Treating esports as more than a game
Preparation and dedication are already hallmarks of the team’s style, as players take great care to use their time and resources wisely. Their training sessions in the gaming lab at Carnegie Hall are enjoyable, but all business, designed to make them into a cohesive unit.
“To prepare for our matches we set times twice a week to work out strategy and practice using our smokes, grenades, Molotovs, and so on,” Frey said. “Then we would scrimmage whenever we were available and build some synergy.
“Everyone knew their role and what they needed to be doing. Not only knowing your own role but knowing other people’s roles and trusting them is critical in this game since the timing is very difficult.”
Leadership is vital for any competitive endeavor, but especially a burgeoning one like this. Frey calls out the early and quick efforts of two players who’ve risen to the task.
“We were lucky this year to have team captain Jacob ’19 and Justin Halters ’19,” said Frey. “They definitely took to the leadership role and taught us how to play organized CS: GO. Even those who weren't that great—myself included—learned to play the game right and they taught the people who were already good to play well with others.”