Interview with Daniel 'Cechi' Cechmanek, one of the best Undead players of the last years, who is contestant at the upcoming mega event World Cyber Arena 2014.
Q: Hello Cechi, thank you for taking your time.
At first, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Cechi: Hello, i'm 19 years old and I'm attending the last year of high school.
I've been playing wc3 since 2008.
Q: You've qualified together with HawK, Sonik and WarchiefRich for the WCA which will be held in Yinchuan (China), the most lucrative wc3 tournament ever. What does it mean for you to be a participant at such an enormous event? What are you looking forward to the most ?
Cechi: Of course, it means a lot to me. I always wanted to go to some offline event,
but I never thought it would be in China, it's just awesome.
I don't know what I'm looking forward to the most, I hope we will have some time to look around the city and so on.
Q: Let's take a look back at your Warcraft III carreer. You've won the ZOTAC Cup three times, and you managed to win against extremly strong players like Moon and WFZ at WEL 2013.
You even won a game against Lyn.
Do you think you can replicate some of your best past performance during WCA? How do you practise for this tournament?
Cechi: Hmmm...I doubt it. I think my opponents in WEL probably underestimated me ^_^.
I'd be happy if I could get into the top 8 but it will be very difficult. The Chinese players will be more prepared than any European. I will watch a lot of replays and I will ask few players to practise with me, but it's really hard to find an opponent in Europe who is close to Chinese level and isn't going to WCA. Actually I can think of 1 player for each race I'd practise with.
WEL 2013 - Ro16 bracket
Q: What are the chances for the European players to win against the Chinese ones?
Do u think they can achieve some great result, as HawK did at WEC 2014 ?
Cechi: No I don't think so. I think HawK can make it into the top 8.
I think the top 3 will be composed by the 3 imba Chinese humans: 000 Infi Yumi
Q: Why only HawK can make it into the top 8 in your opinion?
Cechi: Because HawK seemed to be very strong at WEC
and he always showed decent performance in tournaments where Chinese players were present.
Q: You mentioned several times in the past that Undead is the weakest race. why do you think that?
Cechi: I think the map means a lot for the undeads... Maybe UD isn't the weakest race but the easiest to predict, so your opponent will counter you. Some people would say ORC>UD, but nowadays HU can play so many tactics...You can play AM MK or even PALA and you can choose your way to counter the UD army...Whenever your start is bad, you just start turtling and go for lame. If you are doing well in the beginning and you tech with few towers then you can beat the t2 push easily. Maybe you can lose to fast dessis because you haven't got enough towers. Another tactic would be playing MK with t1 exp and try to reach level 5 as fast as you can. It's the same for BM like we saw it from Yumiko time to time. There are just too many tactics that HU can play imo ;)
Q: If i remember correctly u had an account on w3arena which was named "whydidichooseud"
so tell us why did u choose Undead as your main race ?
Cechi: I only played RT for like a year and thought UD is imba...
So when I started to play solo I was picking UD because I was used to it from RT ;)
50:0 Solo stats on W3arena with 'twofan'
Q: As we know, you are being inactive lately and playing some Dota 2. Since the Warcraft 3 scene is getting more and more active and offers nice tournaments with great prize, don't you think about a comeback ?
Cechi: I dont think I'll continue playing Warcraft after WCA is over.
I believe wc3 is the best game I've ever played, but I wanna try my best in another, non dead game.
I always liked Zcup and WEL cause there were the best players so the result meant a lot to me
but those tours are gone.
Q: Okay, Let's bring the interview to an end with a series of short questions and answers.
Cechi: TeD ^^
Q: Favorite Hero?
Cechi: Blademaster if I play him
Q: Favorite Unit ?
Q: Favorite matchup?
Cechi: UD vs. UD
Q: Best player of all time?
Cechi: I don't know much about the old scene, but I would say TH000
Q: Alright, thanks for the interview and good luck at WCA 2014.