Qualifying to London was a huge deal for us.
In order to reach those goals, we had to expect them to be achievable. Without that mentality, we would have come up short. And it was extremely close, coming down to the final game and a 2-point gap, we almost failed to reach both goals. If Why Tempt Fate had tied us in overall points (2 more points) they would have won the tiebreaker by having had more kills, taking both of our goals away from us. [caption id="attachment_107606" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Credit: OGN Studios[/caption] What was the biggest challenge as an unsigned team throughout Phase 1? The biggest challenge was to constantly remind ourselves that we just need to keep on doing what we know we can do and be patient. They always say "Good things come to those who wait." But we align with the mentality that good things come to those that work hard and are patient when it comes to being rewarded for said hard work. We supported each other throughout the phase, regardless of how many times we thought "we're never going to get signed" or "we need to start getting paid."
What does it mean to you to have qualified for the first Global PUBG event?
As the top unsigned team in North America, and potentially the world, everybody will be looking to see who we bring into PUBG esports
Qualifying to London was a huge deal for us. I remember listening to the comms during the final game when Why Tempt Fate could have taken our spot and the guys were just sitting there watching, no longer having any say in the outcome. All they kept saying was "please, someone eliminate them", "how many points do they need?", "someone do the math.". I don't think they have ever felt so much emotion in their gaming career. Uncivil jokingly said that he aged to his actual age, which is 25 (the joke is that he looks much younger than that, especially not having any facial hair). I was sitting right next to Ghost Gaming's coach watching and praying that his team would eliminate Why Tempt Fate. They ended up doing just that and my stomach never felt better when I realised that we had held on just enough. Being in London for the FACEIT Global Summit: PUBG Classic is going to be huge, especially with our team being unsigned. The exposure we will gain from this event will be unprecedented. Not only that, but we have opened a door to a new opportunity to prove ourselves against the world's best while representing North America. It will be nice to come back from London and sort of know where we stand on a global scale. Our goal is going to be to win the event, as I'm sure it is for every other team attending. But regardless of the outcome, we will learn a great deal from the event and it will only make us a better team going into Phase 2 of NPL. [caption id="attachment_107607" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Credit: OGN Studios[/caption] What are you looking for in an organisation? We've spent a great deal of time talking about this among ourselves, especially since we've been so patient. We had many opportunities thus far to just sign a contract and get paid. However, we waited because we didn't want just any contract, we wanted the best opportunity we could get. As the top unsigned team in North America, and potentially the world, everybody will be looking to see who we bring into PUBG esports and we feel like that means something not only for us, but for the whole scene. Bringing in a big player is important to us, but at the same time, there are so many other factors. Salary is something that is, of course, important in any business deal; so that's the first thing we look at. Then we look at the organisation, it's ownership, management, history and ideologies. I've instilled a mentality into the guys that aligns very closely to the way Astralis is doing things. They were a team that built things from the ground up, coming from one of the world's biggest esports brands, Team SoloMid, they went and did their own thing and now they have become the world's best CS:GO team. It is my belief that they would not be where they are today without their support staff and upper management. They have a strong foundation of leaders over there and have staff in all aspects of performance development. They have a strong focus on psychology, nutrition, fitness, sleep, sports science, and more. These are things that we believe are important in top level esports and the organisations that are pushing these boundaries will be able to take their current teams and develop them into top contenders and world champions. Who knows, if we are able to find the right investor(s), we might even be willing to go down the same path Astralis did, keeping the name Shoot To Kill. It is something we are open to.