With the Extreme Masters World Finals just around the corner as part of our run-up coverage to the event we had a chance to talk to the American Quake Live superstar; Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty.
DaHanG qualified for the World Finals in a stunning fashion with the highlight being his defeat of another American juggernaut on the Quake Live scene, rapha. We asked DaHanG about his practice schedule, how the distance he has to travel affects him at European events and how it felt to beat a player like rapha in the qualifiers and plenty more for your reading pleasure.
Is your practice schedule more intense the bigger the event is or does your practice routine often stay the same?
As long as there are events on the horizon I tend to play 10-15 hours a week. Not necessarily duel though. I play a lot of CTF since I enjoy the game on its own and the community. But as an event nears I definitely put in more time - usually 20-30 hours the week or two before the event. Since the time limit is 10 you can feel like you got a lot more done without necessarily a whole week dedicated to the game as if it's a full time job. I'm going to try to take whatever steps necessary to get in top form whether it means playing a lot or staying fresh and avoiding a burnout. We'll see how it goes.
Speaking of the time different does the travelling hinder you at all? Having to travel such a long way does jet lag and the time difference give your more challenges to overcome?
I think it has and does. For me personally, I tend to stay up late. So for me I believe gaining 6-7 hours isn't nearly as difficult as losing 6-7 hours. Going from America to Europe, we lose hours so it can be very difficult to adjust within just one day of the tournament. This time I intend to arrive 2-3 days early, so there will be no room for excuses. I also play on day 2 of the tournament, so that's even another day. I'm confident that it won't even be a factor this time.
Edited by xou at 09:11 CST, 15 February 2010 - 13621 Hits