Today, we’re talking to Nick “AHighShyGu” Cihlar, the entry-fragger for Davenport’s Counter-Strike 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!
Special thanks to Colin Graham for giving us access to the players!
What first got you into games?
Video games have always been a huge part of my life. The first console that I played was the original PlayStation, and ever since then, I’ve been hooked. I moved from console to pc when I started getting interested in computers and eventually built my own custom gaming pc.
What drew you to Counter-Strike?
I originally started playing Counter-Strike because a few of my friends recommended it, and ultimately, I wanted to start getting into shooters other than COD and Battlefield. I quickly realized that Counter-Strike had a crazy competitive scene and tournaments were being played regularly. I enjoyed watching them and learning from professional players.
What is your position on the team? What do you like about it?
I am the “entry fragger” on the team. My goal is to get as much space as possible on a bomb site and make an opening for my team to capitalize on and take control. I enjoy this role and the comradery it promotes, as most of the time it relies on aim and support from my teammates.
Do you prefer to play a more defensive style or an aggressive style? Why?
A part of Counter-Strike is being able to read your opponents and adapting to the playstyle that will best suit the scenario. Typically, I prefer to be more aggressive, because being more aggressive allows you to set the mood for more unique plays.
What do you see as your team’s main advantage?
I think teamwork is our main advantage. As a group, we are close friends, and we’re comfortable with each other both in and out of the game. Being able to work well with each other as teammates gives us an advantage. We also have an amazing coach that guides us and analyzes our play to help make us better players, individually and as a team.
What advice do you have for younger players who are hoping to join a college team?
I would suggest just reaching out and getting as much information as possible and seeing where you fit and what the team could offer you. Once you’ve done that, I suggest playing with the players and getting to know them.
When you’re not practicing Counter-Strike or studying, what games do you play?
I love playing single player games it’s a good break from the intensity and competitive nature of Counter-Strike. Recently I’ve been playing Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassins Creed Odyssey.