When it was announced that Pro League would no longer be on console, I knew I was good enough to make it on PC.
I’ve been playing Rainbow Six Siege since the beta on Xbox One. I played casually, competing in amateur tournaments on the weekend. I was with a team for almost a year and we didn’t really get anywhere. Really nothing special.
I made Challenger League with a small organisation called Broken Alliance. We even managed to qualify for the playoffs, but ultimately didn’t get as far as the relegation/promotion for Pro League that season as a team.
I, however, had a chance to play relegations on a Top 2 Challengers League team. World Best Gaming. I’m not sure about world best, but we were good enough to make it into the Pro League.
Then we got relegated after a horrendous season.
There was a lack of direction in the team, and that’s a huge factor in this game. I don’t think the team was made up of the right mentalities, we didn’t adhere to each other. There were more and more problems as the season went on. It never really felt like we came close to fixing the issues.
I did contemplate whether this was the end. I mean, I made Pro League! That’s a big achievement. I was discouraged by how it all went but the league’s format wasn’t great at the time.
And then my computer broke.
Luckily, I have very supportive family members who helped me build a computer on my birthday. This enabled me to continue my dream, and that’s where things picked up.
I got picked up by a small team called OMEN Esports. We started preparing for qualifiers for the Challengers League, beating all of the Challengers League teams in scrims and coming up close with those in the Pro League.
We knew we had potential, then we moved on to our own team. We transitioned to Risky Gaming, which resembled our play style.
When we finally reached the qualifiers, we lost the first match 5-0 on stream to three of my old teammates. It was our first showing as a team in the public eye. People were quick to dub us as “scrim stars”.
That soon quieted down after twelve consecutive wins in the loser’s bracket. We came together as a team. We stormed the competition.
From here, Risky Gaming became Noble esports.
In the following Challenger League season we lost a single game, and then secured our revenge against that team by beating them in the final to qualify for Pro League. It wasn’t a tough season of Challenger – the competition was good, but we were playing at another level.
We qualified for Pro League. I was back to where I wanted to be.
My family wasn’t too sure about my choice to pursue professional gaming up to this point. I previously told them I wanted a year to chase this dream and then I made Pro League in six months. But once I made Pro League for the second time, they thought it was crazy. They pridefully tell everybody I’m a “pro gamer” now.
My team was happy for the accomplishment too but we were hungry for more. DreamHack Austin was around the corner.
It was our first LAN tournament and we were excited about it. This was our first event where we’d get to showcase our talents against professional teams.
We lost our first game to Spacestation Gaming and I put it down to a lack of experience on a big stage. I took a lot of blame for that loss.
The tournament’s format was pretty forgiving though because it’s more than likely you’re going to play the same team twice. Our rematch against Spacestation Gaming was our first on-stage.
The adrenaline took over and we beat them 2-1.
Unfortunately against Rogue the following morning the game got away from us and we lost 2-1. We choked really bad, to be honest. We got to match point on Border and let it slip, and then they 6-0’d us on the last map.
It was early in the morning and it’s tough to bring your A-game to those types of matches. I knew we could do better though.
I feel like where I’m at as a player means I can succeed on any roster. My main goal is to reach an international event, though. I take a lot of pride in leading teams so when we lose, I take things very personally.
Every game, every season, I’m learning a lot.
There is nothing on this earth that motivates me more than reaching an Invitational or a Six Paris Major. That is where I want to be, and I want to succeed. I want to win more than anybody.