the three components to becoming a good e-caster which are hard work, talent, and having thick enough skin.
You’re going to need thick skin to deal with and get over all of the trash talk that you will receive if you do try to become a caster. Most importantly though, is the hard work. I would estimate that 95% of the people who try to become a caster give up after a few weeks of mediocre effort and wonder why they weren’t instantly successful. It’s a VERY slow build up.
And how did you yourself become such a famous caster?
Purge: I worked hard, there’s a reason that I have so many subscribers. For a while I was making five videos a week on my youtube channel so I was very dedicated to what I was doing. If you work hard you will be successful.
Do you have any hobbies outside of dota? What were some of your old hobbies?
Purge: I have always been an extreme gamer. I spent a lot of my time playing video games. That’s just how me and my friends would hang out. I would play alot of Halo growing up and also a few MMO’s here and there. I also would play sc2 from time to time.
Have you ever thought about becoming a caster for Starcraft 2?
Purge: Yeah actually. I used to watch Husky during the SC2 beta, and at the time I thought to myself, I could totally do this. But then I never did anything about it and it wasn’t until later that I realized that I should cast for Dota 2. I wasn’t even aware of any other casters except for Tobi at that point.
Now I know that you had a tournament a few months back called “The Purge Cup” where your fans played a tournament and you casted the games. How did the tournament go, did you get a lot of viewers? And do you think that you do a good job to keep in contact with your fans?
Purge: The tournament went okay. Keep in mind it was a fan tournament with no prize pool, so a large percentage of the teams were for fun pub players. I didn’t have a lot of free time to broadcast and cast the games because I was very busy with Star Series matches at the time, but I did cast the grand finals as well as a few other matches. And yes, I think I do a good job of keeping in contact with my fans. I just played with my fans for 6 hours on stream for a ‘Play with Purge Day’.
My next question to you is about Na’Vi, with their recent loss to mTw at dreamhack and with a loss in the second round of the defense against Potm Bottom do you think that Na’Vi are still the devastating force that they were a year ago or do you think that they no longer have a shot at winning the international?
Purge: Well, about a year ago everybody knew that Na’Vi were good but there wasn’t a consensus that they would be the best team. At the time, some argued MYM was as good as Na’Vi, and MYM ended up taking 4th place, I believe. For about nine months after the International they were undisputed as the best team in the scene, rarely ever losing official matches, and never(from memory) losing a set until dreamhack.
I’m not sure what happened in The Defense, because I didn’t catch the games, but PotM Bottom has been performing extremely well lately. I would still say that Na’Vi has the best chance of the euro teams to win the International 2.
That’s very insightful Purge, my next question to you is about mTw. After winning Dreamhack as the underdog team it is without a doubt that they have proven themselves as a worthy adversary to some of the top teams in the Dota 2 scene. How do you feel about mTw as a team and do you think winning Dreamhack has now proven that they can win the international?
Purge: mTw as a team are strong, I mean they play very well. However I don’t necessarily think that the Dreamhack win means that they will win the International.
Were you surprised when you heard that mTw won Dreamhack?
Purge: I was very surprised that mTw did as good as they did at Dreamhack. I remember I actually was doing something while I had the stream up on the side, but I was preoccupied so I couldn’t watch the game much and when I heard that they won the first thing I thought was ‘What? They actually won?’ Because I think that that was the first time anyone had beaten Na’Vi in a best of three in a long time.
And how do you feel about mTw having a coach walking around monitor to monitor and helping them with their minimap and team strategy while they are playing in these tournaments?
Purge: I think letting a coach stand behind you and track roshan timers and watch minimap should be banned. If a team has a lacking somewhere like watching the minimap(something I personally struggle with) then it should punish them. Having a coach filling in those gaps creates a 6v5 or a 6v6 game.
Do you think that there will be any significant changes to the metagame during The International 2?
Purge: The metagame is always changing, but there will be a significant adjustment during the International since there will be teams from different regions of the world participating who generally don’t play each other. Different regions and groups of teams value heroes differently, and they will have to adjust for that when drafting.
Are you going to be going to the International 2 this year?
Purge: Yes I will be going for sure although I won’t be casting. I’m actually going to be doing something for valve although I can not reveal it just quite yet.
So last year Ehome got second place in the International, Do you think that this year they will be able to perform as well?
Purge: I haven’t had a chance to catch up on the leagues I don’t cover so I am not very familiar with their strength as a team, but I believe they’ve had a slight roster change since the previous tournament. I am mostly just familiar with the euro scene.
Among all the strategies that different teams use to win their matches, what do you consider the best strategy to win? Also what is your favorite strategy to just watch or cast?
Purge: Push strat is very fun to watch, the game is very high action so I quite enjoy that. You can talk a lot about very precise moments. It’s interesting to see teams get that very early advantage and use that kind of strat. It’s small mistakes in those longer games that could cost you the game. As far as the best strategy is concerned, it kind of depends. They are all effective. Pushing is very strong right now because of the appreciation of the gold those towers give when they are destroyed.
For example, that is why leshrac is usually going to be either picked or banned, because his diabolic edict skill just eats towers and give his team the option to potentially take a gold advantage from that skill. Just having the option to push gives you more tactical advantages and options. If they also have pushing heroes, instead of having to STOP their push, you can just trade towers on different sides of the map and break even on gold, thus no disadvantage. If you didn’t have a hero that can push, that wouldn’t be an option.
What type of strat do you think is currently missing in the pro dota 2 scene? Or what strat would you like to see more?
Purge: I guess a cheesy kind of push strat might be somewhat underplayed. For example, mTw did a push strat versus mouz a month or two ago where they took the barracks at 6 minutes with a venomancer, natures prophet, lone druid, enchantress, and nighstalker. The entire strat was designed to take the rax extremely fast. It hinges on the enemies picks and a few VERY crucial kills, but if it works you win the game.
How do you feel about Mouz not being in this years International? Are you upset that you won’t be able to see them play? Do you think that they should have gotten an invite?
Purge: Mouz is definitely a fan favorite team but they didn’t get through the qualifiers. And, they were even beaten by Next.kz. Valve had a hard task to pick teams, and some argue that popularity is key, but that isn’t completely fair either because it’s about perspective. If you don’t watch SEA tournaments you usually don’t care about those teams getting invited. Either way mouz was rumored to be invited as a back up team, and I believe last year at least 1 team had visa problems so they canceled and a team replaced them, so there is still a chance they will play.
Alright Purge well my last question to you is about the U.S. dota 2 scene. How do you think E.G. and complexity will stand against the other top 14 teams in the world?
Purge: I haven’t gotten the chance to cast EG or coL very often lately since they aren’t participating in the leagues I’ve been casting the last 2 months but I’m sure they will have a shot. There are many very talented players in both of those teams.
Ok well thank you again for having this interview Purge, it’s very much appreciated!
Purge: No problem, thank you for having me.
For those of you who want to follow Purge here is a list of his sites.