Hessu give perception on keys to the Toronto Defiant’s success.
After a win towards the Vancouver Titans, Heesu talked with us in regards to the present standings within the Overwatch League, and Toronto Defiant’s fan appreciation weekend.
The Strolling Spotlight Reel: Heesu
In at the moment’s match, you performed towards your former teammate Aspire (Luka Rolovich). What was it like being on the other facet of the sport from him for the primary time within the Overwatch League?
“Even when he was with me at Defiant final 12 months he was an amazing participant, so it was really fairly unlucky that I could not play towards him for one time, however it’s nice to see him towards me on the opponent staff, and its actually nice to see he is popping off on one other staff as nicely as a result of he has given me the impression that this participant is a bit totally different from the others. Final 12 months I noticed him extra as a rookie coming into the Overwatch League, however proper now with all of his progress and influence play he proved his value. I believe he’s in all probability somebody we must always be careful for.”
On the finish of this recreation towards the Vancouver Titans, Jaws on the published stated that you just had been typing issues in chat like “you guys are so good”. Was that since you had been stunned with how nicely they performed at the moment?
“I imply Vancouver is 0-12, on their document and we had been fairly assured in our metas that we had been anticipating us to win fairly simply towards them, but it surely was very totally different after we really confronted them on the match. We had various scrims towards these groups which can be pretty often called sturdy groups within the Overwatch League proper now, after which we simply had a really totally different layer of impression from the Vancouver Titans after we confronted them so I suppose lets say that Vancouver has a greater understanding of the present meta proper now in comparison with these identified groups. I do know that we made a variety of errors at the moment as nicely, however contemplating our confidence and present meta I used to be very impressed and stunned, so I could not cease myself from typing “you might be too good” and that was extra to Aspire than the staff, however on the whole it was fairly spectacular.”
You had been awarded the Participant of the Match for at the moment’s match. That is actually not the primary time you’ve got obtained this, however what do you suppose it’s that you just did in at the moment’s match that earned you that title?
“I believe it was usually as a result of I put in a variety of harm in our Management maps at the moment and confirmed some, I believe, fairly superb clutch performs, particularly on Oasis. Keep in mind that 99% vs. 99% that second it was extra like ‘who makes that clutch play’ to win the map. I made some kills with Sojourn and that type of led to me receiving POTM at the moment. I personally suppose it wasn’t a day for me to take one and I am really fairly embarrassed with my unhappy stats enjoying DPS at the moment.”
With the Sojourn and Ashe that we had been speaking about, it looks like the present meta is Junker Queen, Genji, Brigette, and Lucio. It looks like the second DPS is a bit of bit contested between groups and who they need to select between Ashe and Sojourn. You had been principally enjoying Ashe throughout this match. Why Ashe over Sojourn?
“Earlier than we headed into our observe for Summer time Showdown qualifiers we did monitor the Contenders groups as nicely and we noticed a majority of the groups using Sojourn and Genji, so that is extra of a gaggle up comp with all 5 heroes enjoying round all collectively. Extra of like a dive solely comp with an enormous aggressiveness coming in. We had been pondering is it actually essential to match up Sojourn vs. Sojourn when it is a very extremely purpose based mostly hero, and why do not we simply attempt to make the most of the composition of the heroes all through the map with new maps coming in like Paraiso, and type of eat them up utilizing Ashe’s dynamite and Bob and so forth. That was our theology, after which we thought that if this might really work then we will play each aggressive and defensive in direction of many alternative comps. It labored for us and I believe it suits us the perfect contemplating our playstyle.”
The standings are nearly irrelevant with this complete new meta, or so it appears based mostly on the video games up to now, and it seems to be prefer it’s anyone’s stage for the Summer time Showdown. On what degree do you place your staff, Toronto Defiant, on this meta?
“I’d positively not put us in a low rank. I believe we’re one of many very high groups to qualify for Summer time Showdown.”
Your following matches for the Summer time Showdown are: Atlanta Reign, Dallas Gas, Los Angeles Gladiators, Boston Rebellion, and London Spitfire. With the Summer time Showdown event being hosted in your house crowd, what’s the plan to qualify regardless of that troublesome lineup of groups?
“It is positively a really robust street right down to the Summer time Showdown and all of them are very sturdy groups within the league proper now. I used to be really hoping to fulfill a number of of them within the early stage as a result of sturdy groups are identified to be sturdy not simply because they’re an ideal staff from the very starting, however they’re really fairly good at selecting up their errors and the strengths from different groups to make their very own play out of it. I nonetheless suppose that we’re fairly sturdy staff on this meta proper now, however you by no means understand how our remaining opponents are going to enhance by subsequent week. I actually suppose we must always by no means cease and hold proving ourselves after which attempt to talk a variety of in-game particulars to construct these layers of element in order that we hold being forward of the opposite groups.”
In opposition to the beforehand named groups then, who do you suppose will probably be your hardest opponent?
“I’d choose Dallas (Gas) and (Los Angeles) Gladiators with numerous causes. They’re fairly sturdy within the common season and likewise in tournaments as nicely. By way of what I’ve stated earlier than about what builds a robust staff, they’ve good mechanics, they’ve an excellent staff synergy, they usually give us the impression that they construct stronger every week they usually really show it. These two had been the groups that we actually wished to fulfill this week to type of pop off after we are very sturdy at this meta proper now, however we are going to see the way it goes.”
That is the Toronto Defiant Fan Appreciation Weekend. Is there that you just need to say to your whole followers on the market rooting you guys on?
“Again in our very first free social gathering that was our match towards Washington and we misplaced so I felt actually unhappy and sorry to them, however proper after the match I used to be taking some air after which a fan simply got here to me and stated “you continue to did nicely” after which I used to be really in a position to get again up. We actually admire all of the followers supporting us, and truthfully we now have not proved our efficiency that everybody has anticipated for us. We’re nonetheless behind by the top of the midseason, so it actually means rather a lot to me that the followers nonetheless assist us no matter our efficiency. I am feeling actually, actually lucky that we gained tonight and we had been in a position to smile and greet all of the followers after the match. I need to promise to our followers that Toronto Defiant’s Summer time Showdown will probably be very totally different in comparison with earlier tournaments that we had. Thanks everybody for supporting us and hopefully we’ll pay you again with superb performances at Summer time Showdown.
Heesu is assured within the capability of the Defiant to hold with this season’s “large canine” being the Dallas Gas and Los Angeles Gladiators. For the reason that win over the Titans, he has been confirmed appropriate by defeating the LA Gladiators, and profitable a map off of the Gas of their recreation that led to a 1-3 loss. Nonetheless, with the Defiant at 3-1 within the stage up to now, they give the impression of being set to play in entrance of their dwelling crowd in Toronto for the Summer time Showdown event on the finish of the stage. With most groups working Sojourn as their second DPS with Genji, it’s fascinating to see a staff doing so nicely enjoying Ashe regardless of it being nearly the one uncommon choose we see. Toronto Defiant are onto one thing right here this stage, they usually appear to be able to lock the second half of their season as their time to climb the ranks and prepare for the 2022 Overwatch League playoffs.
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