Earlier this week we announced six new streamers in the CLG family. Today we'll get to know Finlev + Neewha who are some of the best and most popular Battlerite streamers on Twitch right now.

Hey guys! Welcome to CLG, can you introduce yourselves to our fans?

Neewha:
My name is Neewha! I'm from DC, I've been playing video games for a very long time! Basically all my life, especially competitive games.

Finlev:
My name is Finlev! I'm from Wisconsin, and I work in IT, and kind of the same deal. I've been playing PC games especially for a long time.
 


How did you guys get into Battlerite?

Battlerite is a competitive arena brawler. All skill. No RNG.

Neewha:
I started playing Dota first. And then HoN came out so I started playing HoN. It was around Season 1 of League of Legends, BLC came out of beta and at that point I was like, I need to focus on one game to get really good at and I decided to play Blood Line Champions. I have a 100 some days on Blood Line Champions. Eventually that faded away and then Battlerite came out. And it was a natural transition I guess to get into Battlerite.

Finlev:
Pretty much the same story on my end too, you know. I started a little later. I started (BLC) at the end of season 2 of BLC,  when there was still somewhat of a population. I also have over a 100 days played in that game, and absolutely love it. Favorite game of all time. Obviously when Battlerite came out we were going to play it you know? [Laughs]

Neewha:
Hey I mean we had no idea it was going to come out, so it was a really cool surprise.
 


How would you describe Battlerite?

Neewha:
I'll describe it as... I think the tag they want is "Team Arena Brawler". It has that top down view you'd see in League of Legends, but you know instead of right-clicking for your movement, it has WASD movement. So you have more control over your character. That's just inherent with WASD movement. And then everything is skillshot. Especially for League fans, Ezreal I always say is a good example of this because most of his abilities are skillshots. So just think of that for all of your abilities... there's like 9 abilities per character.

Finlev:
And there's no resources either. There's no mana.  The only resource you have is energy that you build, which allows you to cast more powerful abilities. I think the game they like to mix it in between is you mix WoW Arena with Smash Melee. That's what kind of what the devs have gone to.
 


What is your favorite aspect of Battlerite?

Finlev:
Oh man that's a hard question.

Neewha:
I mean I like the fact that everything is a skill shot. Nothing is guaranteed in the game. That means you can dodge everything. There's a lot of mechanics involved with that, which is always awesome to see your mechanics grow as a player. Your reward is improving as a player, it's not necessarily other things.

Finlev:
Which is something that also hinders the game in the market. Not everybody appreciates that in a competitive game and it does have a steep learning curve which can turn people away. I think that's what went wrong with BLC. But I got to say, I hate to cop out, but that's kind of my favorite thing too. I mean really that's why most of the veterans love the game.

Neewha:
Yeah because it's like, if you win you're the reason why you won and if you lose it's your fault that you lost. You don't have a cop out mechanism.

Finlev:
You can always adapt. I mean we see that in top play, adaptation is literally what makes a  top player from an above average player. The ability to consistently beat your opponents or be beaten, and then come back and figure something else out. You still find yourself learning at the top level of play. That's kind of what keeps me playing it.
 


Who's your favorite character to play and why?

Neewha:
My character is... I play the support characters which is like the healing class, but they're actually really strong in this game. My favorite is Lucie, she's the direct port  from a character in Blood Line Champions so I'm really familiar with her. The reason I like her so much is her playstyle. She has a lot of control, so the playstyle is controlling the enemy, throwing out panics or petrifys. It's also about mitigating damage, she has a huge shield and that's her big defensive cool down. So it's all about reading the battlefield and knowing your enemies cooldowns. Throwing that shield half a second before all the damage comes in is important to mitigate their damage. And that's really fun for me.

Finlev:
It sounds like a boring move too, but it's really not because if you misuse it you get decimated for it. I'd say my favorite is probably Taya. She's like a... how do you even describe her. She's like a crazy Safari lady who throws boomerangs and moves really fast.

Neewha:
She's like punk, I think she has a mohawk.
 

Finlev:
Yeah, that's what I was looking for!  [Laughs]  A Safari lady... Anyway, the way she works is she can choose to throw her boomerangs while she moves really fast. She's a very fast paced character, she doesn't have many escapes. So she has the potential to do high damage, but she can also be punished really hard. So I really like the high risk, high reward aspect. It's just exciting to smack people with boomerangs.
 


Do people mostly play 2v2s or 3v3s?

Finlev:
That is the age-old question. I think people just play 2's, especially in the U.S. But we do that because we never had the biggest population. It just has a lower barrier of entry. I think the majority of the people in the community seem to want 3's. Would you say that Neewha?

Neewha:
Yeah. I think 2's especially for the casual players is easier to get into, or they play it more because it's easier to carry. You can potentially only have one bad teammate. But competitively I really think 3's is the go-to. It really adds so much more depth. You know, the team play aspect and communication. With 2's you can kind of escape by with mechanics alone or team composition. In 3's it's not as composition based, 2's gets in that rock paper scissors, 3's is where the game will shine.

Finlev:
I think 3's should be the esports mode. And I think it will be. I do hope there's a thriving scene for both because I enjoy 2's a lot. But I think 3's should be the professional mode.
 

Where do you guys see  competitive Battlerite going?

Neewha:
I want to see, maybe this is too early, but I want to see one big TO. It seems like there's so many right now. Or maybe there should be some kind of coordination between them. If we could get a league system, a season, or something. Something that is really structured. Right now it's really hard to get into the scene.

You can watch Neewha & Finlev stream competitive league matches on Saturdays.

Finlev:
And we can't make every single one. And even if we do, not everyone can - so they vary in competitiveness. So one person could say I won a Battlerite tournament. But if there were only five or six people it wouldn't be as impressive.

Neewha:
Yeah because then we could get proper seeding which has been a problem. With random seeding you don't have as competitive matches in the final which can be a problem from a viewer perspective.

Finlev:
What I'd like to see is an in-game tournament system, where Stunlock can work with these TOs, integrate their tournaments with the client, and then be able to administer them from within the client. I think that would be perfect. Because you could utilize all the in-game tools, get people in there staying for the numbers and also watching on Twitch.

Neewha:
And I also know that, it's early, but there's going to be some pretty cool spectator features that Stunlock has made with esports in mind. They have the virtual reality tool where you can go in there and spectate that way. They talk about how you can have different camera men inside the game. So the viewer perspective doesn't necessarily have to be top-down, but that's something I have no idea about, but it seems like a cool feature to have.


Do you guys follow any other esports?

Finlev:
Yeah! I follow and watch Smash.. I watch Counter Strike, I think it's a lot of fun to watch.

Neewha:
Yeah I watch the fighting scene mostly. EVO or if it's a big thing I see on Twitch I'll watch that, but I don't really follow the day-to-day scene.  For League of Legends and Counter Strike I follow both the scenes. I fanboy on the subreddits. I try to watch all the tournaments but I follow mostly the North American scene.

Finlev:
Definitely, I'm a huge SFAT fan actually so I was pretty excited to join CLG.
 


How have you guys enjoyed streaming on Twitch so far being so new to the community?

Finlev:
I think we're both pretty new. When did you start Neewha?

Finlev just started streaming for the first time in September.

Neewha:
I streamed for friends. I did stream Bloodline Champions back in the day for tournaments, you know 20 - 30 viewers but nothing consistent or set. I started streaming Battlerite as soon as Early Access, and it's kind of ridiculous the growth we've seen. The communities we've made in such a short time is nothing short of amazing.

Finlev:
It's pretty surreal, I still have trouble fathoming it. As far as Twitch goes, it's actually incredible how much support we've seen so far. I know I started two months ago and it was my first stream ever. I love it. I absolutely love streaming, I think it's so much fun.
 

Do you guys have any shoutouts to the CLG fans?

Neewha:
I just want to thank them and CLG for having us! We're excited to be part of the family and meet all the fans and interact with them.

Finlev:
Definitely. It's a pretty incredible opportunity, I think I can speak for Neewha when we say that we're super excited for this opportunity!

 


Watch High MMR Battlerite!

You can catch Finlev streaming on the weekdays starting at 7 PM EST + Neewha's streams starting at 6PM EST! Their weekend streams both start at 12 PM EST. Catch them streaming here on Twitch.tv:

 twitch.tv/finlev
 twitch.tv/neewha

Follow them on social media:

Neewha
 @neewha  |   /neewha |   /neewha

Finlev
 @BR_finlev  |   /finlev |  /finlev

 


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