Interview with NME TockettyLast updated 1 year ago
Published on 2015-03-15 06:45:14
With the new Smite season starting this past week, we have seen some unexpected teams come from the qualifiers. One of those teams was Busters, which was recently sponsored by Enemy eSports. I got a chance to sit down with Tocketty, the team captain and mid laner, and ask him a few questions. Here’s what he had to say.
Lemons - As you are new to the scene to a lot of people, why don’t you say a little bit about yourself?
Tocketty - I have flirted with the competitive scene in Smite for some time now. I went to PAX Prime 2013 under the organization Reason Gaming, which consisted of Wolfy2032, HirezPeccyz, HirezAdanas, and Snoopy. I also went to RTX 2014 under Critasuarus, coming in second against Dignitas. I quit the scene but came back as a coach for the challenger team, Rambozos, who were invited to the North American Regionals. Other than that, I'm a big troll.
L - How did you get into Smite?
T - After sucking really badly at League of Legends, my friends introduced me to Smite. When we got to level 30, I solo queued into Jerbie and Shing's games all the time. Shing and I duo queued a lot, and because of that I was already interacting with the top players.
L - Who is your favorite god and why?
T - My favorite god used to be Isis, but now I'm leaning towards Hebo because everyone is playing and banning Isis in scrims. I really like the feel of both characters. You can play either really aggressive or fairly passive, and still do really well. Both characters can also make big plays depending on how you play them.
L - You were the coach for the team that got first in the challengers last year. Was it hard for you to make the transition from coach to being the mid laner for enemy?
T - I wouldn't say it was hard to transition, but it certainly helped me as a player. Being a coach and having people trust your judgement made me a more confident and mature person. I used to never talk in important games, but now my team depends on me as the captain and the shotcaller of the team.
L - Coming into the qualifiers you and your team were looked at as the underdogs. But as the weeks progressed you beat out teams like Eager and Nomad. What did you guys do to prepare for the qualifiers?
T - I talked about it in my vlog (found here). We had two weeks of unfortunate seedings, but we still learned a ton from the games. The weekdays leading up to Week 3, we also focused on making teams fear our Isis, which forced Nomad and Eager to draft around that in our games.
L - You guys recently got sponsored by Enemy eSports. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
T - When we got the official invite into the SPL, I reached out to a friend who had contacts with Enemy Esports. We spent the entire week getting to know them, and we really liked their approach to the scene. Overall, I think Enemy Esports is a great home for the team, and I'm looking forward to working with them as we grow.
L - What do you do when you’re not playing Smite?
T - When I'm not playing Smite, I like to play H1Z1 or CS:GO with the Trig Esports guys. Aside from that, I still have school, so I focus on that too.
L - Do you have any tips for players out there that are aspiring to one day play professionally in the future?
T - Definitely grind out ranked and watch pro player streams. Also, if they’re not streaming you can still go into their match history and watch their games.
L - Are there any teams you are looking forward to playing in the upcoming weeks?
T - I'm looking forward to playing Denial. I think both teams will benefit from the win, and I really want to show that we can still hang with the top tier teams regardless of our results against COG.
L - What team do you think will be your biggest challenge?
T - Definitely Cloud 9, just because they are proven to be the best and have been the best in the world for quite a while now.
L - Where can everyone follow you?
T - You can find my youtube channel, where I have a few vlogs and other smite related videos here. My twitter is @NME_Tocketty and I, with the team, will be moving over to Azubu to stream there shortly.
L - Do you want to give any shout outs to anyone out there?
T - I want to give a shout out to Enemy eSports for all the support they’ve given so far.
L - Good luck with your game against Cloud 9 this Saturday. I hope we get to see some great things out of you and your team in the upcoming weeks.
T - As do I! Thanks for having me.
I’d just like to give a thank you to Tocketty for sitting down and talking to me. You can follow him and his team at the locations listed below. Let us know on twitter who you want to see for the next interview. Until then, when life gives you me, you make LemonsPeppers.