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 have L1ght5aber!
1. Who is the best Tank you’ve ever played with?
Well I’m going to be a rebel right off the start and name two.
I obviously (at least obviously to me) can’t answer this question with any answer that’s not Jedi Hunter. Depending on the game and gametype, he was either the leader of 4G1B’s tanking line or the entirety of it, and his tanking style meshed perfectly with the rest of our playstyles. Also he got over 10,000 points in that last EaP v 4G1B game, that’s hardcore. So, I’d name Jedi as the best tank for me to play with.
However, in terms of overall tanking skill, I’d have to say Rain. The man just kills things and kills them again. I know some say that tanks like him or Gingy or even Determined weren’t as useful as others because they only killed things, but to them I say this: would you rather have a live enemy or a dead one?
2. Who is the best Hybrid you’ve ever played with?
This one’s gotta go to Ezy-oh-great, whom I count as a teammate because I played a few games for Turquoise Jeep during an NGA season. If that doesn’t count for you, just put an asterisk or something. Really, what’s there to say that hasn’t been said? Ezy could get five punches without breaking a sweat, knew the perfect timings to punch away swords, and was a mean overall tank as well. I’d almost go so far as to say that he was the best push-starter in both Reach and H4 when he decided to tank, aside from maybe Digital. The man is OP.
3. Who is the best Runner you’ve ever played with?
Crusader, full stop. He basically created the H4 running meta, and while people adapted to his play fairly well I feel that no one really solved it. The greatest thing about Sader’s running was that it created or relieved pressure mostly based off positioning, not punches. He could obviously get those when he wanted or needed, but many of 4G1B’s or WiA’s pushes would start off of him drawing someone (or two or three someones) out of position.
An honorable mention goes to Priest here – he had some damn fine lanes in Reach.
4. Who is the best Playmaker you’ve ever played with?
I wonder, has anyone who’s played with the guy not answered Shadow for this? I’m not going to break the trend. Shadow embodied patience and the seizing of opportunity. So many of the things he did on the court could have gone much differently if he’d acted a quarter second later, but he never did. That sense of timing, coupled with his awareness, made him the most threatening person to play against in all three pre-H5 games. Honorable mention goes to Rebs here. His sword range was OP and he knew how to use it.
5. Who is the best Defender you’ve ever played with?
This one’s tough. I’ve played with a whole lot of awesome defenders, from Sader to Shadow to TFC to Rebsy. I think this one will have to go to Sabasauros Rex, though. I can’t remember a single time that he betrayed a teammate on the plate without securing a carrier stop at the same time, and he was one of two people (the other being Shadow) that Sader would never try to punch 1v1 on the plate. He had both popup timing and sword timing and angling down to a science. Probably still does. TFC gets my honorable mention here. He was behind a lot of 4G1B’s defensiveness in Reach.
6. Who is the best overall player you’ve ever played with?
This one’s gotta go to Shadow too. One doesn’t win 11 (or was it 12? or even 13?) pro championships without being called the best player of all time. Shadow gave his team a great chance to win any game, from wacky scrim to championship game, with his presence alone. Some other people in the league also had this sort of quality (Thumee, T Rich, Silva, Sader, Nets, and Sab come to mind), but Shadow had it the most. If that makes any sense.
7. Who is the worst overall player you’ve ever played with?
Gilfus, from the Reach days. Before I was on 4G1B, he managed to lose my team a series pretty much single-handedly. As a runner.
8. Who is the biggest joker you’ve ever played with?
Rebsy. He could play serious, but I always felt he was at his best when he was going for the ol’ shenanigans. I remember playing a few customs with him one night during which his antics (and accompanying commentary) had me laughing until my vocal cords were sore. Good times…
9. Who is the most boring player you’ve ever played with?
Winter Moose. This isn’t meant to be an insult by any means, but man that guy was quiet. And when he did talk, you could hardly hear him. Damn fine tank in Reach though.
10. Who is the most intelligent player you’ve ever played with?
TrueFlyingCow. The man is a doctor and was working on getting there during most of his grifball career. That takes dedication, talent, and a whole lotta smarts. Also, I met him in person at the Smithsonian Natural History museum. It was awkward. But also great. Sader and Jedi get honorable mentions. 4G1B had a lot of smart folk.
11. Who is the least intelligent player you’ve ever played with?
Neji Hyuga back in Reach. He was a statpadder type on one of our NGA teams (actually, that roster was stacked – four to oh, Sader, myself, Cutthroat, Sab, and Honcho if I remember right). But I played a game with Neji and was.. not impressed, to say the least.
12. Who has the worst taste in music you’ve ever played with?
I never really checked up on people’s tastes in music. I do seem to recall not liking Jedi’s all that much though.
13. Who is the biggest connection abuser you’ve ever played with?
Another tough one. Rain’s connection has always been pretty OP, so I’ll probably go with him. His connection-related tanking things also seems to have maintained their consistency into H5, whereas I think some other people’s strong connections got a little worse.
14. Who is the laggiest player you’ve ever played with?
Pip harder, the australian fellow. He tried to put together a little Oceanic league back in Reach, but whenever he played with Americans he would lag EVERYWHERE.
Shoutouts go to MallardQuakson and Rebs while he was on his microwave internet.
15. Who is your best friend/most enjoyable who you’ve ever played with?
Sader. We worked well together on the court, we’d joke back and forth about football, we’d sit in XBL parties for hours saying nothing.. and that’s just the tip of the iceburg. When he wasn’t on the same team as me, I just played worse. I note the same didn’t happen on his end :P.
16. Who would you never want to play with again?
Iamblamb. I was chill with him at first, but during the SML11 agla season he tried to force our team to hide offline and not play for four days so he could get some forfeit wins and a higher seed in the playoffs, despite the fact that the other captains had accommodated us earlier in the season. I wasn’t okay with that then, I’m not okay with it now. We ended up playing our three or four games and got squished in all of them, then still made the playoffs and got 9-0’d by Hit Squad. Didn’t matter to me though. I went positive.
17. Who is the best all round gamer you’ve ever played with?
Hm. In terms of competitive gaming, probably Shadow again. He crushed Grifball and moved on to be Diamond or something in Smite.. though how he or any of y’all can stand the S4 changes is beyond me. In terms of gaming in general, that’d go to you, Rey. I constantly see you racking up tons of gamerscore.
18. Who is the worst all round gamer you’ve ever played with?
I don’t really have an answer for this one. I can’t remember playing with anyone that I thought was an outright bad gamer.
19. Who has the weirdest voice you’ve ever played with and why?
This is a tough one. If this wasn’t limited to teammates I’d say Messiah Muffin, but since it is, I’ll go with RenegadeofFunk. I might have misplaced his voice but I thought I had some trouble understanding him. It also may have been DRO Praetorian, I can’t quite remember. In terms of Americans.. idk, maybe Da Bomb 000 from Kira’s. His voice wasn’t unpleasant but it was different.
20. Who is the biggest rager you’ve ever played with and why?
Yours truly. I just rage at video games, have since I was 5 and probably won’t stop anytime soon. Hell, when I played Shooty Halo I would sometimes punch my TV (it was an old tube TV and could take it kinda). I’m lucky I never broke my knuckles.
With that said, I will use this article to officially announce my attempt at a comeback. Pick me up for the bench, coaches.
21. Which teammate was you the least happy to have?
Keith829. This actually has nothing to do with liking or disliking him – I actually like keith a bunch. I say this because he was only my teammate on a technicality during AGLA WL12. We were trying to get our series vs Zero Logic scheduled, and settled on a Monday morning at 1AM. I was at a conference until 10PM that night, was already fairly tired, but duly hopped on.. only to learn that we had to reschedule.
So we get back to scheduling, and end up being pretty much forced by the league to play that next Friday. We learned of this on Wednesday.
I had to take a trip that Friday, so we were forced to scramble for a ‘sub’ (actually someone to add).. in the AGLA playoffs. Keith volunteered to help us out; it was really nice of him.. but I still to this day wish I’d have been able to play that series.
22. Who did you most want to team up with, but never got to?
Probably Silva. Not sure how many of his overtures to join EaP were serious back in the day, but if I’d been on any team that wasn’t 4G1B I’d have taken it up in a heartbeat and bench-warmed my way to a couple ‘ships. Honestly though, that would have been a team with Silva, Shadow, T Rich in his prime, maybe Ice, the Rockman, Scet.. lots of awesome people both in terms of skill and humor.
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 L1ght5aber for kindly volunteering to answer the questions.
Cheers for reading, until next time this was Rey’s Reports ~ Teammates with L1ght5aber, Make sure to check out my other articles (Which can all be found here).
I’ll see you next time!