I feel this is the strongest [NA] has ever been - Psygib
Today we meet Moses 'psygib' Salas who has been very active in the North American scene for the last two years featuring at a few international LAN events. Many would say Psygib has been one of the more entertaining players showing great skill and determination for competing consistently at a high level and displaying a never give-up attitude.
We first saw you play at Quakecon 2017 with On Time in Sacrifice but I would say international recognition of your skill was propelled by some good performances at Dreamhack Tours with Festive Turtle. What do you think of playing Sacrifice versus 2v2 TDM and are you looking forward to CTF when it comes out?
PSYGIB: Despite all of its problems, I thoroughly enjoyed Sacrifice. It was some of the most fun I had in Quake in a very long time. Compared to 2v2 TDM, I think I enjoyed Sacrifice more but it is still a great deal of fun. Now, both 2v2 TDM and Sacrifice are fun, but no mode could fill the special place in my heart like CTF can. I have been waiting so long for the return of CTF into Quake, since the right after Quakecon 2015!
You are also no stranger to Duel grinding out many tournaments and actually defeating Dahang around the time of May in the QOL (Quake Open League) when he was in some good form. How did you feel after taking out this tournament?
PSYGIB: It was actually a huge surprise to me. I only signed up because I wanted to get tournament practice for duel in case turtle and I made top 8 in the 2v2 tournament. I went from never taking a map off him in duel to besting him in a grand finals of a tournament, it was very satisfying.
Since the game has a very big update looming on the PTS, which will see big changes to champions and weapons, What are some changes you do and don't like about this next patch already?
PSYGIB: The majority of the changes are solid. Damage ability rebalance, stack rebalance for lights and heavies, and the new LG are all great. However, I do feel BJ and Ranger feel very underwhelming now and are in need of a buff.
Most recently you have played in the Go4 Monthly 2v2 TDM with Brick and the first couple of maps did not go your way. But the third map was looking like a very one sided affair with the score being 10-30 at one point and you amazingly clawed the game back to lose by 8 frags. What was going through your head on this map and how did you feel about the series overall?
PSYGIB: I wasn't worried at all that last map. I remember I told br1ck just to play mega with me until we got control back, slowing down the game completely. With that call plus taking good fights, we were able to come back; though, ultimately lose. Overall with the series, I wasn't too happy. I was not focused as much as I wanted to be during those games. We played on Virginia (a server which I ping 90 to plus get packet loss) and felt like I was running through mud the whole time. The reason being yenOm pings 140 to Dallas. It's unfortunate, but props to them for winning vs Liquid and us.
Dreamhack Winter will be again a half focus on 2v2 TDM, this year we have seen you play with festive turtle in past tournaments. Can you explain more to readers about the coming together of your new team mate Brick and what you feel your strengths are as a duo?
PSYGIB: After Quakecon ended, I wanted to start building a team for CTF. I was originally going to play with botmode, but things fell through. I discovered deathr0w could not attend Dreamhack, so I immediately asked br1ck to play with me. Now, we're going to Dreamhack Winter. Br1ck and I have a history together playing Quake Live CTF together. We both are defense players and communicate well. Besides that, we're good friends and have fun competing.
It looks like North America as a region has gotten a little stronger overall with teams catching Rapha and Dahang in online scrims and competition (yenOm and Vedmedik). Do you agree with this statement and overall how do you feel American teams will do against Europe this event?
PSYGIB: Oh yeah, I completely agree. I normally like to say North America is strong (because it is :>), but I feel this is the strongest we have ever been in 2v2.
With the event only a month away, how will your preparation look leading up to the event and how will you be managing the focus of duel and 2v2 TDM?
PSYGIB: Br1ck and I are playing four hours of scrims every day. Since there are no more online tournaments, all we can do is scrim. Duel, I won't practice as much as 2v2, but I will still attempt to get practice up to the event.
There is no more announcements of Quake tournaments after Dreamhack Winter. Many of us are hopeful that there can be more coming but if there was no Quake Champions left to play. What could we expect from Psygib in 2019?
PSYGIB: Of course! I hope to play CTF on lan again; that's the plan.
Thank you for your time today and best of luck at Dreamhack Winter. You have many fans around the world but also Australia! Do you have any final words for our readers?
PSYGIB: Shoutouts to festiveturtle for always supporting me, my boys at the noops discord for always turning Twitch vod's into deleted vod's, and all the fans for supporting me!