Slingshot Questionnaire with Bryce Blum

The Proust Questionnaire is an interview about somebody’s personality, made famous by French writer Marcel Proust. Vanity Fair does its own version of the questionnaire for celebrities, and we decided it would be fun to do the same with notable esports professionals.

Previous editions: Alberto “Crumbz” Rengifo, Jakob “YamatoCannon” Mebdi, Paul “ReDeYe” Chaloner, Marty Strenczewilk, Janko “YNK” Paunović, Dustin Mouret, Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa, Lee “Robin” Seung-Hwan.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

The ability for me to do whatever I want whenever I want, without having to worry about money or pressure from anyone about what I should be doing with my time instead.

2. What is your greatest fear?

That I will fail.

3. What is the trait you most dislike in yourself?

I care too much about what other people think of me.

4. What is the trait you most dislike in others?

Intellectual dishonesty

5. Which living person do you most admire?

My Dad

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

My condo

7. What is your current state of mind?

Overly analytical

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Being kind. Far too often people are kind when they should be blunt, honest, and/or critical.

9. When do you think it’s OK to lie?

When the benefits of lying outweigh the consequences. JK. Or am I?

10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My double chin

11. Which living person do you most despise?

I don’t despise anyone. That level of negative energy serves no purpose. If you dislike someone, cut them out of your life and don’t spare them another though.

12. What is the quality you most like in a man?

Intelligence

13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Intelligence

14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Moreover, really

15. When and where were you happiest?

The moment right after she said yes

16. Which talent would you most like to have?

World class singer

17. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d want the ability to turn my brain off so I could just be sometimes

18. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Taking the plunge into esports and landing on my feet

19. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A well-loved house cat

20. What is your most treasured possession?

I honestly don’t have one

21. What makes you miserable?

When someone is disappointed in me and has good reason to be

22. What do you most value in your friends?

Intelligence, reflective, and multi-faceted

23. Who are your favorite writers?

Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks

24. Who is your fictional hero?

Dumbledore

25. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

None come to mind

26. Who are your real life heroes?

I don’t know that I’d call him a hero, but Adam Silver has a job that I one day hope to have and is amazing at it. I admire him and hope to emulate his example someday.

27. What is it that you most dislike?

Dwelling on the negative instead of letting it go to allow the positive to dominate your life

28. What is your greatest regret?

A few things I’ve said at various points in my life

29. What is your motto?

Stay positive, outwork everyone, and constantly look for ways to improve yourself and the world around you

30. What was the first video game you played?

Not sure; probably the original Mario

31. What would you be doing if you weren’t in esports?

Working at a legal non-profit either in the criminal justice or environmental sector

32. What do you consider the most overrated skill in-game?

Flashy mechanics

33. What is the quality you most like in a teammate?

Willingness to communicate and learn

34. What is the quality you most like in an opponent?

Being humble in victory and gracious in defeat

35. What is your favorite film?

Shawshank Redemption

36. What is your favorite show/series?

West Wing

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