enVisioN Bring In Velly As A Coach To Calm The Waters
After a tumultuous Sunday, pro Gears team enVisioN, formerly known as VexX, will continue to press forward with the addition of Loviel “Velly” Cardwell as their coach to address their issues. Shortly after losing to Lethal Gaming, numerous tweets from the players, which have since been deleted, began to hint towards the team disbanding. Community members and other pro teams showed their own disappointment at the thought of one of Gears esports more promising teams calling it quits before the Gears 4 season even began.
Damn VexX was a good squad— 혼자 clerkie (@thisisclerkie) September 5, 2016
I spoke with Christopher "Domez" Guzman to gain a bit more insight on why emotions ran so high on such a promising young team.
What were the issues the team was facing that ultimately led to a near team split?
To be honest, after coming back from Columbus, I felt like people weren't taking constructive criticism anymore and that they were never wrong. The lack of practice and scrims was also starting to become an issue. When you have a team full of young players like us, that is kinda expected to happen. Lack of experience may or may have not played a huge factor when playing in Columbus.
We [were] one of the two teams to [have come] close to beating ENEMYGG [now] known as OpTic Gaming at the LAN. We were up 2-0 on the tie breaker map against Enemy after our Enigma6 matchup, and we went into that match thinking we were the best and that Enemy was garbage in order to not give them too much respect and be scared of fighting one-on-one fights with them. We knew our shotguns [could] compete with theirs.
Confidence is key. I'm also to understand that you guys are trying Velly as a coach?
Yes, we are, and we will start using him today. He kinda helped keep us together because he sees potential in us. Gilbert "Xplosive" Rojo from OpTic also helped keep us together; he spoke to us and told us why we should stay together.
I later caught up with Velly, former Major League Gaming pro for Gears of War to gain his insight on the matter and prospect of coaching such a young and promising team.
What led you to want to coach this team?
I approached them two weeks ago with a proposal. When they didn't place top-four during the first qualifier, I saw huge flaws in their playstyle, but a ton of upside in terms of skill. I feel like they can honestly be a top-three team if they corrected bad habits. For my first time coaching a team, it's a little odd. I'm used to playing, you know? Fortunately, we all have the same mindset in terms of success and that really pushed me to want to coach them.
What things do you plan to do as a coach to help this team reach the next level?
I plan on helping this team learn how to play smarter. These guys fly around the map and take unnecessary fights, which is what separates them from the other top teams. I don't want to be the guy that walks in and says "YOU'RE GOING TO DO THIS MY WAY" but I want to help by lending helpful advice which will hopefully encourage one of them to step up as a leader to identify situations that call for them to slow it down and when to push with numbers. They have the skill, they just need to add situational awareness, which is what they currently lack.
This will be a trial run with Velly as the coach to see how things work out. enVisioN's first test under a new coach will be in this Sunday's GameBattles 2K Series. As of now, they currently are in the top-four for pro points, so another 2K win will place them within the top-two.
The enVisioN roster is as follows:
Christopher "Domez" Guzman
Anthony "DeToX" George
Jarid "Neglectant" Breuninger
Ahiyah "Hooligin" Lyte
Loviel "Velly" Cardwell (coach)
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