Hey there, PoisonxPoptart here again to give you another captain interview! This time we will be interviewing Nuclear Taco 42, the long time captain and only ever captain of Reflex. As we did last interview, I’ll just ask him some questions about this season and some other stuff. Hope you enjoy!
So starting off with bidding, did you have a certain pool of players you were looking to go for beforehand? What were some players you wanted to snag but just couldn’t?
Ultimately, I always tend to go for availability over skill. If you show up and play games, I don’t necessarily care if you’re that great at the game. That being said, I do try and get players I feel complement my playstyle to at least give my team a chance. The only player I really went for that I wasn’t able to get was Sonic. I really wanted to try and get Sonic and Killjoy on a team together. I think they would’ve made a good tanking duo.
Killjoy was a pretty highly contested pick near the end of bidding (final bid being 250), how were your feelings on picking him up? Despite his good performance in Halo 4, he was really nowhere to be found in the pre-season?
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going into it other than that he would be a solid tank for me. I think his main issue in the pre-season was that he hadn’t really played all that much of Halo 5 Grifball and was still getting used to it. Once he got the hang of things, he really filled the role exactly as I had hoped he would.
You were one of the teams affected by the Puppies bans, losing out on one of your players (Gary the Walnut). Losing a player is always tough, especially with Kalbelgarion having availability issues and only playing a game this season, you basically worked with a 4 man roster. How do you think this affected your season, do you think your bidding strategy would have changed a lot without Gary The Walnut?
To say I felt betrayed would be an understatement. How could someone with such a great gamertag turn out to be a farce? It made me really sad, to be honest. I was more upset about being dragged into a cheating scandal than I was the roster hit I took. I do think I would have picked someone else up if there had been any inclination that cheating was going on with that account. And Kal didn’t really have much availability issues, I just let him do the dad thing rather than bugging him to play. I picked him up mainly so someone else wouldn’t expect more out of him than I did because I knew his situation. I knew if I needed him, there was a good chance Kal would be there to sub for me and he was. Having a four man roster was tough, but I think we pulled it off alright. We didn’t end up forfeiting any games, so I call that a win. Shout out to Retrograder and Verity for subbing in for us when we needed a 4th, we appreciated it.
Kind of going off of the last question, if you were to redo bidding right now, what (realistic) team do you think you could/would’ve of had?
Honestly? I don’t think I would have a much different roster. Now, if I could go back before bidding and have two of my GGL teammates sign up in time (I forgot to tell them about the AGLA until too late), I’m pretty sure I would have ended up with them, Al, Killjoy, and Kal as my team. That would have been my ideal team and I think we might have done a little better this season.
What were some of your expectations on how you were gonna do? Did you have a goal for this season?
I think in the end we actually did better than I expected, especially after the whole Puppies thing. Everyone on the team stepped up in different ways to give us more wins than I initially thought we would have. My goal every season is to try and enjoy myself on a team that isn’t Green Army Jr., and hopefully in return make it enjoyable for the players I pick up. I like getting wins and all, but if we play a solid game and get the loss I’m totally cool with it. 5-4 games of Grifball are one of the most enjoyable things you can do in gaming in my opinion, win or lose.
Who do you think is going to make it to the ship? Who’s gonna win it all?
Not us? Lol. To be honest, I don’t really keep tabs on what goes on around the league outside of our games. I know Legendary wiped the floor with us, so I’d say they have a good shot to at least make it to the ship. I’d name more teams, but pretty much any team that held us to under three goals this season has a good chance to make it in my opinion. While a few teams wiped the floor with us, one thing I will always be proud of about my teams is that we make you work for your goals.
What are some of your thoughts on Halo 5? What are some possible changes you’d make to the game?
Grifball exists in it still, somehow. I’m extremely thankful to 343 for allowing us to keep this community alive by adding it into their games still. That being said, they borderline rendered me useless with the way they implemented the Hammer in this game. That’s the main change I would make if I had the chance. The Hammer will 98% of the time beat a Sword no matter how well you time your lunges. I miss being able to mutual with opposing tanks to get them out of our spawns. That change makes stopping a tanking push in this game so much harder.
Having arguably the best sword in the ammy league, what are some of your feelings on the sword in Halo 5, how does it differ and compare from other Grifball games? Do you like the idea of smart link on the sword?
Aww, shucks. I’ll be sure to stab you with a little more love next time I’m flying across the court at your face. The Sword in Halo 5 is…interesting. I’m not sure I like it honestly, but I’m also not sure I hate it either. Compared to other Grifball games, I personally believe the Sword is at its weakest it’s ever been in a Grifball game. Between the 2% chance to kill a Hammer user who happens to swing roughly the same time you lunge, or the fact that the regular melee swing is borderline useless, the Sword is significantly weaker than it used to be. Thankfully, Smart Link saves it somewhat. Smart Link in Halo 5 is one of my favorite features, but I don’t know how I feel about it on the Sword. I think as a Sword user, you have to rely on it too heavily if you want to even remotely have a chance to do anything useful. Yes, the lunges are absolutely ridiculous and dumb, but it’s really all the Sword has in this game. I was already used to getting stupid lunges in previous games, so the added length of the lunges isn’t really anything new to me. Having to Smart Link to get any kind of lunge makes it tougher to land them as often, and it usually frustrates me before the end of each of my games. I don’t think there was a game this season where I didn’t say, “Aww, I whiffed. Ugh, whiffed again. And another one…” at least once or twice during the game, probably more. I like being able to catch unaware runners off guard at more of a distance than usual, but I’m not sure I like the sacrifices made to allow that to happen.
Who’s your mvp for this season?
BIG AL 60. Al’s always been someone I’ve played against and respected on the court, so to have him on my team for a change was nice. I’ve never had much of a chance to talk with and get to know Al, but after spending a season with him, it’s clear we probably should have been friends a long time ago. Not only was he at every game this season, but he was a blast to play with and I’m sad it took this long for us to make it happen.
I wanna give an honorable mention to Killjoy here. I really had no idea what to expect with regards to how Killjoy would feel playing with me. He turned out to be a lot of fun to play with and was way more laid back than I had anticipated he would be. If I had to pick an MVP based on what they contributed to the team on the court, it would have to be Killjoy. The amount of games he single-handedly spawn trapped the entire opposing team was ridiculous. Also, a quick shoutout to him for making some of the most irony-laced callouts I’ve ever heard in Grifball. Hearing him tell someone to pick up the ball when it was next to him (he might have done this maybe twice during the season), or him telling us to get back on defense while he’s in the enemy spawns spawnkilling was hilarious. Thanks for the laughs throughout the season, sir.
What are your plans for next season, are you planning on coming back as a captain or maybe just go into the pool as a player, or something else completely different?
I never really know what I’ll be doing in the AGLA each season. It really depends on a lot of things, such as the format, league setup, my availability, etc. I still enjoy playing Grifball so there’s a good chance I’ll be back next season, but I can’t really say in what capacity. I think I prefer to be a captain than not, but it all depends if the league needs/wants me to be one as well. Basically, we’ll just see how it goes, but you should expect to see me back in the league in some capacity next season.
And finally, is there anything you’d like to say to the community, team or your adoring fans?
To the community, I you. Thank you for providing a home for me all these years, and for helping the Hub to keep Grifball alive and continue to grow.
To my team, thanks for playing with me this season, and for helping score us a few more wins than I think we expected to get. It was fun to play with you, and I look forward to getting the chance to do it again some time in the future.
To my adoring fans, do you actually exist, or is Poptart telling me lies?
Thanks for all the hard work you’ve been putting in with content and the like Poptart, it is much appreciated. And thanks for the interview. Was nice to get some of those thoughts out there.
And that’s it for the interview, thanks for reading, and thank you Nuclear Taco for taking the time to do this interview, it really means a lot and I’m glad we’ll be seeing more of you in the next seasons! Good luck and it was great playing against you this season!