Holy interviews, Batman! War and I have been working our penises off pinning down the leaders of as many of the top teams as we can ahead of i46. Flying the flag for USA today is PYYYOUR from Classic Mixup.
Welcome, Sir! Could you give our readers a bit of background into your team?
Classic Mixup is a gathering of close online friends who have been trying to be on the same team for quite some time. A gathering of new and old, Classic Mixup offers talent and skill from the North American Team Fortress 2 competitive community. Platinum and Enigma have been together for a number of seasons. TLR has also been on Harbleu and Platinum’s teams in the past. They are all good buds. Couple that with the bromance of PYYYOUR and ruwin and you have got one pretty nasty deathsquad.
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Who’re you bringing to our illustrious isle?
Sven “ruwin” – Lead scout
Carl “enigma” – Passive scout
Mike “platinum” – Demoman
Tyler “TLR” – Pocket Soldier
Athony “Harbleu” – Roaming Soldier
Bradford “PYYYOUR” – Medic
You must have some expectations of the scale of i46, how do you think it’ll compare to an ESEA LAN?
ESEA LAN varies depending on which LAN you have been to. Sometimes people are allowed to sit right behind competitors, other times, not so much. From what we know every match leading up to the Finals will be in a BYOC setting and therefore will be a limit to the amount of people watching and making noise while we compete. Assuming we make it to the finals, we will be faced with a much different beast. On stage, in front of thousands of people, and using a computer with limited capability that we wont use until it is finals time. I doubt any of us have played on stage before. Due to ESEA LAN, we are used to walking up to a computer and making it as comfortable as possible to play on. We are most interested in making sure we are geared up for the entire tournament more than the finals. If we end up making it to the finals we will do the best we can on the fly.
Is there anyone in your team who you’d single out as being a weak or strong link in such a new environment?
Every single person on our team has gone to LAN and has performed up to their ability. There will not be a situation that has happened in LANs past in America where one player plays some of the worst TF2 anyone has ever seen. Even if someone is playing “not well,” it will not hurt the team.
As for “big game players,” platinum and ruwin are known to save up for big matches. Only give a taste of what is really cooking. If b4nny or clockwork was on my team, I would say the same thing about them. ESEA LAN is a trial by fire. Having to play on different computers each LAN, and different computers between each round, it has really given us the experience to not be nervous about showing up in Telford and sitting down at a new rig. And since it seems we will be bringing our monitors to LAN, we will have the same view as if we were at home.
Are there any individuals you’re worried about from Europe?
I have been a strong supporter of the European community for nearly 3 years. I have played in Div1 as a soldier, and have backup’d for a number of teams. It is safe to say I have had my eye on Europe for quite some time now. It is hard to name individuals since most individual performances stem from the scheme of the team, but since you have a gun to my head I guess I can name a few.
Extremer. Before I actually e-met Tom I was a huge fan. Incredible aim, destructive style, and a voice that sounds like Batman. Couple that with his insane LAN performance at his first LAN and you got a lifetime fan. I always tell my NA friends that if Extremer went pocket soldier, he be the best pocket in Europe, by far. Granted this was back when he played a bunch. I do not know what to expect from Extremer at i46, I hope that he doesn’t act like TLR and occasionally hit every freaking shot before and after Ubers.
Byte. I consider Byte one of the final bosses in Europe. He has been around as long as I have and has been as successful as I have, even though I would classify his career as 2nd place forever, whereas I have had my Up’s and Downs from 1st to…. sigh… 4th. When I think of Byte, I think about his brain as a database of TF2 strats and sticky trap spots. Literally always calculating. But I can tell you, I have much less afraid of him on medic, than I am with him on demoman.
Stefan. Lord knows there is a lot of hype surrounding this guy. Do not know him well at all, just want I can see from STV’s and his performances in the past. Not this last ETF2L final but the previous one, I watched the final with clockwork, enigma, and a few other terrible players. It was really not great TF2. From a spectators point of view it was real sloppy. But, what I did notice is how Stefan would just go huge on every life. Literally almost always die with taking 1 other person with him. Reminds me of the way carnage used to play. If Stefan can constantly play that way on LAN, we are definitely going to have to pull out some old carnage-killing-strats.
Mike. Assuming we meet up with quarantine I will not be doing a lot of surfing against this man. Would rather die like a mid+ medic than have to hear about all the airshot kills he has on me. <3 ya Michael.
You’ve been playing Vanilla in PCWs for a while now, how are you finding it? Bringing back some old memories?
As a medic, vanilla is much much easier to deal with. It takes much more skill for soldiers to reach you. Well, reach you with more than 70 health. Weve opened the transition with open arms. A little fact is that we’ve actually been practicing Vanilla since the moment last ESEA LAN was finished. So were quite used to it actually. Plus Harbleu played soldier in Europe a few seasons ago. He was kind of known for being a “retard roamer” here in America, but he gained a lot of experience by playing soldier in Europe and have to learn how to use a shotgun. Excuse me, how to use a shotgun and hit a shot above 30 damage.
Much is said of the teams that are tipped to do well, if you had to pick a top team (Epsilon, LG, Infused, TCM etc) who you think will underperform who would it be?
Underperform. Hmmm. We are very used to playing LG. They know us, we know them. God help us if we play in the late rounds at i46. It will probably be the best match of the tournament. As a team we have talked about this question. And not to marginalize LG’s play, but we feel that they do not match up as well in Europe. There are many more powerful demos in Europe who I see putting up a strong fight against b4nny. And if you don’t have one of those demos on your team, b4nny will constantly bully your demo and give his team damage advantage. So numlocked, retshock, extremer, kaidus, etc will all have a bull’s-eye on b4nny’s back. Shade, great medic.. clockwork and cyzer… both great scouts. But here is the issue. Here is the main problem. NA has always prided themselves on having the most sicknasty soldiers in the world. Always. Whether it is Reptile, Seagull, Platinum, or TLR, we’ve always had a soldier who is a notch above the best EU soldier. But with LG you do not have that. You have two soldiers, who are productive in their own ways, who are widely considered to be near the middle of invite in terms of aim and DM ability. If European teams can manage to shutdown b4nny, it is going to be a rocky road for Leviathan Gaming and their other stud muffin clockwork.
But never count out jesus. Never count out the savior.
What are your predictions for top 3 at i46
Finally, any shoutouts?
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Coming next, someone from Infused or Epsilson. Hopefully.
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