Community Member of the Week: Raviren

27 June 2013

Every week, we're highlighting one outstanding member of the Prime World community. This week, we selected Raviren for his guide-making skills and for spreading the word about the game through livestreams. 
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
It's nice to meet everyone. My name is Seth Esquivel. I'm currently attending college and majoring in computer science. Long time MOBA/MMO player as well as gaming in general. I've always loved technology since a young age, and my childhood was often spent in interaction with such. My first memories of my gaming career started with the release of Halo and playing with my father, which was a blast. I've been hooked on gaming ever since. I have a fairly dark sense of humor and can be a bit cynical at times; however, I always aim to make the games I play an enjoyable experience for all.
What’s the story behind your name?
I've used this handle ever since the first time I was prompted to name a character. To be quite honest, I'm not entirely sure where the inspiration for the name came from, though it was strongly influenced by creating a name from the word raven. It's just kind of stuck with me ever since its creation, and I plan to keep using it in the future.
How long have you played Prime World?
I first heard about Prime World around 3 months ago by stumbling upon some information on a gaming site. I was curious after hearing a bit about the game and started to follow the English development. The first time I got a real good look at the game was Tsuda streaming some games on the Russian server, and the gameplay had me really excited for its release in our region. I've now played in each beta and had a great time doing so.
Favorite hero?
My favorite hero that I've had the pleasure of playing so far is the Fox as some people undoubtedly know. I really like both her kit and her visual design, which led me to pick her up in the very first beta as my free hero. After playing her extensively and comparing her to other heroes I had unlocked she stayed at the top of my list. I find her play style both fun and suited to my personal style. I currently have a guide up sharing some of my thoughts on the fox, so if you're interested I encourage you to check it out.
Least favorite hero?
I don't really dislike any of the heroes in the game that I've tried yet, but I'd have to say that I'm not a huge fan of the Duelist. I don't usually enjoy the play style of melee characters as they're not really my thing. That being said, that's just my personal preference, and it's not a bad design philosophy.
Favorite mode?
This is a tough one. As a long time MOBA player I've always loved the basic 5v5 formula that is present in the Borderlands map. I find that the balance tends to be best suited for this kind of map, and it offers a wide variety of strategies and different team compositions to test and theorycraft with. It's the most fun and well-rounded map in my opinion, and I definitely enjoy the various nuances that come along with it.
Least favorite mode?
My least favorite game mode at this point in time is Outpost. I like the idea, and the gameplay is a lot of fun. My main problem with the map is the unbalance of heroes in the map. I find that some heroes are either useless or subpar in comparison with others that are extremely strong. These heroes generally gravitate towards heavy AoE and Chain CC as it's much more strong when you reduce the number of people on your team who are able to react to the situation.
What was your first impression of the game?
The first time I saw Tsuda's stream, I'll admit I was a bit confused about the finer points of the game. While it has the classic MOBA elements it also strayed from the usual. The talent system was the most interesting thing in my eyes and was the main selling point to my curiosity. It was a really fresh idea that I had yet to see in a game of this type and encourages a lot of depth in builds and allows for many different play styles, which excited me greatly as I love to test different builds that are usually outside the norm.
What’s your favorite Prime World memory so far?
While not a single memory, my favorite moments so far would probably have to be playing with the friends I've made on PW and the friends who've joined to play along with me. A shoutout to all the nice people I've met and played with since the start of the betas.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I have quite a few hobbies besides gaming. I'm an avid reader -- favorite genres being sci-fi and fantasy though I also read the occasional mystery. I'm a computer science major, so I enjoy all forms of work I do on the computer whether it be programming or watching videos. I'm also really big on hosting events, and it's something me and friends have been doing for quite awhile. We currently host monthly League of Legends tournaments and in the future hope to set up a similar event in Prime World.
Do you have any advice for newer players?
The thing new players should focus on the most when they first start playing should be to learn the basic mechanics that are present in all MOBAs. First off, get to used to last hitting creeps (getting the last hit on a creep completely depleting its health). This is a very important mechanic and is one of the biggest factors in winning your lane, unless of course you;re jungling, which leads me to my next piece of advice. Knowing when to roam/gank is also a huge way to improve your game. This usually comes with practice. As you start to understand the game more, you'll get a feel for the right times to do this. Lastly, remember to enjoy yourself while playing. We all get frustrated, but remember it hurts your performance as well as discourages the rest of your team. The biggest thing is just to keep a positive attitude and play to have fun.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I hope everyone has enjoyed their time getting to beta, and I look forward to seeing you guys in the subsequent beta. If anyone has any further questions or just wants to chat, feel free to send me a PM and I'll be glad to talk with you. It was nice getting to share my thoughts and opinions on the game, and I thank the Nival team for all the hard work they've done in allowing us to enjoy this game.