Frequently Asked Questions

What music are you playing?
Trance Around the World – Above & Beyond
The Karanda Show – Wandii & Andi
A State of Trance
Podcasts can be found on iTunes.

Are you playing for a team at the moment? Are you planning on getting back into the professional scene?
I am currently not on a competitive team. I may or may not join one in the future.

Are you currently in med school / What are you doing currently?
I recently began supporting myself through streaming. Med school plans are on hold for now.

What are you computer specs & connection speed?
i5 – 3570k @ 4.2 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 (Much thanks to Matt Rusiniak from NVIDIA!)
Upload speed: 6.5 Mbps
Razer Deathadder Mouse
Steelseries 7G Keyboard
BlueYeti USB Microphone

Why is my stream laggy / Why is the stream in 800p/1200p?
I use 2 1920×1200 monitors (16:10), so I stream in 1280×800 (16:10) as opposed to the normal 1280×720 (16:9). Try changing to 720p if you are having issues.

How do I get the blue flames on the loadscreen?
Add -international to your launch options. For a video tutorial of Merlini explaining this, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WddkgDmoGHc

What time do you usually stream?
I usually stream everyday for 9+ hours starting in the afternoon or early evening, US Central time.

What is your Dotabuff profile?
Verified Dotabuff here

What are the perks of subscribing?
An ad-free stream and priority in viewer games.

Wow! Your banner and/or overlay is awesome! Who made it for you?
My friend that does graphics work made it for me. He does contract work, too. protease [at] merlinidota [dot] com

Where is your Reddit AMA? (Note: answers to most commonly asked questions are here)
Reddit AMA here

Where are you from? 
Ben is Taiwanese-American. Originally from Georgia, he currently lives in Chicago.

Why have you recently started wearing your headset?
I wanted to reduce the echo from my microphone because I was using speakers.