The Eternal recover from a loss with standout rookie performances and a strong performance from NiCOgdh on Mei.
Paris began their Overwatch League season with a disappointing 1-3 loss to the Toronto Defiant on day 1 of the New York homestand. After their first post-match interview, it was difficult to say if that performance would be indicative of the rest of their season. Suffice to say, Paris would turn their misfortune around and re-grouped to pull off a 3-0 victory against the London Spitfire. While standouts Brice "FDGod" Monsçavoir and match MVP Ki-hyo "Xzi" Jung weren’t available to talk about their stellar performances the match, some of Paris’s staple talent were able to speak to reporters. DPS Nicolas "NiCOgdh" Moret, flex support Damien "HyP" Souville, main tank Da-un "NoSmite" Jeong, and head coach Hee-won "RUSH" Yun spoke to the press about the win.
Nico, you've been playing Overwatch for a long time now. You were on Rogue, Eagle-Gaming, and finally Paris but you didn’t have that good of a first season. This weekend, your Mei-play has really impressed a lot of people. Do you think this year is finally the time for you to be recognized as a top DPS player?
Nico – “I hope so, last year I didn’t manage to play a lot of DPS. I was not that good. And this year is totally different. I improved a lot compared to last year and I think this is my year to shine as a DPS.”
You [Rush] have three Korean coaches, with NineK and AVALLA on staff. What’s the synergy between these two groups and how did they help you bounce back from the loss yesterday?
Nico –“It’s a totally different coaching staff than from last year and for me, I would like to say, I kind of prefer this kind of coaching but I also like the coaching from the past year. But if I want to improve a lot, this coaching staff is the best because they are all so, so fucking smart and so good at the game.”
Hyp – “When talking about the game they are really really good. I would say last year we had more coaching staff helping us with the mental aspect. Like we were always in good condition mentally to play the games. This year it's not that they are ‘bad’ but they are more talking about the game and about the data, they help us understand the game and then we can make our own decisions in the game
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What is the team doing to build trust among the players, because it is a bit different with the language barrier? What are you doing to bond as a team?
Hyp - “I feel like we are not doing something special, we are just coming together naturally.”
Nico - “Yeah it's natural.”
Hyp – “I like that because last year actually we had a coaching staff that was kind of forcing us to spend time with each other and stuff and this year it’s like we are just doing it normally.”
Nico – “It’s better this way.”
After the French players departed, head coach RUSH and main tank NoSmite only had a few brief moments to answer questions.
Yesterday the players seemed a bit frazzled coming from the loss. Now there seems to be a big boost in confidence. What did your staff talk to your players about and how did you get them right in the mentality for this game?
RUSH - “After yesterday's game we gathered the players around and looked at each mistake we were making and pointed them out. Because we were so confident in pointing them out and just telling them they were nothing more than mistakes, we were able to build good synergy today and play the game very well.”
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