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Spotlight with ShaNks

By Earendil - 20th November 2018 - 14:30 PM

GameReplays.Org returns with another edition of our Spotlight interview series with one of the veterans of Battle For Middle Earth (BFME). Centauer's guest this time round is well known long-time player, ShaNks

GameReplays: Hello , thanks for doing this week's Spotlight. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

ShaNks: Hello, my Name is Shanks (Real Name: Baris ) I'm 28 years old, married and have a little daughter named Mira. In my free time I like to play/stream/cast BFME games.


GameReplays: Tell us a bit about your online gaming history?

ShaNks: I started to play BFME at 2006 (and) my highest rank in the QM Ladder was rank 7. I stopped playing BFME for 4-5 years since many friends and myself switched to League of Legends (LoL).


GameReplays: Why did you join GR?

ShaNks: To join the BFME community since at least for me we're like a family.


GameReplays: What is your favorite game?

ShaNks: My fav. games are BFME / LoL / Age of Empires


GameReplays: What is your favorite game genre? Why?

ShaNks: Moba because i think it is the most skill-based game genre.


GameReplays: So, how did you first get started with BFME?

ShaNks: I was always a big fan of the Lord of the Rings books and movies and when I found out that there is a game based on the movies, I couldn't miss that.


GameReplays: What do you like so much about BfME, that has kept you playing the game for years?

ShaNks: The Community, like I said, we grew like a family, we're all on Discord and having fun, talking to each other, we know each other and that's the special part of this game.


GameReplays: What is your favorite army and match-up?

ShaNks: My fav. army is Rohan and since I'm not active in the 1v1 anymore, my fav Match-up is the Gondor VS Isengard on Foi (when I'm casting)


GameReplays: What is your favorite map, and who is your best Team game partner?

ShaNks: My fav. map is Anorien, because I think, it is the most balanced one. My fav.team game partners are Beastypolako, M4R4, The Tower and Bwel because I have the most fun playing with those players


GameReplays: What would you do to change or improve game?

ShaNks: I would Change a lot of things to be honest but I know it cant be changed anymore so I accept it how it is


GameReplays: How did it feel to play BfME when you had your "noob" time and what is the difference to your current status as a player?

ShaNks: I really didn't care too much back then and I still don't care too much about it. I think the game is there to have fun and I rather would have fun playing as a noob then not having fun as a pro. That's why I like to play with beasty and m4r4 because I'm having the most fun with those guys


GameReplays: Playing against a Forces of Darkness or Forces of Light opponent?

ShaNks: Forces of Darkness since I like to play Forces of Light more and a FoL-Mirror is Pretty boring.


GameReplays: Killing a high ranked Gandalf the White, or wiping out an entire castle with a Balrog?

ShaNks: Wiping entire castle! Killing the Base with Balrog.


GameReplays: Army of the Dead or Balrog?

ShaNks: Balrog (can do the same what AOD can when summoned in the Army but AOD cant do the same what Balrog can )


GameReplays: What do you like (or dislike?) most about the BfME community?

ShaNks: We have a small community, I like every single one of them but I hate when people flame each other. That doesn't help us. So guys, be nice to each other and everything will be fine .


GameReplays: What games are you active on currently, and how do your experiences there compare to those from BFME?

ShaNks: LoL. The experience is really fine, because you play basically without any delays having full control of your Champion. A game which is completely Micro based and you win when you're better. In BFME the host has the advantage when it comes to Micro. I think BFME is actually not a skill based game, it is more of an experience based game, since you don't have many strategies to use against certain MU's you always do the same and the Player with more experience will end up winning. ( Don't flame me )


GameReplays: How many hours a day do you spend playing games?

ShaNks: Depends, I cant really tell, but it's my Hobby so, I'm trying to be here as much as I can. But like I said, I also have a family now and a daughter so it is gonna be less soon .


GameReplays: How has gaming affected your life?

ShaNks: I love Gaming, because it is like, you can turn off your Real-Life for a Moment and just do that you want to do.


GameReplays: How high is the influence of micro skills to win a game in 1v1 and 2v2?

ShaNks: Not high IMO. 2V2 is a team-based game, the player with a better teammate will win. 1V1 is MU based game, the player with the better MU will win in most cases.


GameReplays: When you're not gaming or posting on Gamereplays, what do you do in your everyday life?

ShaNks: I'm working, I have a Family and I have Friends.


GameReplays: Where do you see yourself in 5 Years from now?

ShaNks: Having 2 Kids and being over 30 , maybe time (for me) to stop BFME?


GameReplays: If you could give one tip of advice to others like you, what would it be?

ShaNks: Be nice to each other. Help the community to grow and not become less.


GameReplays: If you want to meet a BFME player in real life who would be that player? why?

ShaNks:I would love to meet Stiwie ( Luis ) just because i think he is a super funny and nice guy.


GameReplays: Who do you think is best bfme player right now?

ShaNks: For me it's Stiwie ( Luis )


GameReplays: And who will be best bfme player?

ShaNks: Beastypolako


GameReplays: QM , CW OR FFG?

ShaNks: FFG


GameReplays: If you had a time machine, would you go back in time or visit the future?

ShaNks: I would go back because I did many things wrong back then, now I know better. I would like to change many things.


GameReplays: What is your dream in life?

ShaNks: Having a great Family I can count on. Having the job I want. Having nice friends.


GameReplays: What has been the biggest challenge in your life so far?

ShaNks: To become a Father.


GameReplays: If you could star in a movie, what genre would it be and what role would you play?

ShaNks: I would be Aragorn in a Final Fantasy film.( Mail Role ofc what do you think?


GameReplays: If you had to move to another country, which country would you pick and why?

ShaNks: Hmm...I never thought about it, I hope I would never have to move.


GameReplays: Favorite Holiday?

ShaNks: Turkey


GameReplays: If you could only have one meal (including drink) for the rest of your life, what would it be?

ShaNks: Extra Long Chilli Cheese ( Burger King ) with Capri Sun XD


GameReplays: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

ShaNks: I would first help my Family, then creating my own Company and donate Money to the Children without parents.


With that, we have reached the end of this edition of Spotlight! Stay tuned as we interview more players from the BFME scene in the future. As always, if you would like any particular players to be interviewed, or if you have any thoughts on this interview, do comment below!



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