Interview with Steven 'Destiny' Bonnell
Tue 4th Jun 2013 - 8:32pm
I recently had the chance to talk with Steven ‘Destiny’ Bonnel II. He is a controversial figure in both the League of Legends and Starcraft 2 scene. Since he started streaming in 2011, he's had die hard fans and die hard haters. Famous for his brutal honesty and Infestor play, Steven is influental no matter what scene he is a part of.
What game do you get more enjoyment out of playing, Starcraft 2, or League of Legends?
Destiny: It's impossible to compare the two, really. They're completely different games. I enjoyed the 1v1 aspect of Starcraft 2, it made me feel very responsible for both victory and defeat. There's something to be said for the thrill of winning a game completely on your own merit; there's also something to be said for cooperating with and winning with other people as well. If someone held a gun to my head and told me to pick one, I'd probably go with Starcraft 2, just because I enjoy the solo aspect so much, but both games definitely have their strong points.
Over your years of streaming, you’ve played with many different friends and duo partners. Who is your favorite person to play with?
Destiny: KYLE! We have so much history together that it makes it impossible for me to pick anyone else.
After the incident on Inside the Game, do you still harbor any ill will toward the people on the show? Would you like to explain your side of the story?
Destiny: None at all. Things were heated that night, and I still disagree with some of the stances that Geoff, Greg, or Marcus hold, but that doesn't mean that I absolutely hate them as people. I feel like communities get too caught up in judging an entire person based upon a single opinion, which I try never to do. My emotions were running far too crazy at even the start of that show, and I did a disservice to everyone who shared my opinion going on. I regret that. That being said, my opinion was stated, however harshly, and it remains virtually unchanged [in regards to Blizzard fixing up Wings of Liberty, the first installment of Starcraft 2].
How old is your son Nathan? Are you going to get him to play League of Legends when he’s old enough?
Destiny: Almost two years and three months old! I have no idea what my plans are for him when he gets older. I'd like to get him into gaming, just because we'd have that as a major common interest to share, but I won't force him into anything he doesn't want to do.
Now that you’ve hit Diamond League, are you content with just streaming, or do you hope to play LoL professionally?
Destiny: I definitely want to play on at least an LCS-level at some point in the future and I've been working hard towards that goal. Right now I'm playing with different casual teams to get a feel for the differences between ranked five's and solo-queue.
What made you want to build computers for others? Would you say that decision has worked out thus far?
Destiny: I have a large interest in computer hardware and I'm sensible when it comes to helping other figures out what their particular needs are. I also have a large fanbase that I can market to, so it seemed pretty natural to head that way. If it becomes popular enough (I'll be working on my 10th, 11th and 12th system in the upcoming weeks) it would be a nice, additional outlet to expose advertisers to. I've had a ton of fun and learned quite a bit so far, so I'd say it was a good decision!
You're a controversial figure in both the LoL and Starcraft 2 community. Do you think not censoring yourself has helped or hurt you in the long run?
Destiny: A combination of both. I've learned a lot over the years and I've grown immensely over the past year especially. I always do a lot of self-reflection after large events and I try to improve myself as a person so that I can continue to grow, both in a personal sense and a professional one. I will continue to remain as brash as I've always been, but I am more sensible about how I choose to do that and which fights I decide to pick over different topics.
Over the past 2 years you’ve changed teams many times, switched to League of Legends, visited gaming houses, and made many big decisions. Knowing what you do now, would you go back and change any decision? Why?
Destiny: I wouldn't change a single thing I've ever done. I'm happy with the person I've grown to become, and I believe I owe my current self to the culmination of all of my previous experiences. I've learned a lot of invaluable lessons that I wouldn't have learned any other way (whether because I'm foolish or stubborn, I'm not sure), so I'm glad I've been able to learn what I have so far without completely self-destructing.
After streaming for so long, you’ve obviously learned a lot. What is one thing you wish you would’ve known when you first started streaming?
Destiny: Which battles are worth fighting and which ones are better left alone.
Would you say that Starcraft 2 is dying? Why?
Destiny: Possibly, but Heart of the Swarm did a lot of amazing things for Starcraft as a whole. The metagame needs to stay "fresh" (the end of WoL was a snoozefest, especially for matchups like ZvP) and the casual fanbase still needs to be catered to (via better Battle.net interface and the Use Map Settings scene).
What was your reaction to OneGoalOneDream (Deezer) being picked up by Velocity?
Destiny: Pretty indifferent. He's a fairly good League player, so it wasn't too surprising to see someone pick him up.
Do you have any shoutouts you’d like to give?
Destiny: I'd like to thank Feenix (http://www.feenixcollection.com/) for sponsoring me, and I wish the best of luck to Brandon from the CRTLeague (http:///www.crtleague.com) for his upcoming League of Legends tournament that I'll be playing in. I'd also like to thank all of my fans for continuing to follow and support me, and I'd also like to give a special shoutout to a close fan of mine, eyoshit!