HypeHorizen is expanding its roster by adding another Hearthstone Mercenaries player and content creator. We’re proud to announce Mullahoo!
How did you first learn of HypeHorizen?
Once upon a time, when I used to grind Hearthstone exclusively on mobile, I had a super sick game against somebody named DracoCatt. I added them and we had a fun chit-chat (no BM!). I’d soon find out that everyone’s favorite Demon Hunter OTP was a streamer and on a Hearthstone-centric team. The rest is history!
What platform do you stream on and why?
I stream on Twitch.tv because that’s where the Hearthstone gamers are! COVID really incentivized me to just jam and bring my infinite excitement and ideas to the people. I used to be a high school Science teacher and dreamed of a “classroom where everyone there wanted to be there”– I built that on Twitch.
How did you get into gaming?
My dad was a big influence on me and my brother– he got us interested in video games at a really young age, though we had some strict regulations around them. We used to only be allowed an hour of “Time” a day for #gaming, so we had to use it wisely (or cheat the system).
But restrictions breed creativity, and we made the best of what we had (F2P origin story anyone?): playing Smash 64 at our friends’ houses, whatever Demo Disc games came with the original Xbox Magazine, and deep-seated memories of watching my dad play Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. The latter was the beginning of the Blizzard hype– before long I’d have a pretty geared Resto Shaman trying to raid with our *~newly doubled~* TWO hours of Time. Then came League of Legends, Halo four-stacks, and, eventually, Hearthstone (after 15 years of Magic).
At the end of the day you can blame/thank my parents for allowing me and my brother to carefully, calculatedly explore the great wide world of gaming. But once I realized the absolute infinity of depth in some of these spaces, there was no going back.
Do you have a gaming idol, someone in Esports or gaming you look up to?
Honestly one of the first people that jumps to mind is LS, the now ex-coach of C9’s League team. He simply broke the format when it came to theorycrafting the pick & ban phase, using Magic’s “color pie” principles to understand champion synergies. That kind of pioneering, “cross discipline” approach is always amazing to see, let alone watching it succeed on stage. Magic and League hold very dear places in my heart, having coached in both games, so the priest of their union gets a sainthood vote from me.
What is the best part about streaming?
That your stream can be a classroom the students choose to go to because they enjoy it. Nothing sucks more than trying to teach someone something that they don’t want to learn, or having to do things other than teaching when you just want to teach! Streaming gives me control of a living, breathing space that people can come to and help make us all better at understanding games, theory, and competition.
How does being a streamer inspire you to do good?
Streaming gives me a reason to stay on top of these bizarre gaming universes so that I can give something back. It lets me multiply the benefits of my thoughts by letting people hear it in real-time and work with me. I think that engaging with unscripted sequences in a group can be one of the best and most fun ways to learn. And hey, sometimes it’s just about chilling and giving people something to listen to on a hard or slow day– and that’s okay!
What games are you streaming? What do you enjoy about them?
I’m more or less “all-in” on Mercenaries. As soon as I saw the multiple Equipment per Merc in the release video I literally said out loud “this game is going to be the nuts.” And I was right! Kind of. Though one of the most precipitously dangling games I’ve ever played, teetering on annihilation from its own internal bleeding, its future is so, so bright. I jokingly but endearingly refer to it as “Pokemon Chess”– every game of Mercenaries PvP is a slobberknocker of strategy between funky and complicated “Pokemon” heroes and villains. Without a second thought I would vouch for Mercenaries having the highest ceiling of any Hearthstone mode– it’s just a matter of getting there.
Who is your “Arch Nemesis?”
Instead of a player I’ll offer my eternal enemy: The Villain! As a F2P player this tends to come with the territory– we are slower to gather the resources necessary for the Best Deck, so we’ve gotta make something as good as we can with that Villain in mind. I’ve always enjoyed building the deck that attacks whatever the “broken” stuff is at the moment, rather than playing the broken stuff itself. Identifying, analyzing, and attacking The Villain is always a blast! But the most fun part to me about playing any game is “Answering The Question”– not stomping randoms with the busted strat for elo. Ladders reset and tournaments end… what you learned from those metas is more important than anything!
Do you have a sidekick? If so, whom?
My sidekicks are my Fighting Pit Podcast co-hosts! ZombiesGoNomNom, Tangster, and WizardBeastOP comprise our merry band of explorers that tackle this small indie island together. We’re the original and longest-running competitive Mercenaries show with no signs of stopping, and it’s been really great to have a team of grinders that are just as excited as I am. Especially in such a grind-heavy and intricate game, having multiple perspectives and styles of play keeps us on the cutting edge and our morale high. Go check them out on Twitch and YouTube!
What is your mission as a top streamer?
My mission is to make you, dear reader, a better player and theorycrafter. When you can start to understand metagames, archetypes, and strategies on a fundamental level, they can be applied to any game, even any job. I truly believe that games are some of the single best teaching tools in the world, and I want to show you why.