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High Score Interview: Davenport University Esports’ Damian “Apache.DU” Cole

Welcome to the High Score Esports College Players Interview Series!

Today, we’re talking to Damian “Apache.DU” Cole, the Team Captain for Davenport’s Rainbow Six Seige squad. See how he got started, how he leads his team to victory, and what tips he has for players who want to join college teams!


What first got you into games?
I grew up in a household where gaming was appreciated by my father, uncle, and all of my cousins. I would stay up late, playing Call of Duty 4 all night with my cousins and seeing how fun of a night it truly was.

What drew you to Rainbow Six?
I always liked the run and gun style play of the Battlefield and Call of Duty games, but Rainbow Six Siege had something special that I was looking for. A slower-paced tactical shooter that looks and runs smoothly. I started on console originally, and the community of people I met through it also made an impact on how I felt about Rainbow Six Siege, motivating me to pursue competitive on PC.

What is your position on the team? What do you like about it?
I’m the Team Captain and play support on defense while being a frag/flex on attack. I like playing support on defense. Often, rounds come down to the decisions I make for key plays. On attack, I like the teamwork of hunting down enemies while sweeping towards the objective.

Do you prefer to play a more defensive style or an aggressive style? Why?
I prefer a mix of both. On defense, I try to contest the enemies at control points around the map and waste their time. On attack, if I’m looking to frag, I will acquire the intel I need from droning and try to push quickly on my enemies.

What do you see as your team’s main advantage?
I think my team’s advantage is the synergy we have in real life and in the game. We’re all close friends outside of Siege, and I think that pulls us closer together when we are in the midst of a match.

What advice do you have for younger players who are hoping to join a college team?
Take your time and think about if esports is something you are willing to sacrifice time for. I greatly underestimated the time I have to take to refine my skills and continuously improve for myself and team.

When you’re not practicing Rainbow Six or studying, what games do you play?
Truly, Siege is the only game I play. Some of my favorites though would have to be Fallout: New Vegas, Skyrim, and Left 4 Dead.

Thank you to Davenport University Esports Head Coach Colin Graham for giving us access to the players.

Find out more about the Davenport University Esports teams here!

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