Written By: Steve Vegvari
Chris, otherwise known as x0dieeee is one of the four Snider Cup finalists. On March 23rd, x0dieee will be heading to Philadelphia along with the other three finalists to compete for their share of $17,5000.
As a long time player of the NHL franchise, x0dieeee has gone on to compete in previous WorldGaming NHL tournaments. During the Canada Cup, he walked away with the 1st spot prize. I spoke to Chris to learn more about his background in the game and his specific playstyle he brings.
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Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I’m 24 years old. I’m from Toronto, Ontario. I have been playing competitive NHL for about nine years now. I’ve participated in a lot of tournaments. Couple years ago I played in the WorldGaming Canada Cup. I won that. I played in the WorldGaming tournament a year ago and ended up finishing in the top eight. I’m also a University student here in Toronto.
Q: How long have you been playing NHL?
A: Probably back when I was seven or eight, NHL 99 for PC was the first one I played. I can’t really remember anything about the game, but that was the first one I started playing. NHL 08 was the first game I started playing competitively. I was 15 at the time.
Q: What have the biggest changes been?
A: I think as the years progressed the game has gotten a lot harder. I think a lot of players have put time and effort into becoming good at the game. The game’s speed has become slower, but at the same time it makes it harder. It gives more time for people to make the correct plays. Since there are so many tournaments, a lot more people have put in time to becoming good at the game.
Q: Have you been able to adjust for the speed over time?
A: Yeah. You just have to put a ton of time into it and focus on getting better. Back then, I just played and did not focus on what I was doing wrong. I had to change my mindset to making myself better rather than just play the game.
Q:What has been the largest event you’ve participated in?
A: I would say Canada Cup was. I think it also had the largest prize pool.
Q: How has that experience influenced your playstyle?
A: I don’t think it has. I’ve usually stick to the same playstyle over the last nine years. I have a unique style I like to play and stick to. I don’t think my plays have changed much.
Q: Could you describe that playstyle?
A: Yeah, I mainly known for playing a possession style gamemode. So I cycle in the offensive zone, and really possessing the puck. Not giving my opponent any time with the puck. I try to get my opponent to scramble in the offensive zone because they don’t have the puck.
Q: How are feeling about your performance in the Snider Hockey Cup?
A: I actually am really impressed with how I’ve been playing. Going into it, I did not really know what to expect. I feel like I am playing some of the best NHL that I have ever played to this point. I am really hoping to keep this going.
Q: What is something you wish you knew prior to competing?
A: I think that my mindset when first coming in was trying to play the game rather than becoming better. Had I made the strides to better myself way sooner things would be better. Focusing on what I need to do better is really a game changer.
Q: What is an important tip you can give out to anyone looking to pursue eSports?
A: Try and play as much as possible at first. Try to get comfortable with the game then try playing some of the best players. EA has put out a bunch of leaderboard tournaments that allow you to play some of the best in the world. I think participating in these kinds of tournaments really help people get better. If you play the best, you’ll eventually get to their level.
Q: Are there any changes you hope to see in NHL 19?
A: I think pokechecking is very overpowered. So playing defense is slightly easier then it has been. Pokechecking should really be nerfed. That’s the major thing. Maybe make the speed a little faster, although I do really enjoy the speed this year.
Q: What can everyone expect to see from you in the coming months?
A: I don’t think there has been anything announced. It’s just the Snider Cup and I’m not sure what will happen afterwards.
Q: Where can people follow you online?
A: You can follow me on Twitter.com/x0dieeee.
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