Team EndPoint Podcast: Rapha

Team EndPoint Podcast: Rapha

The latest EndPoint podcast: Quake, a Game of Champions is up on YouTube. This one interviews Rapha from Team Liquid. Hosted by Zoot and co-hosted by Av3kk, of Team EndPoint. The discussions were intriguing and fun as we listened to Rapha’s journey in competitive gaming and how he strives to improve his playing even when he reigns at the top.

0:00 Introductions
1:07 Hilarious Av3k learning smart English words
2:25 Rapha unreal stats from Season 1 of Quake Pro League
4:30 Who are your main rivals at the moment?
8:10 Competitive depth difference between EU and NA
9:25 rapha would you ever move to EU?
12:45 Do you think you didn’t win the Stage 3 finals in Season one because everyone was at home?
15:00 rapha drives 28 hours and plays best he ever has in Stage 4 finals
16:33 rapha and how his Dad got him into Quake and rapidly improved with hard work
23:25 Av3k watching demos and funny story about his first QuakeCon while underage with MaDDoG
27:00 Av3k talking about rapha’s first big win, funny story about Av3k and rapha boot camping before
31:45 If you both took all of your experience now and time traveled back to 2005, how would you get on? (issues with awful monitors)
34:40 Av3k talking about outside finals with sun on monitor
36:00 Discussing Zero4 teaching rapha and what he taught you
42:50 How Av3k used to time 4 items instead of just the 2 now, discussion around not needing to time light items now
44:20 It seems not many fights take place on major items but more random spots, how do you see it?
47:30 rapha, do you find you have trained your decision making to instantly understand when you need to take a chance?
50:35 rapha 5 steps ahead meme
56:55 What do you think Quake needs to do to be big again?
1:08:20 Diabotical, what does it do well and badly?
1:18:45 Most memorable career moment?
1:21:05 Do you think NA region is was working harder than EU region in 2v2?
1:23:25 Do you visualize and think about the game outside of it?
1:26:15 rapha, how do you feel your style suits against cYpheR?
1:31:00 rapha vs evil 2016 final, did it feel different? Funny story about admin Stevo
1:35:20 rapha and your high sense, what’s the reason behind this for Quake Champions?
1:44:40 What do you do before events in terms of food, sleep and sports? Q&A
1:49:00 Has your aim worsened with age?
1:49:50 Which challengers are you looking to see play in the QPL stage 1 finals?
1:51:05 Was rapha disappointed he didnt win the Asus cup back in 2010?
1:52:08 Would more champions in the game improve the game?
1:52:35 rapha, how do I beat you in January from deathr0w?
1:53:52 What is the plushee in the background?
1:54:20 Do you ever get asked to give feedback on new arena fps games coming out?
1:55:55 What feature from Quake Live or Diabotical would you like to see in Quake Champions?
1:57:00 Which computer component is a must for QC?
1:59:00 rapha, do you plan on continuing to play Diabotical and Quake at the same time?
2:00:10 What was the first game you ever remember playing?
2:01:18 Predictions for the Stage finals placements?
2:03:00 Should Quake Champions try CTF esports?
2:04:35 What do you both think about the rotating maps?

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