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Best of British

An Interview with Ben "DeMusliM" Baker

We were recently lucky enough to catch up with the rising British star
DeMusliM. After returning to the WC3 Scene in 2007 he became the centre of attention as he signed for the international gaints 4Kings. DeMusliM was quick to prove himself as a top player, as he produced impressive results for the Kings, most noticably winning UK WCG 07 and beating Lyn in NGL-One.

After a concealed feud with 4Kings, DeMusliM moved on and signed with ALTERNATE aTTaX along with XlorD. Once aTTaX were set to move onto the international Warcraft scene, DeMusliM once again proved himself, as he helped aTTax to qualify for NGL-Two, winning six games and losing just two.

After a long interviewless phase I was lucky enough to get hold of him, and I hope you enjoy reading the interview as much as I enjoyed doing it.

-- RedRagToAnOrc

DeMusliM's Favourites
Race: Human/Orc
Player: The players that inspired me the most were Kenshin.Werra/Swain but I guess nowadays it's ToD.
Unit (to use): Rifleman
Hero (to use): Mountain King
Unit (to kill): Kodo
Hero (to kill): DH or Blademaster
Food: Pizza or a Sunday Roast
Drink: Tea, for sure!
Game (aside from WC):: Final Fantasy 7/8 and CS:S maps for chilling out!
Film: Probably The Shawshank Redemption.
Band: Any Soft Rock/Soft Metal - only thing I don't bother listening to is gay rips of R 'n' B.
Sport: Football (Soccer for you Americanos!!)

RedRagToAnOrc: Hello DeMusliM! For those who may not be familiar with who you are, would you care to write a little introduction of yourself for the community?

DeMusliM: Hello community! My name is Ben Baker and I'm 18 years old - my online alias is DeMusliM, I play WC3 and my race is: Humansss!

RedRagToAnOrc: So how did you come to start playing WC3 and when did you start taking it seriously?

DeMusliM: I started like one year after RoC came out, I went to a mate's house where we played Starcraft in the past (for fun - didn't know anything about the "pro scene"!) and he started playing a custom game called Aeon of Strife with the DH that raped everything even in a custom!

So I thought, hey, that looked cool and bought it - I played RT a lot after I got bored of CGs and kept on playing - got into some UK clans and eventually realised it wasn't just about fun - I was a pretty late starter, only realised about the money when FoV won ESWC 2004.

RedRagToAnOrc: How much of an impact do you think Starcraft II will have on the competitive Warcraft scene, and what is your "game plan" as such for when Starcraft II is released?

DeMusliM: I think it will pretty much break WC3 into two sections, the very successful players in WC3 I believe will carry on for as long as it lasts and they're still making a lot of money out of it, whereas I think the other players for sure will give SC2 a go.

As for myself I will try SC2 and see what happens, but I won't forget about WC3 depending on what my situation is.

RedRagToAnOrc: Can you see yourself still gaming in a year or two's time, or are there other priorities for you?

DeMusliM: Well, I'm in college right now with another year and a half to go, so I can see myself still playing games as I still enjoy them now, and the money is also very good for a part-time thing for me. :)

RedRagToAnOrc: How do you see the eSports scene expanding over the next few years - and is there a place in mainstream life for competitive gaming?

DeMusliM: Well, the UK seems pretty against gaming, or just doesn't have the time for it at least. Countries such as Germany and Korea I believe will mainstream it before others if any bother to.

"But yeah, I really do feel I have more to show."
-DeMusliM on his performances this season

RedRagToAnOrc: Okay, moving on to clan/league-based questions - do you feel that all the dust has settled over the 4K affair? Do you want to leave it as it is, or looking back now, are there any regrets you have, or further comments to clear things up?

DeMusliM: As for the 4K affair, no, nothing has been settled and it was very messy, I haven't been able to contact the manager ever since leaving or most of the time while I was in the clan so it was hard to do anything.

As for regrets, I don't regret joining 4K as I enjoyed playing with the guys, I just didn't realise what a mess I was getting into in terms of management. :S

RedRagToAnOrc: Sad to hear it. :(

You've since joined Alternate Attax - how are the team members gelling and are you happy with the organisation so far?

DeMusliM: Well, I joined knowing we would have a pretty stable base with me and ixi [XLorD] - and I thought similar solo players would follow. After around the space of a week, we realised that some German players such as Dark and Yaws were shining very brightly, and then the combination of Starcoma and Alternate came to pass.

RedRagToAnOrc: You've said in other interviews that you're confident in the playing strength of the former Starcoma team that moved to aTTaX. Did you have any input on who you wanted to see added to the team?

DeMusliM: Yeah, there were a few names mentioned that I immediately objected to, or ixi did, but we have been very happy with the new additions and no regrets as of yet. :)

RedRagToAnOrc: aTTaX has had a relatively good start to their campaigns, qualifying for NGLTwo and maintaining a decent WC3L record - what are aTTaX's goals for the coming seasons in both WC3L and NGL?

DeMusliM: Well, we've had a rocky start to WC3L and myself especially. For NGLTwo, I'm hoping to reach NGLOne asap because I really like the format of the league. As for WC3L - I'm not gonna be unrealistic, so I'm just hoping that we stay in a position where we don't have to requalify - and hoping for some upsets too! And yeah, a 6th place would be awesome if we pulled something out of the bag. But we're new to the league and I think we're doing alright.

RedRagToAnOrc: Okay - I guess following on from the start of that answer, how do you personally feel you have been standing up to the stiff competition so far in WC3L - are you content with your performances or do you feel you have more to show?

DeMusliM: Well, I've had pretty tough opponents such as SoJu, Check and Elfi etc - so I didn't expect the best results. I do feel I have more to show, but my physical condition during the last few weeks has been pretty bad. But yeah, I really do feel I have more to show.

RedRagToAnOrc: Okay, let's move onto the Warcraft side of things! For starters, I know it's a difficult question, but it's a question on many people's minds - how "balanced" do you believe the game is right now?

DeMusliM: Remove Elf. And all is well.

Apart from that, I think Towers/Tanks needs a change, I believe Web needs a change, same too with Ensnare.

RedRagToAnOrc: Okay. Blizzard have said that they are taking the advice of high-level gamers (or in their words, "E-Sports Players") when developing the new patch. Have you had any input on the patch?

DeMusliM: I think my comments towards the patch were ignored, as I just commented on how Elf is shit, DH is ridiculous and Wisps are fucking WTF? Guess I was high on tea at the time. :S

RedRagToAnOrc: Haha, okay. One large difference between other RTS communities and the Warcraft/Starcraft communities seems to be that many of the better players of the other games are willing to throw advice or help out into the open for other "less skilled" players - whereas with the Warcraft community there are less of these helping hands. Do you have any thoughts as to why this is?

DeMusliM: Laziness and general attitudes developed through playing BNet, I guess. Most guys who have played on BNet will have realised that getting flamed, or told how bad you are after a loss or a win kinda happens every game. In my opinion, this kind of thing actually starts to make people think "why should I share my secrets if I'm thought of like this?".

RedRagToAnOrc: Hmm, that's an interesting take on things.

DeMusliM: Plus, replays always help anyway - and for most cases people can get tips from them.

RedRagToAnOrc: Okay then. There's been a lot of opinions raised about the level of community interaction provided by Blizzard with regards to the new patch. Are you following developments on the forums? If so, do you feel that the level of transparency at the moment is okay?

DeMusliM: Reading forums and other people's comments frustrates me to say the least - I'm very argumentative and if I realise that someone is just plain dumb, or just a retard or a troll, I don't bother to react anymore. It's horrible reading stuff that people write when they blatantly don't know what they're on about.

RedRagToAnOrc: Have you played Human from the start of your career and why did you settle on them when picking a race?

DeMusliM: Hmm, I played random for ages, then realised mass Sorcs/Priests were sick imba in RoC - and then kinda played Human in important games and kept on playing Random. Whereas now, I play Human/Orc but my Elf and Undead are pretty much okay. :)

I love playing reverse race against players for money, such as Zeus - you owe me 50 euros!

RedRagToAnOrc: Haha, I'll make sure to put that in the interview!

DeMusliM: :)

RedRagToAnOrc: When you first started playing the game seriously, how did you initially go about improving - in other words, what advice would you give to those who would like to get better at the game?

DeMusliM: Well, I didn't really have a steep learning curve at any point. I tried to never get angry and never blame imbalance for a loss. As soon as you think imbalance lost you the game you should just stop right there, really - as that mindset will just cripple your thoughts and ruin that matchup for you.

I suggest watching pro replays and your own replays, and just comparing yourself with the "pros" etc. Apart from that, develop an understanding of how to micro by playing lots of games.

RedRagToAnOrc: What's your favourite matchup right now and why - and likewise with your least favourite?

DeMusliM: My least favourite is Human mirror - not because I'm bad at it, just because I feel that certain items can corrupt the game - ie. if it's TS, both players creep the merc camp and one gets a Greater Mana Potion while the other gets a shitstick of Mana Steal, then it's blergh.

As for my favourite matchup, I probably like Undead the most as it's a completely different playstyle - you don't make units! :)

RedRagToAnOrc: Painfully true! eSports is arguably seen as a slightly more obscure competitive medium at the moment - what do your friends and family think of your gaming?

DeMusliM: Well, when I sell my friends' XBox's and shit, they don't complain, but they think it's funny that I can go around the world and earn money for doing so - a lot of them really do hate me for earning money for doing what we all love! And as for family - my parents support it so long as I continue with studies and shit too. :)

RedRagToAnOrc: Okay, so let's wind down with some much more light-hearted stuff. I think a bit of word assocation is in order!

Let's go! Human

DeMusliM: Pie

RedRagToAnOrc: Korea

DeMusliM: Pink

RedRagToAnOrc: School

DeMusliM: Retard

RedRagToAnOrc: Blizzard

DeMusliM: Imba

RedRagToAnOrc: Hax!11!

DeMusliM: GG

RedRagToAnOrc: Patches

DeMusliM: Joke

RedRagToAnOrc: Towers

DeMusliM: SOS

RedRagToAnOrc: Imbalance

DeMusliM: Elf!

RedRagToAnOrc: Thanks for letting me interview you! If you want to hand out any shoutouts, now's your chance!

DeMusliM: Thanks to team Alternate for all the support, I'd like to wish my teammates the best of luck in the future with anything they participate in. I'd also like to add that Frozen is a cockbag. Thanks!

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  1. FTW awesome interview

  2. SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION! Best movie ever.

    RedRag, this is an awesome interview, good job dude. Truly the Best of British :).

  3. this guy hates elf more than tod.

  4. Untrue. No one hates elf more than tod. lol

  5. FF7 best game... ever

  6. Oh i do!

  7. good read, lol@ shitstick of mana steal :D:D

  8. "I just commented on how Elf is shit, DH is ridiculous and Wisps are f***ing WTF"

    "while the other gets a shitstick of Mana Steal"

    "I'd also like to add that Frozen is a cockbag"

    "Guess I was high on tea at the time. :S"

    Lol at british people.

  9. I'd also like to add that Frozen is a cockbag.


  10. Yeah that's British language right there. :)

  11. Yeah, that was a nice interview, well done ..RRTAO.

    The biggest elfhater I know is g3.FIGHTO

  12. Great work Red. Really enjoyed the interview. Why aren't the pictures loading up on the page though ? or is that just me? And where is sexy ben's replay pack?!?!

  13. Picture's are on the page for me.

    A replay pack isn't necessary... just search Demuslim in Replay Section.

  14. I actually asked Ben for an interview when I was on staff myself: good choice here. Great interview!


  15. Oh and the pictures aren't working for me either. (can't edit comments on the old layout)

  16. Nice interview redrag, and thx to demuslim for giving such a thorough interview and not just 30sec one :)

    And also UK FTW!!!!1

  17. nice!

  18. interesting interview

  19. man i love british people.

  20. awesome interview :]

  21. @ Kage/Steve - IDK why the pictures aren't working, they're fine for me. :(

    And about a replay pack, I asked Ben if he had any ladder games he could put together into a pack, but he said he hadn't had any recent ladder accounts and "didn't save replays, really", so I can't blame him. :)

  22. DeMusliM ftw!

    We need more professional British Wc3 Players!

  23. Great stuff.

  24. :( Elf hate..

  25. louvely British talking indeed ._.

  26. gogo gbr wc3 ;\

  27. . I'd also like to add that Frozen is a cockbag. Thanks!


    Nice interview.


  28. When i try right click view image it says "you dont have permission to view this page"

  29. awesome to see another i-view up. Way to pick up the slack Red! Would love to see more.

  30. Lol zues owes him money plus he plays human and he says ignore imba....

  31. don't know why he's whining about elf, hu vs ne is a balanced mu...and in my opinion human is more imba

  32. Your a much better interviewer than you are a shoutcaster : P

  33. @ Dectilon



  34. *pets red*

    don't worry, you're fine at both. :P

  35. ya, pics arent working for me either

    but besides that, everything about this interview was kickass, great job!

  36. lol @ demu

  37. Nice interview :D

  38. Aww, don't take it as something negative. This was an excellent, eeeexcellent interview. Far better than 95% of all the bs interviews we get constantly.

  39. Yeah, good interview.. and he's right about NE and vs UD :p

  40. Make Elves, not war!

  41. We got the pics updated by the way, they should work fine now.

  42. Pics fixed, sorry about that guys.

  43. gg : )
    btw its ok to hate elfs.

  44. Boring i-w.

    Same question like all other i-w's .


  45. TEA -- lol

  46. dumuslim still is a f@g which sole interests lay in money which is a pity but hey... i just cant stand him srsly after that interview one can c that point again i mean just read the interview under that context.... -_-;

  47. how many years of warcraft 3 and the same amount of bltching going on about imbalance, how bout stepping up your game?

  48. thanks god...progamer tells us the truth about the real Imbalance"ELF" in wc3..

    "Remove Elf. And all is well."

  49. what a load of shit remove elf and all is well... this guy is a homo as tod

  50. Stfu elf players

  51. insereting insertiew

  52. frozen is a cockbag. lmfao.

  53. Wow nice interview but very long.
    frozen is a cockbag. lmfao.

  54. Humans
    - Pie


  55. Tod inspired him...

  56. About the money...

  57. I guess I'm one of the few who felt as though Demuslim came off as an immature douche.

    He referenced a few times in this interview alone the "pocket change" he gets from gaming. If this is true and he thinks elf should be taken out of the game because of their imbalance, wouldn't it be logical for him to switch to Night Elf? I mean, it would be easier right? Especially since he said in this very interview that "my elf is okay : )". Well, if it's "okay" then let's see you use them and beat top players with it. If it's such an obvious advantage right?

    Please, this person is obviously immature and almost as thoughtless as he is deranged.

  58. is this guy really british or does he really like football? I doubt it, a real british football player always call football as "Footy", its a foundenmental rule! XD
    Wel I have seen his replays n I think he wont last on top of the chat for long, his micro are fine but timming got some issue, but i guess he can always fix that, the reason why he been winning recently is cos his unique thinking and play, he picks the time to attack/open expansion at a time when you least expect, this means once other adapted to his "way of thinking", they can quickly find the counter and defeat DeMuslim.

  59. Superb! Thanks for the interviews :)

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