We sat down with Team Oversight, a new and upcoming, competitive Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 team panning to travel as much as they can for this season of competitive gaming. Their plans are not limited to MLG events only, but all over the country and they plan to travel often throughout the year. We take an inside look on what they have to say about the competitive scene of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and how they have adapted to it. This interview features comments from all of the players of Team Oversight including lx Eulogy xl, That1GamerChick, Z for Zed, and last but certainly not least o NAT0 o. Please enjoy and follow @RicochetMeRC for more updates dealing with OneSpawn and competitive Call of Duty!
Ryan: Can you give me a short biography of your team?
Zed: The team formed from me (Zed) and Nato. We have been playing for three years together and then we eventually picked up Eulogy. He has won many LANs in the state of Colorado and then eventually found That1GamerChick through a twitter occurance. She is a very dedicated player and knowledegable at the same time, Nato is a very trustworthy player and me and him would be what you call “The Duo”. Eulogy is a very quick learner and adapts very well to multiple situations. That1GamerChick was a great pick up for us just because of all of her experience and smart attitude towards the game. We are hoping to go to Dallas but need to grind and practice. We have had a lot of ups and downs but it all comes down to whether or not we feel good about going, however we do forsee playing on LAN.
Ryan: How has the experience been so far, transitioning into Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?
Zed: For me I have played all of the Call of Duty titles, but Black Ops 2 is the first I am playing competitively. It seems a lot slower and less aggressive. It is very different due to the new guns and the adjustments it takes to get used to them. I think for us as a team, going into LAN events is going to be easy for us. It all comes down to adjusting to the weapons in my opinion. I have also realized that the scene over here is a little different due to scuf controllers and things that up the play style, so you really have to get on the bandwagon with that technology if you want to play at the level of the pros. It’s just one of those games that feels fast but isn’t. The transition isn’t terrible but it all comes down to getting adjusted to your enemies playstyle.
Eulogy: I think this game can go very far competitively and has all the right tools to do it, however it just isn’t fast enough due to the camping involved. You have to adapt if you want to achieve the status of being a pro gamer. It seems that there isn’t a lot of variety in this game and that is another negative aspect, such as many players sticking to a particular group of assault rifles and sub-machine guns.
Nato: I think they could do better with the playstyle and the weapons that are available to the players to use. The guns are way more limited in this Call of Duty compared to previous ones.
Ryan: What were your first reactions when MLG decided to put Black Ops 2 on the circuit and have 50,000 worth of prizes?
Zed: I was happy but also asked myself if MLG could be any cheaper. Fifty thousand dollars isn’t that much money when you think about it. I believe for the amount of time we put into play, the prizes wont give us the chance to survive.
Eulogy: At the time I was playing Halo 4 and Black Ops 2 and I was shocked to hear that Halo 4 never made it on the circuit. I think Halo 4 was a way better game than Black Ops 2 because of the variety and the way the maps were set up. It was definitely a shock to hear that Black Ops 2 really made it.
Ryan: As a team how has the preparation for the Dallas been so far?
That1GamerChick: Terrible, we need to grind and practice a lot more, but there is some positive progress coming out of what we have been doing. I think it comes down to what teams grind more and have those improvising capabilities to adapt to new strategies and what not. That’s what we need to gain as a team.
Zed: We started out originally with just Nato and I and we decided to give the competitive scene a try again. We were going out to look for people who knew the game, and not just the popularity from youtube and online warriors. Our preparations have been hectic but when it comes down to it, we are going to be ready and we are all going to have that experience from our past in competitive gaming. We are looking into every single gaming league we can find and not just Dallas or MLG events. We are going to be traveling a lot and we hope to take over everything, although we can’t win em’ all. There are a lot of good teams but it’s unfair to a lot of teams because of the fact you only hear four or five big names and not the other talent that is out there. These teams that are youtube famous and big names, if you look right now, they are all in the losers bracket. MLG and LAN events are a whole different story and I think a lot of these teams and players are going to find that out. LAN is a whole different ball game. We are doing whatever we have to do to prepare for that.
Ryan: MLG has some controversial rule sets. What are your thoughts on the rules for MLG Dallas and what is your position on Scorestreaks?
That1GamerChick: I am relatively new to the competitive scene and I like the scorestreaks. I don’t like the flak jacket and tactical mask, however. I would much rather have it back to the way it was before because that was more of where the skill was at. Instead of having a clutch “nade” or stunning the flag you see more scorestreaks getting the big clutch kills. But I believe these new rules brought in a lot of new players and more variety to the competitive scene.
Zed: I think what it comes down to is the community and listening to the opinions of the community. Some people aren’t able to get 20 kills for a scorestreak but in turn the new score system allows those people to get scorestreaks at a more understandable and fairer way with the new system to achieve them through points and not kills. Sometimes we don’t play with scorestreaks on just so we don’t have to worry about them and we can focus more on our kills. We rely on the scorestreaks way too much and it takes focus off the more important parts of the game. Scorestreaks can make a team get very hectic and lose that patient and proper morale.
Nato: I think it makes it very cheap for the players who do know how to use the scorestreaks. It gives them a huge upperhand.
Eulogy: I like the scorestreaks and I like knowing that when I am getting them, it is making me look good. Running game in the middle of a competition builds my self esteem when playing against good players. They can get cheap at times but they definitely make the game better.
Ryan: What has your team done to adapt to the new rules and have a playstyle directed more towards earning scorestreaks?
That1GamerChick: I personally, always run two, third perks. If the other team doesn’t use tactical mask or flak jacket I will use them to gain an upper hand. If I am coming up upon scorestreaks I will camp. Simple things like this have helped my game progress tremendously and have also made me a much smarter player.
Zed: Jess (That1GamerChick) is an important part of the team. She’s like the eagle over the nest. She notices the finer things about the other team and calls them out to us for us to try to get the upper hand on players. I am the one who sits back on the trigger and contantly watches the kills that are occurring and so on. Nato is like our “hitman” and if someone is about to get a streak, he will go out and take out that guy. Eulogy plays the objective position such as anchor or flag runner. He can adjust to any style when he needs to. I think our strategies are a lot different than other teams and we consider them to be completely opposite of what these other teams are doing. This is another thing that will help our team be successful in the long run.
Eulogy: I think our communication is very on point and we are constantly looking out for each other.
Ryan: How strong do you feel the chemistry is on this team, and can you give us an idea on how important it really is?
That1GamerChick: I think we have great chemistry. We just need to grind more and get better at certain things. Our chemistry is really clicking and you have to have it when it comes to events. You don’t want to be on a team with player you won’t get along with. You want to be on team you can have fun with. All these all-star players, even if they are really good, if they don’t click with the team, you have to find someone who will. Skill comes after after chemistry everytime. You can’t expect to win all the time right off the bat, you have to put in that work to become a better team.
Zed: Your team is the most important part of the game. It’s like if you were a paint stripper and you are facing a lot of dangerous chemicals in a helmet. You better like who’s in that helmet. If you don’t like your team, then nothing will work. We do sometimes get aggressive but that will happen, and we all know at the end of the day we will always be friends. No matter what happens in this years events we are always going to be friends.
Nato: We are like one big family.
Ryan: What has been your favorite moment so far, in the competitive Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 community?
Zed: Probably competitive play. There are so many different encounters, like me and Nato going into league play and playing top players and then doing good two on four while our other players have no idea what they are doing. I think the best moment was meeting this team and inspiring me to get back to where I used to be. They brought back my competitive edge again and to have them pushing me back into it makes me feel really good about doing this again.
Eulogy: There is a livestreaming option now. I like that people can go into these tournaments and show it to the world for free. I think that is a huge achievement with having players livestream and show their talent without having to pay crazy amounts of money. Also codcasting is something huge and something Call of Duty absolutely needed. One of the best games I have ever played with this team was on Capture the Flag beating a team 21-0. That was definitely one of the most powerful moments for this team.
That1Gamechick: I think my greatest moment is the feeling of having a 1v3 or 1v4 clutch in Search and Destroy or in Capture the Flag when you are down a flag and you make a big clutch to win or tie the game.
Nato: Playing Capture the Flag and the other team is up by two or three flags and you come back and win at the end and make the enemy quit.
Ryan: Do you have anyone you would like to shout out before the end of this interview?
Zed: I would like to shout out to the important people at this moment in time which would be my team and Gaming for Autism. I am trying to get this trend by stop playing for ourselves and play for a good cause. Also I would like to shout out Gaming Gloves as well, and every other company that has supported this team. Thank you to the community for the support and the hate as well!
That1Gamerchick: Shoutout to all the people who think that I can’t succeed and those people that are sticking by my side and pushing me to make it to where I want to go.
Nato: I want to give a shoutout to those people who have confidence in us and our team as well.
Eulogy: I want to give a shoutout to Monster Machine and Chaos Controllers, my sponsors from MW2. They gave me the confidence to make a name for myself in the competitive Call of Duty scene.
Ryan: And would you like to say anything else that you may feel will be important for the audience to hear?
Zed: I have gotten a lot of messages on ask.fm and on Xbox LIVE and most people are asking how to get involved into competitive gaming. My answer is to just play a lot. You don’t have to be a youtube sensation or be on the top of the leaderboard. You have to believe in yourself and have the confidence to achieve what you want to achieve. If you have the opportunity to go to an event, go and try your best. It is not hard to get into competitive gaming, anyone can make a name for themselves.
Eulogy: It takes a lot to be a competitive gamer and it definitely acts as a job.
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