Slingshot’s Andrew Kim caught up with Immortals Overwatch players Park “Kariv” Young-seo, Koo “Fate” Pan-seung and Lee “Envy” Kang-jae (in Korean and translated to English) about playing for a new team, moving to North America and what lies ahead in professional Overwatch.
Andrew Kim: Many players think that the current meta staying the same for a while has been a negative influence on the game, professional and otherwise. What are your thoughts on the Dive meta?
Park “Kariv” Young-seo: I’ve heard from the people around me that they are waiting for the meta to change, and if it the meta persists, some change as soon as possible will be good for the game.
AK: With the go-to tank in competitive being mostly centered around D.Va, what will have to be done in order to see more diverse tank picks?
Koo “Fate” Pan-seung: For other tanks to show up, I think new characters need to come out. Although I’m not very well-versed in this matter, but if the balance is done well around the new characters, then it should be good.
AK: In your opinion, what would be the most ideal release schedule for new heroes in Overwatch?
KPS: I think one or two characters a month would be good!
AK: With what you’ve seen and played, what are your thoughts on Doomfist, and will he bring change to the meta?
PYS: From what we played, I think the meta can change, and he has the ability to kill the main damage dealers more effectively.
Lee “Envy” Kang-jae: I think Doomfist is good, but I don’t think he’ll change much, but rather only replace Genji or Tracer as the offensive hero. I’m also unaware of any meta changes in other regions since he’s been added to the PTR.
AK: The three of you previously played in South Korea and only recently made the decision to join a North American organization. In your opinion, how are the regions different?
LKJ: After getting here, I think my competitive mode experience has been a bit better because they don’t communicate as much using voice chat, and thus don’t swear or insult people. But on the same coin, the games here are more about having fun rather than winning. It doesn’t feel like the competitive mode I’m used to.
KPS: In Korea, the people tend to be very competitive and want to win, so there is a lot of trolling and harassment, and the teammates are easily affected by that too. In NA, the mentality seems to be different to be centered around having fun.
PYS: I think NA is more fun, KR is more competitive. KR is better for practice.
AK: Right now Reinhardt has been through a lot in the past few patches, and he’s been near impossible to use in professional games. What would need to happen in order for players to use him again?
KPS: The new patch with Zarya buffs, Doomfist, and Reinhardt changes, I think those three can counter enemy dives. If that gets patched in as is, I can see Rein making a comeback.
AK: There has been a lot of talk about players experiencing burnout, or finding the game to be less fun than it used to be. As professionals, what are your thoughts on playing a game professionally and the importance on continuing to find the game fun?
PYS: I still find Overwatch to be really fun. If professional players are losing their interest, I think some time off will help, perhaps switching roles or not playing the game during their time off in order to recharge.
KPS: I still find the game fun, but a lot of people tend to write it off as a failed game, and when I read those comments it really upsets me. I hope Blizzard takes into account that kind of feedback and uses it to make patches to the game so it can be fun again for everyone.
LKJ: It’s important to not lose the excitement, and personally it honestly wasn’t fun to practice D.Va after switching roles. But I think it’s important to find the small moments of fun in what you do in order to break the cycle, regain interest and become a better player.