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an interview with Kronovi
The Rocket League Championship at DreamHack Atlanta is bringing some of the best teams in the world (North American teams in particular) and among them is one of the most prominent and well-known stars in the pro scene. When he’s not streaming before thousands of fans, Cameron “Kronovi” Bills leads his team G2 Esports, and between July 21st to July 23rd they’re competing for a share of the $50,000 USD prize pool at this summer’s most anticipated LAN festival. Make no mistake – the ambition to win is high.
The Rocket League scene seems to be growing exponentially right now. How does and feel and how do you experience it?
– For the most part, I play the same handful of people on the ladder every day. Yes, the playerbase is growing but less than a percent of those players make it to the top 100 of a ladder. Sometimes you see a new face here or there and players sometimes stepping up from a lower skill tier. Most of the time I see familiar faces that I’ve been seeing for months or even years.
Going into DreamHack Atlanta, what’s your expectations and goals for the tournament?
– Our expectations and goals are to win the whole thing without dropping a game c;
Haha just messing around. We really hope for a top four finish and we are very dedicated to taking the whole tournament. We really want to prove ourselves after the RLCS flop we had and I promise we will be the team that practices the hardest and longest before DreamHack.
“We are dedicated to winning not just to prove it to ourselves that we can win, but to prove it to each other. We motivate each other to be the very best and I am very lucky to have Rizzo and JKnaps on the team with me.”
How have you and your team prepared for it so far?
– Some other tournaments have popped up that have made for great practice. We’ve just been making sure to play as much as we can and scout other teams so that we have matchup knowledge. We are very focused on how much time we practice and the way in which we practice.
G2 has been playing with it’s new line up since late February. How’s the team shaping up and is it developing the way you hoped?
– The team has had its ups and downs. Through it all, we’ve stuck together. I know that I can stand by my teammates and they know that they can stand by me. We are dedicated to winning not just to prove it to ourselves that we can win, but to prove it to each other. We motivate each other to be the very best and I am very lucky to have Rizzo and JKnaps on the team with me.
Kronovi is not a stranger to scoring great goals. Fakes are a personal favorite: “I think fakes are still the most exciting goals for me to witness or score myself. It doesn’t take much mechanical skill at all to fake someone. The beauty in a fake is getting into your opponents head and making them question their own decision making. Faking someone can destroy them for the rest of the match.”
G2 was once a team described as ”super-aggressive”. With this new team, how would you describe your play style now and what do you consider your greatest strengths?
– Now that we have identified a lot of our old habits and tendencies we shifted our focus from scoring to covering our goal and having a strong defensive rotation. This allows Rizzo to move up field and be the threat that he really is. Sometimes I would cut rotation to challenge a ball which would force Rizzo to stay in an awkward defensive position. With me taking a more defensive role and filling our rotation, I see a lot more wins for us in the future.
You also attended DH Austin, both streaming and competing. How was your experience there?
– Well, DreamHack Austin was a different format (2v2). There weren’t a ton of high profile players at the event and the only other RLCS player at Austin was Pluto. Rizzo and I were the only real RLCS teammates at the event. It wasn’t casual per say but it wasn’t an ultimate test of our skill. I think DreamHack Atlanta will be a considerable step up.
“Winning this might honestly be harder than winning the RLCS World Championship. Whoever the victor is, they will have earned not only the victory, but the respect of the entire pro scene.”
With 50,000 on the line and some of the world’s best teams attending, what’s your thoughts about it and what does it mean for you?
– This is a very large prize pool and the competition is fierce. Both the North American and European regions will put up a large fight but I have faith that we will keep a level head and stay calm and collected. This event, as far as attending teams, could be a larger show of skill than the RLCS itself. There is going to be a ton of pressure on every individual at the venue, but I love the pressure. I play better under the pressure of the crowd and I look forward to hearing G2 chants echo throughout the stadium.
A big thank you for taking time talking to us! Any shoutouts?
– Huge thanks to my family for always supporting me. I wouldn’t be here without their kindness and efforts.
Quick Questions with Kronovi
- Favorite team to face?
I think for us it would have to be NRG. We don’t get to play much against the EU boys but NRG always has an interesting play style and they always challenge us to play faster or smarter or think outside of the box.
- Favorite opponent?
Personally I have to say it’s Kuxir. I basically grew up playing against him back in the SARPBC days and he’s always played so well. No matter what team composition he’s with, he carries. He’s incredible smart and even better mechanically. It’s always an honor to test my skills against his.
- Best ball-controlling player?
I think I have to give this one to Deevo. I feel like whenever you play in a lobby with Deevo, either with or against, he will always have the ball and the boost. He’s so fast and he’s great at following up his own touches so you see him zooming around the pitch doing all the heavy lifting for a team.
- Best way to score a goal?
I think fakes are still the most exciting goals for me to witness or score myself. It doesn’t take much mechanical skill at all to fake someone. The beauty in a fake is getting into your opponents head and making them question their own decision making. Faking someone can destroy them for the rest of the match.
- Favorite arena?
Any variation of Mannfield.
- Who will win DHATL17?
I think anyone has a shot at this tournament. There will be so many high-caliber teams at this event. Winning this might honestly be harder than winning the RLCS World Championship. Whoever the victor is, they will have earned not only the victory, but the respect of the entire pro scene.
The sign ups for the Rocket League Championship is still open, and you should be part of it! To register, just follow this link to create your team. Each team of 3 will be signed up through the team captain who will be the contact point for DreamHack, who can also modify the responses later by saving the url given upon submission.
To sign up each team must confirm participants are 18 or older, and those 13 and older have permission to attend the event.
All member on a team will need an event pass to get into the event, you can find them on our ticket page for DreamHack Atlanta, July 21-23. Players who get into the event through BYOC can participate as well.
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