Team BlossoM’s Gondar: The Overnight Professional
Team BlossoM’s Yoo ‘Gondar’ Hyung-sik is the hottest rookie talent to hit the Korean Heroes scene this year. Only seven months have passed since he started playing the game, and only four since he graduated from high school, but the tank player’s composure and professionalism are nothing but impeccable. We caught up with Gondar after his first weekend in the HGC, and he was kind enough to answer some questions about himself.
What’s the story behind your ID?
“I used to play a Warcraft 3 custom map called DotA. There was a hero named Gondar, and I played him a lot.”
Did you play any other games besides DotA?
“I played DotA between 7th and 9th grade, then League of Legends between 9th and 12th grade. I quit League after reaching Challenger. Back then I had no thoughts of going pro.”
When did you start playing Heroes of the Storm?
“Last December was when I started playing it a lot. I found Heroes to be really fun, and realized that I wanted to become a professional Heroes player.”
How would you describe your style of play?
“Super aggressive. Maybe it’s because my current role is main tank, but I really love combat — just straight-up brawling. Sometimes you need to play the map, sure, but I prefer team compositions that are strong in team fights.”
You used to play a bit of everything in Hero League prior to turning pro. Is there a reason why you became a tank player?
“It’s because Team BlossoM happened to have the main tank position open, but I think [playing tanks] is in my nature, too. Sturdy Heroes have always appealed to me. I played a lot of Earthshaker, Tauren Chieftain, and Tidehunter in DotA, for example.”
Which Warriors are your favorite?
“I really enjoy playing the role of an initiator that goes in deep, such as Diablo or Anub’arak. But I think my best Hero is Stitches. I used to love playing Pudge in DotA, then Blitzcrank and Thresh in League — I’ve always liked Heroes with a grab-type ability — so I think that experience carried over.”
How did you join Team BlossoM?
“They contacted me around last April or May. They were the first to make me an offer, and since I wanted to go pro, I accepted without much hesitation.”
How is BlossoM’s new team house?
“The living conditions are much nicer than I thought it would be, and although it’s a bit too early to tell, I feel that it’s going to help us a lot. I’m practicing longer hours, we’re giving each other a lot of feedback, and it has become much easier to improve teamwork.”
How was your HGC Korea debut?
“It was great fun to be on a stage that I’d only seen on TV, with all the cameras whirring around and everything. I thought I’d get nervous, but that didn’t really happen, so I just had a blast playing.”
Did the games feel a lot different from scrims?
“Yes. Everyone was much better on stage than they were in scrims.”
What are your team’s goals for this Phase?
“We want to qualify for the upcoming Eastern Clash. Hopefully our move to the team house will pay off. We’re working really hard, and the mood is positive.”
What are your personal goals for this Phase?
“I haven’t played Heroes for that long yet, so I lack a lot in areas such as drafting and shot-calling. I want to improve those parts of my game over the season so that I can become a help to my team.”