Written By: Steve Vegvari
Him Tortons is one of the eight qualifying Canadian teams headed to WorldGaming Network’s Rocket League Canadian Challenge finals.
Nathan, otherwise known as Loconate, leads Him Tortons with JoeFreshness and Plasma as his teammates. Nathan has built a community of viewers on YouTube and Twitch, but has since focused on honing his craft in Rocket League for the Canadian Challenge.
We had a chance to talk to Nathan about his outlook on having a competitive edge, and what Him Tortons expects from the finals.
Steve: Can you give yourself an introduction?
Nathan: I am Loconate. I am a Rocket League player, but I mostly known for being a YouTuber, which I used to do a lot of. I have kind of stopped that to focus on playing competitively lately.
Steve: What made you decide to start playing Rocket League?
Nathan: To be honest I always wanted to start a YouTube channel, this was back before I started playing Rocket League. I wanted to do a Let’s Play of Rocket League, but wanted to be good before I did the Let’s Play. I never really stopped playing it and here I am. That was about two years ago.
Steve: Have you played in any other LAN tournaments in the past?
Nathan: No, I’ve really wanted to. I haven’t had a team. There are a few LANs up in Montreal, but I haven’t had the chance to go there.
Steve: How did you form Him Tortons?
Nathan: We kind of threw ourselves together beforehand. For the Canadian Challenge, we were restricted to only playing with Canadian player and unable to play with your usual team. So I spoke to Plasma and said “Hey, we’re teaming!” and he responded with “Sure, we’re teaming with JoeFreshness.” It was just that simple.
Steve: As team captain, what could you say is something that sets your team apart from the competition?
Nathan: We pass really well. I think we’re pretty fast. Personally, I like to play pretty slow but JoeFreshness and Plasma are fast players. We tend to apply a lot of pressure.
Honestly, a lot of the times it is not about doing anything that sets you apart, but rather doing things better than the other teams. Of course there are different playstyles and different ways to approach them, but generally it comes down to fitting in these broad categories. It’s about whether or not you can be better than other teams in those broad categories.
We have a lot of experience on our team and I think we have the ability to play well.
Steve: Looking back, what would you have done differently during the playoffs?
Nathan: Beaten Incognito. (Laughs)
Steve: Have there been any notable competitors you’ve played against in the playoffs?
Nathan: We’re really confident that we can beat any team. The two teams that are the real issue are Croissant Bois and Incognito. We’re closer to Incognito in terms of skill. We were very close to beating them. We have our eyes set on beating them, or at least taking second in the finals.
Steve: How is the team preparing for the finals?
Nathan: We are going to be doing scrims. We have started playing again since the beginning of August after taking some time off after the playoffs. We are looking to play some scrims, look at our old replays and see what we could do better.
Steve: What are some of the more advanced strategies you see the team leaning on?
Nathan: Certain times you have to know when to cut the play. If someone is really far back you may have to cut the rotation, which is a bit more complicated. But really there is nothing super intense.
It’s all about beating your opponent to the ball, positioning yourself to beat them to the ball. Get around as many opponents as you can and take good shots. It’s about doing the basics really, really well. That’s what I think Rocket League comes down to –– doing the basics really well.
Steve: Any tips for up and coming players?
Nathan: The most important skill to have is the ability to self-criticize. Ultimately, what everyone needs to work on is unique. Everyone has to develop their own playstyle. Like I told you earlier, doing the basics better is important.
So being able to self-criticize their own play and be able to say “Hey, I messed up there. I should have been doing that instead of this.” That is the number one thing to do in order to become a better Rocket League player.
Steve: Where can readers keep up with the team online?
Nathan: Follow me on Twitter I guess. If you’re really feeling ambitious you can subscribe to my YouTube channel and on Twitch. JoeFreshness can be found on Twitter. Plasmas can also be found on Twitter.
About The Author: Steve Vegvari
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.