Stephano 'Grilled' (2nd appearance)
Ilyes "Stephano" Satouri, of Evil Geniuses, is the star of the 55th episode of my 'Grilled' interview series. The French Zerg star is the first return guest of the feature.
What accounts for Stephano's poor string of results since Dreamhack Winter? How does his style work even when he broadcasts to his opponents that he will go for long macro games? How far ahead in a game does he plan strategically? What does he think of his success in beating the four GSL champions in the GSL World Championship? How do the differences between the Western and Eastern cultures play into StarCraft success?
Time line of topics:
00:14 How would he characterise the period of results he's had since Dreamhack Winter 2012?
01:36 Did in-game issues affect his results, such as not varying his style much?
02:40 Is it not an issue to broadcast that he wants to play a safe long-game style?
03:29 Does he have an approach similar to Flash in BW, building up a lot of variations on the same few builds?
04:28 When he's at his best what can he do that others aren't quite as good at?
05:42 Balancing macro and micro.
06:48 Is there a reason he relies so heavily on his positioning/decision-making, often looking as though games are slipping away before he turns the tide?
08:06 Why does he stick with the old school inject method?
08:37 Does winning fights other zergs would lose play into difficulties for the opponent in preparing for him?
09:26 Who are players who give him a lot of trouble when he faces them, stylistically?
09:56 Reflecting on the statement he previously made that his WoL success came from not having stereotypes about the other races, just looking for solutions, does he have a similar mental approach now?
11:26 How much does Stephano plan ahead strategically in games?
13:13 Were there tournaments since Dreamhack Winter where he did think things were going to go the way they had during his best period?
14:40 The GSL World Championship four kill vs. GSL champions.
15:46 How much of his journey to Korea was his decision?
16:56 Losing to Flying in the Code A games.
18:12 The lifestyle of laddering a lot or playing specific customs with Koreans in the teamhouse.
19:20 The differences between the Western and Eastern cultures.
20:11 Did he take any interesting insights into practice from his time in Korea?
20:36 Previously saying that he only plays for money, has losing changed his perspective on how meaningful winning a big tournament again would be?
21:57 He has to play a GSL World Championship style match where he faces five opponents, he picks those who are good and he'd like to face in these matches.