Paulo "CatZ" Vizcarra is a Peruvian Zerg player currently playing for ROOT Gaming.
CatZ was a long time StarCraft: Brood War player. Teaming with Drewbie in 2v2 on iCCup they achieved an A rating. With the release of StarCraft II he has focused primarily on 1v1.
CatZ is known as a player with a very eclectic playstyle. Sometimes compared to TLO, CatZ has been known to engage in a variety of odd builds, including but not limited to early hatches in the opponent's main, pulling off half the starting workers as harassing units, and dropping Ultralisks into enemy mineral lines.
CatZ started the ROOT Gaming team in beta with Drewbie. CatZ recruited many top players from Warcraft III and Brood War. The team blossomed during beta into America's top clan. He was active in the beta tournament scene with notable wins in the ITL.
Wings of Liberty
With the release of Wings of Liberty, CatZ has seen moderate success in tournament play.
- Game One was played on Steppes of War. CatZ's play was centered heavily around one-base infestor harassment. He ultimately lost when LzGaMeR pushed with a mix of Thors, Marines, Marauders and Banshees.
- Game Two was played on Metalopolis, with CatZ spawning at 2 o'clock and LzGaMeR at 4 o'clock positions. LzGaMeR opened the game with strong Reaper play leaving CatZ playing from behind for the rest of the match.
In 2011, CatZ would post his first notable tournament result with a victory in the first Justin.tv Invitational. He defeated players such as Pokebunny and MaNa along the way. Catz would be announced as one of the initial invites to participate in the first season of the IGN ProLeague.
During this year, CatZ experienced relative mediocrity at MLG's, never making it out of the Open Bracket. His best result in the MLG Pro Circuit 2011 was placing 37th at MLG Columbus 2011, where he lost 0-2 to qxc in the loser's bracket finals of the Open Bracket.
On May 15, compLexity Gaming announced that they parted ways with CatZ and Drewbie after their contract was not renewed. CatZ also announced the same day the rebirth of ROOT Gaming. CatZ had originally planned to attend the MLG Summer Championship, but attended the WCG Pan-American Championship instead, where he took home the bronze medal.
- He is one of ROOT Gaming's founders and co-leaders.
- In StarCraft: Brood War, he was leader of Team Peru for the WCG.
- Was a 2v2 player in Brood War with Drewbie, which has since carried over in 2v2 tournaments like the Evil Geniuses Master's Cup Series.
- His handle does not refer to the animal, but is instead a nickname given by friends referring to his last name.
- He is known for interviewing himself.
- Was the last professional player to stream the Beta of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
- On Reddit CatZ revealed he suffers from Depression.
|In Major tournaments|
|2014-11-15||4th||Copa América 2014 Grand Finals||0 : 2||JonSnow||$700|
|2011-08-11||3rd||Latin American Battle.net Invitational 2011||1 : 2||KiLLeR||$3,000|
|In Minor and Monthly tournaments|
|2014-06-29||2nd||Copa América 2014 Season 1||1 : 4||MajOr||$300|
|2013-12-01||2nd||Reddit Open||0 : 3||BurNinG||$60|
|2013-08-31||2nd||Bay Area TeamLiquid LAN XI||0 : 3||Minigun||$220|
|2012-09-12||2nd||pHD Inaugural HotS Beta Tournament||0 : 3||Illusion||$500|
|2012-06-30||2nd||ALT StarCraft's AGL-June Invitational||3 : 6||IceCream||$100|
|2011-07-12||1st||After the Clash 2||3 : 2||Perfect||$400|
|2011-01-06||1st||Justin.tv Invitational||3 : 2||Bubbles||$400|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
|In Major tournaments|
|2011-06-17||2nd||Evil Geniuses Master's Cup Series V||0 : 3||$272.73|
|In Minor tournaments|
|2018-01-14||1st||Afreeca World Team League||4 : 0||$133.33|
|2017-05-10||1st||DuSt League Season 4||4 : 2||$18|
|2010-12-01||1st||SGL Season 1||4 : 3||$18.18|
|2010-12-01||1st||SGL Season 2||4 : 3||$81.25|
|Complete Results in any Tournament|
- CatZ vs. LzGaMeR MLG Raleigh pt.1-3
- CatZ vs. Zelniq from MLG gm.1 CatZ vs. Zelniq from MLG gm.2 CatZ vs. Zelniq from MLG gm.3
- CatZ vs. OpTiKzErO from The V Bo7 gm.1
- 2014-06-22 | ROOT CatZ : "I have not been on a date for 2 years" Interview at MLG Anaheim by Hot_Bid at 2014 MLG Anaheim
- 2013-06-29 | MLG Spring 2013: CatZ discusses his match forfeit, ROOT as a family, player scouting by Thomas Shifrer of esfi at 2013 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Championship
- 2013-06-29 | ROOT.CatZ Interview @ MLG Anaheim 2013 by HotBid of tl.net at 2013 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Championship
- 2013-06-28 | Catz talks 1st appearance on Main Stage playing Dragon at MLG by Slasher of Gamespot at 2013 MLG Pro Circuit Spring Championship
- 2012-11-29 | Interview with ROOT.CatZ - IPL5 Day One by HotBid of Team Liquid at IPL 5
- 2012-09-16 | Real Talk with ROOT.CatZ by itmeJP
- 2012-05-16 | CatZ self-interview on ROOT reforming by CatZ of ROOT Gaming
- 2012-03-23 | Interview with coL.CatZ by HotBid of TL.net at MLG Winter Championships 2012
- 2012-03-23 | Interview with coL.CatZ - MLG Columbus Winter Championship 2012 by Complexity Gaming at MLG Columbus Winter Championship 2012
- 2011-11-19 | compLexity CatZ Pre-Event Interview - MLG Providence 2011 by Complexity Gaming at MLG Providence 2011
- 2011-11-18 | Interview with coL.CatZ by HotBid of TL.net at MLG Providence 2011
- 2011-07-29 | CatZ interviews Dustin Browder on balance and HotS by compLexity Gaming
- 2011-06-07 | Interview with CatZ by AskJoshy at MLG Columbus 2011
- 2011-05-06 | CatZ on a day in the life of a progamer by PCWorld
- 2011-04-09 | CatZ Discusses Home-Grown NA SC2 Scene by AskJoshy
- 2011-03-15 | CatZ, Fenix, Drewbie and TT1 form ROOT/Fnatic team house by Fnatic
- 2011-01-15 | Interview with CatZ by compLexity Gaming
- 2010-11-09 | Interview with ROOT.CatZ by AskJoshy at MLG Dallas 2010
- 2010-10-22 | Interview with ROOT.CatZ by AskJoshy at MLG Washington DC 2010
- 2010-08-30 | Interview with ROOT.CatZ by AskJoshy at MLG Raleigh 2010
- CatZ on 12 Weeks with the Pros with Mr. Bitter
- CaZt of Zerg, a short casting series by CatZ featuring pro show matches and lower league Zerg players
- CatZ on TL Attack: Part 1, Part 2
- CatZ's Proxy Hatchery vs SaSe
- CatZ's Ultralisk Drop Harass
- CatZ NASL video application
- NASL Season One Player List
- Complexity acquires ROOT
- compLexity parts ways with CatZ and Drewbie
- CatZ announces the re-birth of ROOT Gaming
- Interview with CatZ
- CatZ vs Tarson - Show Match Replays & Interview by iCCup.Tesla
- Explaining the story behind his ID
- ROOT Gaming re-forms
- CatZ stream archive (March 1st 2013)