Written By: Steve Vegvari
Merhan, otherwise known as Mayhem is the team captain of GGEA Orange. As a long time Call of Duty player, he has represented Canada in a variety of local and international tournaments.
On March 4th, he and his teammates competed in the WorldGaming Canadian Championship Finals against eUnited. GGEA walked away with the title, making this Mayhem’s second Canadian Championship in a row.
Q: Tell us a little about the yourself.
A: My name is Mehran, my gamertag is Mayhem. I am the team captain of GGEA Orange. I’m 20 years old and have been competing for three to four years.
Q: How did the GGEA team form?
A: We go to events in the States and we pretty much met each other through these events and through Twitter. That’s where everyone meets and helps players find skrims. We’ve now been a team for just over a year and a few months. It’s not really common in these amateur teams. They tend to break up every couple months.
Q: You took part in winning last year’s WorldGaming Canadian Championship, Did that experience help the team going into this year’s finals?
A: Last year I teamed with Xotic, Beehzy, and Holler. We ended up winning the Canadian Championship and a few other locals around Toronto. The more you play at these events, the more experience you get. Going up against these top teams you have to play very smart and aggressive. It’s a great environment and a decent amount of teams last year. With these new teams – these amazing teams that came, it made for good competition for the fans.
Q: You faced eUnited the day prior, what kind of recalibrations did the team go over leading into the grand finals?
A: Normally whenever we play them it end up being very close. We are pretty good friends. The first time we lost we had to win the CTF on Ardennes, it was a 20 minute game and they ended up scoring 1-0. We lost to them the first time and went back and thought “What do we need to improve on?” “What do we need to fix?” Going into our next match we had to clutch up and work together as a team. We knew we would take the Search and Destroy games, it came down to stealing a Hardpoint or a Capture the Flag.
Q: On a personal level, how did it feel getting the final kill during Search and Destroy?
A: That felt great! The moment I saw the last guy and I killed him, it was amazing. The funny part was my teammate was turning on someone because he was stuttering the callout. He said “He’s c-c-c-crane!” and I looked at the kill feed and we got the last kill to win.
Q: Overall, what was the biggest takeaway from the event?
A: The competition. Seeing the teams from the States come out. eSports is more well known there than Canada but it just felt good to show them that Toronto has great players.
Q: GG recently went to Atlanta, did earning the Canadian Championship help morale at all?
A: Winning the finals was very good for us. It helped build confidence, but the strategies we talked about during the Canadian event didn’t go towards the Atlanta event when it should have. We hit a rough patch, but bounced back near the end.
Q: What has been your biggest hurdle in regards to competing?
A: It has been the attitudes. When you play with a certain team for some time you see the real person. For instance if you play with a team for two months, they try their best to be an amazing teammate and that’s it. But say after a year, you get comfortable with each other and if you end up getting in an argument it can go crazy but you know how to talk to each other because you know their personalities.
Q: Since joining GG, have you experienced anything you didn’t expect?
A: For us, GGEA has been very good. They are trying to build a huge academy with a bunch of other teams to get out into that pro-level. They provide us with great meal preps and bootcamps where you go before an event and play against other teams on LAN. So when you go to the event, you play better. When we’re not at the bootcamp we play remotely, but when we’re there we play in a large compound with a ton of setups.
Q: Do you have any thoughts on the announcement of Black Ops 4?
A: It think it’s going to be amazing. Normally the Black Ops games are great. It should be very exciting and I hope a lot of players will be playing it. In general it doesn’t matter if there a jetpacks or it’s boots on the ground; Call of Duty is Call of Duty. The more you play the better it will be. WWII was good, but it was a little dull. There wasn’t much in terms of camo or good DLC so it got a bit boring. The mechanics are great, I’m just excited for something new.
Q: What can everyone expect to see from you in the coming months?
A: We have Birmingham event in Europe and than Seattle is after that. We are attending both of those and going to bootcamp before each of those. All MLG events for the most part.
Q: Where can people follow you online?
A: Yeah Twitter is where it’s at. My handle is @OvOMayhem and if you want to stick with my team @GGEAOfficial. Twitter is pretty much where all the pros and the Call of Duty community is so it’s the best place.
Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His enthusiasm and adoration of the video game industry go back to the days of SNES. Find him on Twitter and join in on the escapades.