Welcome to the High Score Esports College Players Interview Series!
Today, we’re talking to Isaac “Obra” Allen, who plays on the Overwatch team for Aquinas Esports. 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!
Thanks to Aquinas Esports Head Coach Adam Antor for giving us access to his players!
What first got you into games?
I’ve played video games for as long as I can remember. I started back on the original Xbox and the Nintendo 64 playing games like Halo and Super Smash Brothers with my two older brothers Tyler and Jordan. I think it was them that got me introduced to gaming.
What drew you to Overwatch?
I was introduced to Overwatch in season 2 on the Xbox by again, my brother Tyler. I found the fighting and the strategic plays so much more enjoyable to play then all the other FPSs out there and eventually, Overwatch became the only game I would play. I made my best friends buy it to play with me. The competitive scene, the sequel, and the fan base of Overwatch is all so awesome.
Which Character Do You Play? What Do You Like About Them?
I play Doomfist, Hanzo, and Genji. These charters have such big impacts on eliminating the other team and that is what I love about them. Their ability to “pop-off” is a huge reason why I enjoy them. I also love to play Ana. She is my favorite character in the game. Her skill cap is so high that you can always improve with her and her kit is just super interesting. The feeling you get when you sleep a Genji using his Dragon Blade is unmatched by anything in gaming.
Do you prefer to play a more defensive style or an aggressive style? Why?
I really prefer to play aggressive in Overwatch. I feel if you play aggressive in this game, your team determines how team fights will happen and be able to get the situation your team wants when going in.
What do you see as your team’s main advantage?
I see our team’s biggest advantage as being new to the competitive scene. I feel other teams will underestimate the skill and tactics that Aquinas can bring to each and every game we play in.
What advice do you have for younger players who are hoping to join a college team?
Join Discord’s and play with people similar to your rank. The competitive mode in games is good for refining mechanics and game sense, but playing on a team for months at a time is so much more different than just playing the competitive mode. Joining Discords and playing with players with a similar mindset to get better will improve your gameplay so much.
When you’re not practicing Overwatch or studying, what games do you play?
I don’t play much more than Overwatch to be completely honest. I play Apex or 2K when I don’t want to play competitively, which isn’t often.
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