Henry first got into Heroes of Newerth (HoN) thanks to his brother. He really disliked his first game because his brother pulled him into a regular 5v5 match, which was a bad idea because he didn’t understand what was going on. It took months before he gave it a second chance. He found that he enjoyed it and has stuck with it for a while.
With each hero, he would 1v1 Monarch with his brother before he would attempt it in a real match. Although he initially played casually, he slowly began grinding more seriously, as all of the profile statistics were on his play screen, and he started wanting to improve them. He eventually made friends with Kyle, who was a professional HoN and then Dota 2 player and was very inspired by him.
When he was growing up, he always wanted to become a gaming content creator. After high school, he attended community college, but dropped out when he was earning enough money from YouTube to pay rent.
He started streaming HoN on Twitch in April 2015, because there were very few other streamers in that category at the time. He then began uploading his ‘Escaping the Trench’ educational content to YouTube in September 2016. He managed to make it into a fulltime career in 2017.
According to TwitchStats, Henry has around 500 subscribers. Therefore, he should earn a starting monthly income of around least $5,530 USD. This excludes additional revenue from tiered subscriptions, his team salary, merchandise sales, donations, Twitch cheer bit contributions, advertisements and sponsorships. He has stated that his main income comes from coaching fees.
He tends to stream almost daily.
[When I initially started streaming, my] number one rule was ‘I was going to give people so much value that they felt bad not subscribing, and when they were subscribed, I was going to give them so much value that they felt bad not paying me.’ That was my number one philosophy and it worked.
[My YouTube] channel started with me being on the LeanDota2 subreddit and I definitely have over 1,000 comments there giving advice and helping people for free. And I had this process where any comment or any discussion, I would contribute until the other person stopped talking. My idea was that if I respond to every single person and I give value to every dingle person, in perpetuity, they would become my fan and feel like an ardent supporter of mine.