Category: Interviews

Nerf This!: Interviewing Hyo-bin “Choihyobin” Choi of the San Francisco Shock

There was a time, long ago, when D.Va was unstoppable. She was overpowered, nigh unkillable, and was the favorite go-to flex tank for tank mains like myself. She was an almost universal pick in both quick play and competitive matches. As they say though, all good things come to an end, as she was nerfed a bit over the next couple of patches.

Read more …
Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

The Shy Guy of Overwatch: Gyeong-mu “Yakpung” Jo

No one can really know what it’s like to be on the Overwatch stage unless they’ve been there. Like any other performance that is watched by so many people around the world, the pressure is on to ultimately make sure you don’t make a fool of yourself on a live broadcast, despite whether you suffer from stage fright or not. While some people can be charming on camera, some people have no interest in it at all. At the end of the day, it’s still a human being living and breathing right on your screen and it can be difficult for a lot of people to remember that.

Read more …
Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

True Defiance: Talking with Seung-hyun “Ivy” Lee and Joo-seong “Roky” Park

The Toronto Defiant have truly lived up to their name, finishing as the third seed in stage one and trouncing opponents that were otherwise seen as real threats. The true dark horse team of the league, having been built from a few unknowns along with seasoned players, no one was willing to predict how well they were going to do. Speculation turned into reality, and now heading into stage two Toronto continues in hopes of surprising everyone. Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Hammer Down: An Interview with Matthew “super” DeLisi

It seems that people forget that there are three California-based teams in Overwatch League.

I get it, the Valiant and the Gladiators are pretty fly, but there is a team that has been climbing the ranks, doing Northern California proud–the San Francisco Shock. It certainly helps that the team has great chemistry, great leadership, and solid tank play, especially from main tank player Matthew “super” DeLisi. Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Just Play the Game: An Interview with Benjamin “BigGoose” Isohanni of the Los Angeles Gladiators

I actually cheered when the Gladiators won.

Yes, I did. Not only because it was the first win a Los Angeles team attained, but because I have good friends who are also Gladiators fans who shared a similar pain us Valiant fans did up until that point. So I was obviously curious, despite shaking off the rust that most teams had to have done from the off-season, as to what actually happened to finally make the Los Angeles Gladiators contenders once again and not be a part of the semi-finals slump squad that includes the inconsistent London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion along with the currently winless Los Angeles Valiant. Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Somewhere That’s Green — Meet Kelsey “Colourhex” Birse of the Boston Uprising

It’s sometimes hard to remember at my age and with all the insanity I’ve been through in what is relatively a short period of time, that there are people out there who truly enjoy what they do and who truly live in the moment. Even my cold, bitter, whiskey-dipped heart can’t help but feel inspired by those who come to Los Angeles with a goal in mind and not only reaching that goal, but also able to share that joy with others. Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

New Year, New You — An Interview with Baek “Fissure” Chan-hyung from the Seoul Dynasty

Everyone loves controversy.

Whether it be because it spices up an otherwise dull life, whether it be because life gives you lemons and you don’t feel like making your own lemonade, (desiring tea instead), or because the online persona that you are fascinated with somehow triggers a deep and passionate response that your Twitter fingers can’t help but transcribe. Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Earth, Shattered — Interview with Pokpo of the Atlanta Reign

As a main tank, it’s a hard life. Trust me, I know.

Even with the GOATs meta allowing tanks their time to shine, the lack of dynamic play has bored a lot of viewers. For those who like GOATs, however, the common response is, “You just have to know what to look for.” Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Minority Report Profiles: Izayaki

Experiencing Tranquility: Kim “Izayaki” Min-chul

Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

With GOATS still going strong despite some upcoming changes potentially shutting it down, however you feel about this polarizing meta, there is a silver lining among the 3-3 clouds: watching incredible Zenyatta game-play, given that it’s arguably the closest to prime DPS play that we are currently going to get.

Someone who has made a name for himself as a breakout Zenyatta player this season is Kim “Izayaki” Min-chul from the Los Angeles Valiant. Initially playing for both KNC Vmax and NC Foxes back in Overwatch Contenders Korea as a flex support before being signed as Valiant’s 12th player;it has become obvious that Izayaki’s precision-level accuracy, improved communications, and clutch plays have garnered attention of late.

I spoke to him last week (on his birthday!) after the Valiant’s game against NYXL along with Andrew Kim, the team’s translator.

Read more …

Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Dallas Fuel’s ZachaREEE: GOATs, Making it to the Leauge, and Trash Talk

During the second week of the Overwatch League, I had the pleasure to sit down and talk to Dallas Fuel player ZachaREEE. We discussed his personal life, the mark he wanted to leave on the league and his thoughts on his place in this meta.

Read more …

Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.
Overwatchscore