Hello, I’m Reyas and welcome to my reports!
Rey’s Reports are back for the new AGLA season! This is an interview-esque article called “Teammates”. Basically Teammates is an interview which requires the interviewee to answer questions with the name of somebody they have ever been on a team with, and reasons as to why. Simple enough really, I hope it makes for good reading!
Under the spotlight today we see everybody’s beloved commentator, DJBlue PDX!
1. Who is the best Tank you’ve ever played with?
M1A2 SEP v.3 Abrams Main Battle Tank. With it’s state of the art VHMS & LRM logistics system, this beast is renowned to be the most powerful… wait – You meant in the game didn’t you. Oops… my bad :-)
So here’s the deal, everyone differentiates how they determine value in a fellow player differently. For some it’s strategic callouts, others it’s timing… for me, this metric relies on 2 factors: How much I can learn from you, and much we can laugh about it. And there a ridiculous number of extraordinary players I can for this – Craigasaur (NSAA), ixGingy, TGRevenge, Ouglaf… loads of you.
But the player who I had the most play time with, consistently, that truly connected with me on both an educational level, while keeping the laughter in place was Tank Puppies (about73puppies). Despite Dan and I coming from completely opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to experience and style – for some reason, our season we played together saw the greatest improvement in my game. His patience and humor combined with how he was able to restate the concept in a more comprehensive way when I didn’t get it (And we all know that happens a lot #ItsCalledBackSteppingDJ) really stood out to me. I know I should be following the “who’s got the best stats that I’ve played with” mode here, but for me, that’s how I gauge an amazing tank. So many of you have been my teachers.. but the foremost that comes to my mind is tank puppies.
2. Who is the best Hybrid you’ve ever played with?
Yikes. This should be easy and I know I’m going to catch hell for saying this (Because you all know how much I appreciate all of you… mostly) But that’s a hard one. In the long term of things – there are 5 names that come to mind: Craigasaur (he’s going to keep coming up because we’ve played together from the beginning) DigitalPain, ACEBSilent, BossTycoon (#FreeBoss), & NuclearTaco42.
All of these players have eviscerated me on the field with all three weapons in game… and often times I have killed them (As both the enemy, or as a teammate #GetGood). I’m going to give this a tie because they are both known for being as deadly with the Ball as they are with their Sword, or their hammer. That’s going to be Digital Pain & Ace.
Ace is a silent killer… (some day, he will talk to me… I refuse to give up) His timing is epic, and getting killed never seems to phase him.
DigitalPain, whether I’m standing next to him at RTX, in game on the same team, or facing off on opposite teams, never fails to laugh in the most reverently amusing way every time he’s killed me… which happens every time. Someday it’ll be me laughing Dig!
3. Who is the best Runner you’ve ever played with?
If I was new to the leagues this damn thing would be a lot easier because I wouldn’t know so many of you… this isn’t easy. Off the top of my head, as runners go, It’s got to be someone who can do what I can’t: Handle the ball, and score it. We all know, that’s not my forte.
You’ve got StifflyMexican, NetsPride15, NucTaco, Tonga, TGRevenge, King Rick and obviously CJ/Runner Puppies. But I’m going to go say, for me, it’s got to be Ouglaf11.
Is Ougy the best according to stats? Not necessarily. But he’s capable of adapting his play style to the tanks around him with a consistency that never fails. Because of that, I know it doesn’t matter who we play with, I can count on his patience, and communication to get the ball where it needs to go.
4. Who is the best Playmaker you’ve ever played with?
Judging this title requires an extensive knowledge and history of playing with the same group of people. Playmakers, in my mind, are elevated to that on court position of leadership by the rest of the team, and because of that, can communicate the bigger picture in a way the other players either can’t, or aren’t able to articulate under stress. My first thought is TGRevenge from my first season with Bad Intentions, when we won the Ammy Championship (A title ShadowS16 has never won) in SL15.
For whatever reason, our communications worked fluidly, and naturally to a point that we laughed our way through most of our games. Positional call outs and passes were second nature to us as a whole. (Which was a new experience for me. Prior to that, the only time I’d watched others make plays was with Craig & Andres from NSAA – But I wasn’t involved, I was just tanking).
TGRevenge’s ability to help maintain and brilliant level of chill on the field brought MagiKarp, King Rick, and I together, along with Necessary Evil, to walk away with a nearly perfect season.
5. Who is the best Defender you’ve ever played with?
Poison F*ing Poptart!!!! His patience kills me… every damn time, which is what I love about his play style.
A good defender knows how be patient and not rush offense. They’re already worried about the respawns, and current traffic. Poptart has always been able to seemingly predict just when I want to come at him, and destroy me. Playing with him I never have to worry about who’s covering the plate, and whether or not that player is going to know when to use the hammer, the sword, or their fists… And we all know I am terrible at that.
6. Who is the best overall player you’ve ever played with?
Again – So many parameters to this question. For me, this again surrounds my fun factor. It’s not just about winning… winning is fun and all, but in the end, somebody always wins. It may not be my team, but at least I know what winning feels like, so I know the other team is enjoying that feeling.
Best overall player, for me, is defined as a player I can get sweaty with, while laughing, being loud, and that I don’t have to worry about raging… at least not with me. Someone I get excited to play with whenever possible.
That’s going to be JBar (OverweightGoat). JBar & share a bizarre honesty that keeps things real, and never fails to entertain. This AGLA season is one of those bucket list moments for me, because I’m going to finally get to play with someone, on a team, I’ve respected, and enjoyed for years… and we’re in it for the laughs as much as we are the wins… so it’s going to be hilarious.
7. Who is the worst overall player you’ve ever played with?
Gonafets. That didn’t take long did it. My first season in the AGLA I was picked up by Gonafets, who’s leadership tactics were… different than I was expecting. Everyone has different needs, styles, and methods to inspire. His didn’t work for me. As a captain, it’s important to be able to give constructive feedback to a player, especially a new one. You’re the coach, the experienced leader that should call out flaws in skills, and then work to fix that so the player becomes better than they were when they started.
I requested a trade 2 weeks in was summarily benched. Fortunately, Necessary Evil saw my potential, and picked me up as a backup player for Aftershock – where I met Ouglaf, Pup (H20 Camper) and a slew of others.
8. Who is the biggest joker you’ve ever played with?
Jokers are the ones who make you laugh… if you can’t play a game with someone without them making you laugh, then you know they’re the joker. For me there’s a list: YoungNastyMan, Jbar & Halfbreed, Receptor17, and the entire NSAA team… those are the names that stand out.
But I would say that one point or another, all of you have made me laugh… you get what you give… We all laugh together… but never so much as if I try to run the ball against pro’s.
9. Who is the most boring player you’ve ever played with?
AceBSilent – BECAUSE HE NEVER TALKS TO ME!
10. Who is the most intelligent player you’ve ever played with?
Obvious 3-way tie here: Goosechecka, Kal & Dr Leo. They are family to me, and without question, have more education combined than most of us put together. When I have a question that requires a legitimately well thought out response these are the people I turn to. They never fail to explain why, and quantify it with a real world example and sound reasoning. Hands down, the most intelligent players I know.
11. Who is the least intelligent player you’ve ever played with?
Shadows16 because he quit! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA kidding – But at least he only quit once. Unlike xSco Ablazen who’s quit more times than he’s had birthdays with the word ‘teen’ involved. Granted, he’s finally figured out that there are other moves in Grifball ASIDE from standing behind the spawn… now he stands to the side of it. See, he’s learning….
Just kidding Sco – Jbar & I are picking you up for AGLA. Someone needs to ride our bench.
12. Who has the worst taste in music you’ve ever played with?
I only say this because I can never tell what the hell he’s singing – Tariq! Always singing in party, and yet nobody knows what the hell he’s singing! HAHAHAHAHA.
Honestly though, I can’t talk crap because I’m always making songs up in game, never with the right words… so I’m just as bad.
13. Who is the biggest connection abuser you’ve ever played with?
GalacticJedi – You all know why, I shouldn’t have to explain it.
14. Who is the laggiest player you’ve ever played with?
It used to be Poptart before he moved, but lately it’s PinnHeadLarry… and I like to call him “Little-Princess-Lags-A-lot”… #SorryNotSorry
15. Who is your best friend/most enjoyable who you’ve ever played with?
RageMoreNerd, Ougy & Recepter17. We could play for days on end and never tire of one another. The jokes never stop (at others, ourselves, and each other), we can change games and still have fun (Destiny, GTA, Borderlands etc)… plus there’s a trust, and loyalty there that truly exemplifies what it must be like to have brothers.
16. Who would you never want to play with again?
17. Who is the best all round gamer you’ve ever played with?
Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky. That guys got laser focus like I’ve never witnessed in my life. Every time I’ve played next to him in the test labs up at 343, or at RTX, he loses all connection with the outside world is completely locked into the game. It’s absolutely beautiful, and terrifying to watch. Someday I hope to be able to reach that level of focus… and clean my bedroom.
18. Who is the worst all round gamer you’ve ever played with?
RAGE! RageMoreNerd – because EVERYTIME we’re in war zone, this A-hole seems to think that I like it in the ass… and by “it” I mean ANY VEHICLE HE CAN GET HIS HANDS ON… HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA The only time I’ve been run over that much is in GTA trying to steal a car standing on the freeway.
19. Who has the weirdest voice you’ve ever played with and why?
The ONLY reason I label it as “weird” is because hearing his voice makes me grin in really inappropriate ways. Bravo.
20. Who is the biggest rager you’ve ever played with and why?
KillerzLegit if I betray him in game more than twice while laughing or being loud… HAHAHAHAHA #RIPaglaProSeason
And thus concludes the return of Rey’s Report. If you’d like to have your own interview or even have any feedback/question suggestions then please message me on Xbox (Reyas) or on the forum (Reyas) and I’ll sort something out. Thank you to DJBlue PDX for kindly volunteering to answer the questions.
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I’ll see you next time!