Behind the Plan Vasazel

Behind the Plan: Vasazel

Vasazel, a more experienced player than most of us think, is leading a ragtag group of deer and other rabble for his captaining debut. I caught up with him and chatted about him, his team and their aspirations.


Dantski

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How are you approaching your first attempt at captaining a MWC team?


Vasazel

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Not too intensely. I picked a group of people I knew and was comfortable with, and hopefully a group of people who are comfortable with me. We’re using voice which is great and makes us more coordinated, and we’re also sending ideas back and forth in or team chat. I was on garnish’s team for a few tourneys and I picked up this aspect of collaboration from him. My time on Paris’ team taught me how to delegate units where necessary as the game goes on, Ratking taught me how to be specific in directions and of course when I started playing online in 2011/12 drunken introduced me to Myth in general. So I have a general idea of how to captain well, all one needs is experience and time I guess.


Dantski

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So are you planning on taking a significant playing role at the same time?


Vasazel

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Yup, I’ve been handling power units for a majority of the games: FG and Trow.
I split them twice in QR1 though, so it’s not like I don’t trust my team or anything, I just feel like I can coordinate and push better as a captain if I have those units.


Dantski

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Your team had excellent attendance in qr1, is this going to continue moving forward?


Vasazel

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Hopefully. Xmas is out of town so we won’t see him in QR2. Luckily most of my team is quite committed to myth so I can count on them to show up. Sasper and Headhunter have complicated schedules, and so does Masterchief since he’s recently become a family man, so I might try to rope in another player or two to round my team out.


Dantski

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Is there any advantage that the core of the team is deer players?


Vasazel

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Lots of things. For one I know player’s strengths and playstyles. For example I know Drunken loves doing his own things, preferably with duffs and wights. Another thing is faith and forgiveness. I know what they’re capable of and I can delegate without worry and if they fuck up it doesn’t matter because I know they’re capable of much better. That being said deer isn’t necessarily the core. Alfi, Drunken, MC and I played together in 2013, but its been years since we’ve been together in a tourney. I’ve played with Phos, Spoon, Argos and Xmas more often than I’ve played with Masterchief.


Dantski

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Do you think the community underestimates your team/players?


Vasazel

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Yup. They always have, and it’s okay. We’re of course not 1v1 champs but we’re pretty decent at Myth. I’m pretty much used to it and it’s a video game so for me personally it doesn’t matter. I used to get really pissed off when I would join rabble games and get like 5 mauls for flag defense but not so much now. And if it does happen now I just drink a beer and do some other stuff in the meantime.


Dantski

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Your team is still someway below the 25 point cap, even if your aforementioned players are active, would you still be looking to add more?


Vasazel

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Yeah, we’re still looking for 2-3 more people to complete the team. Ideally some people who can BC well.


Dantski

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Do you have anyone in mind? Or are you just keeping an eye out for players disgruntled with their current team or returning players?


Vasazel

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Well there’s a bunch of people I’ve asked already who are not interested in MWC at all, who I hope will want to come back and play. Apart from yourself, I was hoping to pick up Lizard King, Falcon, Kirk, Thor, Trevelyan, Demolition among others. Unfortunately MilkMan and Gekko left my team for NP, but I’m not a fan of recruiting from teams that aren’t eliminated. Healthy competition is important to me. I would have loved to have Sam before he joined Paris, or Rawr and Ura before they joined Ratking. Not sure where Gamer’s at but would like to see if he decides to go with GKG or someone else. I’ve realised that most people would rather play on a team they know well rather than take a chance on relatively unknown players and have a challenging game. Argos decided to join us which was great so I hope to pick up a few more.


Dantski

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What’s the goal of TGP?


Vasazel

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To stay hydrated.


Dantski

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Most people want to keep their heads above water


Vasazel

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Also to bring a group of good myth players together to enjoy a game we love so much and have fun along the way. And some upsets.


Dantski

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Who’s your pick to win MWC?


Vasazel

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Ooh that’s a tough one. If all players on the roster are present, Paris’ team (7L). If attendance is a factor (which it was in QR1), GKG’s team (TMNT3).


Dantski

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Is there anything else you’d like to say about your team?


Vasazel

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They’ve been great. They’re committed, attentive and all round great guys and it’s been fun to play with them so far. They’re all healthy, hydrated, top-notch good players.