An ongoing article series by Team Genji

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Vincent Pham Chu, “Deathsie”

Deathsie is on Team Genji’s Red Team roster along with fellow players Rosty and Viper. This article series was created to provide a better insight of our team and our players various personalities. Team Genji believes that getting to know the players behind the game is one of the most important aspect of enjoying esports. Follow Deathsie on Twitter and Twitch to keep up with his progress.

What’s your favorite quote?

“There are more things in heaven and Earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”
William Shakespeare

Your top 3 favorite Books?
In the past 5 years, the only books I’ve read are academic books and journals as I am an academic – just recently graduated with my Masters from the London School of Economics. These days I’ve replaced reading books with watching ANIME xD Anime tells a much better story than simply reading a book – the visuals, music and depth to voice acting add dimensions that books can’t replicate.

How did you start gaming?
I have moved about 25 times in my life averaging about once a year. I come from a very nomadic family, we were always traveling as a kid moving from place to place for my parents work . Once my parents settled down, my momentum didn’t let me stop. Moving so much as a family made it hard to have friends so it was always just me and my brothers and we’d play N64 and card games to cope with the lonely lifestyle.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing Hearthstone?
I’m either playing Fortnite or Mobile Legends with friends. I think it’s good to unwind once in a while and focus on other activities otherwise you’ll get burnt out only playing Hearthstone 12 hours a day.

What do you like about competitive Hearthstone versus casual play?
I think you can only truly enjoy Hearthstone when you’re playing at high levels – when you are fully understanding and aware of the little nuances of matchups and of decks. Competitive Hearthstone is very different than playing on the ladder – you really have to understand what your doing otherwise you won’t have the advantage on other good players.

What were some of your past experiences before joining Team Genji?
I’m a very competitive person and I’ve played a dozens of games at the highest levels. I have a strong background in traditional card games such as Magic the Gathering, at Grand Prix Liverpool 2016 (Khans of Tarkir Block Sealed) I was 1 win away from Top 8 contention. Outside of card games, I used to one of the best Tetris and Dragon Nest players in the United States. In addition to Hearthstone, I often commentate esports events and appear on various esports television shows.

What is something in Hearthstone you would want to fix?
I would like to delete the Warlock class from the ladder! Just pretend it doesn’t exist and there are only 8 hero slots. That we be a pretty good fix. Nothing worse than a new expansion coming out and everyone play the same stuff, it’s no fun at all. “There’s a special place in hell for people who play Cubelock on the first day of a brand new expansion”

What do you do which makes you ‘human’, i.e. what makes you feel alive and excited?
My goal in life is to transcend humanity. I hate eating, I hate sleeping, and I hate showering. What makes me the most human is the desire to not be human. I don’t even listen to music.

What is a value that drives you?
I value Transparency because I think it’s important to be honest with yourself. Not only when your playing games, but also as a person to be realistic, to not live life deliriously. Transparency has helped me become more open not only with other people, but also with myself. These days I’m more straightforward with my life and I dig the simplicity of it.