Written By: Steve Vegvari
Branden Br1ck” Gwyn is the team captain of the MyztroGaming Quake Champions division. A passionate Quake player since the early days of Quake 3.
Since beginning his competitive eSports journey, Branden has been a frequent player at Quakecon. In 2017, Branden attended both Dreamhack and the Quake World Championship Tournament.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hey everyone! My name is Branden Gwyn. I go by the handle “br1ck”. I am 28 years old and live in New Jersey.
Q: How did you first get into eSports?
A: As a kid I used to watch my older three brothers play Quake 3 on Dreamcast. So, as Quake 3 was dying off I got my hands on a PC and started playing CTF nightly. Eventually, Quake Live was released in 2010. It was then that I realized I could compete at the highest level and attended my first QuakeCon event. With the help of my teammates at the time (rapha, sdahaghi, and jones) we placed 3rd in CTF. I then went on to place 2nd in CTF at Quakecon 2012 and 1st at Quakecon 2014 with teammates ZeRo4, Whaz and DaHang.
Q: Does it feel like it has become a profession to you yet?
A: At the moment, Quake is still just a hobby until major tournaments are announced and the fanbase of the game grows.
Q: You’re pretty active in the Quake community. What is it about the franchise that reels you in?
A: Quake is an awesome game that tests you in many ways I have yet to see any other FPS games emulate. To name a few:
1) Timing item respawns
2) Actively tracking where your opponents are on the map
4) Heavily Aim based
6) When it’s safe to be aggressive/defensive based on how much damage you’ve taken or dealt
The crazy thing about the list I named is that you only have a few seconds to process this information and make a decision.
Q: You just got picked up by Myztro Gaming. How did that come to fruition?
A: At Dreamhack Winter in Sweden, I got to meet and hang out with a lot of the Myztro members. They are an awesome/comedic group of people. I got my shot to play with dooi in a North American TDM cup which we won convincingly. After that cup, the rest was history.
Q: Quake Champions is still a young platform for eSports. Is there anything you’re hoping to see added?
A: I hope to see a few things added. I want to see more champions. However, if CTF is going to be a major mode for this game, I would like to see some brand new maps. I do believe the guys at Bethesda have a great grasp on this game and a good vision of where it should go into this new year.
Q: Is there a character you find yourself maining? Any particular reason?
A: Currently I find myself maining Anarki specifically because his movement speed caters to my aiming style.
Simply put: “If I do not see some action soon, I’m going to start flipping tables” – Anarki
Q: Any tips for enthusiasts who may be looking to get into eSports?
A: The first thing I tell anyone I play with is you have to have fun. When the game is fresh in your mind and fun, you are willing to go the extra mile to perfect something such as aiming, movement, positioning, etc.
You also have to be willingly to put in the time to learn everything this game has to offer.
Q: What has been your biggest hurdle in regards to competing?
A: The only real hurdle I have encountered has been teammates not willing to put in the time, stick together, and grind it out. Everyone wants to win, but it does not come right away. You need to get players together who enjoy playing with each other and actively work towards goals.
Q: What can everyone expect to see from you in the coming months?
A: You can expect to see me in a few NA Duel cup and any online team mode tournaments until LAN tournaments are announced in the coming months.
Q: Where can people follow you online?
A: People can catch me streaming at Twitch.tv/myztrobr1ck or on Twitter.com/myztrobr1ck. Also don’t forget to toss @myztrogaming and my teammate @myztrodooi a follow as well!
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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.