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Player Spotlight Toolman

By XOUTH - 10th March 2023 - 12:13 PM

Welcome back Commanders!

If you have been following the competitive C&C Red Alert 3 community scene closely, then surely you have heard about the player Toolman. XOUTH, on behalf of GameReplays, had the chance to speak a few words with him and brings you the full interview in this article.

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GameReplays: Hello Toolman, thank you for agreeing to do this! Could we start with you telling us a bit about who you are? Age, general location, what do you do? Be as vague or specific as you like.

Toolman: I am a 21 year old college student living in China.


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GameReplays: Do you work, attend school or university, or do you do something else?

Toolman: I'm in college now, but I'll go to work soon.


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GameReplays: What are your hobbies, apart from gaming?

Toolman: Almost nothing but travel with my Red Alert 3 friends around China.


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GameReplays: Tell us one interesting or obscure thing about yourself that we don't know.

Toolman: My social life is basically based on playing Red Alert 3. I don't have much in common with my peers.


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GameReplays: How did you find out about Red Alert 3 and why did you start playing (online)?

Toolman: When I was a kid I downloaded Red Alert 2 on a Chinese website and got it wrong and I got Red Alert 3. When I got tired of playing single mode, I tried to find a way to play with others.


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GameReplays: How did you come up with your nickname?

Toolman: "工具人" Toolman, a popular phrase on Chinese Internet, refers to a person who helps others without knowing or willing to do so. He or she gives at any time without complaining, without expecting any return emotionally, materially or economically, and is always used or manipulated by others like a tool. I think I was the one at my high school. So I got my new nickname (Used to be win9, cause between win8 and win10) after graduated from high school.


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GameReplays: How long have you played Command and Conquer?

Toolman: Since 2009, my mom told me to stop playing web games and go play some console games, then she recommended me RA2 XD.


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GameReplays: Which Command and Conquers have you played competitively in?

Toolman: Only RA3, I hardly ever play other CnC games.


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GameReplays: Are you currently active in a Command and Conquer game? Are you playing competitively?

Toolman: Yes,I still play RA3 competitively because there are a lot of Chinese player still playing it. I can make friends and learn many things apart from RA3.


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GameReplays: Do you play other games besides Command and Conquer?

Toolman: Warthunder. This is my favourite game besides RA3, other games like Wargame, HOI4 ,COH I played uncompetitively.


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GameReplays: What is your favourite aspect of Red Alert 3?

Toolman: Build buildings and production forces, manipulate them as you wish, then use strategy to defeat your enemies.


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GameReplays: Why did you decide to main Soviets?

Toolman: A guy named Sufeng said in 2016, Soviet is invincible when operates well, and then I was tricked into maining Soviet .


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GameReplays: What got you into competitive gaming and how long did it take you to get on the level you are now?

Toolman: Match in 2016 destroys the dream where I thought I was good (I barely played 1V1 at the time) and I started practising how to play 1V1 to get to the level I am now. how long? 2022-2016=6 years XD


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GameReplays: Do you have a least favourite moment? For example, any major fumbles you can think of from your competitive days that you really regret. If so, was there anything you feel you learned from it?

Toolman: One of my miner stop working and I didn't realize it. Because of it I lost an important game of 2019 Faction War. I learned that you need to remember to check your miner in case they disappear or shut down.


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GameReplays: Do you have a favourite moment?

Toolman: Hard to say, but it's the feeling that when you finally win a hard game. I like such moments.


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GameReplays: Is there anything you feel you excelled at? Something that made you stand out?

Toolman: Doing great in almost every engagement and harassment control; building order well.


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GameReplays: What is your favourite unit and map and why?

Toolman: Twinblade, because of his mobility and fire power; maps I prefer Battlebase Beta, because it looks beautiful and symmetrical.


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GameReplays: Are there any players who you particularly enjoyed playing against, be it the fun aspect, their ability to push you to your limits or another factor?

Toolman: Maybe is yzzd-ss? Play with him I learned a lot of new understanding of RA3. Although it's not Soviet's.


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GameReplays: Who is your most feared opponent?

Toolman: Harlen and October, because it is very hard to win S v S with them.


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GameReplays: Are there any (up and coming) players you want to highlight?

Toolman: SFT-1212, he is doing well when playing Allied, last match 1212 win Zug ,4:1.


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GameReplays: Any advice to players hoping to become better on how to improve?

Toolman: Don't forget to use your money, and don't let your MCV do nothing.


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GameReplays: What are the main differences between the Chinese and C&C Online communities? How do you compare pro-level skills and used strategies?

Toolman: Chinese has more active players, much more than Revora; Every player has their own strategies, hard to make comment on it, such as PK's tactics are variable and effective, DDF likes to accumulate troops to attack passively and develop himself. Dimon's unit micro pretty good. They're all top players but they have different styles and different tactics and I admire them.


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GameReplays: In a few words tell us what you would change if you had control during Red Alert 3's development.

Toolman: Fine polish, no rush to release.


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GameReplays: How long have you been a member of GameReplays.Org? What's the reason you joined our website?

Toolman: Three or four years, because I had to register one to participate a match on GR.


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GameReplays: What would you say were your major roles in the community?

Toolman: Observer, I don't usually express my opinions easily because of cultural differences.


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GameReplays: What keeps you motivated to continue playing Red Alert 3?

Toolman: Friends, Many of my friends I met through RA3 still playing this game, and it is fun to play with them though team games.


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GameReplays: Do you have messages to the community or shout outs to certain individuals? Do you want to thank certain individuals?

Toolman: Yes, I have to thanks Yuno, because of him that helps me to be a part of the GR community.


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GameReplays: Toolman, on our behalf and on behalf of the entire Red Alert 3 community, thanks for your time and this thorough interview!

Toolman: Thanks for the interview, and thanks to all the RA3 community staff and all the people who contribute to the RA3 community.





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