Grubby in StarCraft 2: 'I still have a long way to go'

Posted by Patrik "Raistlin" Hellstrand at 30 January 2011 21:17

Manuel "Grubby" Schenkhuizen, the most accomplished player outside of Asia, is a "hybrid player". One who plays both WarCraft 3 and StarCraft 2. The Dutchman just recently started his StarCraft 2 training. has grabbed the Protoss player for a check-up.

- "I don't believe that I wouldn't be able to compete with the top Europeans after six months of intense training." He added, "Although I still have a long way to go - starting late - I believe in myself and I know what I can and cannot do."

The Orc player from WarCraft 3 have won two World Cyber Games titles, one Electronic Sports World Cup title as well as several European titles and heaps of team titles with his teams 4Kings and MeetYourMakers. Moving in to StarCraft 2 was perhaps an obvious choice for some, but the WarCraft 3 scene is still fruitful in China. But Grubby felt he owed it to his fans to remain a "hybrid player".

- "Warcraft 3 was and still is a great passion of mine, and time spent in enjoyment is never time wasted. Also, Warcraft 3 and its fans in part made me who I am, and there'd be no 'Grubby' today without it. So I owed it to them too." He added, "For these and other reasons, I have no regrets concerning my decision to stick with Warcraft 3 for a while longer."

Although considering himself an underdog when playing in events, such as the recent TeamLiquid Open tournament, Grubby believes his experience as a WarCraft 3 player helps him.

- "Having gone through the process of learning how to become a better player at WC3, it's now helping me to apply the same techniques to my SC2 learning process," says Grubby and adds that "the games are fundamentally different, and each game rewards different techniques. Both micro and macro are important in both games, albeit in different ways."

Grubby is set to play in the ASSEMBLY Winter 2011 tournament, which will be his first offline StarCraft 2 tournament, not counting an early beta showmatch against Garimto.

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