Hey Kyran, most people here are going to know you by Fabled from your multiple exploits in Dota2, but what are your earliest memories of games, where did it all begin?
It all began when I was like six or seven actually. My uncle introduced me to Need for Speed and Ratchet and Clank, two games that I fell in love with instantly. From then, I never really stopped playing video games and they have pretty much always been a part of my life.
It would seem a lot of us have family to thank for our love of games, and it tends to come mostly from consoles. How and when did you end up getting from those early days to joining the PC master race?
My move from console to PC came with boredom and Dota. I used to play a lot of Halo and Call of Duty and I had just grown bored of both of the popular shooters. Midway through 2014, I saw my friend playing Dota 2 and it caught my interest immediately. The way the game looked, the way you had to play the game and the whole esports scene around it. Within a month, I had sold my console and bought myself a PC just to play Dota.
Quite the gap between your initial years of gaming and your PC Dota2 days. Was Dota2 your first look at esports as well or had you been previously aware of the competitive side of games with Halo or CoD?
I was aware of the competitive scene to do with Halo and CoD but it wasn’t something that took my interest. Dota however, grabbed my attention straight away. Ive been watching professional Dota since I started playing, and within a year of me playing the game, I was joining teams and stacks and entering competitions.
As you’ve mentioned, having that awareness of an esport in particular is one thing but having the desire to not only play, develop and compete but to watch and study is something different entirely. What boxes did Dota2 tick that previous games failed to do?
I find the game interesting. Not to just play, but to also watch. I grew up on shooters and racing games which to me are boring to watch which doesn’t really help me improve at the game or keep me entertained. Dota however had these amazing team-fights and individual plays that kept me engaged. As the game keeps me entertained, its easier to watch and learn what people are doing to improve. Improvement in my own play is the one thing I strive for in games.
The entertaining nature being a factor, but seemingly the sheer depth of the game and ability to explore that rather than a rinse repeat of a racing game certainly seems to have had an impact. How do you feel you have grown on your Dota2 journey so far?
I feel like I’ve developed and improved a lot since I started playing the game. I’ve gone from an arrogant child to I guess a leader and experienced Dota 2 player who is known throughout the UK scene. I guess I owe this growth to Brian who was a mentor figure, being the manager of the old Perilous Raze roster and such
I know he’ll be chuffed to hear that. Where do you feel you place in the scene right now and what are your ambitions and targets for the foreseeable future?
I feel like in terms of skill I’m mid table in the scene. I’m not ultra bad but I’m not ultra good. I don’t have anything on the likes of Doopz or Magic Turtle. My ambitions are to make it to an EpicLAN final or play with some of the big UK names. My short term targets are to attend Epic for the first time with a team and represent Perilous everywhere I can
You also mentioned earlier about being able to watch pros I suppose with aspirations to follow in their footsteps, as well as learn from, who have been your biggest inspirations?
I guess Dendi from Na`Vi would be my biggest inspiration. He’s always so happy and cheerful even when his team are losing every event. I feel like being able to laugh after a loss and then use that loss to push forward and improve is an amazing quality, and Dendi is able to do just that. I’ve always admired how he plays Dota 2 as well, and I feel like I’ve learnt a lot just by watching his games and his replays.
Possibly a quality that is exceptionally necessary in the small UK competitive scene, where it’s almost a tight-knit group but highly competitive and difficult to be part of all at the same time. What do you think some of the causes are for issues within the scene, and how do you think they can be resolved?
I believe the main problem for the scene is that it isn’t publicised enough so that means there are less players entering tournaments. There are around 50 players that I know of that attend LANs and call themselves part of UKDOTA but there are way more players in the UK that play Dota 2. Most of those players have no idea what EpicLAN is. The one main problem is that tournament organisers don’t want to spend lots of money to put on a tournament that 6 teams will attend. The way to resolve that I believe is hold more community events and spread the word of not just UKDOTA, but UK Esports as a whole.
Is there anything extra that can be done as a small competitive group of players who turn up to Epic LAN and play in all of the tournaments consistently. There seems to be the same faces at the top, would people breaking through help?
I think community organisations or gaming communities in general can really help the scene by organising meets or gatherings at the LANs. Getting more people to actually attend is the first step to ensuring the games played at LAN get more notice in the UK. In terms of the top faces breaking through, I don’t think it’ll change much for the UKDOTA scene. Maybe the top CS players breaking through would change their scene, but I believe it’ll change nothing for us.
With that in mind, and the exciting announcement of a Dota2 Major being held in the UK this year, do you think it’s an opportunity to bring the community closer together as well as recruit more people to the domestic scene?
I think so yeah. Not every Dota player in the UK will have heard of UKDOTA but they will have heard of the major. I’m personally hoping that the major will inspire players outside of the scene to enter LANs and online leagues. It’ll be nice to see some new faces appear
If you could pass on a message to anyone looking at the scene from the outside what would it be?
Join and persevere. The scene can be tough but its friendly, it’s very alive and its welcoming.
Any final words before we wrap this up so you can get back to the grind?
Massive thanks to Perilous for bringing me back onto the roster! As I mentioned in my statement when I joined, Perilous is my home and I’m happy to be captaining the team once again!