psygib: “When I bootcamped with Strongsage, I felt revitalized. It resparked my motivation to duel.”
Moses “psygib” Salas, long-time Quake Pro League player and Quake veteran had a tough year in 2022. Not winning a single match in the Weekly stages of the Pro League curcuit, the 28-year old American was already prepared for the worst – to hang up the mouse. However, when he moved to the East Coast with MCS teammate Marcus “Strongsage” Macias, everything changed.
I had a chance to sit down with him and ask a few questions.
How is life right now for you?
Life has been pretty great. Last year was a bit rough but I’m coming back strong this year! I’ve gotten accustomed to Rhode Island, it’s a beautiful state and I’m happy to be here. MCS has been really good to me and I want to do the best I can for them this year. Thats why I’m practicing a good amount, maybe two hours a night, but it’s all off stream. I normally would stream but I play later and do not want to wake up Marcus. Marcus goes to bed early, usually around 10PM. Besides that, I’ve been working on myself and looking forward to the future.
What expectations did you have going into 2022? How would you say the year went for you in general?
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting alot going in to last year. I just came off a terrible performance from the previous year. I continued to struggle and all I expected was to be knocked out of the QPL for good. I would’ve stopped playing Quake Champions entirely. But when I bootcamped with Strongsage, I felt revitalized. It resparked my motivation to duel. I was able to do well. Not as well as I wanted to but it was well enough to keep me in the QPL. I had other troubles in my life as well. It was an overall rough year, but I’m glad to start anew in 2023 and be moving forward.
How was QWC 2022 in Bucharest? Do you have any memorable moment from there?
It was so fun! I was happy to be back at a LAN to perform again. Hanging out with all the NA boys, too. Like I said before, I wasn’t able to do as well as I wanted to, but I kept my spot in the QPL. I would have to say the whole experience was memorable. Seeing everyone together again after many years of online only play was great. In particular, what was most memorable was to see all the new faces: Strongsage, RMV, and Yup. I enjoyed talking with all of them. I really hope to see them at the next event, whatever it may be.
How was the move to the East Coast?
Well, for starters, the move shocked all my friends in how I did it. Basically, I packed everything I needed into three large suitcases. I had to take my PC apart and spread them around the suitcases. Then, I’d put it back together in a new case that I ordered. Luckily, nothing broke. The whole move was pretty smooth. Moving here has helped me gain even more motivation. Location alone has been great: I get 17 to NA East, 80 to EU West, and 90 to EU Central. On top of that the connection feels very smooth, I get very little packet loss or jitters. Living with Marcus has been quite fun. We are gamers so we tend to spend most of our time playing games, so we do not hang out all the time. But besides that I think he and I have been living comfortably. Although, he stole my milk one time. He did buy me another one so it wasn’t a big deal :P.
What are your goals/expectations for 2023?
The goal is always to win every single match. That’s what I will shoot for. I know realistically I can be top 8 if I put all the time in, that’s what I expect of myself.
If there are any LANs in Europe this year outside of the QPL curcuit, would you be willing to go?
100%. MCS will send Marcus and me, so we will have to perform. Of course I love going to LAN, seeing all my friends, and meeting new people. Of course, at the end of the day I love to win so I also want to get a LAN win under my belt.