Deutsche Version: "Die Fähigkeit, vier grüne Männchen zu zerstören"
fragster: Well, let's talk about your last match in the ESH Full Tilt Poker Challenge against Reason Gaming. Both maps were really close, but it seems that there's no anxiety on your end when playing top players like fazz and noctis. What's the secret behind such a steady performance?
Rasmus 'Juven1le' Andersen: There really is no secret, you go in to win and that's about it. I'm not a steady player whatsoever – during the first Nations Cup I was nervous when we had to play UK. After many more games I just don't pay attention anymore.
Jim 'bab' Olsson: Having confidence in your team helps. We have played a lot versus the top teams so we know what to expect, and we play these kinds of games quite often. For me personally, I get more excited than nervous playing close games nowadays. Maybe it's the adrenaline doing the job.
- Juven1le: dm6
- bab: no favourite
- Juven1le: Quad rail
- bab: stake gun
- Juven1le: stermy
- bab: fox
Some people in the community were extremely excited about the release of Reason Gaming's TDM team. "Nobody can beat this team" and similar statements could be heard throughout the scene. RG-eSports did it last week, and the game in november was really close. Does the community just 'not have a clue' or is Reason Gaming playing below its potential?
Juven1le: It was two good games, and I don't think it was Reason Gaming's best lineup, either. fazz was missing. I don't know if noctis and deus are in top shape for TDM as well. Their team is beatable right now, but with their best possible lineup and all players in good shape it'd be looking grim, to be honest.
bab: As always in team games, you need to put your time into practice, and I think maybe Reason Gaming haven't done that. Also as Juven1le said, the lineup was not the best. A player like zyv does wonders for any team.
Juven1le, some community members have been talking about your brilliant aim and ingame style these last months. What kind of "personal cheat" do you use? Tell us something about your mindset.
Juven1le: I started out watching old Quake 3 demos of top players. I started playing alot and I got around 1.800 TDM games total in Quake Live. I don't have any "personal cheats" besides a comfortable setup that I've been playing on for ages. Ingame I mainly try and be as dynamic as possible, dishing out damage wherever I can.
What? 1.800 TDM games?!
Juven1le: *laughing* And people still wonder how I got so good...
Jim 'bab' Olsson
- living in: Haparanda
- age: 30 years old
Juven1le, ingame you often pick players with a low stack?
Juven1le: No idea what stack the players got. Normally I will go for the guy with the weapon that can cause most damage to me, if possible. If I hear an enemy scream, I of course try and take him out quickly. Besides that, I basically just shoot at everything.
bab, what's your position in the team?
bab: I see myself as a versatile player who can be used in many positions. In Rage Gaming I play a more defensive style, playing very low-stacked most of the time, so that others can stack up for powerups etc. So I basically try to play smart, not take unnecessary damage and just stacking on health. How does one deal damage without taking damage? Rail! (smile)
Rasmus 'Juven1le' Andersen
- living in: Kolding
- age: 21 years old
TDM seems to get bigger and bigger in the Quake Live scene. Is it hard to keep up a constant performance as a TDM team? How much time did you spend for Quake Live practice during the past few weeks?
bab: To be able to perform well over time it helps of course to have a lineup that doesn't vary that much. And just being active as well. Though for me personally, playing too much hurts my game. The last few weeks the majority of my games have been official games, with Rage Gaming and with Team Sweden. I don't like playing pickup games because it is mostly FFA and it doesn't help my TDM game. I used to play quite a bit CA for training aim, but it doesn't really work for me anymore. I have discovered that I tend to aim better after a break from Quake for some reason. But as a new player I think playing pickup games is a very good thing.
Some tactical things: How do you coordinate good moves in your team? Just using Teamspeak and pitching some tactics or do you discuss things before the game starts?
Juven1le: Using Teamspeak and discussing what to do before the start.
bab: As Juven1le said. Keeping tactics simple is the best thing in TDM, imho. When we coordinate something, we do it on the fly.
Djordje 'zeroql' Simonovic
Jim 'bab' Olsson
Rasmus 'Juven1le' Andersen
Milán 's7ry' Szlobodnik
Alex 'Vium' Vium
Does it make more sense to share the Red Amor or to have one player with double Red Amor?
Juven1le: Share it of course! Though in some situations like before bs on dm14 you might have one player double stacking.
bab: Sharing is caring.
What are your goals for the EMS and the Full Tilt Poker Challenge? Would it be a huge disappointment if you don't manage to reach the top in the end or is it all about fun?
Juven1le: It's mostly for fun of course, I wouldn't be playing TDM pickup if I didn't still find the game fun. We would always like to finish first, and I think that everyone who signed was/is aiming for that.
bab: As long as we play our best we cannot be disappointed.. I wouldn't play at all if I didn't think it was fun.
"Juven1le is a hyperactive guy who smokes alot. He's a new TDM star who I found and we can't afford to lose him, because he's like a new toxjq."
Let's talk about the upcoming TDM Challenge at the DreamHack Summer 2011. It was a big announcement for the TDM scene. What was your first thought after the release? And will RG-eSports join the tourney?
Juven1le: I used to attend Counter-Strike LANs in Denmark, so it's about time I attend a Quake LAN. About RG attending, we don't know how teams will enter, whether by invitation or qualification. But I hope we can make it as one of the teams going.
bab: OMGWTFBBQ!!1!! \o/. I really hope that we can be there.
The goal would be to have seven maps in the pool for DreamHack: Grim Dungeons (dm14), Purgatory and Deep Inside (osp5) as the three core maps. There is actually a vote on esreality.com for the last four maps. Which maps would you prefer and why?
Juven1le: dm6, dm20, osp6 and dp. Basically just because dm20 is a dynamic map with the fightning going on 20 minutes straight.
bab: What Juv said. I don't find cpm4 that exciting.
Which abilities are crucial to be a good TDM player? What's the difference when you compare it to 1on1?
Juven1le: The ability to destroy the four green men running around on the map. *smiles*
bab: The ability to hide and watch Juven1le destroy the four green men running around the map.
"bab is really emotional sometimes. He's my new 'fl4sh' in our team and a position player who can always save the game – important! He might not show that on stream, but ingame he's a mean machine and rail hoe. I don't want to lose him."
How do you rate Quake Live at the moment? Are you satisfied with the pro packs and bugfixes?
Juven1le: Love this game, the new shotgun is great and the same goes for the mg. The new map content is also nice, though I hope they won't add new maps to the DH map pool.
bab: Quake Live is good, but it took some time to get to where it is atm.. Give us Danish servers! Some more features would be good, like proper stats for TDM. Also, fix dmg given vs. dmg taken please. Overall I'm quite pleased, though you can never really please a Quaker..
What's your personal goal for 2011? Both in your private lives and in eSports?
Juven1le: To continue playing for as long as I enjoy it, and maybe to get my own apartment later in 2011 and just kick back!
bab: Private: Getting some Vium action. eSports: Getting some Vium action.