Misfits skipjack: "Overwatch will never get boring"
Nicholas "skipjack" Rosada is one of the coolest and friendliest personalities in the Overwatch professional scene. We sat down with him and got to know him better, talk about how he made his way to Misfits and about his future plans among others. Let's roll!
So, we had a small introduction, but could you tell me a bit more about yourself?
skipjack: I'm from Germany, I am 27 and I play Overwatch as a profession now. I'm still a student, on the side, or I was, up until now, maybe taking a break now. I'm studying to get a Master's Degree for Business Information Systems and also I like going to the gym when I have time, but mainly I'm playing video games all day.
Does your BattleTag have any special meaning or significance? How did you pick it up?
skipjack: Oh that was actually a long time ago, I think I picked it up in a book, I just liked the sound of it. It has a couple of meanings, like if you Google it, you'll find a lot of stuff, but for me, it's just the sound I like, so I stuck with it.
How did you pick up Overwatch? Did you play any other game competitively before? What do you like most about Overwatch?
skipjack: The first game I played competitively was Natural Selection, which is a Half-Life 1 mod and I think I started in 2003, when Steam was released. I just played on public but x. I like to measure my skills with others, and I was looking for a team and I got onto a team and kept playing this game for a couple of years, I don't know, about three to five years. We got quite good there, like the best team in Europe, but eventually I stopped.
I played World of Warcraft, and I was always looking for the best guild in the server, I joined there. I played PvP always very competitively and when Natural Selection unfortunately died, I was looking for a new game but there wasn't really anything out there which I really liked, because I liked more the class-based shooters with a lot of movement. There was Team Fortress, I tried that, but it wasn't really my thing, it was kinda boring.
When Overwatch was announced, I was completely hyped cause I know Blizzard games are always awesome and it was a class-based shooter and there were fast classes, so I loved it. I knew I was going to love it and I got into it and what I Iike the most is that you have different classes, like right now you have 22 classes and they're all so different. There's always something you can learn, you're never going to master the game because there are so many classes and they all have high-skill ceiling and that's what I really like, it's never going to get boring.
So you are now playing for one of world’s most prominent and skillful teams, Misfits. How did that opportunity come around?
skipjack: I got into the beta quite early, in December or November, and before that, I was already looking for a team on Reddit basically and people who have the same mindset as I do: play good, become really good, maybe even pro, and as soon as we got into the beta, we all started playing together and our team was called Eccentric. We performed quite well, we won GosuGamers tournaments and it was really good for us; we practiced a lot and we accomplished something.
Unfortunately, our team died, some players switched teams and we couldn't find new ones at that point. After that, I was playing with many different teams with not a really stable lineup and eventually when the game was close to launch, many other players left their teams or the teams split up. At that moment, Kryw and SoOn were also teamless and I played against them before so they knew who I was, the role I was playing and they asked me if I wanted to make a team and I said "yes, of course" and that was the birth date of Graviton Surge.
Then we started trialing many different players over a couple of weeks and then I think it was when the TaKeOver LAN happened and we were still five players and we got kr4tos together, who played Lucio for us, and we placed third there even though the team was basically just created two weeks earlier, which was quite nice. After that, we continued trialing other players and now we have our stable lineup. We continued to perform well in other tournaments and then organisations started contacting us and we got into Misfits. It was the organisation we liked the most; they were very interested in us and we made a good choice.
Who is your favourite hero? And do you enjoy the current meta?
skipjack: I like to play Hanzo a lot. Of course, in scrims, I play only Reinhardt and Winston, but when I play public, I need to switch it up, otherwise it would get boring. I really like Hanzo, Roadhog, Zarya, Tracer, McCree, like a lot of classes actually. I also like the healers, but I think I enjoy Roadhog and Hanzo the most. The meta right now is actually very enjoyable, it was really bad a few months ago. The Widow meta was also not very enjoyable for me, but right now it's quite good. I'm curious when the patch hits how it's going evolve but I hope it's not going to be too bad.
You are in charge of making some changes in Overwatch. What would you change?
skipjack: Balance-wise, the PTR is doing a good job right now. I think the changes they're doing in the PTR are really great, like the supports being on an equal level now. The only think I'm concerned about is the Hanzo change they made, which is a little bit too much I think for me. It's going be a sniper all over again and it's never enjoyable to play against a sniper, it never fits great. I hope that they see into this, but otherwise I'm fine with the game. The balancing is great, and I wouldn't change anything right now.
A few days ago, you competed at ESL’s Overwatch Atlantic Showdown. How was the overall experience and did you expect to place higher at the event?
skipjack: Gamescom was really great. The convention was really big, the booths were great, the stage we played on was also very nice and we got taken care of very well by the ESL staff; it was very enjoyable and I would totally do it again. We definitely hoped to place higher but I tried not to go into a tournament with expectations because when you have expectations you can only be disappointed. It would have been nice to win more, but it was one tournament and there will be more to come, so it's okay.
What are your goals for Overwatch this year and maybe the first months of the upcoming year, both as a team and as a player?
skipjack: After the Atlantic Showdown and the outcome, we are practising more, of course, and we are focused on the Overwatch Open, which is going to happen in a month in Atlanta, so we will practice a lot and we want to do better in the next tournament, which is understandable of course. As for myself, I hope to get onto Team Germany for the Nations' Cup so I can compete with my fellow Germans and I hope to bring home the victory. For the upcoming year, Blizzard hasn't announced any plans yet and what they're going do with their esports in Overwatch, but no matter what they're going do, my team and I want to be part of it, so I hope they have great plans and we can join them there.
Do you have any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with your fans or other aspiring competitive players that want to be like you?
skipjack: I often get asked by players that want to get into the scene how they should go for it, and I always recommend them to go to the LFT sub-Reddit or check the OW Discord for teams that are searching for players. It is quite difficult and it takes some time. I always say, "If you play good on ranked and you make a lot of friends there, if you see someone that's really good, you can add him on friends play with them more and if you play against other teams they will recognise your name and as soon as they might need a player or another team might need a player and ask you to play, if they remember you, they will come back to you." So it takes some time and you have to start somewhere, even if you feel the team you're playing for is not good enough, start there and work your way up. Eventually, you will get there if you're good enough.
Ok I think we can wrap it up. Any final shoutouts?
skipjack: Shoutout to all the fans that support us all the time and it's really great so thank you very much and of course, Misfits, the organisation that believes in us and supports us so greatly. It's been a joy working with them and playing for them and I hope we have a great future together.
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