Frag Cup Interview: Body Count
Ethan "FA5TBALL" Wedgeworth talks with 360icons to discuss what Body Count can do to overcome the tough obstacles ahead of them this weekend.
|Ethan 'FA5TBALL' Wedgeworth|
|Mike 'Toxsick' Sisson|
Omar 'Groundser' Ismail
|Omar 'Sarco' Safwat|
Earlier this week we sat down with the captain of team Body Count, Ethan 'FA5TBALL' Wedgeworth. Ethan took the time to answer some questions for us, and gave us a brief look ahead to the team's expectations for this weekend. Body Count had some byes in earlier rounds, but proved they are top contender material in their match against Last Chance. Playing in group one, on the 17th of March, their team had one match. Leading into the March 31st tournament play, Body Count knew they had to step their game up in order to be taken seriously.
With a pool of $10,000 up for grabs, tensions are sure to be high. Ethan discussed how his team deals with the pressure of being an amateur team, and his thoughts on playing a pro team in the finals. Our interview also touched on what a first place finish would mean for their team.
As an amateur team, it’s obviously a bit more difficult to acquire a scrim against some of the game’s top teams. With that being said, what have you been doing in the two weeks off to best prepare yourself for the upcoming final four?
"Well we were able to acquire some decent scrims for capture the flag, but we were feeling very strong in our CTF, as we didn’t drop one in Frag Cup so far. So we decided to put a lot of work into our search and destroy game so we can balance our team out and be strong in both game types, because I believe there's more SnDs than CTFs in finals. And my team feels dominant in CTF versus Virtual Friends, so we prepared our team for the big picture first."
Which area of your game do you feel is your team’s strong suit? How has that helped you in the tournament thus far?
"I feel that our CTF game has helped us a lot so far. It was a free win every time it was played. Which gave us a huge momentum switch if we were to drop a map beforehand. But I also feel we have elevated our SnD game to a new level in the time off to give us an advantage."
A victory in the semi-finals means a match up with either apeX.NA or Collapse, two of North America’s top teams. Would playing either of those teams be intimidating for your squad? Or is it a task you guys are prepared to handle?
"My team is extremely prepared. We want first and they are in the way. We’re not intimidated, that would only throw our game off. We feel our knowledge of game play matches theirs, we just need to focus and hit our shots and play smart, remember they are only human and 'even the hardest eggs crack'."
Your team didn’t play nearly as many top teams as apeX or Collapse did to get here. You also had byes through your first three rounds on the opening weekend. Taking all these things into consideration, do you feel like you’ve had an easy run to get where you are now? What part/team of the tournament was your most difficult obstacle to overcome?
"Well apeX/Collapse definitely had a harder run but I wouldn't say [it was] easy as well. We had to play some EU pros and it is not easy to beat them on their host when our team is two-bar. But we pulled through and beat several top amateur teams on a long day of CoD. Also, for those of you wondering, we did not pick group one for an easy bracket as I made the team February 24, as you can see if you view our team, not knowing it would be easier because my team wasn't able to participate the weekend of group two."
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