Hello! I Am ‘State,’ Pro StarCraft 2 Player. How Can I Help You?
State on StarCraft is a weekly column on Game Front by Ryan “State” Visbeck, a pro StarCraft 2 player. Each week State brings you his unique perspective on all things StarCraft, including tips, tricks and stories from the front line of competitive play.
NOTE: “State” is officially sponsored by Game Front.
My name is Ryan Visbeck. As a professional StarCraft 2 player, I go by the handle “State,” and I am happy to announce my partnership with Game Front. I will be representing Game Front in tournaments and other competitions as well as writing a weekly column in which I will provide tips, analyses, and strategies. I’m also excited to share some of my experiences as a professional gamer.
As a fan of the RTS genre and an adamant consumer of all things Blizzard, I began playing StarCraft 2 upon its release in 2010. At first, playing was just a hobby. I started as a Terran player, but soon switched to Protoss after deciding that Terran and Zerg had far-and-away the most satisfying death animations. It was much more fun killing roaches and marines than struggling to keep them alive.
My first introduction to competitive gaming was watching MLG in Washington, D.C. during fall 2010. At the time, “eSports” was an alien concept to me, but I was inspired to compete. The small success I had in the months that followed allowed me to join my first pro-gaming team, Vile, in 2011 and compete in tournaments across the United States.
In the above video, you can watch State defeat Idra in game two of their best-of-five series during the WCG 2011 qualifiers.
In mid-2012, I moved into an American pro-gaming house and began playing full-time. It was there that I trained to compete in Blizzard’s North American Finals of the World Championship Series. After qualifying to play in the world finals, I moved to Korea to train and live with StarTale, one of the top teams in the world.
After a brief break to focus on school, I have returned to competitive StarCraft to play in the 2013 World Championship Series—a year-long, $1.6 million dollar tournament. My goal is to again represent America at the World Championship. This year, the world finals will be at BlizzCon in Anaheim, CA.
Along with WCS, I am currently competing in TotalBiscuit and Genna Bain’s SHOUTcraft America, a tournament open to the top 16 residents of North and South America on the Battle.net ladder.
I love how responsive the community is and I want to know what you think.
In addition to the tips, analyses, strategies, and personal experiences that I will be sharing—what would you like to see from me?