Hayden ‘Haydz’ Shiels Captain, Kanga Esports
When did you realise that you were good enough at Paladins to compete?
All the players in Kanga eSports have been playing competitive games from when they were kids. But when Overwatch came out, I brought them all together and we realised that we were one of the best teams in the region. From there we decided to take it to the next level. That involved making the move to Paladins because of the much better international opportunities they had to offer.
To succeed in Paladins, do you generally need to be good at FPS games generally, or are there less traditional roles you can fill and succeed with?
To succeed at Paladins you need to be able to aim well with both projectile and hitscan champions because there are so many different styles of champions all within the same role. In Paladin's banning and drafting system you’re only allowed one champion per match, so if the other team picks it your forced to play another. On top of that, both teams get to ban a champion before the match starts. You could be put on anything and you always have to be ready.
For a player starting out, what would you recommend they do - train with one character/role, or switch around a lot?
I suggest getting every champion to level 5 at least. You need to be familiar with what all the champions do and how they work. From there you can start to specialise in a certain role, like tank/healer/DPS.
Is it possible to succeed in Paladins without spending any money in the game?
Paladins is free to play, free to compete in official tournaments, and has nothing you can buy that affects gameplay. They only really sell cosmetic items. It is possible to spend real money to unlock champions, but the game lets you unlock them at a pace faster than you can learn them anyway.