TL;DW - OGE's Comeback, PRE On Justice's Struggles, And Aid On Pine Playing In Playoffs
And just like that, the regular season is over for a couple of teams that finished their last qualifying matches for the Countdown Cup. With the marathon coming onto a homestretch, we once again sat down with players and coaches from Overwatch League teams shortly after their matches to pick their brains and hearts about the match as well as the season as a whole. Here’s the too long; didn’t watch of what we learned in our post-match interviews in the second to last week of the Overwatch League season.
Min-seok "OGE" Son - Main Tank, Florida Mayhem
We sat down with Min-seok "OGE" Son shortly after his team’s victory over the Boston Uprising, exploring topics like his break and resetting his mental, as well as taking on more responsibilities for the Mayhem. Translation was kindly provided by Jade “Swingchip” Kim.
“I knew that that main tank spot was mine and that I have to return to it”
- OGE says he used his break to reset his mental
- OGE thinks that longer breaks within the season would be really beneficial for players and their mental
- Florida Mayhem started doing well in scrims in the lead up to the weekend
- OGE says that in the beginning of the season, KuKi gave the players the hero choices to pick. After OGE came back, he has started making those calls and communicates them to the team now
“Wrecking Ball is probably the strongest main tank hero in the pool”
- The Mayhem weren’t deflated by the loss against Atlanta Reign, but rather had minor regrets about not being able to finish it out
- The team wants to “write a miracle story” with their two games, trying to get to Hawaii and gather enough League points to qualify for season play-ins
Aaron "PRE" Heckman - General Manager Washington Justice
We talked to General Manager of the Washington Justice Aaron "PRE" Heckman shortly after his team’s last match of the regular season against the Vancouver Titans about their recent hole and how they are planning to dig themselves out of it, as well as various topics regarding competitive integrity.
- PRE says that they focused too much on finding strategies against the best in the League, which aren’t necessarily the best against everyone else
“There was a rotting feeling towards how things went this stage”
- PRE says that the Justice have tried Assassin, Decay, and Ttuba on Pharah
- PRE thinks that if there is a criticism towards Assassin, then it’s that he’s inconsistent
- Ttuba is really good at shot-calling from the main support position, having great in-game intuition
- PRE thinks there is an issue with top teams who want to find the best possible solution instead of going for the best practical choice that works for their own team, thinking they always have to play the best meta the best instead of playing your own style
“I do think 16 games this season are too few”
- PRE thinks the season format needs further tinkering but was satisfied with the way it worked out this season, saying that it is an iterative process that gets better with time
- PRE says the way patches have been introduced this season has felt great
- PRE thinks it’s really hard to know if they are going to be picked early or later into the draft, because the team now has a lot of time to prepare and get back to form. He thinks it will most likely come down to their playstyle seemingly fitting an opponent
- PRE says that it’s really hard to know who to scrim as a lot of strategies have leaked to opponents over the season with really weird reads happening to counter original strategies that teams might have tried to run
Jaeyoon "Aid" Go - Assistant Coach, Dallas Fuel
Having gone to Hawaii three times so far, the Dallas Fuel are one of the teams with the most active matches played this season and understandably fatigue has set in. With the team dialing back on the number of practice hours, it was half-expected for them to have a tough time against the Atlanta Reign, who have stuck to their style and are looking to make another run to Hawaii themselves. We sat down with Aid just a couple of minutes after their loss against the Reign to discuss the match, the upcoming playoffs, Pine, and more. Translation was kindly provided by Helen “Dear” Jang.
- Aid says the Fuel are first and foremost focused on getting to the Grand Final
- The Fuel roster is very competitive and wants to go to Hawaii, but it might be better to have a full month off before playoffs
- The Fuel feels that improving their Winston comp is unlikely to give them an advantage in playoffs, and they feel it’s better to prepare Wrecking Ball and Orisa comps to be most prepared for whatever their opponents may be playing
- Aid doesn’t have a precise idea how they will be using Pine, but he thinks just having the option will give teams trouble practising the Fuel, making them less predictable