Written By: Steve Vegvari
World Electronic Sports Games invites pro-level players from around the world to represent their country in an Olympic-style esports tournament held each year.
For Mounira “GooseBreeder” Dobie, this is the time and place for her to reconvene with her team from Team Dignitas. Comprised of herself, missharvey, rain, and cAth, Those Damn Canadians are returning to the WESG. The team not only hopes to match their performance last year but propel themselves further and secure a place in the overall finals.
GooseBreeder is an esteemed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. She has been playing on a competitive level for almost four years. During her first season, she represented North America in the Intel Challenge Katowice in 2015.
Since that time, she has participated in many high-level competitions and has carved out a reputation and name for herself in the esports community. This year, Those Damn Canadians have secured their qualification in the Canadian finals and show no sign of slowing down.
I was able to catch Goosebreeder momentarily from her busy schedule to get a grasp of the team dynamic of Those Damn Canadians and their outlook of the WESG.
Steve: Tell us a little about yourself.
GooseBreeder: My name is Mounira Dobie, I go by GooseBreeder; I’m currently playing for CLG Red. I’m 22 born & raised in Quebec but I’ve been living in the US for over a year now. When I’m not playing competitive CS or streaming to my Twitch channel I like to work out in my spare time.
Steve: How long have you been playing CS:GO competitively?
GooseBreeder: I first started playing CS:GO may of 2014 and I started playing competitively on my first team around January 2015. Going on almost four years now.
Steve: From your experience, how do you view the Canadian CS:GO pro-scene? Is there anything that can be improved?
GooseBreeder: I think considering our population there’s a lot of skill in the Canadian scene. More specifically, I think some of the best female players at the moment are from Canada.
Steve: You’ve been pretty active with the rest of the member of your team, and have been for quite a while. How did that dynamic form?
GooseBreeder: I’ve known the girls on my WESG team for a while from past teams on top of playing WESG last year together. It was only natural that this would be our line up.
Steve: Are there any differences in play style when focusing on ‘Those Damn Canadians’ for the WESG?
GooseBreeder: Because WESG is based off the country you’re representing a lot of players are split up from their usual teammates. This being the case some players have to play different positions; because we’re a pug we have to be flexible and adaptive & most of all take things with a light heart.
Steve: Was there anything you took away from last year’s WESG that you have been able to apply this year?
GooseBreeder: I think the team has a bit more synergy even though we don’t play together on a regular basis.
Steve: How confident does the team feel going into the next leg of the WESG?
GooseBreeder: I think we are confident. If all the players step up we can do some serious damage.
Steve: Is there anything you wish you knew before starting on your competitive journey?
GooseBreeder: Improving & trying to be the best is a journey; It doesn’t come overnight. That being said I can’t think of anything I’d tell my past self because I think I’ve learned a lot of lessons at the right time. The only thing for me now is to move forward and continue to improve.
Steve: What is your ideal practice routine in regards to a large-scale competition?
GooseBreeder: Staying sharp is important. When I am competing I make sure to play a good amount before the event and warm up every day. Aside from that, I make sure I’m eating properly and that I have sustainable energy throughout the day. When you’re constantly at the computer it’s easy to forget to eat. On top of all that, when competing internationally you have to fight jet lag. I think having the energy to last you throughout the day is important.
Steve: Where can people follow you online?
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