Written By: Steve Vegvari
Gone Gaming is a young eSports organization. Based in the Los Angeles, Gone Gaming’s Call of Duty team is comprised of Blfire, Havok, Legal, and Mosh. Each player has had a long standing foot in the race of eSports competitions.
I spoke to Havok to get a sense of team dynamics and what to expect from a group still in their infancy.
Q: Can you give an introduction to the team?
A: We are Gone Gaming. The team is made up of Blfire, Legal, Mosh and myself. Last year, they were in the Pro League as as amateurs and had a bit of a bad start. We are all just trying to prove ourselves in Gone Gaming.
Q: How did the team form?
A: I was a free agent and I was open to playing with anyone. Blfire sent me a DM and asked if I wanted to play with them. We all started playing and we just smoked everyone and I said “Okay, I guess we’ll team up”. Literally started as just a casual thing. That was two months ago.
Q: How does the team capitalize on each member’s individual strengths as a player?
A: I’m usually a fast-paced player. While the rest of the team play a little slower, so I plan to adapt and play a little slower with them. Once I figured out that role for me, we all just mesh as a team. We have our own base now and everyone is on the same page with two months of skrims almost everyday.
Q: What is something that makes your team unique compared to other Call of Duty teams out there?
A: I don’t know if we’re unique, I just think it’s unique that right away we had chemistry. There are teams that have been together way longer than we have. I feel like we have a lot more chemistry than most. I’m not sure why that is but we started meshing really well.
I guess considering three of my teammates did not have much success last year, to come into this game and perform really well I think is pretty unique.
Q: How do you feel with the performances during qualifiers?
A: I feel like we have all been really happy with how the qualifiers went. We played two really tough teams. We played Lightning Pandaz, and we played GGEA. GG had last map and we had crazy 1v3s and two 1v2s and I think a 1v4. We were so happy with that, they are in the Pro League so that was a tough challenge.
In the playoff I don’t think we lost a map so we’re really positive on how we played.
Q: What are you looking forward to most during the Call of Duty: WWII Finals?
A: I really want to play eUnited in the finals. I know they are going to be there, I want that to be the final match. If we’re going to go for the number one spot I want to play them.
Q: What does the daily routine look like leading up to a tournament?
A: We play every single day. We don’t take a day off and start skrims usually around 6 CST and we don’t end until 11 or midnight. So we do five to six hours of skrims a day and then everyone else does their own thing. I think we all play roughly eight hours a day.
Q: What is the biggest hurdle you’ve seen the team go through?
A: Yeah, so at first we were really bad at CTF, like I said I was a fast player back then. We focused on CTF and now we’re pretty good. We became really good at CTF, barely lost any matches during skrims. Then our Hardpoint was looking a little rough so we worked on that. After that, our S&D went down. It’s weird, just a we were up on one thing another went down. I think we’ve gotten all three modes down.
Q: What is an important tip you can give out to anyone looking to pursue eSports?
A: People ask me all the time on stream. They always ask “How do I get better?” or “How do I find good teammates?” Finding good teammates is unique, you have to do that in your own way. I got lucky finding my teammates. I was with players who I felt weren’t on the same skill level as me. You can’t let people hold you back like that. It’s just business, it really comes down to business.
You have to be lucky in finding a good team, but individual skills is all about consistency.
If you play a lot and play everyday, you can be the best. If you can put in more work than another person, you can be better than them. The biggest thing is if you want to be in this is you have have to be dedicated and consistent. You have to want it.
Q: What can everyone expect to see from the team this year?
A: Our main goal, besides Champs which is down the road is qualify for Season Two of Call of Duty World League. I think we have a really good shot, especially after our first national circuit. We are going to CWL Atlanta and Birmingham.
Q: Where can people follow you online?
A: We are all on Twitter – @Blfire @ColtHavok @TyreeLegal & @i2Mosh and we all stream. I usually like to stream my skirms so you can find me in the chat answering any questions. My streams are on Twitch.tv/colthavok My team always reads their chat and respond to Twitter comments. Twitter’s a great way to reach out to us.
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.
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