The Maddelisk nickname is well-known in the Starcraft 2 community. But who is Maddelisk in real life ?
Hi! I'm Madeleine. I'm working part time at Stockholm University, doing my Ph.D in Maths. But more importantly, I love StarCraft. I don't just play the game, it's a big part of my life. I like watching streams and follow the big tournaments. I also do some casting now and then. Apart from that I like working out at the gym. But I've become a bit lazy about it lately. You only have that much time.
You've only been a high class player for a year or so, but you were already part of three different teams. Was it only bad luck ?
I wouldn't just call it bad luck, but rather shortage of knowledge. When I first joined eSahara I was new to esports in general and above all I was new to the professional scene. eSahara was not that bad of a choice, and when I joined eSahara I couldn't know about the merge with Absolute Legends. I don't think I need to comment on why I left that team. After I left them I was a bit skeptical about joining a new team. But I was contacted by Quantic and I think I made a good choice joining them. Even if it didn't last very long I'm really happy I got to be on that team.
This time you join Millenium Team, which is known for its stability. What made you choose us ?
After Quantic disbanded I was even more skeptical about joining a new team. I got a few offers but it wasn't until I was contacted by Millenium that I felt like I really wanted to join a team. After looking into the organization around Millenium and talking to players on the team, my choice was obvious. I'd like to avoid switching teams in the future and I am very happy to join such a stable and professional team as Millenium.
What about your goals for this new year. What do you want to achieve and what do you want to improve ?
My goal is always to improve. I need to work a lot on my mechanics and I have a few ideas that will help me there. My goal is also to beat some good players at an offline event.
You probably heard about the Millenium Gaming House, will you come to France to visit us ?
Yes, of course I know about it. I plan to visit the Gaming House in a few months and I'm looking forward to it.
Are you already training for HotS and what are your feelings about this new version of Starcraft ?
I can't say I've played a lot of HotS yet but I will switch over in a month or so. I did however watch some streams and I have a good idea of what's coming. There are some things that I don't like and some that I like. I feel that a few things are made easier for no good reason, like bases showing the number of workers harvesting for example. I do like the new units and the fact that there are so many possibilities in each match up. WoL is lacking that right now if you ask me. For example, spine – infestor – broodlord seems to be the only safe way to play vs Protoss but I don't find camping a lot of fun. So what I hope for in HotS is many possibilities.
What do you want to say to your new fans, and to all the Millenium community ?
First I'd like to thank Millenium for giving me this opportunity. To all the people cheering for me, I want you to know that it means a lot. Big thanks to all of you. I will work hard and do my best to become as good as possible, hopefully you will see more of me in the year of 2013. <3
---------------------------------- Interview of Millienum's Manager Llewellys (thanks Boucot for translation)
The StarCraft 2 roster welcomes a new recruit, only two months after the arrival of Goswser. Is the arrival of MaddeLisk a strategical choice or just a good opportunity ?
Not so long ago, Quantic closed its doors, leaving MaddeLisk teamless. Looking for a stable team, this was an opportunity for Millenium to include in its roster the best female european player of SC2. Actually I'd say it's a good opportunity. However, this recruitment will probably influence some of the future strategical choices.
What's the goal of the arrival of MaddeLisk and how will we see her throughout the year ?
The main reason is that I have the feeling that MaddeLisk wasn't enough highlighted although she's the best female european player and it's possible, with an efficient collaboration, to forge her image on a media and market level.
Like most of the players, she'll intervene through 3 ways :
- She'll regularly participate to online tournaments (ZOTAC, showmatches...) under Millenium's tag. - She'll present a weekly show on Millenium TV with Nazca (Millenium writer TN) who you discovered at Numericable M-House Cup. - She'll participate to a few offline events, the number is mainly due to her level of play at the moment.
Some people will make the link with Dragon as a TV-oriented recruitment rather than a pick based only on the performance. Is it the case ?
Dragon was never recruited for the TV, he didn't even participate directly to it. But I understand that it can be considered as a mediatic choice.
Dragon was motivated to play in Europe, he had a really good micro and a great room for improvement. My goal was to give him a chance to show that he could be in the top 5 european terran players, which wasn't really far than he was, and to show to other koreans with higher skill that it was possible for Millenium to recruit and welcome them to the Gaming House while providing transportation to many events.
That's why ForGG joined the team a few time after.
But we are going far from the topic. Regarding MaddeLisk, there is obviously a mediatic reason to her arrival and I think she can bring a lot to Millenium and that Millenium can bring her a lot, which is a good basis for an interesting collaboration.
Furthermore, as the best female european player, I consider her as high-skilled, even it's not on the traditional scale. So I'd say her recruitment answers to both problems.
While DIMAGA is still teamless and most of the Millenium community was expecting his coming, it's eventually MaddeLisk who arrives. Should the fans be disappointed or shouldn't them expecting that Millenium recruits all the free players ?
DIMAGA is one of the most stable players in the european scene since the beginning of StarCraft 2. His salary requirements are related, which is legitimate.
It's not a scoop that Millenium decided to invest a lot on a competitive roster for LoL with the goal to qualify to Season 3, making a high-budget recruitment on SC2 difficult. Some may scream to death, but what makes Millenium the first French team is precisely lucidity on a sector that works sometimes on the head.
Sunday, the season 3 dream of Millenium is gone and it's too early to make conclusions. A meeting will be held shortly to ask tags esport Millenium activity for 2013 and thus determine the operating budget of the SC2 section.
Women's esport has trouble to break through and the only game that has an active scene is Counter Strike. Do you think that one day female esport on SC2, and in general, may be democratized ?
I don't think it's possible for female esport to be democratized on SC2 because there are not enough womens playing SC2. However, there is an important margin between its current state and what it could be.
Then, with the arrival of MaddeLisk, it's probable that Millenium will participate more actively to evolve this scene.
Out of SC2, I believe it's obviously possible to promote female esport on an esport game with many female players, now I don't think it exists today, so we'll see the reception of the female community for the next esport-stamped game.
Are you not scared about a possible lack of concentration from the players with the arrival of a girl ?
Since the lucky kiss case, I have the feeling that it improves the concentration (although the effect only lasts 2 games alas), anyway I know a Zerg who seems to have had a very beneficial effect, so I'm not too worried !