The Halo World Championships
The Halo World Championships are this weekend and it has a whopping $2,500,000 prize pool. The road leading up to it has been tumultuous and exciting - with the introduction of Halo 5, roster shakeups, MLG Aspen, and CLG's impressive run at the North American Regionals. Halo, once once of the biggest esports, is back in the limelight this weekend in Hollywood, California. If you're new to the scene TeamBeyond has a great article on a Beginners Guide to Competitive Halo.
Interview with Snakebite
Snakebite is one of the original members of the CLG Halo team along with Royal2. We spoke with Snakebite this week to see his thoughts on the upcoming weekend:
What do the Halo World Championships mean to you personally and how would you place it in the context of Halo's competitive history?
It is an awesome opportunity for Halo to be able to have this kind of exposure. To us, this event is a chance to show other communities how great Halo really is.
How many hours a week have you guys been practicing? Do you have any other obligations and responsibilities do you have outside of Halo and if yes, how have you been balancing your time?
We play at least one full scrim every single night and in the almost three months we have been a team we haven't missed more than two days of scrims unless it was to travel to an event. We haven't really had to change our responsibilities because at this point we have just made it a habit to know we need to be on and scrimming every single day by 10pm.
Naded said that his team or teams in general don't try their hardest in scrims because online doesn't matter as much. You guys have had a dominant scrim record and great LAN performance that suggests otherwise. What are your thoughts on the matter?
He isn't wrong that the effort you have at an event will always be greater than how hard you can try online, but if you don't try to mimic that same style and work ethic you will never know what you are truly capable of as a team.
How has everyone been able to gel, work together, and dominate so quickly? What makes you guys different? Back in Halo 2 Anniversary, CLG and EG were taking games back and forth. Right now you guys look untouchable.
We are just all on the same page. Ever since we picked up Lethul we have had the same mindset on how things need to be done. In the past this is definitely something that was missing from our game. Small miscommunication would always cost us a series.
Would you say that CLG Halo has the four best individual players in the game right now?
We try not to really rank ourselves. We just focus on our team game and let the rest speak for itself.
How has Frosty been able to handle the pressure from rapidly rising the ranks, playing with legends/veterans in the Halo competitive scene, and competing in the world championships all in less than a year?
Playing against so many great veterans has been a great experience. I don't really feel any pressure because I know how good my team is and after teaming with people who have been doing this a long time you learn it is just another game of Halo.
What do your friends and family think of your competitive gaming career? What are their thoughts on your opportunity to compete in the Halo World Championships?
They have been nothing but supportive of competitive gaming ever since I started competing. When they heard about HWC they were just amazed at how far competitive gaming as come. When I first started doing this prize money was no where near this large.
It's been about six months since Halo 5 was released, how do you think it compares to the previous games in terms of competitive balance and gameplay?
It is definitely one of the most casual friendly games and I really believe that it is going to help our scene. There is always something that can be done to make the gameplay more balanced.
Can you give a quick description of the other players on your team. How would you describe their personality and what would you say their playstyle is for the CLG fans that might not know as much about the team?
We are just a team that likes to dominate and have a lot of fun. Every single practice we have is extremely intense because of how much we are trying to improve, but we all get along a lot and just try to have fun doing it.
Anything you want to say to your fans and family?
A big thanks to all the fans who have supported us and continue to support us. I can not thank my family enough for all of the support throughout the years. They will never know how much I really appreciate it.
What about the Team Beyond community?
I can't thank the Team Beyond community enough for keeping Halo alive. I respect them so much for keeping people interested even in the past when the support isn't there. I am glad TeamBeyond is getting the recognition they deserve now.