Our feature this week is one of our new CS players, Will “dazzLe” Loafman! From CoD to CS he shares his advice and gaming knowledge with us! The CS roster recently placed 1st in CEVO Main and 3rd in the Fragadelphia Online Tournament. They will be competing at Fragadelphia in July as their first LAN event as a team.
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Q&A General Questions:
Q: Most memorable moment?
A: When I signed my contract with Rise :)~
Q: Favorite teammate?
Q: What advice would you give to people trying to enter the scene?
A: Surround yourself with the best players you can at any time, progressing through a very competitive eSport is difficult and isn’t about making friends. If the players around you are stagnant, you are too! Stay hungry and motivated, accumulate as many productive hours in game as you can.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Q: What are the responsibilities of representing an org?
A: True professionalism and dedication are needed to rep an org that gives those same things. Striving to win in the most efficient manner possible while helping the organization succeed its own goals is the method.
Q: What do their family think about them gaming professionally?
A: I got into competitive CoD as a kid and my parents weren’t too supportive at first… I neglected school work and responsibilities because of my dedication to the game and it ended up being a huge problem; my parents wouldn’t let me play. I matured a lot before getting into CS:GO and now my parents are extremely supportive, begging me for stream links and asking me what the latest is in the competitive scene.
Q: What career would they have chosen if they didn’t become a pro player?
A: I’m a psych major (on hold as of now) but I would definitely be continuing my path in that field.
Q: When was the first time you competed as a pro?
A: I’ve played this game for money for a while now but not technically a PRO, Rise is the first professional organization I’ve played under.
Q: How is that experience?
A: Rise is the most supportive and professional org I’ve seen/played under… the ceiling is the limit right now and I’m really excited!
Q: Are there other games you’re interested in doing competitive with?
A: I probably would have kept playing Call of Duty, but releasing a new game every year that everyone has to learn makes it not as competitive and kinda lame to me. I’ll always have love for CoD though.
Q: Who’s your biggest rival?
A: Anyone not on my team.
Q: Has gaming evolved into a chore for you or is it still fun getting on every day?
A: I consider what I do competition, and I LOVE competing. I have an urge to get on and get better every day so I guess that means it’s still fun for me.
Q: What’s something you want to accomplish in your life?
A: I want to reach the highest level of competition and dominate.
Q: How do you prepare as a team when it comes to big LAN events?
A: The same as preparing for online matches or tournaments, extra team building is good since you’ll be interacting in person for the duration of the event.
Q: Do you like traveling to different countries and states to attend events?
A: Love traveling, any chance I get to go somewhere that isn’t home ESPECIALLY to compete is really fun to me.
Q: Best event?
A: Fragadelphia 10.
Q: How do you interact with your fans?
A: Love talking to anyone that supports me!
Q: When you switch up teammates does it affect friendships?
A: Every situation is different, a couple of my old teammates are some of the best friends I have online, and some had falling outs with me. Like I said before this s*** is hard and isn’t about making friends.
Q: Does playing the same game get boring and if so why?
A: Never! There’s something new about CounterStrike every time you play a map, it’s crazy exciting and competitive.
Q: What other games have you been a professional player in?
A: I won money playing Console CoD’s (MW2-BO1) but haven’t been a real professional in any other eSport.
Q: How long do you practice for?
A: Team practice is usually 4-5 hours a night, but my individual playing time goes anywhere from 40-60 hours in a week overall.
Q: Do you enjoy rivalries?
A: I play every game like it’s a rivalry, but winning vs. people you dislike is the most satisfying feeling in the world.
CS: GO questions:
Q: How does it feel playing players from all nationalities?
A: It’s crazy, CounterStrike is a universal language… a team that speaks Portuguese can throw the same strat at you that a team that speaks English does.
Q: What is your favorite weapon in CS: GO?
Q: What makes a “good” player in your eyes?
A: Skilled, selfless, dedicated.
Q: What’s your favorite skin?
A: Karambit Sapphire
Q: What major LAN events have you attended?
A: Fragadelphia 8 and 10.
Q: Do you feel CS is going in the right direction when it comes to eSports?
A: Definitely, TBS just picked up ELeague for its 3rd season, we have 2 very large online leagues and a massive open LAN tournament circuit that competes to get the best teams at their event.
Q: What are your goals as a professional CS player?
A: Like I said before, I want to get to the top and stay there.
Q: Would you like to attend events which are broadcasted on live TV?
A: Getting to play at ELeague would probably be the coolest experience I could have in CounterStrike. Working on making that a reality 🙂
Q: How much CS do you play daily?
A: Anywhere from 5 to 12 hours a day, varies day to day.
Q: When did you start playing CS?
A: I touched CS:S a little bit when I was younger but nothing serious, I got into CS:GO at the beginning of 2015 and never looked back.
Q: What is your opinion on betting in CS?
A: I think it should be allowed with restrictions… No one under 18 should be able to gamble things that are worth real money under any circumstance. Banning match betting destroyed a small part of our community that tuned in for a lot of matches just because they bet on them, we’ve lost those disingenuous viewers but I still wish match betting was allowed.
Q: What is your favorite map and why?
A: Cache because I’m from NA.
Q: Best team you’ve played on?
A: The Rise Nation!
Q: How many teams have you been a part of?
Q: What are the major differences between LAN and Online?
A: Everyone is safe and extremely comfortable playing online because it’s where you spend almost all of your time playing. LAN is a new environment and gives you new challenges like being under immediate pressure and playing around a lot of noise. In terms of gameplay differences, you can’t abuse the mechanics of peeking and seeing someone before they see you nearly as hard as you can online. Everyone has the same connection to the server so no one is held back by pinging poorly to the server or having bad routing. It’s the levelest playing field we have, which is why people regard LAN performance as the most important determinant of whether you are a good player/team or not.
We hope you enjoyed this Q&A from Will “dazzLe” Loafman! Stay tuned for next Friday to see who we do our next feature on! If you have suggestions on who you want to see our next feature on, send us a tweet or email! Make sure you follow all of our social media accounts to stay connected on everything Rise Nation: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. #RiseWithUs