Hay­den ‘Haydz’ Shiels Cap­tain, Kanga Es­ports

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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.

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