Written By: Steve Vegvari
While the WorldGaming Rocket League Canadian Championships takes a momentary pause after the qualifier rounds, the teams are able to regroup. Players can take this time to breath before heading into the online playoffs on July 22nd.
Trevor “DudeWithTheNose” Hannah and his teammates GoRocksGo and NickyMac make up our third qualifying team; Incognito. All three members are established RLCS players and have now formed to take on the competition here in Canada. I had a chance to talk to DudeWithTheNose about the ebbs and flows of playing in this series.
Q: Can you walk us through the Incognito team?
A: I am DudeWithTheNose and my teammates are GoRocksGo and NickyMac. They have played on Incognito during past Rocket League Championship Series and Rocket League Rival Series seasons. I played for Splyce with Karma and JWismont. I have been playing Rocket League since August 2015. We came together and formed a Canadian team for this event. I think we have a pretty good shot.
Q: How did you all decide to form a team?
A: GoRocksGo and NickMac planned on doing this together and I did not have a team at the time. One of them asked me and I joined. They are pretty good so I didn’t see any point in declining. This is the first time we are playing on a team together. In fact, we have only played together in the qualifiers.
Q: So in such a short amount of time, how has the team been able to balance each members strengths and weaknesses?
A: That has been the hard part. On the 23rd, it was a bit of a bad showing from us so we got knocked down a lot earlier than expected. Then on the next qualifier on June 30th, it was a lot better. So it is only a matter of time that we got used to each others tendencies and playstyles. I think as we go, we’ll only get stronger and stronger.
Q: What are your thoughts on the team’s performance so far?
A: NickMac and GoRocksGo know each other a lot better than I know them. So I think in the qualifiers I was was sitting back and letting them do most of it. Then I would go up and let the other two go back for boost. It was a bit sub-optimal so I think going forward, as we start to get used to each other we’ll play as a team rather than two plus one.
Q: Are there any particular strategies the team has been using?
A: Not so many strategies but during some of the tougher games, we notice when we’re trying to get the ball out of our half, we were just giving up the ball. We were just trying to get rid of it, but it brought more pressure on us because we could not get rid of the ball. As the games went on, we worked on that and it became easier to win. Not too many hard strategies, but adaptations to how we were going to win.
Q: How do you plan on proceeding from here after the qualifiers?
A: We’ll probably set up skrims as the playoffs get closer with other teams. Another good team is Croissant Bois, which is comprised of Ralph, AXB, and Taroco. They are a really strong team so we may skrim with them and see how it goes. We’ll be taking it seriously and practising for it.
Q: Is there a specific team you’re looking to play against on your way to the finals?
A: I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to playing against them as they are a strong team, but Croissant Bois. Another team that surprised us and are fun to play against is Whammers, the team made up of Origin_K, Dark Demise, and Sosa. So I think those two would be the biggest competition for us.
Q: What are some important tips you can give to aspiring Rocket League players?
A: When a lot of players want to get better they focus on getting faster. That isn’t always the game. You have to focus on the touches you are making. Sometimes slow the game down and play to your own pace. Don’t always try to be faster and faster because it does not always work. That is a mistake a lot of people make.
Q: Where can people follow you online?
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