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The third issue of the backstage of eSport is dedicated to Rod "Slasher" Breslau, more-than-a-decade veteran of competitive gaming and eSport as a journalist, broadcaster, and enthusiast. Having grown up in the golden age of PC games such as Quake and StarCraft, Slasher now covers all aspects of competitive gaming, including all games and game genres across all platforms. He is now the lead eSport editor for GameSpot, co-host and producer of the first eSport talk show, Live On Three.

 

Credit : Slasher's Facebook

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Nom : Rod "Slasher" Breslau

Country : United States of America

City : New York City (NY)

Age : 27 (November 30th, 1985)

Profession :

Since 2012 (1 year) : Lead eSport editor for the video gaming website GameSpot alongside CBSi, that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on video games, launched on May 1, 1996 by Pete Deemer, Vince Broady and Jon Epstein.

Since 2009 (4 years) : Producer and co-host with Marcus "djWHEAT" Graham and Scott "SirScoots" Smith of the weekly two-hour eSport talk show LiveOnThree that aims to cover all major tournament results, roster changes, league announcements, disputes, and other noteworthy minutia, launched on January 22, 2009.

Past : Communication manager for Major League Gaming (MLG). eSport journalist for GotFrag, ESReality and SK Gaming. Host of the talk show !@#$ Slasher. Professional gamer on Quake series.

Liens :

- facebook

- twitter

Credit : Ana Douglas / Business Insider

 

Biographie

 

The Gamer : From mAc to Quake

Since his youngest age, Rod is into everything when it comes to video games. Street Fighter II’s arcade mode was his first Versus Fighting game. At the age of 6-7, he starts on FPS gender with Nintendo 64’s Golden Eye, then Doom I and Doom II on PC. But the game that led him to discover the electronic sports was a RTS game: WarCraft II. When he realized he was able to play online with friends, through the TCP/IP connection, he became completely addicted to competitions, spending 6 hours a day at least on his computer. After he made the leap from the multiplayer mode to the online mode, he already knew he wouldn’t be able to go back to solo or offline mode anymore, no matter how evolved the artificial intelligence of the computer can be.

In 1999, he plays a lot to StarCraft I, and the beginning of the years 2000 is the start of his first true experience on battle.net. It’s at the same time that he joins mAc, his first team, the first Macintosh-users only clan, which is still active today, after more than 10 years, which is a thing Rod is very proud of. He finds out it will be extremely hard to be a top player on Brood War, given the absolute domination of the Koreans. This is the time when he chose his pseudo, Slasher. Originally, he wanted to write it “$lasher”, with the dollar sign, because he thinks it was cool. Unfortunately, using the “$” for a Battle.net account was and still is impossible!

It finally is on Quake II, after skipped Quake I and Quakeworld, that Slasher starts to train hard, and he becomes one of the best North-American players. He will play Quake II for about seven years, in almost all the competitive modes (CTF, TDF, Duel), then Quake III VQ3 and CPM for about 1 year and an half, 2 years, and finally Quake Live, until the beginning of the closed beta. Quake is the game that allows him to be really well known in the eSport community, to travel across the world for international tournaments such as DreamHack, in Sweden, and to meet stars from the Quake scene, such as Dennis “Thresh” Fong and the other members of the famous American team Death Row.

Quake is “his” game, and it is not a trivial thing if his Twitter profil’s image is the Quake Logo.

 


The Journalist : From Metal to eSport

Rod Breslau started writing on the website of a friend’s Metal band. For the record, he also promoted the famous Norwegian Black Metal band Mayhem. He never took journalism classes, thinking that he wouldn’t need an elegant writing style to share information or create new connections with people.

In 2002 and 2003, multiple eSport scenes emerged on a global scale (Quake II, Counter Strike, Brood War, WarCraft III). In parallel to his player career, Slasher slowly makes his way behind the eSport scene: writing reviews, promoting game, marketing, event coverage, and more. With his many years’ experience of the American and global Quake scene, he gets recognition from event casters, organizers and admins and his word weights more and more in the community. Very active, he works freelance for many known eSport websites such as GotsFrag, GamesRiot and SK Gaming.

 

Slasher & Grubby - August, 2008 (Credit : SK)

 

From 2005 to 2006, he becomes a part of ESReality’s editorial staff, a pre-eminent website for the Quake scene as is Team Liquid for Starcraft or Shoryuken for Street Fighter. From 2007 to 2009, he co-casts the live broadcasts of the QuakeCon as consultant for different media: GGL, PlanetQuake3.net and Live One Three. In his own words, he always considered the QuakeCon as his “home game and home event” and he always kept good relations with id Software, the game developer. But in 2010, he was banned from the event for having broken the non-disclosure agreement on the new Quake Live maps during “Closed Beta” test phase. Furthermore, whether omen or mere coincidence, the game will not live up to the expectations…

 

Slasher, Joe & GD - May, 2011 (Credit : Slasher)

 

Slasher will then extend his media scope, getting into the eSport scene globally. In January of 2009, this is the launch of the 100% eSport talk show Live on Three, for a behind-the-scenes look and in-depth discussion on the state of pro-gaming, featuring interviews with the pro gamers and eSport figures interviews, as well as previews and reviews of events. He co-casts the show with Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham who works for Twitch TV at the moment, and Scott “SirScoots” Smith who announced last December that he was leaving Evil Geniuses. The show takes place every Wednesdays, with the slogan: “Pro Gaming without the Fluff”.

 

SirScots, djWHEAT, Slasher & IdrA - June 2011 (Credit : IPL)

 

From 2011 to 2012, Slasher works for MLG as the head of the communication and eSport consultant. On StarCraft II for instance, he’s in charge of the post-match & backstage interviews during the MLG Winter Arena. On the beginning of 2012’s spring, he becomes the full-time lead editor of GameSpot’s eSport section. For GameSpot, he makes a coverage of the EVO 2012, offering interviews of the best Versus Fighting players in the world and he also assures the coverage of the 2012 WCS America, among other things. Anyway, his deep and guttural tone of voice now resounds in every major event organized in the US!

 

Daigo "The Beast" Umehara & Slasher - July 2012 (Credit : GameSpot)

 

From 2011 to 2012, Slasher works for MLG as the head of the communication and eSport consultant. On StarCraft II for instance, he’s in charge of the post-match & backstage interviews during the MLG Winter Arena. On the beginning of 2012’s spring, he becomes the full-time lead editor of GameSpot’s eSport section. For GameSpot, he makes a coverage of the EVO 2012, offering interviews of the best Versus Fighting players in the world and he also assures the coverage of the 2012 WCS America, among other things. Anyway, his deep and guttural tone of voice now resounds in every major event organized in the US!

But beyond his part as a journalist, Slasher now takes place as one of the most listened figure of the eSport scene (detractors consider him an « attention whore »). In February of 2012, he published the editorial “the State of eSport: 2012” in which he explains the signs that tends to indicate the high growth of eSport with more and more stars, money and a bigger interest of the public for eSport. On the 1st and 2nd of March 2013 in Boston, during the 7th MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference by ESPN, he moderated the panel “the eSport Explosion” with, as participants: Sundance DiGiovanni (Major League Gaming), Mike Morhaime (Blizzard Entertainment), Kevin Lin (Twitch) and Daryl Morey (Houston Rockets). Still in Boston and still in March 2013, he organized with djWHEAT the conference “eSport: Past, Present, Future” during the PAX East 2013. As you can tell, this guy has eSport in his blood!

 

Slasher, Sudance DiGiovanni & Mike Morhaime - March 2013

 

With his short hair, nerd glasses and classy suits, has Rod “Slasher” Breslau become the new ambassador of eSport?

 

Trivia

 

- His favourite music style is metal, and notably Blut Aus Nord, a French avant-garde black metal band.

- Originally, he wanted to write it “$lasher”, with the dollar sign. Unfortunately, using the “$” for a Battle.net account was and still is impossible!

- He is a former Quake Pro gamer. Quake is “his” game, and his Twitter profil’s image is the Quake Logo.

- His first team was mAc, the first Macintosh-users only clan, which is still active today. He’s very proud of it.

- Back in the day, he has very small clothing with five shirts only! Today, his wardrobe beefs up with a more elegant style.

 

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MoonWolf il y a 8 ans

La chance, il a interwiewé Daigo.

Hermesio il y a 8 ans

En meme temps c'est comme le journalisme sportif hein. On peut pas leur demander de faire des enquêtes, des analyses et des theories compliquees. On parle de "journalisme" esport pas de reporter de guerre ou de journaliste investigant sur les malversations financières de no ministres ou banques etc. Si vous enlevez le drama ou le pur émotionnel de l'esport ou du sport tout cours ya plus de journalisme dans ce monde la. Franchement vous voulez qu'il parlent de quoi pour motiver les foules? Si il s'en tiennent aux faits en 10mins par jours c'est fait.

vlm il y a 8 ans

GG a la redac mill qui fait vraiment ltâf en cmoment - en tout cas sur la secion sc2.

GL999 il y a 8 ans

Nan mais je sais bien Lancelot mais là c'était parce que tout le monde en pouvait plus d'attendre et essayait de lui faire cracher le morceau...

Orange_BuD il y a 8 ans

marrant je ne suis pas le seul au monde a kiffer blut aus nord

Lancelot il y a 8 ans

En fait, "Fuck Slasher" c'était le nom de son émission, regarde dans le paragraphe "Profession". Depuis c'est utilisé fréquemment pour déconner, comme ce jour-là par thegunrun (qui bosse chez Twitch), lorsqu'il a créé le thread Reddit menant à l'article de Slasher.<br /> http://www.reddit.com/r/starcraft/comments/1bk4rk/fuck_slasher_give_me_the_karma/

GL999 il y a 8 ans

Ouais enfin c'était pas vraiment du spoil... Je me rappelle qu'il avait bien attendu avant de révéler... Sur le chat ça avait spam pendant toute la soirée "Fuck Slasher"...<br /> On peut ne pas l'aimer mais il faut avouer qu'il est le fer de lance du journalisme esport...

Lancelot il y a 8 ans

@GL999 Je crois qu'il a mis en ligne les infos pendant la conférence.

GL999 il y a 8 ans

J'ai l'impression qu'il s'est calmé nan? <br /> Notamment je me rappelle que pour la fameuse conférence de Blizzard qui devait annoncer les WCS 2013 en Corée, il avait toutes les informations, tous les schémas avant & il a attendu que ce soit révélé pour le publier sur Gamespot & dans le LO3....

Lancelot il y a 8 ans

Excellent dossier sur une personnalité très importante de l'esport. Slasher a ses défauts, et tout le monde les connaît, mais c'est de loin le meilleur journaliste esport. Le mec est au courant de tout, tout le temps. Le Lord Varys de l'esport. :D

BarnY il y a 8 ans

Un ancien parmi les anciens qui a fait du gros boulot mais je déteste le "personnage"

algue il y a 8 ans

Au niveau du physique comme au niveau du caractère, Slasher m'a toujours fait penser a un vautour

chuky500 il y a 8 ans

Il a pas mal amélioré son image en quelques années. Avant il était vraiment pâle et maigre quand il avait les cheveux longs, il faisait limite cancéreux. Et puis il trollait pas mal quand il castait et faisait tout le temps le signe des cornes et des références au métal. Maintenant il est rentré dans le rang au niveau du style et il est plus facile à supporter je trouve. Je suis toujours étonné quand même des scoops qu'il arrive à gratter à chaque fois mais bon ça c'est le boulot de journaliste après.

Louis0104 il y a 8 ans

"Le Canard enchaîné, on peut pas dissocier son nom de ''vrai journalisme" " LOL.<br /> Magnifique cette petite perle !

Mun Su il y a 8 ans

Le Canard enchaîné, on peut pas dissocier son nom de ''vrai journalisme" :)<br /> <br /> Sinon cette section est vraiment top, un peu déçu de voir Slasher et Moman (surtout à la suite :p) mais j'espère vraiment voir de gros articles comme ça sur Mr Chae ou Alex Garfield!

RoranRock il y a 8 ans

c'est sur que les journaliste de TF1 ou le figaro sont des fouilles merdes mais je pense que y a encore de vrais journalistes comme ceux de mediapart ou rue89

Asrarn il y a 8 ans

+1 MunSu Les journalistes sont en grandes majorités des fouilles merdes qui ne cherchent pas la qualité d'informations mais juste qu'elle soit vendable quitte à survendre

Sägrin il y a 8 ans

C'est peut être un peu exagérer comme tu le dis Mun Su mais faut avouer que c'est pas totalement faux.. Le mec fait (de plus en plus?) dans le drama je trouve, ce qui empêche pas qu'il trouve des trucs pas mal!

Mun Su il y a 8 ans

Bah ouais c'est le genre de journalisme a être ravi de voir du drama puisque ça va faire le buzz, suffisait de voir sa tête réjouit au State of the game quand Incontrol annonçait (en larme) le renvoi d'Idra. <br /> <br /> Et puis bon les "journalistes" (hors esport) c'est 75% de racolage ou de recopiage.

RoranRock il y a 8 ans

c'est cool de savoir que y a des gens qui dédie toute leur vie à leur passion, encore mieux quand c'est l'esport

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