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Crimzo on the ramification of GOATs: “I think after 3/3 is gone, there will be a positive effect later on.”

Volamel 2019-03-18 04:27:05
  Canadian Zenyatta ace, William "Crimzo" Hernandez, is taking another stab at bringing home an Overwatch Contenders title for Team Envy. After being scouted directly from the ladder on his previous team, EnVision Esports, Crimzo has quickly made a name for himself as one of North America’s top flex support prospects. Crimzo spoke with Esports Heaven about the changes about Overwatch Contenders, the impact of the GOATs metagame, and how the team has been doing throughout the 2019 season.
A couple of months back I saw on Twitter that you were patiently waiting for Season 2 of the Punisher to come back. Are you pretty big into comics? If so what are some of your favorites? Any movie adaptations you’re waiting for? I wouldn’t say that I'm a big comic fan but if there’s a movie adaptation or series adaptation from a comic series then I could definitely end up watching it. Recently I’ve watched Captain Marvel, Luke Cage and The Punisher and I think all are pretty solid. I especially like The Punisher because the type of story that's portrayed is right up my alley of things I enjoy watching. Last time we spoke you mentioned that you wanted to work on your ultimate usage. You mention that Zenyatta’s ultimate can win fights on its own if used properly and you wanted to try and find the most optimal ways to use it. What are your thoughts on where Transcendence is best used in the current 3/3 metagame? Transcendence is a very tricky ultimate to get consistent value with. I remember looking through my scrim VODs daily looking at my usage of trans and if I could do anything differently or if what I did was correct. There are so many uses to trans I think it's just a percentage game at this point. For example, if I counter a [Graviton Surge] with [Transcendence] there is a high probability my team will survive unless they get D.Va bombed. If I [Transcendence] before the enemy team uses [Graviton Surge], there’s a high chance they will wait until my [Transcendence] has ended and then use it, and we will die because I had already used [Transcendence]. Those were two examples but there are a lot of other ways to use [Transcendence] and it can be really punishing for the team if you use it at the wrong time. It seems like in your match against Skyfoxes, on Eichenwald specifically, Envy had a hard time getting the ball rolling on their attack. Was Buds on the Sombra giving you guys a hard time? Going into the match we expected them to be playing a lot of Sombra, but we weren’t able to practice against it much because most other teams don’t play Sombra. We had to theorize a plan going into the match without actual practice against it so the first couple of fights were pretty rocky but we were able to figure it out in the end. I can definitely say that Skyfoxes are a dangerous team that can't be slept on. You guys ended up winning Eichenwald, but I wanted to hear your take on your Point A Defense composition where you guys traded your Brigitte for Ana. Could you walk me through why you made that swap? We decided to play Ana because in scrims we noticed that a lot of people would play triple DPS [and] Hammond comps when they are attacking the first point Eichenwalde if they see us on a regular 3/3 comp. We knew that first point Eich is a very open-spaced point and decided to run Ana over Brigitte as a counter to triple DPS [and] Hammond, and against teams that use Sombra instead of D.Va, because if they don’t have they cant matrix our nades. ELLIVOTE was a late addition to the team as your now former teammate McGravy has signed with the Florida Mayhem. Talk to me a little about what he brings to the team as an individual? I think ELLIVOTE brings a lot of knowledge to the team especially because he came from the consistently strong EU team, Angry Titans. He taught us a lot of the intricate details in 3/3 that we previously didn’t know but was commonly done in EU and I think it's brought our level of play up a lot higher. After Gravy went to Florida and we heard that ELLIVOTE was looking for a team we instantly knew to give him a trial and I think he’s a perfect fit for our team. With the PTR patch looming over our heads, I’ve got to ask, have you and Team Envy taken a look or even practiced on the test realm yet? Generally, what are your thoughts on the new hero as well as the changes being proposed? Since our Contenders season is on the 1.32 patch we haven’t practiced on the 1.34 PTR patch, but I’ve seen and heard about the patch notes and it seems like the future is promising. I think the new hero is very interesting because it’s the first time a burst rifle hero has come into the game, and I think Baptiste has a really high skill ceiling and I can see the potential to do some crazy things with him. You mentioned on Twitter not too long ago that you thought some changes needed to happen with the Contenders region and you were worried that an increasing number of players would leave and go back to school. Do you think that the Showdown and the Gauntlet are enough added support? I think that adding the Showdown and the Gauntlet was definitely a step in the right direction but I think more can [and] should be done. I think there should be LANs for the season, if not the regular season then at least the playoffs. Also more exposure for the scene in general, I will never forget the one time Blizzard put the Contenders stream on the BNET App and the stream had 20k viewers which are probably 5x more than the current average viewership on a NA/EU Contenders stream. Recently ZP made a claim that he believes that the 3/3, or GOATs meta, is going to have lasting effects for Overwatch and has improved the general skill level due to how important positioning and cooldown management is. Would you agree with this? I definitely agree with ZP on this one. In the past, it was a lot about personal pop-offs and hardcore mechanics but the 3/3 meta has taught us the importance of team coordination, positioning and cooldown management. Despite [the] 3/3 meta being quite boring to watch as a casual viewer, there are a lot of intricate details within the fights that are like mini-games and can sometimes be fun. I think after 3/3 is gone, there will be a positive effect later on.
Joseph “Volamel” Franco has followed esports since the MLGs of 2006. He started out primarily following Starcraft 2, Halo 3, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. He has transitioned from viewer to journalist and writes freelance primarily about Overwatch and League of Legends. If you would like to know more or follow his thoughts on esports you can follow him at @Volamel. Images courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment.

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