We didn't manage to interview Shaun "Apollo" Clark, one of the current casters of WCS EU, at DreamHack: Bucharest, but he offered to do small interview via email after the event. Of course we said yes to that.
We would like to thank Apollo for taking time to answer these questions <3
This year you decided to leave The GD Studio behind and move to Cologne, Germany, to work for ESL TV. How hard was the decision to leave so many friends behind, with whom you had lived together with for over a year.
It was a difficult choice to leave Sweden, I enjoyed it there and change has never been easy for me to deal with, I was comfortable working on studio StarCraft shows and working on my youtube videos and streaming. The big underline we have to look at is the World Championship Series, there was no way that I was not going to be involved and I really wanted to jump right in so that was the number 1 contributing factor to the decision to move.
How is your relationship with James "2GD" Harding after you told him you are moving away from the studio? After all, he was the MAN who brought you from UK to Stockholm. All good? Was the bitter first?
My relationship is fine with James, he understands that I needed to be involved in the WCS, its important for me, its important for the scene that I can offer my commentary ability to the best league in Europe. At that point as well the Studio was about to go on break and there was not much StarCraft content for me to be involved with as the Studio was focusing very heavily on Dota2 and ti3 so it was a natural move, no bitterness :)
ESL TV has multiple people working, but for me the two standout names are Kaelaris and ReDeYe, two Brits! How have they helped you to settle down in Cologne?
Both of them have shown me around at first and redeye has helped me move stuff into my apartment after a trip to IKEA and of course we go out for a few drinks here and there to talk and just hang out. I guess the biggest help in moving is just being in an office together talking over things, things that are new to me here which both of them have experience with, it makes things easier, less trial and error ^^ !
I have lived away from home since January 2012 so I am have been travelling every other weekend since way before that, I am ok with small adjustments and can manage it alright. One big thing, I always miss my family ofc.
Week ago it was announced that you will be joined by Grubby for RO16, and that iNcontroL will be hosting from RO8 to the end. Were you involved in picking up these guys?
I dont make the ultimate decision no, thats not my role at ESL and WCS but I way in on opinions usually, people come to me and ask what I think about who should be helping out where and what I think about names already penciled in. Small influence overall because there are lots of other factors that come into play when somebody works as a commentator or host.
Who do you think is going to win WCS Season 3 NA/KR/EU?
I haven't followed the NA scene to closely, I think Taeja will win NA, MMA EU and I think Rain can win KR - Its very difficult to predict, there are so many different factors that come into play, maybe these are the players I want to win ^^?
The playerlist for WCS global finals of 2013 hasn't been finalized, but there are players such as Bomber, JaeDong & INnoVation in attendance. Who do you think is going to the final as favorite (of the so far known players)?
Jaedong is going to win Blizzcon.
WCS season 2013 is coming to and end soon, how was the 2013 year of WCS for you? Top-3 memories (from EU/NA/KR, season finals or anything else)
I have really enjoyed WCS 2013, there is not anything that super sticks out for me, I have had a lot of fun, commentating my favourite game in the world. I guess some memories that will stick is the feels when Grubby advanced over Mvp in Season 2, Stephano retiring will always be a large memory. I loved being involved in both Season 1 and Season 2 finals for different reasons, I loved working for OGN, very professional and high level quality broadcasting but I loved being in Europe and Germany for the Season 2 finals and witnessing all the behind the scenes work from ESL to pull off that tournament.
What do you think of WCS in general? What kind of changes would you like to see for 2014?
I think WCS is great but that's basically I am heavily focused in the Europe Scene which is very strong, arguably the strongest of all 3 regions. Its difficult for me to comment because I understand the complications of WCS because I have talked with Blizzard and the reasons they do and don't do things so its hard for me to answer without going on for a long time. I think one of the biggest changes for me personally I want to see is that the ro32 becomes offline, this is important for me because commentating players who I know are playing at a disadvantage isn't exactly exciting, this is something which drags down on the Ro32 segment. Another change which I know will probably happen anyway is spacing in between seasons and in the seasons, its very rushed right now but that's something that cannot be avoided with how late WCS was launched this year.
SC2 viewership has been going "downhill" this year, MOBA games going bigger and bigger each month. What kind of changes SC2 needs in order to be able to growth?
I don't know man, I don't focus on these things, I know that everybody has a part and role in the growth of StarCraft from a fan, community member, player, commentator, tournament organizer, sponsor, Blizzard - I just try to do my own role as the best I can and I hope and pray others work as hard as I do and do their part.
You are one of the "big name" casters currently. Why do you think people like you so much?
This is hard to answer lol - I think it has a lot to do with my youtube series that I made that I setup to help players improve at the game. I look at myself as a person who is 100% committed to StarCraft, I love the game, I play it daily, I cast it with a passion and I think that shows through into the work I do and people appreciate it that somebody in such a position loves the game just like the fans do.
Favorite casters to cast with?
I love casting with everybody, I think that shows because I do not have problems commentating alongside anybody! I all time favourites are obviously Totalbiscuit, Artosis and Day9.
If you would have to pick one player of each race for bo3 showmatch, which players would you pick and why?
I pick the 3 best players from each race, Jaedong, Innovation and Rain.
Thank you to everybody who supports me and everybody who supports the World Championship series!! I am almost setup where I can continue to produce youtube videos in my spare time, its been a long process moving from Sweden to Germany especially because all my time is taken up with working on StarCraft and WCS. I love you and thanks!!!! <3