Damon “Jahmilli” Bligh has over 5 years of experience competing in professional World of Warcraft. Jahmilli has been Rank 1 every season, won multiple tournaments, and had several top 4 Blizzcon finishes. He has also pioneered many compositions and strategies that have become mainstream in the pro scene. Jahmilli is from Boston originally, but now resides in California.
In this Behind the Screen article, Jahmilli tells us about his love for MMA, why Eminem inspires his game play, and what video games have the highest skill caps, (and are therefore his favorites). Learn more about Jahmilli’s greatest accomplishments, what he loves about playing World of Warcraft, how he chose his username, and more.
Have you played any new games during quarantine?
I’m playing this fun game where I see many weeks in a row I can eat ramen noodles, and I’m currently on week 4.
What are some things you like about being home right now?
Having much more free time.
What is your favorite class to play in WoW and why?
Mage, by far. I feel they generally have one of the highest skill caps. They are a good balance of every aspect of arena (damage, control, burst, defensive utility, etc.). They are very unique (portals, conjure food, 3 completely different specializations). Not only are they the most intellectually sound, but also the most aesthetically pleasing. I didn’t choose mage, mage chose me.
How did you choose your Username/Gamertag?
I made a cool random name that sounded nice a very long time ago (Jahlea), and everybody called me Jah. After that I just made a bunch of Jah names, (Jahmazing, Jahfoo, Jahjahbinks, Jahlakazam, etc.). Eventually I came across Jahmilli (named after the Lil Wayne song “A Milli”) on my mage, and I really liked the way it sounded and looked, so I stuck with it.
When and how did you start playing video games?
I’ve been playing as long as I can remember (Sega, Nintendo, Gameboy, and so on). I played every console and every game I could growing up.
How did you decide to go pro in WoW?
I never decided to go “pro.” I just really loved playing WoW. Streaming was fun, and I loved competing against the “best” and proving to myself what I’ve known all along.
Have you been a pro player for any other games? If so, which ones?
Mario surfing, but it’s pretty low key, and nobody paid me for it, so I guess wasn’t really a pro then…
What is it about WOW that excites you or makes it unique from / more fun than other games?
WoW is incredibly unique and has a very high skill cap. I like that you can consistently outplay and outsmart people every second of an encounter, and if you are the best, it is very clear. Every class had so much depth and the possibilities are endless. However, the past few years, this has not been the case nearly as much as before. I still enjoy playing WoW over every game and most activities though.
Who do you look up to the most and why?
Definitely Eminem. He has overcome a lot and dealt with a lot of the same things I have growing up. Everything he has been through has just fueled him and made him a better person and MC. He is one of the greatest of all time at what he does, and has only gotten better over time. Not only has he inspired me as a person but also a player. Some songs are so amazing and fluid.; they’re put together to flow so perfectly, and it is beautiful to listen to. I want my gameplay to be consistently similar to Eminem’s greatest songs.
Other people that have really inspired me and my gameplay are Conor McGregor, Israel Adesanya, LeBron James, Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle, and Yuri Boyka.
What are you most proud of?
Completing “Through the Fire” and “The Flames” on hard mode in Guitar Hero 3.
Do you watch traditional sports? If so, what is your favorite team?
Yes, I watch NBA, MMA, and NFL.
Favorite Teams: The Tom Brady Patriots and Paul Pierce Celtics.
What subject / topic would you like to learn more about?
I would be most interested in learning more about Asian cultures.
Do you have any special talents?
I’m like really smart.
How well do you know your teammates?
Well enough to party.
In your opinion, what is the best raid boss in WOW?
Illidan and Jaina (she fine).
Do you have any inside jokes with your team? If so, can you describe one?
OMG YES.. one time, (this is so hilarious LOLOL), I was upstairs in the Goldshire Inn with Burn and then korNick walked in and…. you just have to be there LMAOOO.
What video game world would you like to live in?
World of Warcraft (as a mage), or the Pokémon color games on Gameboy.
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
TV Shows: The Office, Dragon Ball Z, Death Note, & Naruto.
Movies: Super, Wonder Woman, The Raid: Redemption, & Undisputed 2 & 3.
Who is your favorite singer or band? What music do you listen to while streaming?
My favorites are Eminem, Rage Against the Machine, Paramore, and Denzel Curry, but while streaming I listen to errrything.
If you could instantly become an expert at something, what would it be?
Aside from WOW, what are your top 3 favorite video games to play and why?
Most recently it was The Witcher 3… easily top 3 of all time. It has a really great story, gameplay, characters, and DLCs. My all time favorites include Super Smash Bros. Melee, (definitely the highest skill cap game of all time), but I liked playing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate better, and then all the Pokémon color games. I haven’t played many games aside from WoW as of late, though. WoW is still the most interesting to play for me.
What is your favorite meal or snack?
Eggs and chicken (GOAT foods), and Hershey’s cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory with vanilla ice cream.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
I once told myself to not take myself so seriously.
Also…”Go HAM” –Jay-Z and Kanye
If you could give advice to players looking to improve at WOW or video games in general, what would your advice be?
Don’t let your ego interfere with progression and pay attention to your mistakes.