Quantic Introduces Kaitlyn!
By JoeFri 3rd May 2013 - 10:15pm Category: Starcraft 2
Quantic Gaming is proud to announce our newest player acquisition: Kaitlyn! She will be joining our StarCraft II Academy with the id "Quantic.kaitlyn" and will be streaming her ladder matches on her TwitchTV stream. The Canadian Zerg player has a degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science and has been actively working on her StarCraft II skills since graduating. She first entered masters league in Wings of Liberty.
We had a chance to talk with Kaitlyn about her goals with the team and her experiences in eSports.
What brought you to StarCraft and why do you think you fell in love with it?
I played Brood War in middle school and high school, often staying up late to watch OSL, MSL, Proleague and whatever restreams I could find. After waiting a lifetime for StarCraft II to come out after the announcement in South Korea, I got my hands on a beta key, but unfortunately I didn’t have time to play due to university. Two years ago at a New Year’s Eve party I had an epiphany to start playing StarCraft II and began playing the next day. A week later, the account I was borrowing had the password changed but I ended up watching streams and staying up for GSL.
At the end of 2011 I went to a BarCraft with some friends and I became curious about where I would rank in the ladder. I bought the game shortly after on Boxing Day, but still didn’t have much time to play due to university and writing the MCAT until last September.
I probably fell in love with StarCraft II because I already enjoyed Brood War. It’s initially addicting because improving your league is much easier than it is to increase your rank on iCCup. There are also a lot more people you can talk to about watching StarCraft now, as opposed to watching grainy restreams alone.
What are your goals for playing with and for a professional team like Quantic?
Becoming a better StarCraft player is and always will be my number one priority. I really want to compete more and go to more offline tournaments. I wasn’t sure if joining a professional team was the best move for me but after a discussion with Mark and a few other staff, I knew I would be able to grow alongside Quantic like any other player. Mark believes that this growth will help more women to enter the scene, and I would like to see this happen as well.
What are you enjoying the most about Heart of the Swarm?
The mutalisk buff, for sure. In Wings of Liberty I had already switched back to using mutas in ZvT and I was doing the 6-8 muta opening before switching to infestors in ZvZ so this buff fits my style. The ultralisk buff is also great; I would often tech ultras first before brood lords in ZvT if I was going down that route.
Do you have any favourite players?
My favourite player for the longest time was BoxeR. I watched vods of his BW games even during university. Currently there are a number of Korean zergs who I watch to take notes from but my favourite is probably DRG. My favourite foreign player is Scarlett.
You have a very popular stream and following on Twitch, how did that come about?
I volunteered for NASL3 last year and during the event many people suggested that I should stream. After talking to Livinpink during the weekend, I decided to start streaming give it a go over the summer. I was only able to do a few test streams though as my computer couldn’t handle streaming very well and I was still working on applications for med school.
In September I purchased a new computer and began streaming part time, hitting the WoL frontpage on TwitchTV now and then. Streaming is a good motivator to improve as opposed to mindlessly laddering and I also enjoy it because the ability to share those “did you see that!?” moments (for better or worse) is finally a possibility. I’ve also met a lot of great people through streaming.
Where can people keep in touch with you?
You can follow me on Twitter and Twitch at:
Is there anything else you’d like to mention?
I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me and especially Quantic for bringing me this much closer to my fantasy 2s team with HyuN.