syndereN translates as ‘The Culprit or The Sinner.’ Many years ago, he was playing a game of Counter-Strike and one of his friends made a mistake in-game. A thought crossed his mind that inspired him to adopt this as his Handle.
syndereN grew up playing video games but feels that it was only when he began playing DotA 1 that his competitive nature was sparked.
During the DotA 1, most casting was done by Mad Mardigan and Tobiwan. SydereN often used to watch him and was inspired by him to try casting himself. One day, he approached Mad Mardigan for advice on how to become a caster himself, as well as to ask whether Mad Mardigan would be interested in allowing him to cast with him, as he might at a new dimension to the casting as a professional DotA player. Mad Mardigan gave him an opportunity, which received positive feedback from others. He therefore continued to cast both with Mad Mardigan and with Tobiwan.
He later moved over to DOTA 2, as he saw that there seemed to be more interest and opportunities in that scene. His success as a caster lead to his taking a two-year break from professional competitions in 2013 in order to focus on casting. However, he missed competing and returned in 2015. He only focused on fulltime casting and playing once he has completed his degree in English and Media.
SyndereN is in a long-term relationship with @meruna.
SyndereN is estimated to have ~600 subscribers, which would generate him a minimum monthly income of ~$1,500 USD per monthly, excluding additional income from casting, tournament winnings, sponsorships, advertisements, tips and Twitch cheer bit contributions.
He doesn’t have a set schedule due to his casting and team commitments.
You need to love it… If you actually want to compete, you need to have that drive. You need to have that desire to get really good and compete, and you need to want to put in the work. The ‘passion’ really is the key word… That really is what it is; if you don’t have the passion, you’re not going to be able to compete with people that have it. Even if you’re a talented player, if you’re not in the right mindset of being willing to improve and have a good work ethic, you’re going to be beaten by players that are less talented than you but are just willing to work.
[For casting,] you need to have a good voice. You need to have the desire to get better. You need to be self-critical… both as a player and as a caster. You need to always hold yourself up to a higher standard; you want to be better. You want to be sharper on everything that you do.