IMBAGEAR: Hi Samson! Thanks for having an interview with us. We really appreciate it! Can you please introduce yourself first and tell us how you got into StarCraft II?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: Hi Michael thanks a lot for giving me this oppurtunity to do something I never thought I would be able to do. For those of you who don't know me, I go by Arium. I play starcraft at a semi-professional to proffesional level depending on what you view as a proffessional. And been playing starcraft for almost 4 years now. And I started playing starcraft almost 4 years ago, long story short I made fun of some kid that played starcraft cause it seemed nerdy, then I heard about it on the tv and thought, damn that seems cool!
IMBAGEAR: How old are you currently? And with that being said, how do you balance practicing StarCraft and school?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: I am 15 as of August 24th 1999. Balancing starcraft and school is a piece of cake, with good time managment and proper scheudling I get more then enough time that I need to continue to improve!
IMBAGEAR: Time management skills with a 15 yr old? That's impressive! Can you give us a typical day for you? From the time you wake up until you go to bed.
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: Well 6:00 AM I wake up and take my morning shower then do any homework that I forgot to do, then go scroll around the starcraft reddit and browse through some streams. Then I get ready for school and from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM then I get back home to do a little bit of homework and eat and get ready for streaming! From there I stop around 8:30 PM to either study or do homework, then at 10:30 I am off to bed due to my notorious bedtime!
IMBAGEAR: What do you parents think of your pro-gaming career?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: My parents think its amazing, my mom worries it takes to much time from my studies. My dad thinks its actually insane that I am making some what decent money playing starcraft!
IMBAGEAR: Haha, that sounds like most parents! That's great they are supporting you overall though.
Anyways, let's talk about the game for a little bit. Did you get to watch any of Blizzcon this past week? And if so, what do you think of the proposed changes and LotV in general?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: Terran imba, LotV sick good. Really don't like how protoss is getting one new unit when its the protoss expansion. But I can't wait to play it seems really cool, love what they are changing!
IMBAGEAR: Haha, fair enough. Do you think LotV will help or hurt your game?
Also, what do you think about the proposed economy change with the number of workers?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: Honestly I don't know. If I could play the beta I would easily be able to tell you if I like the workers change, but as for now its going to give us sick fast paced games!
IMBAGEAR: While we are on the topic... what are your expectactions/goals in the future for LotV or even HOTS? Is there any possibility of you going to Korea long-term when you finish high school?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: As much as I would love to, the answer has to be no. Knowing my parents they would never let, maybe a month or 2 at the myinsanity house? But as for now I am just focusing on streaming and becoming a better player!
IMBAGEAR: As sad as that sounds for me as a fan as I would LOVE to see you in Korea, that is good to hear that you are well-grounded and focused on school and streaming.
Anyways, let's lighten the mood up a bit. For the next bit of the interview, I'm going to ask some quick, rapid-fire questions! I want you to answer these quickly without too much thought ^^
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: oh snap LETS GO
IMBAGEAR: Favorite Food.
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: sushi
IMBAGEAR: Favorite Korean SC2 Pro
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: zest
IMBAGEAR: Favorite Non-Korean Pro
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: tlo
IMBAGEAR: If you were re-incarnated into any SC2 character or unit, who/what would it be and why?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: does stalker count?
IMBAGEAR: Yes, of course!
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: cause stalkers are badass and I could blink around
IMBAGEAR: LOL, good answer! I can't count how many times I've died to blink stalker all-ins ^^
IMBAGEAR: Okay next one: If you went to the movies right now, would you watch "Big Hero 6", "Dumb and Dumber To" or "Interstellar"?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: intersellar
badass 11/10 extractor trick
IMBAGEAR: What are 5 things you can do with a stapler without using staplers?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: what
1) nothing 2)nothing 3)nothing 4)nothing 5)whats the next question
IMBAGEAR: If you had one song to sing in American Idol, what would you sing?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: oh s***
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: i will always love you
IMBAGEAR: Weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse.
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: is a ray gun a thing
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: i mean to be honest thats the smartest choice
IMBAGEAR: Sounds good to me!
IMBAGEAR: Okay, next one... If you won the lottery and were not allowed to give any of it to your parents, what would you buy?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: oh my god sick question
I would by a house
a huge house
and let my parents live with me Kappa
IMBAGEAR: Touche! Lol...
What is one thing that people don't know about you?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: shoot
maybe that im sick good at basketball
thats a good question
im really vocal about me
I'm actually really good at poker
IMBAGEAR: Oh damn, nice! I challenge you to poker heads up at the next live tournament... I mean... uh.. once you turn 21 of course!
IMBAGEAR: Okay nice! that's it for the rapid-fire questions.
So to wrap things up, where can people follow you and watch you stream? Also, any futures tournaments can people watch you play in?
Samson "Arium" Nazaryan: awesome, I got a couple of things I want to share, my twitter @ www.twitter.com/myiarium my stream @ www.twitch.tv/ariumtv and I'll be in anyonline/offline event I can go to that doesn't have an age limit! Also check out this SoCal LAN that I will be attending! http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/sc2-tournaments/469471-g1k-socal-lan-tournament-i-2015
AND HUGE SHOUTOUT THE MAN MICHAEL
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