With Hearthstone World Championship 2019 now behind us, Samsung Morning Stars’ Raphael “BunnyHoppor” Peltzer looked back to his career as a professional Hearthstone player and just what it means for him.
The German player had a strong start at the international event. In the opening match, he defeated Wu “BloodTrail” Zong-Chang in a five game thriller, followed by a 3-2 victory against Guan “Jing” Zhendong.
In the quarterfinals he faced off against Mihai “languagehacker” Dragalin from Lazarus, defeating him 3-1, securing a spot in the semi-finals. There, BunnyHoppor had to face another German player, Torben “Viper” Wahl.
Peltzer joined Samsung Morning Stars earlier this year after 9 months with SK Gaming, where he finished first at the HCT Summer Championship 2018 after defeating Illuminar’s Kacper “A83650” Kwieciński in the grand final.
What was your very first game?
It was called Comic. There was a little kid with fireballs who jumped up and down and passed the level. In general, it is very similar to Super Mario but is called Comic.
Tell me about your favorite computer game. Is it HS or do you play something non-competitive?
Of course it’s HS. Or Battlefield II. Thanks to Battlefield, I made friends with people whom I still communicate with. But I love Hearthstone, it’s always fun to play. I met almost all of my friends there, so it’s hard to imagine a game that could compete with that.
You used to be part of Virtus.pro, and this was your first serious organization, right?
Yes, it was the first year when I started playing Hearthstone on a serious competitive level.
Then you played for SK Gaming, and now you are representing Samsung Morning Stars. Remember what it was like to play under the VP tag in comparison with other organizations?
I like Samsung Morning Stars, it is a great organization that provides me with everything I need, but I remember the time when I played in VP with Naiman and DrHippi. It was rather sad to leave when the Hearthstone division was closed, but they had good reasons.
Did you learn any Russian there?
I only know “hello” and “good health” — what you say when you drink. I asked DrHippi and Naiman to teach me a couple of Russian words, but they only had fun. I miss these guys.
Tell the story of your nickname — BunnyHoppor.
I came up with it in the days of Battlefield II. I was pretty good at the game, and there were a lot of movement techniques — bunnyhops included. All good players used it, but people outside the public server constantly tried to insult me, calling me a “bunnyhopper”.
I thought that if I’m called a bunnyhoppar, then people would no longer be able to insult me. They will just call my nickname. So my nickname is just a way to troll them.
When I created an account in Hearthstone, I could not even think that it would grow into something serious. Although my tag has always been Luffy, like the anime and manga character from One Piece, but somehow it turned out that I became BunnyHoppor.
If you didn’t play Hearthstone, which profession would you choose? Do you still like theoretical and organic chemistry and computer simulations?
Yes, chemistry is definitely what I would like to do in the future. But I would not work in this area, but would find a more stable job — most likely, in development. I am very interested in the process of creating locations or something else. But so far, all of my time is occupied by Hearthstone, and right now I am trying to focus on this particular path.
You used to play chess — from childhood up to 18 years old. Do you do it now?
Occasionally. When I come home for Christmas, a local chess tournament takes place in my town. There I meet guys who I know from childhood and who are still playing.
Many are sure that it is stupid to compare Hearthstone to chess because there is a lot of randomness in HS. What do you think about this?
Of course, there are differences. But it seems to me that understanding the essence of chess helps to better understand Hearthstone — and vice versa. These games are definitely similar in their essence.
Have you ever played DotA?
No, but I love to watch it. When the Virtus.pro players compete in the majors, I still support them.
Do you know that the Dota Auto Chess mod has appeared in the game?
Yes, and I even tried to play it. I think this mod is pretty funny, but I still decided to focus on Hearthstone: for me it is more important. Maybe I’ll still go to Auto Chess, but it’s one thing to play other games for fun, and quite another to be completely focused on my game.
If you had the opportunity to make friends with one of the characters in HS, who would it be?
Oh, there are too many options … I, probably, will not choose among all the cards, and I will take only heroes — it will be easier to decide. Give me a minute. This is definitely not Garrosh, not Valira … I think Malfurion is pretty cool. A sort of conservationist. I am not particularly strong in the Warcraft lore, so it’s hard for me to judge, but I think it would be interesting to meet Malfurion.
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