I entered Cloud9 Apex Legends Global Series Split Two Playoffs in late April as one of the favorites from North America, if not the entire field. Triple Zack Mazer, Paris “StayNaughty” Gouzoulis, and Mac “Albralelie” make up one of the most fearsome teams to fight in the game and entered the Stockholm LAN as one of only seven teams in North America to win multiple lobbies on the course of each Pro League split.
After that, Zack tested positive for COVID, forcing the team to use Kungarna IGL Martin “Graceful” Wongphrom as an alternative. The team still performed well with Graceful, finishing 10th overall. But they feel there is a lot more to achieve when the ALGS Championships takes place in July.
“People haven’t seen the full potential of the C9 roster,” C9 coach Jamison “PVPX” Moore told Dot Esports. “I don’t know if it comes as a surprise to people or not…maybe it will be a bit of a surprise, how much stronger C9 would be if we played with our full roster.”
When you talk to PVPX, it’s clear that he doesn’t lack confidence and isn’t afraid to share his opinion. This was born out of his years of experience as a content creator, coach and player in various titles from climax to me Valorant And the Note and watch. But he’s also not arrogant or just talks to hear himself speak. Instead, he directs his outspoken nature to making constant improvements to his team and pressing for improvement climax As a whole.
As a coach, this outspoken nature comes in handy when giving instructions to his team. Although coaches may not get the same level of attention as players in climax A spectacle, that doesn’t detract from how important it is.
training in climax It is not necessarily as easily understood as training in other games, nor is it as common. Most North American teams don’t even have coaches, with Team Liquid’s Harris “Hodsic” Hodzic being one of the only exceptions. In battle royale, each game comes with hundreds, if not thousands, of variants that can resist the best laid plans. Compare that to Valorant, where PVPX caught a training error. The number of opposing players never changes, the maps stay the same from round to round, and teams can plan where they are on the map, as well as what weapons and gadgets they can use in each round. in climax? forget that.
“I think this is where the big contradiction lies with people who think coaches are of no use in a battle of kings,” PVPX said. “As a coach, you can’t always anticipate the exact scenarios people will face. Making those decisions in the game falls heavily on IGL and the players. But as a coach, you can build their thought processes and ideology of what their goals are supposed to be. You can help them make those decisions themselves” .
This approach to coaching, in an effort to provide players with the ability to make better decisions for themselves in-game rather than just listing plays and taking turns for players to execute, has served C9 greatly in Stockholm. Without their normal IGL, the team was left with a new player to try to advance quickly and without the average person making rotation decisions. Agile stepped into the team and took over decision-making for moment-to-moment small games at the end of matches, such as when to fight and how the team should position itself in the final circles, according to PVPX. In the meantime, Albralelie took on more responsibility in defining the team’s overall strategies in the game, invoking team rotations and strategies for different areas.
That’s not to say there haven’t been any plays the team discussed with PVPX beforehand. In fact, the team used a very low-tech method to remember some of those strategies that might have been missing with Zack’s departure.
“In LAN, we actually had all of our plays on a piece of paper as a reminder,” PVPX said. The playing card helped Albralelie to easily summon the information and strategies of different courses and regions, and also allowed him to slip more easily into the double IGL role with Graceful.
Some aspects of training are more straightforward than others. Sometimes it’s as simple as players discovering new loot ways on the fall to save them precious seconds as they try to make their way from their drop zone to the game’s final circuits. The other parts aren’t quite as easy, like trying to predict how the landing teams will spin around your team and coming up with countless contingency plans for all the different possibilities of any one game. climax can bring.
And training on lan? This is a completely different beast.
In general, training climax It consists of watching players’ matches, as well as looking at other players’ perspectives to better prepare for what other teams might do in the future, says PVPX. While coaches cannot talk to players during online matches, they can see what’s going on and learn what other teams are doing at the same time, constantly looking for ways to improve the team’s performance. In Stockholm, on the other hand, PVPX had no access to other teams’ POVs or even their own screen. Instead, he sat behind his team and observed how the games progressed from their observers.
Because of these limitations, training in a LAN environment becomes more of a matter of preparatory work and building the team’s thought processes for success. During the LAN competition itself, the coach is there to give reminders of his squad, help calm players, and maintain the confidence needed to tell the team what went wrong in the match and how to improve it.
For now, all of C9’s efforts towards improving as a team have been put in place with the ALGS Championship at Raleigh firmly in mind. That tournament will be played on a completely different patch, with a host of changes to the game with Season 13. While most of the attention in the competitive landscape is focused on whether Newcastle can change the look of the game, PVPX is looking at a different change that it believes will help the future of the competition. climax.
“This is the first time in climax PVPX says we have a truly competitive environment outside of habits or tournaments that can help people play together as a team.
He’s been part of a group of professional gamers and streamers who have been giving feedback on the game’s Ranked Mode for the past several months. Many suggestions came from these feedback sessions, such as lowering the score and a system by which PK points are shared across the team. Combined with higher RP entry costs, the changes completely rocked the ranked experience in almost every level of the game.
PVPX believes that these changes will only enhance the competitive landscape, help players improve the game and make their way into the ranks of professionals. He says climax It was often played as a competitive deathmatch, rather than a battle royale game as it is. And a ranked experience that closely resembles that of the pros should pay dividends in expanding the pool of players at lower levels of professional play, such as the Challenge Arena.
There are still changes PVPX wants to see in the game, of course. Anyone who follows his Twitter account will know this. He believed that the height a Valkyrie could eventually achieve with her would have to be reduced and that golden Knockout armor shouldn’t exist as it currently is in the rankings.
On the other hand, it is unmistakable while talking to PVPX that you do not hear the enthusiasm he has for him climax Or the optimism he holds about the game’s immediate future.
Looking ahead to Raleigh, PVPX maintains that optimism and confidence and shares inside information about Storm Point’s plans for C9. He hinted that the C9 might be moving away from the launch pad, where the C9 landed several months ago, and closer to a point with a weapons depot close to IMC. The new Armories in Storm Point can turn into a death trap for some players. But in professional play, where drop competitions are fairly rare, it can give teams a huge advantage.
Some would say that there are a lot of ideas and theories running through PVPX’s mind; He is constantly looking for ways to improve the game, his game, and his team. But he seems quite sure of one thing.
“With Zack, I’ll be honest with you…just in terms of synergy, our style of play as a team, if we had Zack. [at the Split Two playoffs]I think everything would have been so perfect that we would have gone out with the title of that tournament,” PVPX said.
With the C9 roster set to compete in Raleigh in their first LAN event as a full team, in July we’ll see just how good that confidence can be.