We tracked down the and only Corvidae's Tyler 'Steej' Joseph after his big win at PAX 2018 receiving free flights and accommodation to Dreamhack Winter 2018 in Jonkoping, Sweden. Steej has had a year of ups locally and downs internationally but is still determined to make a name for himself overseas.
Most recently we have bear witness to some great QC Duel competitions overseas in both PGL Romania and the Italian Esports Open. What were your overall thoughts of the competitive level and structure of these two events?
Steej: It's always nice to see a full-fledged duel tournament in Quake especially with double elimination. Unfortunately I haven't watched many games from these events so I can't comment on it too much.
After the somewhat disappointing run at Quakecon 2018, looking back, what were your general thoughts of your performance in this tournament and was there any deliberation about attending Dreamhack Winter?
Steej: It's a bit rough not getting the results you expect but attending these tournaments is always fun. I have thought about skipping some events due to work and the fact that travelling is tedious, but with the recent push for 2v2 I don't want to let me teammate down and I'm lucky enough to have a workplace that supports me and is lenient with my leave.
What if any changes or improvements do you feel that you've made to both your Duel and 2v2 TDM game that will allow you to see better results this time around?
Steej: I've improved my duel game especially my mental fortitude so I'm excited to get some practice over there and gauge where I'm at. I will be surprised if I cannot put up a fight in the group stage this time around; I'm more focused and determined than ever.
Our 2v2 game has never been stronger than it is at the moment, we had some issues we didn't know how to fix in the past but it seems everything has since come together, I'm sure we will have more problems to solve coming up against the stronger teams..
Given that your PAX win is only a couple of weeks old, what did you think of the event itself and how did this tournament play out according to your expectations?
Steej: Definitely the best tournament I have ever attended. Admins were very professional, production was great, setups were comfortable and the event ran smoothly. Having attended some of the largest LAN events in the world it's surprising to see an Australian tournament take the cake.
Knowing that Dreamhack Winter is only a month away, what changes or adjustments will you make to your regime to prepare yourself for the competition and how can we best stay informed?
Steej: It's always hard to prepare for events because there's usually an update beforehand and we do not have Australian servers on PTS to practice, the sooner it goes live the better. I'm just trying to play as much as possible especially on the PTS servers even with 200ping. You really need to get a hold of the Meta quickly. I don't stream much at home because of my internet isn't that great but Dan and I will be arriving in Sweden on the 26th for some practice beforehand, I will stream if possible.
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 look forward to hitting the live realm?
Steej: The most recent PTS changes look really good and I'm a big fan of the damage abilities being toned down, something I have been wanting for a while now. There's one thing I'm not sure about and that's the 500ms delay on active abilities, but I haven't played it yet.
In the Oceanic Quake Series - Semi Finals you lost to ZenAku again for what appears to have become a regular rivalry. What do you think of this series against him?
Steej: I think Zenanku played really well around the abilities and brought a consistent game. I felt the most obvious mistake was that I undervalued Clutch and Dave followed it with a good ban on Ranger (which was one of Clutch's best counters pre patch) during the champion pick and bans.
In your Quarter final match you looked dominant against Fishy not even dropping one round the entire series. It felt like you had a point to prove coming up against one of the communities' best hitscan aimers; can you run us through this series?
Steej: He definitely has great aim especially with the lightning gun but I don't have any issue keeping up, which is why I was throwing some banter mid game when he wasn't living up to the tales I've heard. I just controlled the maps and choked him out slowly, it worked well verse him.
Thank you for your time and lastly, do you have any final words for our readers?
Steej: Thanks to Corvidae for the continuous support in Australian Quake and everyone who wishes us luck in the upcoming tournament, we will do our best..