Dan "Astroboy" De Sousa Quake World Championships qualifier
What unique skills do you need for Quake, compared to other modern shooters?
I’d say the most unique aspect of the Quake series is the timing of items. A lot of Quake’s gameplay focuses on having a greater amount of health and armour than your opponents and timing is critical to maintaining this. As Fatal1ty once said, it’s all practice, practice, practice. There are two major stages to learning timing: mentally computing when items will next respawn, and playing around that knowingly. I find newer players often do the first but forget the latter.
If you were a hotshot in an earlier Quake game, what do you need to know, or how do you need to change, to succeed at Champions?
The game still has a lot of the raw Quake skill set from previous iterations, but now the game works a lot around the abilities. If you know how, when and what to do with the abilities it opens a lot of opportunity for outplaying your opponents. Learning the health, armour, movespeed and movement of all the characters is another learning curve previous Quake players must overcome to get good.
You qualified for the championship with 200+ ping – do you think needing to overcome this made you a better player?
I wouldn’t say overcoming the ping was necessary to improve my game but it did allow me to look at the game in a different light. Instead of relying so much on my aim saving me in bad situations I had to focus a lot more on out-thinking my opponents. Some of the weapons are not so bad on high ping and others are massively delayed, so I had to adapt my play style around this.
How large is the competitive scene in Quake right now? How many hours do you need to put in to get good enough
It’s not large at the moment compared Quake Live at its peak. The game is still early in development and people don’t like to play unfinished games. Time will tell how big it can get. I spend about three hours a day playing and probably around the same time watching games and learning what my opponents do to see if there is anything I can bring into my own game. On my days off you can double those numbers!