I Major Silva I plays for Separate Intelligence of the 2009 Winter League, which is one game away from winning the championship. Silva has a well rounded, underrated playing style, with the ability to do what’s needed to help his team win.
1. How long have you been involved with the sport of Grifball?
Four score and seven years ago, I first booted up Halo 3 after downloading Grifball and seeing it on RT one day…
But seriously, it’s been since November 07. Seems like so long ago looking at it that way.
2. What kind of player are you?
Way back in Winter League ’08, when Grifball was just some custom game to me, I didn’t really have any set position from the beginning of the season to the end of the season, in which my team was 9-0’d by Grunts of Fury. Then for the Spring I started moving toward being more of a runner, since I felt as a captain and someone who likes to call stuff out to my teammates, I could better communicate to my teammates about what needed to be done.
Since then I’ve started to lean away from running and focus moreso on tanking, especially on my current team, Separate Intelligence. I can still run when needed, and quite well, (and have in scrims and league games alike), but my primary focus is on tanking and defense these days.
3. If you could change one thing about Grifball or its community, what would that be?
I’d probably turn the clocks back a little ways and have Bungie put up dedicated servers for Halo 3 instead of the peer-to-peer hosting system that’s currently in place. Epic host + connections to host + lag = lame.
4. Is there a player/team that has inspired your style of play?
I’ve always been a fan of the Grunts players since I played them in Winter League ’08, and going through the Summer League became fond of many other players like Doc and Zeg among others. Until the Fall League that didn’t end up happening, I was a noob. But after H3P and the time I spent on Easy As Pie, I feel I knew a lot more about the game.
“Standing on the shoulders of giants” comes to mind. That team and point in my “career” was a huge learning experience for me. Likewise, I think I took something from everybody on that team in terms of my running, defense, and tanking. Except Zeg’s host pulling ability.
I still don’t have that Perk yet =(
5. Name one player who always gives you fits when you play against them. What makes them so difficult?
In pickups and other, Highlandhellrazr on host. I have NO idea why, but his host is just so huge to me, and it’s like he’s always gunning for me. I can usually go positive against most hosts out there, but his is just so big to me I can never touch him. Maybe it’s connection or maybe it’s some kind of mental thing, I don’t know.
Off host I’d say I actually have a lot of problems with Pie. I usually break even or go a few negative with him. I recommend making SURE he’s dead before turning away if you ever go against him.
6. Name one player you think is underrated by most. Why?
Other than myself, I would say most of my teammates would fall under the category of “underrated”. The general opinion is we get carried by Zeg’s host, or Stanley’s host, someone else’s host, etc. The fact of the matter is having host would be nothing if the actual player didn’t have great skill with it, especially among our guys.
7. Name one player you think is overrated by most. Why?
As my teammate Menz answered, I would say I CITI I is highly overrated. Not only is he overrated, but that guy is a jerk.
8. Besides Grifball, what other games/sports do you play?
I’m not that big of a “gamer” anymore. I play Halo when I can, typically on weekends, and usually Grifball along with it. Used to be big into gaming, but it kind of died down for me. I still hope to enter the industry through some means though.
9. In your opinion, do stats matter in Grifball?
Stats don’t really mean all that much to me. They can judge who had host, and they can judge who was tanking well off host, but what they can’t judge is how the team was doing. I can remember many times where a team went quite positive, but still lost the game. All that matters in Grifball is you putting that ball on the pad and getting that W. Good stats are individual, the win is what shows teamwork.
10. If you could offer words of advice to rookie players, what would they be?
For any budding Rookie players out there, or current Rookies looking to move up next season to Legacy or Elite leagues, I would advise them to not give up, and play with a lot of current Legacy players as well. You can learn a great deal by playing with experienced veterans of Grifball. What’s important is you don’t get frustrated at the game and discard it before you fully understand it.