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Gone but not forgotten: An interview with Adrian ‘Khooie’ Khoo

Thanks for taking time out to join me today, Khooie. For those unaware of your presence in the Call of Duty community, could you give a bit of a description of yourself?

Hey all, for those of you that don’t know me my name is Adrian “khooie” Khoo. I am 19 years of age and currently living in Melbourne, Australia. I was originally a PS3 player competing at the highest level on PS3 for a number of years, playing for auRa eSports. Towards the end of CoD: Modern Warfare 3 I made the move to Xbox where I began a whole different aspect on the nature of competitive Call of Duty. I have been presented with many awards on PS3 by the P.C.A (People’s Choice Awards). I was picked up quickly by teams in the Xbox scene and I have played for notable top teams such as: Mindfreak.eSports, TRIDENT & AVANT-Garde.

Let us start off with a couple of questions relating to your time in the competitive CoD community. I’d like to know, how did you make that initial step forward to the competitive scene?

If I remember correctly, my parents bought me a PS3 for my Birthday in March 2008. I was just a casual pub stomper on CoD: Modern Warfare (COD4). Playing the game was like second nature to me. I just casually played with friends after school. I then heard of a website called ClanCentral now known as 6A (SIXAXISGAMING). After hearing about all the competitions and such I tried getting myself into a clan. My first clan/team joined was aRC! (Australian Riot Clan); It just suddenly blew off from there!

During your time playing competitive CoD we’ve seen you climb your way to one of the top positions. What was your most satisfying or memorable moment whilst being a part of this great community?

I’m not going to lie, I have had many satisfying memories whilst playing competitive Call of Duty. The big one that comes to my mind is the ACL Sydney Black Ops 2 LAN. I was playing for TRIDENT alongside Legendz, macka and zeeeeQ. We were in the losers bracket after getting knocked out by Nv. We were grinding the loser’s bracket until we faced off against ZeroG now known as Capital Punishment. We were 2 maps down in a BO5 series fighting for our own survival, we came back and won that series 3-2. We played Nv afterwards and won 6-3 in a BO11 series. We made it to the grand final where we played against our rivals Team Immunity, narrowly losing to them.khooie 3

Tilt can be detrimental to a team if they play with their emotions rather than looking at aspects that are important in order to achieve success. How did you overcome tilt when playing at major events such as ACL? Was there any activities that you participated outside of the game to deal with this?

First and foremost, never let emotions play with your mind. The atmosphere at LAN events is way different than playing at home. Basically when I played at LAN events I just played like I was at home, blocking out the atmosphere that could impact my game. Hype is a major factor, however, you need to find the balance otherwise you’ll just be rushing your game. Outside the game, obviously you can’t neglect your real life. You need to find the balance between family, friends and Call of Duty.

CoD is becoming a much more prevalent game amongst eSports in Australia with more and more amateur teams being formed. With relation to the current competitive environment, who do you think poses the greatest threat to teams such as Immunity, AVANT Garde, Curse, etc.

In Australia, honestly no one. Maybe online, but at LAN events no chance. It all comes down to experience, working together in and out of the game. Chemistry is a vital part within a team. The top 3 teams just click in game and can telepathically read what their team mate is going to do. In my opinion, I would make a team, stick with them and stop with roster changes after every event. People are just taking 2 steps in the opposite direction. Chemistry is key.

With the departure of yourself from playing, do you wish to stay amongst the competitive scene in some other way? If so, how?

Of course. I still work with teams behind the scenes and help them improve their game. I basically mentor teams to improve and reach their full potential. Esports is only going to get bigger and being part of the scene feels surreal. I’m more than happy to help out any team that needs the advice on how to become a better team/player. Please, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Since the introduction of Ghosts there’s been a portion of people that are reluctant to play the game, do you think people have gone off of the franchise due to the changes that have been made to the game?

Honestly, this is the worst competitive game to date. Simplicity, is all that you need. Let gun skill and team work decide the outcome, not cheesy mechanics in game that affect the outcome. CoD doesn’t need double stuns, double nades, tanks that block your path, and battle chatter that calls out players for you instead of you doing it on your own. In saying that I can say yes/no in regards to the question. This game has taken its toll on many people including myself but eSports is only going to get bigger if they place it in the right direction.

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With this reluctance, do you think this will become a determinant in the next CoD game to be released later on this year? How do you think this will affect the competitive scene in Australia?

As I said in the previous question, eSports is only going to get bigger. Call of Duty is just taking off, and from what I have heard about the next game it’s only going to improve the growth of eSports. Hopefully in the near future we will see a lot more teams competing in Australia, we need more teams! Growth is a huge aspect, Australia needs to improve our scene in the eSports world as we’re miniscule to overseas countries. Everyone, get on it!

Thanks for joining me today, Khooie. Are there any final shoutouts you would like to give?

First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you that has taken your own sweet time to read this interview. My main shoutouts go to my family, friends and fans that has made me who I am today. Without their support, I would never been in this graceful position. I’d like to thank those who continue to support me in and out of the scene. You are the people that make every moment special.

Huge thanks to SuddenRush Guarana for sponsoring me, they are a team of wonderful people, you all need to check out their product. Remember, if you are in any need of advice etc. don’t be scared to contact me. I’m more than happy to help you out!

Just message me on twitter @ – www.twitter.com/_khooie

khooie out! Peace! xo.

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